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DAVE GHETTO
LOVE LIFE?
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With a wild cast of campaigners like Fat Joe, Just Blaze, and Jazzy Jeff, Dave Ghetto's debut album is all kinds of wonderful. The Camden MC talks real slow, but heís quick with the metaphors, and more empathetic than preachy. Yes, he says on "The Game," "Iím tired of the kids who destroy and donít build." But heís more focused on "the seeds who canít read but know the Ten Crack Commandments." Ghetto understands the power of narrative, and he paints his home town in Jersey with contrasting hues, juxtaposing his position as an elder with the plight of the boys on the corner. He fills the lead single, "Hey, Young World, Pt. 2," with entreaties, begging for peace from "these young cats with hammers who be wiliní in the streets." Not that heís so socially responsible (or complicated) he canít denounce Cee-Loís catcalls on "Groupie Sex." Everybody loves a little moral tension, right?

BY JAMIN WARREN


Issue Date: January 13 - 19, 2006
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