Electro Ghetto

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After Vom Bordstein bis Zur Skyline (2003) established Bushido as one of Germany's leading rappers, he split with the indie label Aggro Berlin and founded his own major-label vanity label, "Ersguterjunge," in association with Universal. His major-label album debut, Electro Ghetto, his second solo album overall, signaled his ambitions to rise atop the German rap scene. Brimming with ideas and wildly diverse in style, the album runs long at 22 tracks and features a long list of guest rappers. Moreover, it finds Bushido working with outside producers for the first time in his career. Whereas previous efforts has been self-produced, Electro Ghetto is produced primarily by DJ Ilan, DJ Desue, and Beathoavenz; in fact, only "Schmetterling" is produced by Bushido himself. Electro Ghetto is clearly an album with greater ambitions than Vom Bordstein bis Zur Skyline, and while there are plenty of highlights -- including the hit singles "Electro Ghetto," "Hoffnung Stirbt Zuletzt," and "Nie Wieder," plus the Baba Saad feature "Ersguterjunge" -- there are also plenty of dull moments where the album drags, particularly during some of the numerous guest features. A great success, no question about it, as it elevated Bushido's stature within the German rap scene and catapulted him into the Top Ten of the German albums chart, Electro Ghetto is a transitional album sometimes disdained by fans who prefer the Aggro Berlin output of Bushido prior to his mainstream breakthrough.

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