Heroes in the City of Dope

Heroes in the City of Dope is the first collaborative studio album by Zion I and The Grouch. It was released on Om Records on October 10, 2006. It peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart,[1] as well as number 34 on the Independent Albums chart.[2]

Heroes in the City of Dope
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 10, 2006 (2006-10-10)
GenreHip hop
Length50:49
LabelOm Records
ProducerAmp Live, Eligh, Headnodic, The Grouch
Zion I & The Grouch chronology
Heroes in the City of Dope
(2006)
Heroes in the Healing of the Nation
(2011)
Singles from Heroes in the City of Dope
  1. "Hit 'Em"
    Released: 2006 (2006)
  2. "Lift Me Up"
    Released: 2007 (2007)

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllHipHop3.5/5[3]
AllMusic     [4]
Exclaim!favorable[5]
MVRemix8.5/10[6]
Prefix7.0/10[7]
RapReviews.com8/10[8]
SF Weeklyfavorable[9]

Kevin Jones of Exclaim! gave the album a favorable review, saying: "With no shortness of inspiration, Zion I and the Grouch ensure that not a minute of this record goes to waste, matching engaging auditory pleasure with words that actually amount to something."[5] Marisa Brown of AllMusic called it "partially introspection, partially consciousness, and partially hyphy-inspired dance music."[4] Eric K. Arnold of East Bay Express wrote: "This collaborative effort presented an alternate view of Bay Area rap, one more concerned with quality-of-life issues than grill-pieces and rims."[10]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Noon Time"Amp Live1:01
2."Hit 'Em" (featuring Mistah F.A.B.)Amp Live3:37
3."Lift Me Up"Eligh2:54
4."Trains & Planes"Headnodic4:19
5."Current Affairs"Amp Live2:43
6."Too Much" (featuring Chali 2na)Amp Live3:30
7."Faint of Heart"Amp Live3:33
8."Make U Fly" (featuring Esthero)Amp Live3:44
9."Smack" (featuring DJ Platurn)Amp Live3:37
10."Open the Door"The Grouch3:19
11."Trigger"Amp Live3:36
12."Digital Dirt"Amp Live5:21
13."10 Fingers, 10 Toes, 10 lbs, 10 oz" (featuring Deuce Eclipse)Amp Live4:24
14."Hero"Amp Live1:28
15."Bad Lands"Amp Live3:36

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from liner notes.

  • Zumbi (Zion I) – vocals
  • Amp Live (Zion I) – production (except 3, 4, 10)
  • The Grouch – vocals, production (10)
  • Indela Mass – vocals (1, 11), guitar (1), electric piano (1)
  • Mistah F.A.B. – vocals (2)
  • John Lucasey – vocals (2)
  • Geechi T. – trumpet (2)
  • Martin Luther – vocals (3)
  • Eligh – production (3)
  • Headnodic – production (4), guitar (13), bass guitar (13, 15)
  • Jennifer Epp – vocals (5)
  • Madame Mangle – vocals (5)
  • Chali 2na – vocals (6)
  • Kevin Choice – keyboards (7)
  • Esthero – vocals (8)
  • Errol Cooney – guitar (8)
  • Marguerite Ostro – violin (8)
  • DJ Platurn – turntables (9)
  • Jason Moss – guitar (11), mixing
  • Jeremy Miller – guitar (11, 15)
  • Brandon Jordan – vocals (11), guitar (11)
  • C. Holiday – vocals (12)
  • David Goodlett – guitar (12)
  • Joe Cohen – saxophone (12)
  • Adam Theis – trombone (12)
  • Deuce Eclipse – vocals (13)
  • Justin Weis – mastering
  • Motivate Movement – layout, design
  • Paul Beresniewicz – illustration
  • Snap Jackson – photography

ChartsEdit

Chart Peak
position
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[1] 29
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[2] 34

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Zion I The Grouch Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Zion I The Grouch Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Iandoli, Kathy (October 8, 2006). "Heroes In The City Of Dope". AllHipHop. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Brown, Marisa. "Zion I - Zion I & the Grouch Are Heroes in the City of Dope". AllMusic. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Jones, Kevin (February 25, 2007). "Zion I & The Grouch - Heroes In The City Of Dope". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  6. ^ Pulikkaseril, Cibby (2006). "Zion I and The Grouch - Heroes in the City of Dope". MVRemix. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  7. ^ Solomon, Eric (October 30, 2006). "Zion I and The Grouch - Heroes in the City of Dope". Prefix. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  8. ^ Kim, Susan (December 19, 2006). "Zion I & The Grouch :: Heroes in the City of Dope". RapReviews.com. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  9. ^ Arnold, Eric K. (October 18, 2006). "Zion-I & the Grouch - Heroes in the City of Dope (Om Hip-Hop)". SF Weekly. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  10. ^ Arnold, Eric K. (December 27, 2006). "Close 2 tha Edge: Year in Review". East Bay Express. Retrieved September 1, 2019.

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