MF Grimm
The Hunt For The Gingerbread Man


4.0
excellent

Review

by Maximilian Harkness USER (65 Reviews)
December 17th, 2008 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


Percy Carey, also known under MF Grimm, is a rapper from New York who has been writing other rappers rhymes for years. As a young rapper, he would ghost write for just about any rapper, including the much famed Dr. Dre and many of the rappers off Death Row Records. The Hunt for the Gingerbread Man is the fifth album by the rapper, and it is status quota for MF Grimm; dark, bleak rapping and New York style Golden Age sampling with the ever-so-sweet scent of experimentation through rash idealism and odd-ball MF Doom-esqe concepts.

The Hunt for the Gingerbread Man is not anything like the three disc American Hunger, and is much better so. American Hunger was incredibly diverse, with tracks having several different ideas and concepts. It worked there because the album had three discs, an hour each, and the material remained fresh and brilliant throughout. The Hunt for the Gingerbread Man isn’t nearly as diverse as American Hunger, but since it’s a fairly short album, it works much better as a cohesive whole.

As much more a united effort, The Hunt for the Gingerbread Man also has a much more united in beats and production, sounding much like early 90s Wu-Tang style with a modern twist. Beat-wise, The Hunt for the Gingerbread Man doesn’t stand out from the crowd, but revitalizes the drab, dark Wu-Tang style minimalistic beats that made the 90s such a great time for hip hop. Hypnotic piano lines, haunting vocal samples, eerie orchestration, along with some extra distortion on the drums help to create the classic New York atmosphere.

Lyrically, MF Grimm stays consistent, he still writes the same murky New York rhymes, but this time with a new set of metaphors. Because of that, he works with candy concepts and metaphors that have to deal with the land of ‘Gingy’. In that way, The Hunt for the Gingerbread Man is fairly similar to MF Doom’s MMM… Food, as they both deal with concepts to build their rhymes over, but that’s where similarities end. The Hunt for the Gingerbread Man is a concept album whose story is based on that of the “The Gingerbread Man”, except with a much more thug-like addition. We introduce the Gingerbread Man, or ‘Gingy’, a murder and hustler of candyland, and for a while, it’s just ‘Gingy’ and his murders, his own philosophies, and the industry of hip hop. Then we introduce the beginning of the real story in “The Fox”, where we introduce The Fox, a former gangster who got caught, and was willing to do anything to get out of jail time. Gingy cut himself out of his stomach, cut out his organs, and ate him. Because of the murder, Gingy is a fugitive, with stories of escape and FBI (“Fame”), sex (“My House”), and his own deeper thoughts (“Earth”).

As just a regular album, The Hunt for the Gingerbread Man is an average for MF Grimm and an great underground rap album with influences ranging from Liquid Swords to MMM… Food, while managing to hold itself together as a concept album, with a consistently interesting and sometimes funny story that flows together well. I would recommend The Hunt for the Gingerbread Man to anyone and everyone.

Recommended:
“Earth”
“Gingy”
“The Hunt for the Gingerbread Man”



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bastard
December 17th 2008


3435 Comments


love the album.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 17th 2008


4956 Comments


nice. i think this is pretty okay from what i remember, will have to give another spin.

bastard
December 17th 2008


3435 Comments


MF Grimm is the man, so you probably should.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 17th 2008


4956 Comments


yeah, ive heard scars and memories and his joint with mf doom. apparently they're in a fight now.
i think grimm will win though, his weelchair is prob pimped out.

bastard
December 17th 2008


3435 Comments


yep, Doom and Grimm are beefing now. Coke's pretty much stated my opinion on MF Doom, he's cool, especially in the beat department, but his flow is fairly uninspired and lazy.

heyseuss
December 17th 2008


384 Comments


Good review, I think this is one of your best yet. I really have to check this out.

bastard
December 17th 2008


3435 Comments


thanks someguest, I changed that.

bastard
December 17th 2008


3435 Comments


shameless bumb for an album people need to listen to.

SpinLightTwo
December 17th 2008


1043 Comments


I like "My House" a lot.

heyseuss
December 17th 2008


384 Comments


I've been dabbling with this today, good stuff. Especially 'Head in the Clouds'.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2008


20858 Comments


Sorry, I'm still a review behind Maxy...
This album sounds interesting. Pretty good review here Maxy as your explanations are top-notch at times and describe what is on the album clearly. There are unfortunately still some grammar problems in your review though; Your numerous uses of the word "rapper" in the first paragraph is off-putting, while the first sentences of both the 3rd & 5th paragraphs have grammatical errors.

bastard
December 20th 2008


3435 Comments


It's cool dawg.

joshuatree
Emeritus
December 21st 2008


3742 Comments


this album sucks

bastard
December 21st 2008


3435 Comments


you suck

joshuatree
Emeritus
December 21st 2008


3742 Comments


niggas bitchin and i gotta pull the cannon

bastard
December 21st 2008


3435 Comments


hey, you, get off my cloud
you dont know me and you don't know my style
hey, you, get off my cloud
try to take heaven, man, i gotta give you hell.

magictikkleCwicked
December 21st 2008


272 Comments


Okay I'm done with this for now, Earth, Gingy, Half Baked, and Head In The Clouds are all amazing.

bastard
April 13th 2009


3435 Comments


Okay listened to this again and its still pretty great. The worst is "Gangsta Pasteries", which isn't even bad, just feels kinda half-assed. The rest is great, i particularly like the xylophone on "See No Evil" and most of the mid-section.

foreverendeared
July 27th 2009


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Trapped on a planet of pain and perpetrators
That you call Earth but I call Hell's equator

LambsBread
September 20th 2013


3884 Comments


Good review. American Hunger was classic I'm gonna listen to this now.



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