Ghostface Killah – Fishscale

Ghostface Killah - FishscaleAfter the intro the first song is a tune and a half which is named “Shakey Dog” UK Producer Lewis Parker creates a beat from voice sampling and dominant horns as Ghost paints a picture of a robbery. A very good way to begin the album and continues with “Kilo” where the production is very minimal to be generous with just funky guitars, again vocal sampling and outburst of horns. Though as the album progresses a lot of the beats are like this. Maybe Ghost wanted it to have a vibe of the boom bap sound. “R.A.G.U”’s Delfonic sampling from legend Pete Rock sort of reminds me of classic Wu. J dilla creates both brilliant simple beats with the bass heavy “Whip me with a strap” where Ghostface describes his mum raising him. Even the posse cut “Dogs of war” made by Pete rock works. Most of them work but two dont as they come off boring. Both of them happen to be by MF Doom.“Clipse of Doom” even though I like the freaky sounding of it (sort of supervillain sounding) but he should have flipped the beat a bit more, and“Jellyfish” the organ, even though these sound different from what’s on the market in this day and age, you can’t help but to hit the skip button.

Saying all of that not all the beats are simplistic as some of them are some of the most complicated beats I ever heard for a hip hop album. MF Doom creates the album banger with “9 Milli Bro’s”featuring the whole Wu Tang Clan! When I first heard this beat on the Nastradoomus album I loved it and even more now the greatest group lay their vocals on it. Another favourite of mine also by MF Doom is “Underwater”. MF Doom creates a beat which first gives you the atmosphere of someone searching underwater while Ghost creative as possible talks about an underwater adventure. Just Blaze’s“The Champ”also shows more complicated producing. With pianos, horns and more Ghost brags he is the champ with his lyrics and for once it is a worthy title match.

This album is great and different from most mainstream hip-hop with singles like “Be Easy” and “Back like that”.Ghost is still lyrically gifted with flows and personality. For this reason this album gets a 4/5

Recommendation: Buy this album

Ghostface Killah – Bulletproof Wallets

Ghostface Killah - Bulletproof Wallets1993 a group entered hip-hop and little did they know they would change Hip-hop forever their name was Wu-tang. With their unique sound and lyrics they couldn’t be matched. Each member even more amazing had their own reason to be liked. ODB the hilarious and weird one, Raekwon one of the greatest lyricist ever and so on bla bla fast forward and Ghostface had a near perfect flow and so much personality in one man it was mad him containing one man. It was like they where built to satisfy everyone. Few years later and looks like the Wu followers were looking for an album to top the last one. Then in 2000 Ghost dropped Supreme Clientele, the mainstream went mad most claimed it was better than Ironman, I personally don’t think it is better but roll with me. Everyone was waiting for Ghost to drop a 3rd solo.

As the intro hits we hear Raekwon and Ghost complaining about how their overlooked in hip-hop. You start to think yeah classic Wu sound. “Maxine” hits and you hear yes it has a Wu feel with the very uptempo beat made from the usual RZA horns. You then examines the lyrics and it is classic Ghost with a story with Ghost personality thrown in to paint a even clearer picture of a crackhead apartment being busted in by dealers and well its hard to understand what happens due to Ghost’s slang. “Flowers” and well this is totally unheard from a Wu member. The beat must be made out of them bells and sounds so light compared to anything Ghost has ever done. I can imagine Puffy to rhyme over this with him dancing in one of those shiny suits. Looks like Ghost has been working with other artists *checks booklet* Ahh RZA ofcourse he would make a song like this………………..What the ***** *looks again* must be a misprint but if it isn’t than this is totally isn’t RZA style I can normally tell which is and which isn’t a RZA beat. Method and Raekwon come off nice even tho I believe they’re talking about women and sex raps Urggh! It’s average at best. “Never be the same again” equipped with a Cringe-worthy bass ready for an Dirty R Kelly produced R’N’B songs well atleast this isn’t a RZA surprise beat actually *checks booklet again to make sure* yes as I was saying, this song is disgusting. The level goes up with the crew anthem “Theodore” featuring his old Theodore crew over an beat which sounds like it is one of those music boxes where you open it and something is dancing made by the underrated Allah Mathematics. Then the level goes right down with the Bragging filled “Ghost Showers” . Bad in all aspects. Again I find myself speaking too soon when we are hit with two great songs “Strawberry” and “The Forest” . Although Strawberry is a cringe-worthy sex song I just love the beat which by the way is made again by Allah mathematics. Ghost and him are brilliant together as we can see from the last album. “The Forest” where the beat has a kiddy feel and Ghost spits about Cartoon characters and them being painted as crooks. Some may say this is kind of Cubes “A Gangsta Fairytale” but it’s so much more than that with the way Ghost’s personality paints it. It doesn’t really get anywhere near with the rest from “The Juks” with a beat which sounds like it’s perfectly made for Jay-z/Roc-a-fella to “The Hilton” where the beat sounds like it has Paris banging along to it although saying that the lyrics make it up. Not even the RZA produced “Walking through the darkness” can take it up that far only to be crushed from songs like the terrible love song “Love session”. Everything of the song is terrible of this from the soppy bollocks lyrics to the badly sung hook by Ruff Endz.

This entire album gets 2.5 out of 5. This album is a rollercoaster of an album one minute you’re saying how great it is to only be crushed by a bad song right after it. Ghostface really has tried experimenting with this album and try to evolve it away from the typical Wu sound giving it a more R’N’B sound/feel. One minute you’re praising it for its beats the next you’re not same goes with lyrics. Most songs your saying how great the beat is and how bad the lyrics/subject matter is. This album is all over the place. I feel it’s quite shameful calling it a solo when most of the Ghost’s solos are filled with Features. Another flaw is the amount of skits and interludes there is. Interlude is a nice name for skit. And what the freaking hell is up with the wrong tracklisting on the back?????? It looks like its missing one of the most possible best songs on the album featuring Slick Rick.

Recommendation: I Don’t recommend if you want the typical Wu sound buy “Ironman” and “Supreme Clientele”. If you somehow don’t like that sound then buy his latest release The Pretty Toney Album which you can also find the main site or forum. If you like an R’n’bish album then approach with caution.