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We’re The Grouch and Eligh, and we’re extremely proud to finally announce our upcoming project, The Tortoise & The Crow!
We’re The Grouch and Eligh, and we’re extremely proud to finally announce our upcoming project, The Tortoise & The Crow!
1,288 backers pledged $90,729 to help bring this project to life.

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We’re going above and beyond with this one ya'll, and delivering a triple album!  Not just any old triple album, we're making history with this. One full length solo Grouch disc, one full length Eligh disc, and one full length G&E disc. For all of our supporters and fans, you get all 3 dimensions in one shot. We're on track to release this project in February 2014.

If you’re on this page and reading this, chances are you’re already a believer in The Grouch and/or Eligh. For that, we send our deepest appreciation and gratitude. We have the best fans in the world and you and I know it!

You probably also know that we've ALWAYS been INDEPENDENT even before it was COOL. From 4 track recordings and dubbed cassettes, all night sessions at Kinko’s and slanging tapes by hand on the streets of Oakland and LA until we had enough $$$ for bus fare and a slice… we've come a looooong way. Still, all we know is DIY and we aren’t ashamed to say it. Ironically, with the music industry scrambling and desperate for any kind of sales, we could easily sign a record deal for our next album but that's never been our style.

Instead, we’re signing with YOU, our loyal friends, family and fans. We’re taking our independent journey to the next level with this Kickstarter campaign. The funds we raise will help us execute a proper album release and cycle, which includes marketing, manufacturing merchandise (which is ONLY available here), touring, transportation, and etc. - we want this to be our biggest album to date. 

But it’s not just about the money. This Kickstarter campaign is about formally recognizing and involving you, our most loyal supporters, into our careers and our lives. As you can see in the reward tiers to the right, we’re not just selling music. We’re offering pieces of ourselves. Besides the music, we’re most excited about really opening up our journey to our best fans.

Don’t sleep on the sonics though. Musically, this triple disc project is our most ambitious release to date! This body of work shows so many in depth dimensions of The Grouch & Eligh. The E album is totally different from The G album, the G&E album is completely unique as well. We have such a variety of sounds and messages, we really could have released this as three separate projects -- every album stands on its own but together we found the answer.

This is way it had to be. Just doing solo albums wouldn’t fulfill our souls right now. Neither would a straight-up G&E album. We’ve grown exponentially in recent years, and we’re such an integral part of each other’s path's. With these albums, we’re circling up on decades of growth and experiences.

Join us on our journey up. We’ve set a public goal of $50,000 though with this campaign we receive money only once our goal is reached. Secretly, we hope to go way beyond our goal. Even once we've raised a million, not a single dollar will go to waste :) If you know anything about us, you know we know how to utilize our assets. Let’s shock the world again with how far our community can go. We’ve done it on the streets, its now time to take it online.

Much Love,

The Grouch and Eligh

UPDATE:  Thank you to everyone who helped us hit our goal!  Time for a new one! Sticking with the theme of 3's, we decided we'd do three things when we hit 1k Good Elevation Bundles sold:

  • We'll make vinyl. Yes, many are asking for it and we hear you! we would have loved to have already offered it but manufacturing of a project this large is extremely costly.
  • We'll donate $10k to MusiCares, the same organization that helped Eligh get clean 8 years ago.
  • We'll give each and every one of you who participate in our campaign at any level THE TORTOISE AND THE CROW Prelude EP! Well over a month in advance of the album release you will receive a private link to this Kickstarter backer exclusive project.

The Tortoise & The Crow

Tracklisting: 

G&E - 333

  • Introcentric
  • Ashes to Ashes
  • I-N-S-P-I-R-A-T-I-O-N
  • Run ft. Pigeon John
  • So Complicated
  • Hella Fresh ft. Kreayshawn
  • All These Lights
  • Fireflies ft. Steve Knight
  • ANX ft. PROF
  • The Knock
  • Say Eligh! Say Grouch!
  • Akfam ft. Blu
  • People Of The Sun ft. Slightly Stoopid
  • End Game

The Grouch - Lighthouses

  • The POSSE
  • Stuff is Tuff
  • Lighthouses
  • We Want The World ft. Zumbi, Bicasso, and Tre Nyce
  • My Garden
  • Nice To Know Ya
  • Get Strong
  • My Best Teacher
  • When The Love's Gone
  • Corey's Angels
  • Good Man

Eligh - Nomads

  • Begin
  • Paid The Price ft. Adam Theiss
  • Journey ft. Codany Holiday
  • My God Song
  • All On You ft. Natalia
  • Dark Tinted ft. Brevi
  • Weightless
  • Attracted to Pain
  • Refuge
  • Ferocious
  • The Healer
  • Morning After ft. Adam Theiss
  • Walk The Walk ft. The Grouch
  • A Different Way ft. Ellay Khule
  • Young
  • Regina

Production by The Grouch, Eligh, Pretty Lights, Ant of Atmosphere, Amp Live, Exile, DJ Fresh, DNAE , Alexander Spit, and more.

