Ghetto Postage

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Ghetto Postage
The cover consists of a postage stamp that features a man wearing a white tank top, grey dress pants and sunglasses. Behind him is a light surrounding him and the American flag. A tank stamp appears on the lower left of the cover. The artist's name, album title and stamp price are colored gold.
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 28, 2000
Recorded1999–2000
GenreGangsta rap
Length73:38
Label
ProducerMaster P (exec.), Donald XL Robertson (exec.), Carlos Stephens, Ke'noe, Myke Diesel, Sugar Bear, Ezell Swang
Master P chronology
Only God Can Judge Me
(1999)
Ghetto Postage
(2000)
Game Face
(2001)

Ghetto Postage is the ninth studio album by American rapper Master P. It was released in November 28, 2000 on No Limit Records and Priority Records in the United States. This is Master P's last album to be distributed by Priority. The album features Snoop Dogg, Silkk the Shocker and Tamar Braxton. The album included the singles "Bout Dat" featuring Silkk the Shocker and "Souljas". The album was mostly produced by Carlos Stephens and Donald XL Robertson along with Myke Diesel.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic57/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[3]
HipHopDX2/5 stars[4]
RapReviews6.5/10[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]
Vibe3.5/5 stars

Ghetto Postage garnered mixed reviews from music critics, who were divided over the production and Master P's musical performance. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 57, based on 6 reviews.[1]

Steve 'Flash' Juon of RapReviews gave note of the album's in-house production providing catchy bangers, sparse list of guest artists and Master P adopting different personas and limiting his "guttural moan of ghetto pain" on each track, concluding that "P sticks to themes and with 19 songs on the album, he has more than enough chance to get hot; he catches that heat on more than half. It's not a risky or an innovative album, but the fans of the Tank will keep rollin."[5] AllMusic's Jason Birchmeier felt the record had an overlong track listing with many duds but found it much better than Only God Can Judge Me, giving praise to "Bout Dat", "I Don't Give Ah What" and "Souljas" as highlights and the framing of Master P in a more likable role, concluding that "[T]his doesn't necessarily make for good music, but it's one of the album's nicer qualities."[2] Evan Serpick of Entertainment Weekly called the album an "overwrought gangsta package" for containing "stale rhymes and grooves", a lengthy hip-hop checklist, and all too brief bursts of humor to give the listeners relief from Master P's litany of lyrical assaults against former labelmates.[3] A writer for HipHopDX criticized the record's production team for creating underwhelming beats that lack the punch found in Ghetto D and Master P's performance feeling uninspired and only there for both the gimmicky title and name value, concluding that, "Although some fans will surely enjoy Master P's newest it seems more likely that Ghetto Postage will only cause his fanbase to dwindle even further than it already has. He must be kicking himself at about this time, if only he hadn't dumped his old producers."[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album found decent success with the single "Bout Dat" featuring Silkk The Shocker, which made it to number eleven on the US Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks.

Animation[edit]

The music video for "Souljas" was the first fully animated Hip Hop music video ever which became a huge success for No Limit.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Intro" (featuring Erica Foxx)1:41
2."Bout Dat" (featuring Silkk The Shocker)3:21
3."Don Is Back (Skit)"0:28
4."Doo Rags" (featuring Freedom)3:09
5."Bitch I Like"3:12
6."My Three Uncles (Skit)"1:17
7."Golds in They Mouth" (featuring C-Murder)4:15
8."Problems (Skit)"2:25
9."Poppin' Them Collars" (featuring Snoop Dogg)4:47
10."I Don't Give Ah What"2:41
11."Twerk That Thang"2:55
12."Life I Live" (featuring Slay Sean & Short Circuit)4:14
13."Souljas"3:32
14."The Real Nigga (Skit)"1:42
15."Pockets Gone' Stay Fat (Big Tymers Diss)" (featuring Magic)3:41
16."My Babooski" (featuring Tamar Braxton)3:36
17."Still Ballin'" (featuring Krazy & Slay Sean)3:18
18."Soulja Boo" (featuring Erica Foxx)3:48
19."Hush"3:57
20."Roll How We Roll" (featuring Afficial)2:52
21."Would You" (featuring Suga Bear & Krazy)3:11
22."It Don't Get No Better" (featuring Black Felon)2:42
23."Always Come Back to You"3:45

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
positions
US Billboard 200[7] 25
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[8] 2

Singles[edit]

Bout Dat

Chart (2000) Peak
positions
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 12
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 10
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[11] 1

Souljas

Chart (2000) Peak
positions
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 96
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 30
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[11] 3

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ghetto Postage by Master P". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Ghetto Postage - Master P". AllMusic. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Serpick, Evan (December 15, 2000). "Ghetto Postage". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Ghetto Postage - Master P". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. January 4, 2001. Archived from the original on July 21, 2009. Retrieved October 5, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ a b Juon, Steve 'Flash' (December 5, 2000). "Feature for December 5, 2000 - Master P's "Ghetto Postage"". RapReviews. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
  6. ^ Hunter, James (November 21, 2000). "Master P: Ghetto Postage". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on October 1, 2007. Retrieved October 5, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Master P Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "Master P Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Master P Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Master P Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Master P Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 27, 2019.