“Too many rappers overrated” begins the title track of “The Gathering,” the long-awaited new release from the Living Legends collective, and truer words were rarely spoken. It’s rare that a group of this size contains so much talent. The best known (and smoothest) of the group, is Murs, but the rest of them are underground legends in their own right: The Grouch, Luckyiam, Eligh, Scarub, Sunspot Jonz, Aesop (not Aesop Rock), and Bicasso. You also may have heard of their earlier groups, which included Mystik Journeymen and 3 Melancholy Gypsies.
Each member of the crew spits bars on every single one of the seven tracks, making every tune a pass-the-mic exercise in various styles, so itâ€™s never tedious, never repetitive, never boring. You might think that this would make for overstuffed tunes, but thereâ€™s not a weak link in the bunch. All of the verses are funny, tough, and even occasionally moving. The production is top notch. The hooks are fire. Iâ€™m told this EP is just a prelude to a proper â€™08 full-length. I canâ€™t wait.