Music And Videos:

Our first single and music video from the album. Beats by way of longtime G&E fan, and now friend, Pretty Lights:

Our second single and music video. Chorus courtesy of the multi-talented and longtime homie, Pigeon John. You can say I’m independent but I need my fans / G&E fans are the best and advanced!"

 Reward Photos:

Risks and challenges

The album is recorded, mixed and mastered, so the downloads should be available for distribution by our February 2014 target date. We've already lined up rates and agreements with the manufacturers of the physical goods (CDs, t-shirt, hats). Unforeseen delays in production could potentially affect fulfillment dates. "Experience" rewards are dependent on mutually agreeable and available time and place, which we will discuss and set with our supporters.

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    The Tortoise & Crow Sticker Pack. Plus we'll keep you in the loop with backer-only updates!

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    The Grouch & Eligh Album Download (excludes solo albums) delivered 3 days in advance of official release date.

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    The Tortoise And The Crow Triple Album Download, delivered 3 days before the official release date.

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    The Tortoise And The Crow Triple CD + pre-release triple album download.

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    The Tortoise And The Crow T-Shirt + pre-release triple album download.

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    VIRTUAL FRIENDS. We'll follow you on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. We keep our circle tight, so stay inspired and we stay friends. Includes a digital download of the album.

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    The Tortoise And The Crow Triple CD + Official T&C T-Shirt + pre-release triple album download.

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    The Tortoise And The Crow Triple CD + Official T&C Hat + pre-release triple album download.

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    ***GOOD ELEVATION BUNDLE***

    Etch your name in history! We’ll send you the The Tortoise And The Crow LIMITED EDITION BOX SET, SIGNED by Grouch & Eligh, plus the Official T&C T-SHIRT and HAT. And we’ll immortalize you by printing YOUR NAME in the “Thank You/Good Elevation Crew” section of the Limited Edition album liner notes! Also includes the pre-release triple album download.

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    EXCLUSIVE ALBUM LISTENING PARTY w/ G&E! /// You get 2 passes to a backer-only album listening party going down at a secret location in the SF/Oakland area in Feb, 2014. Be the first to hear the new album while rubbing elbows with your two favorite rappers, along with a number of surprise guests we're sure to invite.

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    THE VIRTUAL CONNECTION BUNDLE ///
    Talk to G&E from your living room! Get to personally know us with 1.) a 10 minute Skype chat with The Grouch & Eligh, 2.) a happy birthday/anniversary wishes over the phone or in voicemail, AND 3.) personalized email feedback from us on the subject of your choice… your song, your poem, your relationship, your resume… anything! +++ INCLUDES THE GOOD ELEVATION BUNDLE.

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    EXCLUSIVE ALBUM LISTENING PARTY w/ G&E! /// You get 2 passes to a backer-only album listening party going down at a secret location in the SF/Oakland area in late Jan or Feb., 2014. Be the first to hear the new album while rubbing elbows with your two favorite rappers, along with a number of surprise guests we're sure to invite. (Does not include any associated travel and accommodations.) +++ INCLUDES THE GOOD ELEVATION BUNDLE.

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    FRAMED HANDWRITTEN LYRICS /// You know that Grouch or Eligh verse that speaks to your soul? Get it handwritten, framed and signed by The Grouch or Eligh! We’ll personalize it to you or any name you’re gifting it to. +++ INCLUDES THE GOOD ELEVATION BUNDLE.

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    SIGNED "ARTSY" VINYL TEST PRESS /// "You ain't artsier than me!" Get the original test press of the classic Grouch track. Truly rare piece of music memorabilia... only one in existence! Check the pic in the description to see how real it is. +++ INCLUDES THE GOOD ELEVATION BUNDLE.

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    SIGNED "ALL IN" 7" VINYL TEST PRESS /// The original test press vinyl of a classic G&E single, signed by The Grouch. One of only 3 in existence! We'll throw in 1 of the custom, limited edition "G&E" poker chips we used in the music video: http://youtu.be/dIItEigwW8w +++ INCLUDES THE GOOD ELEVATION BUNDLE.

