Geto Boys
Grip It! On That Other Level


3.0
good

Review

by Haywood Jablome USER (1 Reviews)
April 30th, 2010 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you like to treat women like crap, kill them and have sex with their corpses, you’ll love this album

Starting off as the “Ghetto Boys,” the group replaced 2 members and changed their name to “Geto Boys” after their lackluster debut ‘Making Trouble.’ The addition of Willie D and Scarface (then known as Akshen) resulted in a much better album although the lack of chemistry between the rappers is evident. This was the first album for what would be the “real” Geto Boys lineup and laid the foundation for their future success.

Produced almost entirely by one of the original members DJ Ready Red, (Bushwick Bill being the other) who also has a memorable performance on “Do it Like G.O.” with the lyrics: “Bitch, mother*** the KKK wearing dresses and ***, what the ***, is they gay?” As far as the production, it’s pretty simple, stripped down and plain sampling hip-hop reliable Curtis Mayfield.

The Geto Boys created lots of controversy for their violent lyrics, rampant misogyny and wait for it… necrophilia on “Mind of a Lunatic” courtesy of Bushwick Bill: “Had sex with the corpse before I left her And drew my name on the wall like helter skelter.” Akshen and Willie D are competent rappers and their deep, booming voices are tough to differentiate on this album, Bushwick Bill meanwhile has a higher pitched voice that is easily distinguishable. The misogyny on this album is off the charts on tracks like “Gangster of Love” with very graphic descriptions of their sex acts.

The violent but funny “Read These Nikes” talks about leaving their shoes imprinted on someone’s face. The song “Size Ain’t ***” predictably is led by vertically challenged rapper Bushwick Bill who was originally brought on as a dancer for the group. Akshen gets his time to shine on “Seek and Destroy” which shows his great abilities, easily the most talented of the group, it’s no wonder that he went on to have the most successful solo career. Willie D’s track “Let a Ho be a Ho” is exactly what you would expect from the title and all this talk about bitches and hos starts to wear thin. Akshen adopts his alias on the track “Scarface” with the line: “On the for realer, my nigga, just call me Scarface” this was the last album in which he appeared as Akshen he would fom then on be known as Scarface.

There are some pro-black, conscious lyrics that unfortunately get lost among the misogyny and violence that litters the entire album. Credited as the founders of the “Horrorcore” sub-genre, mainly because of the track “Mind of a Lunatic” and Bushwick Bill’s raps, the Geto Boys somewhat pigeonholed themselves but were able to overcome that and where the first successful southern rappers.

‘Grip It! On That Other Level’ caught the ear of super-producer Rick Rubin who released essentially an updated version of this album titled ‘Geto Boys.’


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JulesWin
May 1st 2010


993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First review, any criticism/suggestions appreciated

If this review sucks, you can all blame Deviant!


joshuatree
Emeritus
May 1st 2010


3742 Comments


album is hilarious, like i can't listen to most of the songs without dying in the middle of them. thus it deserves a 5 and nothing else

JulesWin
May 1st 2010


993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well that's one person's opinion.
I actually hadn't heard this in a long time, I remember it being much better

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2010


17213 Comments


Yes! I love these guys.

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americanmusicmachine
May 1st 2010


3953 Comments


POS!

I always interpreted geto boys lyrics as satire. but iunno.

JulesWin
May 1st 2010


993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"I always interpreted geto boys lyrics as satire"

I know that they don't really fuck dead people but some of their themes just get old, sex, violence, bitches...

thanx for the pos btw

americanmusicmachine
May 1st 2010


3953 Comments


"I know that they don't really fuck dead people but some of their themes just get old, sex, violence, bitches..."

lol yeah I don't know I like the lyrics a whole lot. just so goddamned funny and usually it seems like they're saying something important about "gangsta" culture, white society, and bitches

JulesWin
May 1st 2010


993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"it seems like they're saying something important about "gangsta" culture, white society, and bitches"

that's the funniest/most annoying thing, they act like they're making some kind of statement but it's full of violence and misogyny


Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2010


31163 Comments


I am so influential

Good review though man, easy pos

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KILL
May 1st 2010


71795 Comments


geto boys hell yea

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nastynick
May 1st 2010


853 Comments


Bushwick Bill!





lulz

random
May 1st 2010


2262 Comments


I've only heard Scarface's solo stuff.

JulesWin
May 1st 2010


993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanx for all the positive feedback guys
maybe I should just quit while I'm ahead and not do any more reviews, or maybe do another Geto Boys album?

somberlain
May 3rd 2010


2121 Comments


nice summary!
pos

Bitchfork
May 4th 2010


7584 Comments


Produced almost entirely by one of the original members DJ Ready Red, (Bushwick Bill being the other) who also has a memorable performance on “Do it Like G.O.” with the lyrics: “Bitch, mother*** the KKK wearing dresses and ***, what the ***, is they gay?” As far as the production, it’s pretty simple, stripped down and plain sampling hip-hop reliable Curtis Mayfield.

I understand that this is your first review and all, but this paragraph is really poorly-worded. Please fix. Oh, and pos'.

MUNGOLOID
July 29th 2010


4305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fucking insane album.

ajmarv123
December 3rd 2012


3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Haywood Jablome: If you like to treat women like crap, kill them and have sex with their corpses, you’ll love this album

Really? 12 songs on the album and you summed it up with one song?

YOU PIECE OF SHIT!



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