NYC vet Ka, formerly part of '90s crew Natural Elements, embraces Rotten Apple nostalgia. His dirt-encrusted soul loops, the memories of popping off gats, and slanging white powder have been heard from Roc Marciano (who drops in on "Iron Age"), Action Bronson and others. Grief Pedigree's saving grace is Ka's admission that he's not an invincible street soldier. "Up against Goliath to bring butter home/ I'm David on pavements, sling another stone," he rues. Through "Chamber" and "No Downtime," he explains that there's more at stake than boom bap revivalism.