Living Legends (group)

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Living Legends
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1996-present
LabelsLegendary Music
Associated actsDJ Drez, DJ Quietstorm, Elusive, Slug, Basik
Websitewww.legendarymusic.net
MembersAesop
Bicasso
Eligh
Luckyiam
Scarub
Sunspot Jonz
Past membersArata
Murs
The Grouch

Living Legends is an American hip hop supergroup consisting of six indie hip hop artists from California. Beginning in the early 1990s, the crew garnered a following by recording, promoting and performing their music independently through Legendary Music.

The crew is considered by LA Weekly to be "one of the biggest success stories of the indie-rap movement, having sold close to 300,000 units of their various solo and group efforts — all by them-damn-selves."[1]

History[edit]

Living Legends originally grew out of Mystik Journeymen, consisted of BFAP (now known as Sunspot Jonz) and PSC (now known as Luckyiam). Beginning in 1994, the Mystik Journeymen began cultivating a fan base by selling their own tapes on the streets and hosting "Underground Survivors" shows in East Oakland. In 1995, the duo met The Grouch. They soon embarked on the first of several of self-funded tours throughout Europe. In 1996, Mystik Journeymen and The Grouch joined with the trio known as 3 Melancholy Gypsys (Eligh, Scarub, and Murs) of Los Angeles. They formed Living Legends in late 1990s. The crew has since grown to include Bicasso, Aesop and Arata.[2]

The group and its members have founded and operated several imprints, including Outhouse Records and Revenge Entertainment.[3] In 1999, Living Legends moved their base of operations to Los Angeles.[1]

In May 2012, Murs quit the group.[4] In June that year, The Grouch announced hiatus from the group.[5]

In 2016, the group (Aesop, Bicasso, Eligh, Luckyiam, Murs, Scarub, Sunspot Jonz, and The Grouch) officially reunited for a regional tour and hit the road as part of the 10th annual How The Grouch Stole Christmas Tour.[6][7]

Members[edit]

Current

Former

  • Arata - vocals
  • Murs - vocals

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • UHB I (1996)
  • UHB II (1996)
  • UHB III: Against All Odds (1997)
  • UHB IV: Stop & Retaliate (1999)
  • The Underworld (2000)
  • UHB V: Legacy 2099 (2002)
  • Crappy Old Shit (2003)
  • The Four Track Avengers (2004)
  • Legendary Music Volume 1 (2006)
  • Legendary Music Volume 2 (2008)

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Gotta Question for Ya / Night Prowler / Forces of Nature" (2001)
  • "Awakening / Fill My Drink Up" (2004)
  • "Damn It Feels Good / Whatizit?" (2004)
  • "Blast Your Radio" (2004)
  • "Down for Nothin' / Brand New" (2005)
  • "Never Fallin' / Good Fun" (2005)
  • "She Wants Me" (2008)
  • "Trojan Horse" (2012)

DVDs[edit]

  • Street Legendz (2004)
  • Broke Ass Summer Jam (2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Flicker, Jonah (June 4, 2008). "The Who's Who of L.A.'s Living Legends Crew". LA Weekly. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  2. ^ Hughes, Josiah (March 8, 2005). "Album Review: Living Legends - Classic". Prefix. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Forrest, Luke. "The Living Legends - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "Interviews - 001 Luckyiam". Fingers on Blast. May 9, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  5. ^ Starbury, Allen (June 13, 2012). "Living Legends A Wrap? Murs, The Grouch Quit The Group". BallerStatus.com. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  6. ^ Eustice, Kyle (November 24, 2016). "Living Legends Reunite For How The Grouch Stole Christmas Tour". HipHopDX. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Spuhler, Robert (November 24, 2016). "Living Legends reunite for 'How the Grouch Stole Christmas'". SFGate. Retrieved May 12, 2018.

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