Ghetto Doggs

Dear Critics

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Philippine rap band Ghetto Doggs have a lot of bitterness in their hearts, and they despise many other rappers. On the group's 1999 album, Dear Critics, they take caustic aim at perceived critics of the group and rappers they believe are plastic and insincere. On "Ilibing ng Buhay, Pt. 2" (Buried Alive, Pt. 2), however, their anger makes more sense, as the group directs their barbs at the upper-class, aristocratic society of the Philippines, who often flaunt their wealth and have little concern for their less fortunate countrymen. Ghetto Doggs' most exciting, cohesive rapping is heard on this song. The dominant tone of the album is set by the opening, "Psycho," on which Ghetto Doggs belittle another unnamed rapper whom they say is now in a mental hospital, emphasizing that this rapper's album didn't sell in the Philippine marketplace, but can only sell big inside the mental hospital. Ghetto Doggs use a lot of profanity throughout the album, which may mask an inability to think up better, more credible lyrics. Musically, nearly all the songs use a slow, repeated musical figure, and this gets tedious for a listener. One wonders why Dear Critics was even made.