Guilty Simpson
Ode to the Ghetto


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
August 23rd, 2008 | 28 replies | 7,466 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Best Purp… er Best Hip-hop of 2008

Detroit – the nucleus of America’s Big Three, may be in the throes of an economic dystopian realization. Oil prices have all but destroyed the automobile industry, with over a third of (legal) residents below the poverty line. The current mayor is the first to have ever been charged with a crime while in office, after committing a laundry list of abuse-of-power infractions. Social and racial striation, impending mass closures of public schools, population reduction/emigration, drug and human trafficking, and police corruption only enhance this image.

Byron Simpson (Guilty Simpson) was born here, and his Ode embodies the ghettos of Detroit.

Make no mistake, this urban exposé isn’t meant to be a deep listen; that is, Simpson won’t satiate your metaphysical needs. He sold drow, regs, crack, e, powder, weed. He got b*tches. He wants riches. He’s confused by women. You will find nearly every stereotype you can think of concerning street life… but therein lies the point. These are all real, and these are the things Guilty has seen and done, reenacted with superb flow control, in his bassy gangsta tone. Rife with humor and interesting intra-rhyme-scheme alliteration, there is never any defamation or encouragement of the lifestyle, only conviction.

Already forgiven for his obvious inability to write like a Nobel laureate, quite possibly the greatest modern tagteam of producers further pervade Ode’s intended atmosphere. Madlib, the late Dilla, and the up-and-coming Black Milk infuse cutting edge progressive techniques with a dope, dirty boom-bap. While innovative, they maintain the bleak nature of modern Detroit, feeding off of and enhancing Simpson's content and delivery. The resultant forces are some of the greatest beats you’ll hear in hiphop. Seriously.

Without a single complete failure of a track (Simpson makes up for some of the weaker guest producers), Ode to the Ghetto is easily one of the best hiphop releases of 2008.

The Best In Order:
The Future (Madlib)
The Real Me (Black Milk)
Footwork (Oh No – Madlib’s little brother)
I Must Love You (J Dilla)



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ClearTheLane
August 23rd 2008



990 Comments


Summary's funny, review's good too.
But I'm not gonna check this out, hip hop's dead. :D

SHOOTME
August 23rd 2008



2393 Comments


woah dude... you really know how to write a fucking hip hop review.

pos.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 23rd 2008



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks, I'll be writing more hiphop and jazz reviews.

A dipsh*t on pitchfork inspired me to write more... largely due to his complete lack of saying *absolutely anything* in his negative review of this album.

Check out some samples here http://www.myspace.com/guiltysimpson This Message Edited On 08.23.08

Crudo
August 23rd 2008



31 Comments


yeah your two little paragraphs probably say a lot more

bishopdonmagictron
August 23rd 2008



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sincerely sobhi....that was the piffest review ever, big-ups....i'm really impressed, you should have started writing reviews a hot minute ago...

you know what you gotta review next...right? seriously, you ol' closet reviewer....i ain't even know you had it like that...properrr

www.tussmusic.com

bishopdonmagictron
August 23rd 2008



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh shit...you know what's funny...

my man said he's not gonna cop the shit because hip hop is dead and he's listening to elliott smith...

classic....

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 23rd 2008



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Haha, thanks dude... didn't think you'd sign up for the site and all. Figured I'd link you since you dug it so much. Welcome, and avoid the deep end.
Don't hate on Elliott Smith, he f*cking stabbed himself in the heart. Immediate baller status.

bishopdonmagictron
August 23rd 2008



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i'm just saying...its funny on hella levels

talking about hip hop is dead when the only thing dead IS elliot smith...

but yeah...what do i gotta stab myself in the heart to get a review now? shiiiiit...

www.tussmusic.com



bishopdonmagictron
August 23rd 2008



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ay you hear they got a sean price (Heltah Skeltah) , guilty simpson and black milk project coming out on Duck Down (home of golden era hip hop heros) and they're gonna call it the Random Axe Project (RAP)....

if you all dug this shit...that should be something to look into...that and they just signed B-Real (Cypress Hill), and they're putting out the newest Heltah Skeltah album too...i'm renewing my faith in new rap, and all thanks to Duck Down alone...

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 23rd 2008



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes.
Stop pimping the wizardfam, you're not even in minneap... ;-p Guilty Simp wouldn't appreciate your thread stealing!

edit: Nice, we'll have to hit up 5th Element when you're back statesideThis Message Edited On 08.23.08

bishopdonmagictron
August 23rd 2008



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

most definitely bro...

kingsoby1
Emeritus
September 13th 2008



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

2 ratings still? Seriously people, this shit is tight.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 16th 2009



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

rating upped... easily my 2nd favorite hip-hop record in 08.

cirq
January 13th 2010



9261 Comments


i'll get it.

hydeyomoney
January 13th 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

great album.

iisblackstar
January 15th 2010



431 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album. Wish it didn't take so long to get my hands on it

WooHa
February 27th 2010



159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just love Guilty Simpson even if he isnt a lyrical monster
He has a unique jungle style and a unique baritone voice

Inveigh
November 10th 2010



24752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

pet shop?

yeah man they give cash for birds


I can't help but think this is underrated on sputnik

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 8th 2011



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i didn't see that jungle style comment, delayed lol.

guilty simp was great live last night

Inveigh
May 8th 2011



24752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

me = jealous

I've come close to 5ing this multiple times. one of my favorite hip hop albums of the past decade for sure.



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