The Grouch’s new album Show you the World is a bit of a departure from his previous work. It’s slightly more mainstream, but really in the good ways. His distinctive vocal style is most definitely still present, and you get the same warm and fuzzy backpack hip hop feelings that you always used to, but now it’s just more listenable on a day-to-day basis.
I know that’s a bit of a bold statement, but let me try to clarify. Besides a few tracks that Grouch has done (Simple Man, and Silly Puddy specifically), his style is easy to appreciate as art, but I’d say you’re a bit hard-pressed to find a moment where you can bump his tracks in a public situation without feeling a tad self-concious.
So bring on the new album. The standout track, by far, is Artsy, a confrontational track mocking all the trendy scene kids running around California (and the small town near you) rockin’ keffiyahs like they know what they stand for. This is the type of stuff you’ve come to expect from the Living Legends Crew and I’m happy to say the Grouch delivered.
I know this isn’t exactly a brand new track, but it’s new to my attention and worth posting. Check out the video below.