Ghetto Pop Life

Ghetto Pop Life

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by DM & Jemini
     
 
Although released by Warp's cerebral hip-hop imprint Lex Records (Boom Bip, Tes), DM & Jemini's Ghetto Pop Life has more in common with the cartoonish bump of California's lionized old school than with any current indie hip-hop aesthetic. Danger Mouse's

Overview

Although released by Warp's cerebral hip-hop imprint Lex Records (Boom Bip, Tes), DM & Jemini's Ghetto Pop Life has more in common with the cartoonish bump of California's lionized old school than with any current indie hip-hop aesthetic. Danger Mouse's loopy, jazzy production style and Jemini's excitable, careening vocals (think Slim Kid 3) conjure immediate comparisons to mid-'90s backpacker touchstones Souls of Mischief and Pharcyde, the latter of whom actually guest on the gothic maypole flutter of "Medieval." While unavoidable, these striking similarities don't detract from the album, probably because DM & Jemini are too busy having fun to sermonize, wag fingers, or pine for days long passed. Standouts include the widescreen first single "Ghetto Pop Life," the velvety glimmer of "Yoo Hoo!," and the Just Blaze-inspired helium soul of the club-ready "The Only One." Things flag a bit as the album winds down -- the wincingly clichéd political rap of "Bush Boys" feels strained and out of place -- but for the most part, it brims with hooks, bump, and energy. Evocative without being pointlessly nostalgic and fun without being goofy, Ghetto Pop Life is a convincingly strong debut.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2004
Label:
Lex Records
UPC:
0801061510022
catalogNumber:
5100
Rank:
70337

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

DM & Jemini   Primary Artist
Jemini the Gifted One   Vocals,Group Member
Paul Huntley   Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Joe "Flip" Wilson   Bass
J-Zone   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Robert Rice   Baritone,Group Member
Prince Poetry   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Tha Liks   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Danger Mouse   Group Member
Joel Anderson   Group Member
DJ Yoda   scratching
Natalie Raybould   Soprano,Group Member
London Ghetto Pop Choir   Vocals
Clare McCaldin   Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal),Group Member
Kai Martin   Vocals

Technical Credits

Pharcyde   Engineer
Trevor Smith   Composer
Kieran Walsh   Engineer
R. Robinson   Composer
J-Zone   Engineer
Danger Mouse   Producer
John Brengman   Engineer
Paul Clark   Choral Composition

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Ghetto Pop Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It will always be known to me as the album that was more underated than any album ever. I can argue that this album is up there with some of the best of all time, Like Public Enemy's "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" and The Beastie Boys "Paul's Boutique". Allthough this album might not be as powerfull as "Nation Of Millions" or "Paul's Boutique" but in the listening expeirience this album tops all rap album's....Exept maybe for "The College Dropout" An Instant classic, It's the album that you will wanna tell the world about.