Band of the Day

2012.11.24

Living Legends

A collective of Californian hip hop artists who create raw, underground flows
On a highway, no bulletins, no street signs, no other cars, no radio, no satellite. I still make it back home, connected to the universe like a string of lights on the holiday.
lyrics from Never Fallin'

The Living Legends crew is a family of independent hip-hop creators bringing their own raw, unique sound and an unfiltered glimpse into their daily lives. It is this personal connection with the audience that has allowed their loyal fan base to extend around the world and it is their talent as emcees and producers that has garnered them the respect of their peers.

It all started with BFAP (now known as Sunspot Jonz) and PSC (Luckyiam), who laid claim to the name of Mystik Journeymen in the early 1990’s. By '94 they were locally legendary for throwing Underground Survivors shows, houseparty style at their loft – 4001 San Leandro Street, in East Oakland. That's where The Grouch hooked up with the Journeymen in 1995, just before they took off on their renowned first European tour.

Around the same time in the southern part of the state, Mid-city Los Angeles to be exact, 3 Melancholy Gypsys (Murs, Scarub & Eligh) were part of the almost mythic Log Cabin crew going back to 1993. Log Cabin later broke up and the Gypsys wandered separately. As it turned out, the three would cross paths again in the Bay Area and became Living Legends.

Aesop came to Oakland from Fresno, Arata from Osaka, and Bicasso from various points, East, West and elsewhere...

In 1999 the Legends shifted their center of gravity to Los Angeles, but their presence has definitely not diminished in Oakland and the Bay. You know it makes no difference where they stay because the universe revolves around them anyway. Over the years, The Living Legends have rocked Europe, Japan, Australia and Canada numerous times, plus they've toured the USA, north and south, east coast, west coast and beyond ...

In the years since, The Living Legends have continued releasing solo and crew projects and now have a catalog of over 50 full-length albums and numerous singles. All in all, this crew of motivated do-it-yourselfers has sold over 400,000 albums collectively, all with no major radio or television airplay, and 100% independently. At the beginning of 2008 The Legends came together at the famed Encore Studios in Burbank, CA to record, “The Gathering”. A seven-song album that was recorded within a weeks time and features every crew member, on every single song, a feat that has never been done before in Hip Hop. The group has no plans to let up and they’re only turning up the fire, so see if you can keep up.

Legends Baby!!!!