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Ghetto Pop Life is a collaborative studio album by Danger Mouse & Jemini. It was released on Lex Records in 2003. It features guest appearances from Tha Liks, J-Zone, Prince Po, and The Pharcyde. In 2004, a reprint of the album with three additional tracks was released in the United States.

Ghetto Pop Life
GhettoPopLife.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 9, 2003 (2003-09-09)
GenreHip hop
Length57:24
LabelLex
ProducerDanger Mouse
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
BBC - Collective8/10[2]
Dusted Magazinefavorable[3]
IGN8.5/10[4]
musicOMH4/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork7.8/10[6]
Prefix6/10 stars[7]
Stylus MagazineA[8]
XLR8Rfavorable[9]

Lex Records also released three EPs with tracks (and remixes of tracks) from the album: Take Care of Business, Conceited Bastard, and 26 Inch EP. Moreover, there was a special promotional CD, titled Ghetto Pop Mix, a mixtape with short remixes of the tracks from the album fading into each other, along with a couple of new exclusive tracks.

Contents

Critical receptionEdit

Mark Pytlik of AllMusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5, saying: "Evocative without being pointlessly nostalgic and fun without being goofy, Ghetto Pop Life is a convincingly strong debut."[1] Dom Passantino of Stylus Magazine gave the album a grade of "A", calling it "not only one of the best albums of the year, but also possibly the strangest."[8]

Pitchfork placed it at number 37 on the "Top 50 Albums of 2003" list.[10] The Guardian named it the 19th best album of 2003.[11] In 2011, inthemix named it the 48th best dance album of the 2000s.[12] In 2017, ThoughtCo included it on the "100 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the 2000s" list.[13]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLength
1."Born-A-MC"2:29
2."Ghetto Pop Life Intro"1:09
3."Ghetto Pop Life"4:23
4."Omega Supreme"5:03
5."What U Sittin' On?" (featuring Tha Liks)3:58
6."The Only One"3:17
7."Take Care of Business" (featuring J-Zone)3:38
8."That Brooklyn Shit"3:35
9."Yoo-Hoo!"4:35
10."Copy Cats" (featuring Prince Po)3:49
11."Don't Do Drugs"3:23
12."Medieval" (featuring The Pharcyde)4:59
13."Bush Boys"4:01
14."Here We Go Again"3:51
15."I'ma Doomee (Love Letter)"3:04
16."Knuckle Sandwich"2:07
Total length:57:24

Ghetto Pop MixEdit

Ghetto Pop Mix
 
Mixtape by
ReleasedSeptember 25, 2003 (2003-09-25)
GenreHip hop
Length36:23
LabelLex
ProducerDanger Mouse

There were two editions of this promotional mixtape CD: The original one, with eleven tracks, which was only available with the August 2003 issue of Hip-Hop Connection; and an extended version with a total of sixteen tracks.

No.TitleLength
1."Intro"2:15
2."Ghetto Pop Life"1:40
3."Don't Do Drugs"1:12
4."The Only One"1:13
5."(exclusive track)"2:44
6."That Brooklyn Shit"2:10
7."What U Sittin' On?"2:00
8."Omega Supreme"3:38
9."Bush Boys"1:35
10."(exclusive track)"1:01
11."Copy Cats"2:24
12."(exclusive track)"1:57
13."Brooklyn Kids"2:56
14."Who Wanna Step II Dis"4:21
15."Tom's Diner (DM Mix)"1:59
16."It Ain't Hard to Tell (DM Mix)"3:13
Total length:36:23

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Pytlik, Mark. "Ghetto Pop Life - DM & Jemini". AllMusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  2. ^ Rutledge, James (July 11, 2003). "BBC review". Collective. BBC. Archived from the original on July 3, 2004. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  3. ^ Strock, Owen (November 7, 2003). "Dusted Reviews: DM + Jemini - Ghetto Pop Life". Dusted Magazine. Archived from the original on October 26, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  4. ^ Fry, Will (September 28, 2005). "Danger Mouse & Jemini - Ghetto Pop Life". IGN. News Corporation. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  5. ^ Hubbard, Michael (July 14, 2003). "DM & Jemini – Ghetto Pop Life". musicOMH. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  6. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott (September 16, 2003). "Danger Mouse / Jemini: Ghetto Pop Life". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  7. ^ Burrell, Jalylah (September 9, 2003). "Danger Mouse and Jemini - Ghetto Pop Life". Prefix. Prefix Media. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Passantino, Dom (September 1, 2003). "DM and Jemini - Ghetto Pop Life". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  9. ^ Ware, Tony (August 15, 2003). "Ghetto Pop Life". XLR8R. Archived from the original on November 28, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 2003 (page 2)". Pitchfork. December 31, 2003. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Albums of 2003". The Guardian. December 14, 2003. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  12. ^ "The Best Dance Albums of the 2000s". inthemix. Junkee Media. January 19, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  13. ^ "The 100 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the 2000s". ThoughtCo. Dotdash. June 18, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2018.

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