THE SIMPSON TAPE is actually not Guilty Simpson & Oh No's first collaborative project, contrary to popular belief; "This past year , around the same time Madlib was creating his remix of Guilty Simpson's Ode to The Ghetto for his Madlib Medicine Show #1 release, we had Oh No remix the tracks as well, using samples from the Now-Again catalog. Oh No's collection, Ghettodes is not meant as as 'album', but you put [all] 14 tracks together, and you might as well call it that." Stones Throw quietly "leaked" a number of Ghettodes tracks out to savvy crate-diggers between 2008-10 including The Whitefield Brothers-sampling "American Nightmare," "Piglets," "Futuristic," "What to Do," "Y'all Scared," "Dreads," and "Killer." Just the other day, while I was perusing through Now-Again/Stones Throw's Discogs label pages, I stumbled upon "Stones Throw Music Library, Vol. 3: Ghettodes," which then led me to Stones Throw's somehow still working 5-year-old download link.
It's really a shame that the 14-track (non-)collection was never properly released "to the masses" because Oh No's Soulfully-accented beats really compliment Guilty Simpson's grizzly hard as nails rhyme schemes, which "show Detroit-based Simpson in a new - and of course, still grimy - light." Guilty Simpson & Oh No's working relationship has seemingly continued to flourish over the years; the rapper-producer team reportedly recorded a suspiciously shelved remix of Madlib and Simpson's OJ Simpson LP, which only yielded "Ultimate Athletes" (New Heights Remix), and their limited edition 5-track THE SIMPSON TAPE EP concocted for last year's second annual Cassette Store Day. Stones Throw further alluded to the fact that there's reportedly a Guilty Simpson x Quakers (aka: Geoff Barrow) full-length currently in-the-works, slated for a 2015 release, upon the cassette tape's roll-out.