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G-Dep Child still got the
G-Dep Child still got the stigma
Child of the Ghetto
Three stars (out of five)
The stigma is still there.
In the past, present and for the foreseeable future, any new rapper
who comes out with an album on P-Diddy's Bad Boy label will hear the
whispering comparisons to the Notorious B.I.G..
However, G-Dep's ticket to fame will be his originality. The Harlem
native does not come from the cookie-cutter 'wanna-be-king-of-NY' mould.
Instead of relying on lyrics, storytelling and smooth flow, he aims to
please with a stop-and-go, multi-syllabic, somewhat non-sensical style.
The end result is a surprisingly entertaining album.
"Let's Get It" and "Special Delivery" have been played on many a DJ's
turntable. On the former, Dep manages to deliver one of the worst rhymes
of the year, but still outshines label brethren P-Diddy and Black Rob with
his wit and catchy lines.
The latter showcases his signature style, backed by a crazy beat provided
by hot-as-hell producer EZ Elpee.
"Keep It Gangsta" is exactly as the title suggests. Dep and currently
incarcerated Bad Boy, Shyne trade male bravado over a nice piano loop
backed by hard bass.
The Biggie/Bad Boy formula – the need to include familiar samples and
jiggy show tunes for record sales – is in full effect on Child of the
Ghetto and weak songs are the result. "Doe Fiends" is nothing short of
disrespect to an Eric B & Rakim classic while "Smash On The First Night"
Replace songs like these and Dep's debut would have been nothing short of
stellar. Leave them in and he's just another rapper waiting to bust out.