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    COME ON STAGE WITH G&E! /// Request a Grouch & Eligh song to be performed at a show! We'll bring you up on stage for it, perform it, and dedicate it to you or you can rock it with us. A guaranteed once-in-a-lifetime experience! +++ INCLUDES THE GOOD ELEVATION BUNDLE.

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    DINNER WITH G&E! /// Let us treat you to an unparalleled foodie experience at the best SUSHI restaurant in Los Angeles. Chat with G&E over nigiri with gold flakes and the finest blue crab hand rolls in the world! We’ll commemorate our friendship on our Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. ***
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    STUDIO SESSION BANGOUT /// Witness the Magic! Chill with both of us in our Los Angeles studio during the most important stage of our craft -- making music. Hear the ideas, see the process, smell the passion! If you’re a true G&E head, you already know you're going to remember this for the rest of your life! +++ INCLUDES THE GOOD ELEVATION BUNDLE. ***

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    ORIGINAL ELIGH TATTOO DESIGN /// Get a one-of-kind tattoo design from the "Tattoo Song" man himself! You send us instructions on what kind of theme you want, and Eligh will hand draw a custom design he’d be proud to rock himself. Eligh is a serious artist, both visually and sonically, and he's designed almost everything on his own skin. We’ll send it to you signed, personalized and framed up, with a photo of Eligh in the process of drawing it! If you get it inked, send us a pic to post on Eligh’s Instagram. +++ INCLUDES THE GOOD ELEVATION BUNDLE. ***

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    GAS DREAM ORIGINAL ARTWORK /// Own a piece of music history! With this pledge tier, you get the actual original piece of artwork, framed, signed and dated by Eligh himself. Check the pic in the description to see how real it is. +++ INCLUDES THE GOOD ELEVATION BUNDLE.

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    GET A PERSONALIZED ELIGH TATTOO DESIGN INKED WITH ELIGH!! ///

    Get an ORIGINAL ELIGH TATTOO DESIGN signed and framed, just like above. Eligh will then pick you up in Los Angeles, drive down to San Diego to his favorite tattoo shop to get you a fresh new tat. Get an unbelievable story to go with your skin art! Basically, you'll play Amp Live in this music video -- (same shop, artist, everything): http://youtu.be/hOgItUUDE2U +++ INCLUDES THE GOOD ELEVATION BUNDLE. ***
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    MAUI WATERFALL ADVENTURE with THE GROUCH! /// You know that perfect Maui vacation you imagine in your head? Here it is! The Grouch will be your tour guide for a entire day in his island hometown. Discover breath-taking waterfalls, exotic beaches, and the powerful healing MANA of Maui with your favorite MC! Many have described the energy and experience as unforgettable and even life changing. +++ INCLUDES THE GOOD ELEVATION BUNDLE.
    plus Local Grinds (good food) throughout the day. *** Preview: http://instagram.com/p/dp8fNFBOqO/ http://instagram.com/p/f3GiCABOrg/
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    ORIGINAL GROUCH AND ELIGH VERSE /// Fellow musicians, get a The Grouch AND Eligh feature on your song! We’ll write and record a completely original 16-24 bar verse each for your project. You send us your beat, and we send you back what we do best. This Kickstarter price is way lower than our normal rate for this kind of thing.... so take advantage now while we’re feeling generous! +++ INCLUDES THE GOOD ELEVATION BUNDLE.
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    RECORD A SONG WITH GROUCH & ELIGH (Full Session In Studio) /// Not only do you get an ORIGINAL VERSE from both the The Grouch & Eligh, you also get to JOIN US IN OUR LA STUDIO for an entire session dedicated to the production and recording of YOUR record. You bring your beat, and we’ll bring our magic. Let’s vibe in-person and in-studio and see what kind of music we make. +++ INCLUDES THE GOOD ELEVATION BUNDLE.
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    THE ULTIMATE G&E EXPERIENCE: Get a PRIVATE G&E SHOW AT YOUR HOME, BUSINESS or PLACE anywhere in the USA /// You play host, we play show. Make an unforgettable experience happen, for yourself, your homies… and probably for us too! And we’ll throw in 10 Good Elevation Bundles for you to share with your invite list.
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    (This price includes G&E’s travel expenses. Must be during a mutually agreeable time and date. Can’t afford it all by yourself? Try crowd-funding it!)

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Funding period

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