Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation
Label: Z & G Music
"I'm trying to show a hero to youth," raps the Grouch on "Test of Time." The West Coast indie-rap vet has moved in a decidedly spiritual direction since his 1990s Living Legends salad days, and he and Zumbi of Zion I spend much of the unabashedly earnest Heroes in the Healing of a Nation preaching and prescribing solutions for "Victorious People." Amp Live adds inventive, if somewhat melancholy, beats, including an imaginative riff on Roy Ayers' "Searchin'" for "Be a Father to Your Child," while Freeway, Fashawn, Casual and Brother Ali contribute guest verses.