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Guilty Simpson is an emcee with skills that also has a knack for working with some of the dopest producers in the game. From his work with J Dilla to Black Milk, Guilty gets it in. As always, Madlib is a busy man, dropping more releases than No Limit in the 90s. The LP OJ Simpson brings the duo together as this is Guilt’s album produced exclusively by Madlib. As another release in the long line of hip-hop’s super-producer/emcee collaborations  the question is, does it live up to history?

Frankly, OJ Simpson begins slowly with two unnecessary introductions. Once the album kicks into full gear, it makes you wonder why they delayed the start. The lead vocal track, “OJ Simpson” comes off well, with Guilty flowing perfectly over a Madlib head nodder. After two more interludes, the album continues with “New Heights”, another dope track that reminds the listener of a mid 90′s Wu Tang banger. With no letting down, “Karma of Kingpin” follows and again grabs the listener with both a fantastically sampled beat and nasty Guilty Simpson flowing effortlessly. The decent “Coroners Music” follows, but does not hold a candle to the standout track “Back on the Road Again”. The essence of the track is in the sick sample and beat given for Guilty to flow over as he describes the tour life.

As it continues with “Hood Sentence” and “Cali Hills”, OJ Simpson, slows down a little musically, but maintains its fine work. The production on the album is extremely strong and consistent with every track vocal track being an audible treat. Other tracks to check for include the dope “Scratch Warning” , “Outside” featuring Strong Arm Steady, the dope by criminally short “Trendsetters” and tunnel banging “100 Styles”. The only weak track is “Mic Check 313″, which is not a terrible track, but is just weak in comparison to the rest of the tracks.

Though it may be seen as a positive as the album moves along, I found the bevy of interludes infuriating. OJ Simpson is a 24 track LP, with 11 interludes/intermissions, some of which are two to four minutes long. Most tracks are followed by one or two interludes that serve to just stop the flow of the album. Ninety percent of the interludes are skippable, which makes them unnecessary. Otherwise, OJ Simpson is musically dope, with a collection of engrossing beats perfectly matched to Guilty Simpson. Though the album’s namesake is a pariah, this OJ Simpson is well worth bringing into your home.

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9 Responses to "Guilty Simpson – "OJ Simpson" – @@@@ (Review)"
  • dj_osiris says:

    It was a disjointed and disappointing album. They attempted to capture that Madvilliany and Jaylib magic, but failed.

    2 stars for me.

  • jack in the box says:

    Despite a number of solid songs, the sequencing ruined it for me. Dudes need to lay off the weed for a couple of sessions.

  • MORT says:

    Madlib lost it a long time ago. He releases so much mediocre music that you forget he’s capable of doingdope shit once in a while

  • LARYEA says:

    yall cant review shyt mane! yo madlib got some fire ass beats but lets face it this mufugga be on some mushrooms or some shyt wit all that movie skits and shyt i mean who da fuck wanna hear that shyt all the time it takes away from the music. you got 24 tracks but only like 8 or 9 are actual cuts. fuck outta here madlib we dont wanna hear dat shyt no mo mane! hiphopsite yall lick balls too fa givin this a higher rating than nas and damien marley, da fuck outta here wit dat shyt mane!

  • KH says:

    If we wanted to hear a bunch of tripped out, nonsense skits we’d listen to a Quasimoto album.

    Maybe he can start releasing his albums as two-disc sets – one with all skits and movie/obscure samples to prove he smokes lots of weed and has lots of records, and another one containing a few songs of dope music. We can save time by throwing one directly into the trash, and cut down on fast-forward button wear and tear.

    I think I like the idea of Madlib more than I like his actual music.

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