24 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Detroit-bred rapper Guilty Simpson and Southern California–based producer Madlib both came of age in the early to mid-'90s, a time when rap albums were carefully constructed and often cinematic works of art. In its return to the album concept of one rapper/one producer, OJ Simpson maintains a timeless feel, even if its beats are thoroughly modern and sometimes even mind-altering. Each member of the duo helps refine the other man’s talents. The conversation peaks on “O.J. Simpson,” “New Heights,” and especially “Hood Sentence,” in which Madlib lets the musical spirits circulate around Guilty’s gruff descriptions of inner-city strife.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Detroit-bred rapper Guilty Simpson and Southern California–based producer Madlib both came of age in the early to mid-'90s, a time when rap albums were carefully constructed and often cinematic works of art. In its return to the album concept of one rapper/one producer, OJ Simpson maintains a timeless feel, even if its beats are thoroughly modern and sometimes even mind-altering. Each member of the duo helps refine the other man’s talents. The conversation peaks on “O.J. Simpson,” “New Heights,” and especially “Hood Sentence,” in which Madlib lets the musical spirits circulate around Guilty’s gruff descriptions of inner-city strife.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

D Dog 313 ,

Detroit Murder Rap

Once again, Guilty Simpson does it.. Theses D cats dont play!!

Whatisthisss ,

OJ Simpson = OJ - Otis Jackson (Madlib

Initially, I wasn't really sure what to think of Madlib's beats (dope as usual) paired with Guilty's rugged (and I mean rugged) style. I gave it a few spins, and the more I listened to it, I found how cohesive this album is. The beats are on par to the legend that is Madlib. He has the Medicine show dropping sick beats, and then add this to his 2010 haul, and he's having a great year. As for Guilty Simpson, he's becoming one of my favorite emcees. His style is as hard as it gets and he brings it.

Overall, it's amazing to see how versatile Madlib is to change his style to suit the strengths of Guilty's delivery and flow. It's really a great album. The constant interludes are a bit unnecessary, but I'm not too surprised since Madlib shows his beat-making prowess on them. I wish there were less of them and more Guilty, but it's still a top notch album.

With it being a weak 2010 for hip-hop so far, this is definitely the best thing out (I wouldn't be surprised if this was my favorite album of the year).

ZaccF ,

Guilty & Madlib

One of my favorite producers ever teams up with Guilty Simpson for an entire album? I'm down. Buy it.

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