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Album Review: The Grouch & Eligh – Say G&E! (2009)

Album Review: The Grouch & Eligh – Say G&E! (2009)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Potholes

It was about a week ago today when The Grouch and Eligh made their “Intro” into my life. Being a hip-hop traditionalist (Which makes me a hip-hop elitist as well), I was skeptical as to whether they could win me over or not. Though it was not to long into our friendship when they got me to “Say G&E!”. The Grouch and Eligh were an electrical combination; sharp, crisp, and charismatic. Far from one-trick ponies, they would “Push On” with material that kept my ears refreshed and anxious for more. More than satisfied with the two emcee rotation, Blu decides to show up out of nowhere, adding to the already acclaimed mixture. It was a magical performance, like a reunion of “Old Souls” rekindling a chemistry.

So here I am getting my two-step on when, “!Boom!”, just like that, Slug decides to ruin the festivities. While it’d be an insult to call Slug a hip-hop antagonist, he WAS responsible for taking my buzz ’round back and putting her down. The Grouch and Eligh tossed him a lemon, and he refrained from painting it gold. Things were really awkward after Slug left. Grouch and Eligh were in “Denial” about how uncharacteristic that last track was. The night continued with a batch of hollow and forgetful tracks. Eligh was all like “I Know You Wanna Feel”, and then The Grouch was all like “Teach Me The Way”. This was on them though. I am no mentor. I’m a writer, for fuck’s sake.

I guess my silence was exactly what they needed though – they decided it was time to lay all of the chips on the table. They were going “All In”. It was uplifting (in context to what I just had to go through) and precisely what they needed to get back into the groove. The song finished, and Grouch asked for my thoughts. I threw up two thumbs, so they decided to simply “Do It Again”. It was nice having my two buddies back to normal. Given the proper atmosphere in production, these two can spit well enough to never have “Rivers Run Dry”. “No Flowers” are needed in this formula – this group is fresh, most definitely. I am a little embarrassed that it’s only now that I’ve noticed that The Grouch & Eligh have been “Comin’ Up” in the hip-hop industry. While they are “Worried About The World”, I am worried about the middle of their performance, here. While things did pick up at the end, it’s hard to disregard the huge hiccup (!Boom!) that started the train-wreck, sandwiched in by a fantastic start and finish. Inconsistency is “A Sign Of The Times” though, so I’ll give The Grouch & Eligh the benefit of the doubt.

For those with anti-cheese filters enabled on your internet browsers, this is for you. Tracks 1-4 are hot shit. Track 5 is embarrassing. Tracks 6-8 are nothing special. Tracks 9-15 are, at the very least, enjoyable. There’s the album in the most thick of nutshells. It should be noted that Blu is a saint, and that Slug is my enemy on this LP (I love him everywhere else, though). You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and there you have, my corny review of Say G&E! by The Grouch & Eligh.

rating-three-and-half

8 Comments

  1. YourBaldAssMom
    Mar 12, 2010 @ 00:38:45

    This is one of my fav albums of all time.. I don’t give a F*%@ what anyone says/ says G&E.. Enjoy gud musick yall

  2. Wacktose
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 18:50:14

    Mmmmm . . . . I’d retort but, I’m just going to thank you for commenting.

    Enjoy the site!

  3. jered
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 17:47:40

    this guy doesnt know whats hes talking about. do u even listen to lyrics??? u said 6-8 nothing special. 6 is denial, and 7 is i know u want to feel. do u know what those songs are about? if u do, and u listen to the lyrics i think u would love the songs. sit down, play the songs and listen to what they actually say, not just the beat!!! g&e, always dope, meaningfull music

  4. Wacktose
    Apr 22, 2009 @ 12:46:16

    Thanks for dropping a comment, man. I appreciate and respect your opinion.

  5. ohiohiphophead
    Apr 22, 2009 @ 12:00:19

    Those familiar with the LL crew and the progression G&E have made in the decade they have been putting out albums, will definitely appreciate this album all the way through. The growth of both MCs is beyond impressive. Grouch showed his strength on Show You The World last year, but Eligh is explosive on this album, and precise as ever. This album is dope as hell, I agree with Marty up there, I thoroughly enjoyed Slug’s presence on the Amp Live banger, as well as Rick Rock’s beat on “Denial”. All the guests ride along perfectly on this album.

    3.5 is respectable though, especially if you were only recently introduced to them. Eligh’s a favorite MC of mine, so I can’t say I’m totally unbiased; but regardless this album is a breath of fresh air in today’s industry. Real music by real artists! As I write this, the album is #4 on iTunes, so it’s cool to see that people aren’t only buying that mediocre Ash Roth album.

  6. Wacktose
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 19:48:28

    *Pukes all over Marty*

  7. Marty
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 19:26:38

    I agree on the overall score, but I like that Slug feature. And I normally don’t dig tracks like that…hmph, I can’t explain it.

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