Coming out of West Orange, NJ, GDP is a homegrown do-it-yourself hero. Combining a smooth yet gritty flow, hard lyrics, and grimy yet club-worthy beats, GDP has continued to impress with his sophomore release Useless Eaters. Released on March 20 via Run for Cover Records, Useless Eaters is an eleven track romp through the cynical mind of the young rapper. Recorded across the tri-state area by GDP and collaborator Pistol, the album features the likes of Young Zee (The Outsidaz) and Tame One (Artifacts) with beats produced by Aoi, DOS4GW, and Frozen Gentleman.
The album opens with “Neural Circuitry,” a fast-paced track with a cymbal loop-heavy beat, and great use of 8-bit tones. Halfway through the song I was rapping along, “Too high to die.” This is definitely a strong opener, which energizes the listener and gives them a preview of what’s to come. When first hearing GDP you notice his unique attitude and flow. I immediately heard a likeness to the rapper in Chronic Future, but with a smoother delivery. With Chronic Future being a guilty pleasure, I was pleased to hear someone with a similar tone.
The album continues with more of the same top notch, sludgy yet energetic beats and then comes to my favorite track on the album, “Holy Grail.” With a beat consisting of a slower-paced bass line and heavy use of a vibraslap, it is definitely a standout. Lyrically it’s a hard hitter too, with lines such as “Props get thrown around loosely like the word indie/No chivalry within the industry.” The whole track just shows the disdain that GDP has for the commercial hip hop acts. While they may reach fame, they have no true place within hip hop culture. Considering he has toured with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Tame One, and Dead Prez you have to appreciate and respect the sentiment.
To close the album GDP goes with, “Someday When Things Are Good.” With a jazzy beat and somber lyrics, it is a strong way to end Useless Eaters. Starting out slowly and then building into a frenzy of saxophone, drums, and keys, it is definitely worth repeating. It is great to hear tracks with varied and unique beats and this is something that GDP delivers on. While it may not be the easiest thing to listen to the first time around, it definitely grows on you as you continue to delve into the album.
Being from New Jersey, it is great to see success for GDP, especially since he has been touring relentlessly and continues to put out unique and quality music. While Useless Eaters will probably not gain any radio play or mainstream critical acclaim, it is definitely a strong collection of distinctive and enjoyable hip hop. Combining strong delivery, cynical lyricism, and challenging yet ultimately entertaining beats, Useless Eaters is a must hear for fans of underground and old school hip hop. With a heavy touring schedule, be sure to check out GDP if he comes to a city near you.