Guilty Simpson, Ode To The Ghetto  
Guilty Simpson
Ode To The Ghetto
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USA 12inch 
Label: Stones Throw
Release Year: 2008
Style: Hip-Hop & R'n'B
 
  Tracks  
  Ode To The Ghetto (Street, Clean, Instrumental)  
  Home Invasion: The Madlib Robbery Remix (Street, Clean, Instrumental)  
  This 12-inch, the second single off the album, features “Ode to the Ghetto” on the A-side – Guilty’s depiction of the rough neighborhoods of his native Detroit and how they shaped the man he is today. The Turkish-psych flavored instrumental, produced by Guilty’s Stones Throw label mate Oh No, actually appeared in its instrumental form on Oh No’s Dr. No’s Oxperiment LP from earlier this year.

Madlib produces the Beat Konducta-style orchestra-laced to “Robbery” on the b-side. As for Guilty’s rhymes, a track about jacking folks this humorous and eerily authentic-sounding hasn’t been heard since Eazy E’s “No More ?’s” back in ’88.

Both sides are hard banger, but the b-side wins again. This Madlib soul approved wierdo flip kills everything out of a groove that I heard in a while. This shit is mad(lib) ill!

The A-side features “Get Bitches,” a banging club anthem produced by Mr. Porter of D12. Guilty spews his characteristically hilarious and macho rhymes over a menacing track. The more light-hearted B-side, “She Won’t Stay At Home,” builds on a doo-wop sample as Guilty laments a chick that’s always in trouble.

Guilty Simpson was born in Detroit, the son and grandson of the family’s performing musicians in his father and grandfather. At age four, Simpson and his mother began traveling with an aunt in the military, living in California and Birmingham, Alabama, before settling back in the Motor City at 15. Big Daddy Kane, N.W.A, and Scarface were all major influences, but it was Queens-bred street bard Kool G Rap who made the biggest impression. “That’s my crème de la crème rapper right there,” says Simpson, his own presence among the latest in a rich lineage of heavy-handed MCs.

For years Guilty Simpson has been a rock on the Detroit hip-hop circuit alongside those such as J Dilla, Slum Village, Eminem (whom Guilty still calls “Marshall”) & D12, Obie Trice, Proof, Phat Kat and Black Milk. A member of the Almighty Dreadnaughtz crew, Guilty emerged as a sound to be reckoned with after linking with producer Dilla in 2001. In the midst of recording an album’s worth of material on the MC – including the recently released duet “Take Notice” off of Dilla’s heralded Ruff Draft album – Dilla gave Simpson his first appearance on disc with “Strapped” (from 2003’s Jaylib album).

2006 marked his allegiance with Stones Throw Records – at Dilla’s behest – and appearances on both Chrome Children installments and subsequent tour. It’s taken years, but finally Simpson’s full-length solo debut, Ode to the Ghetto, brings him worldwide, chronicling a life led in the rough-hewn city that birthed him.
 
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