GDP - Useless Eaters [2011 / 320 / 88 Mb]
01. Neural Circuitry
03. Carbon Footprint
04. Little Boxes
05. Don't Worry About the Government
07. Social Enema
08. Holy Grail
09. All My Friends Are On Meds
11. Someday When Things are Good
|Hailing from the saturated tri-state area surrounding New Jersey, GDP has quickly made a name for himself the best way possible: being unique. His years of hard work produced tours with the Wu-Tang Clan and RZA as well as Tame One, where he was able to spread his message of an unfair present leading to a bleak future. GDP's unapologetic caricatures of today's most prevailing personality flaws is sure to make him just as many enemies as friends, but I doubt that bothers him much. His latest album is as forward as they come, and he pulls no punches as he targets importanat societal concerns.|
Useless Eaters wastes no time getting started, setting off on a fast pace with the very first track. “Neural Circuitry” is a cynical view on the over-the-top party atmosphere prevalent in today's social scene, set ablaze by GDP's venomous lyricism and bass-filled production peppered with obvious electronic influences. “Too high to die!” GDP exclaims, conjuring a Charlie Sheen-esque personality that seems more a parody than an actual mission statement. It's apparent that this first track was meant to make a statement, and “Neural Circuitry” sets the tempo for the whole album.
A few tracks later, “Carbon Footprint” acts as another of GDP's soapboxes, as he talks on the movement to become green and make less of an impact on the world around us. Led by a solid beat and old-school funk samples, GDP razes both the government and the major corporations they seem to serve for allowing so many harmful contaminants make their way into our environment without even a twinge of remorse. His mistrust of the government is continued later with the ironically named “Don't Worry About the Government,” as he makes note of no-fly watch lists and FEMA camps with reckless abandon. On an album filled to the brim with intense production, “Government” feels a bit reserved when compared to GDP's lyrics, but it's a welcome reprieve and makes the message the center stage.
Many of the tracks on Useless Eater bounce along at an eager pace, but at the same time carry a mistrusting air that seems to be GDP's most defining characteristic. No other track showcases this as perfectly as “Social Enema,” who's lyrics match the title almost perfectly. The production is dirty with rhymes to match, detailing the lonely side of drug addiction that rarely sees the light of day. Pistol of SlangCorp is featured in a short verse, a strong showing overall but completely outmatched by GDP's superior flow and lyrical style.
Useless Eaters was my first experience with GDP and his unique style, but it was a nice surprise. With Definitive Jux going on hiatus and many of it's core artists leaving for greener pastures, there was a bit of a hole left that hasn't been filled since. This album and GDP himself are a perfect substitute for what was lost, as every beat and lyric carry the same paranoid yet confident atmosphere that made their music so compelling. While the production doesn't vary much from track to track, it's solid and doesn't detract from GDP's fascinating lyricism. Useless Eaters is a dark, unhinged journey through GDP's mind, harsh while still remaining focused and mature. Dive into this one as soon as possible.