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Ode to the Ghetto

  • 1. American Dream
    2. Robbery
    3. She Won't Stay at Home
    4. Footwork
    5. Ode to the Ghetto
    6. Getting Bitches - (featuring Sean P/Black Milk)
    7. I Must Love You
    8. Future, The - (featuring MED)
    9. Pigs
    10. My Moment
    11. Run - (featuring Sean P/Black Milk)
    12. Kinda Live
    13. Yikes
    14. Real Me, The
    15. Ell Em
    16. Almighty Dreadnaughtz - (featuring Super MC/Krizsteel/Konnie Ross)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): STH2180

  • Credits

    Detroit rapper Guilty Simpson built up quite a name through harsh, intricate rhymes laced with a perfect subtle humor (and association with the late J-Dilla didn't hurt either). His much awaited 2008 debut, ODE TO THE GHETTO, fails to disappoint. If his easy Rakim-esque flow seems to improve as the record spins, it's just the storyteller allowing the listener further into his world. He introduces unrepentant regret into the stick-up game on "Robbery," coming across as a complicated gangster to rival THE WIRE's Omar Little. When he spills his soul on "The Real Me," he proves a new voice rambling in old territory. He wisely avoids a glut of guest artists, letting his voice stand for itself, but when he does bring in a whole posse on the last track, it's to good effect. The album ends on a high note with "Almighty Dreadnaughtz," an unabashed five minutes of revelry, the classic MC party ode to his crew.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The overall sound is impressively bleak, typified by hard, stomping bass drums."
    Uncut (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Guilty Simpson has an artful way with a threat and enough crime stories for a season of THE WIRE..."
    Vibe (p.70) - "This debut is a fine, sweeping, gristle-and-grease booster shot ito Motown's arm."
    URB (Magazine) (p.108) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "With vocals resembling a laid-back Ice Cube and an ability to spit ghetto war stories with wit, his well rounded debut doesn't drown in debauchery, but revels in versatility."
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