Guilty Simpson - Ode to the Ghetto CD
|It's finally here, the heavily anticipated debut from Detroit-bred Guilty Simpson on Stones Throw Records! It seems these days that Motor City hip hop has been on the rise over the last few years and no doubt due to the posthumous legacy of the late J-Dilla. Featuring high profile production with appropriately used material from Dilla, to a choice roster of producers on his label such as Madlib and Oh No, to rising star Black Milk. Tales of the streets are anything but new in hip hop, however, coming from the commanding presence of a man who stands out on compilations and collaborations, often outshining others on their own albums, Ode to the Ghetto is exactly what you might have expected from Guilty as he keeps it real and simple. Also features production by DJ Babu, Mr. Porter and guest contributions by Sean Price, J-Rocc and more!|
|Production by: J Dilla, Denon Porter, Oh No, Jake One & Madlib. |
|1.||The American Dream|
|2.||Getting Bitches (feat. Mr. Porter)|
|3.||She Won't Stay At Home|
|4.||Ode to the Ghetto (feat. Oh No)|
|5.||The Future (feat. MED)|
|6.||Thru the Hood (feat. Mr. Porter)|
|7.||Girl I Love You|
|10.||Kinda Live (feat. Mr. Porter)|
|14.||Robbery (Madlib Remix)|
|15.||Pigs (Scientist Dub Mix)|
3 1/2 Stars (Good)
, August 13, 2008
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"I'm a brand new face, with a old school weapon..."
Pros: Guilty Simpson is pretty dope on the majority of the tracks, he's a good story teller and his lyrics are easily understandable. The production comes correct from time to time.
Cons: Simpson has a few inconsistencies on here as the production just fails to meet his style and vice versa.
Overall: There you are, one of my most anticipated albums since I heard it was being released and I feel a little disappointed by it. First off there is absolutely no experimenting on this shit, it's pretty much the "regular formula" (girls, love, being a thug, etc.). Second off Simpson is really not that interesting on this, hes very predictable, I feel as a guest he is absolutely phenomenal but he doesn't sound that interesting as a solo artist. The high part of this album is the production which is mostly handled by a great roster of: Madlib (not being that interesting on here, surprisingly and actually brings the overall quality down, Mr. Porter, Oh No, J Dilla, Black Milk (KILLING THE PRODUCTION!), DJ Babu, & Konnie Ross. I really wasn't expecting anything classic from Simpson but at least something a little bit doper. The other thing that I really wasn't feeling where the subjects... I felt that there were times when Simpson was making a track just to bring an "overall" album. Don't get me wrong, Simpson does shine and still has his dope flow, but I feel he can make a better album than this.