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The Grouch, Zion I and Blu at Tropicana, March 21

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The bar for underground hip-hop music has been set for 2011.

“Heroes In the Healing of a Nation” is the newest collaborative album by Zion I, comprised of producer and DJ AmpLive and MC Zumbi, and the Grouch of Living Legends. The album, which drops on March 22, is the follow-up to the first Zion I/Grouch collaboration, “Heroes In the City of Dope.”

Zion I and the Grouch will be touring to share the album from March 19 to May 1, making a stop in Sacramento at the Tropicana Club March 21 thanks to FUSE and TheMashUP.net.

The album is a working masterpiece, blending elements from all sides of the musical spectrum: Latin ,dubstep, reggae and more with the traditional but eccentric hip-hop beats AmpLive is known for. The ever-socially questioning, ever-powerful, but smooth and melodic raps of lyricists Zumbi and the Grouch make for a unique and captivating blend.

“It’s harder than the first album — more sample-oriented, and the subject matter is a little bit harder,” AmpLive said.

“It’s got elements from the first one, but definitely gone a step further,” the Grouch said.

When asked about the feedback he has received for this album, the Grouch said, “My wife and my daughter like it. That’s my main screening process.”

For the tour, rapper Blu will be joining for West Coast dates and One Be Lo on the East. The Shotgun Wedding Quintet and A.R.A.B. will also join for the Sacramento stop.

“It’s so hard to find direct support right now that’s actually going to help out the tour and not bring something negative,” the Grouch said. “But they’re both dope, positive rappers, and that’s why we chose them.”

The Tropicana offers a large stage and crowd area. Although it is an all-ages venue, there is a full bar available to those of age.

“The show is nuts, totally different stuff. — crazy machines I’m working with, visuals, horn players,” AmpLive said.

And yes, live music will be involved, something unusual for your everyday hip-hop show.

The new album will be available for purchase at the show, giving attendees the opportunity to listen before it hits stores.

All dedicated hip-hop fans and anyone interested in seeing a unique and exciting performance are encouraged to attend.  

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