Monday, March 18, 2013

The Ghostface Killah Project Part 4: The Pretty Toney Album


Ghost's first album (4th overall) on Def Jam Records was a highly anticipated album by me. One thing about Ghost's albums is that you go into it just knowing you're going to get something great, as expectations are always high regarding what he's going to say and how good the production will be. This was also the second time I bought a Ghostface album on the day of its release.

Release date- April 20, 2004

Intro
Ghost is giving an interview of sorts. Towards the end, he's asked about the status of the Wu-Tang Clan. He says everyone (at the time) was working on their solo projects, but they would also return with another group album and "smash the world". Well, the thought was nice, however, "8 Diagrams", which arrived in late 2007, didn't exactly smash the world, but that's another story.

Biscuits (Featuring Trife da God, Produced by True Master)
Talk about an energetic start to an album. Ghost and Trife come hard over this TIGHT track by True Master. 4 out of 5

Kunta Fly S*** (Produced By: The RZA)
Why Ghost, why was this song a COMPLETE MINUTE considering how GOOD it is. 4 out of 5

Beat The Clock (Produced By: Minnesota)
From the one minute "Kunta Fly S***" we head straight into another banger for sure. Can't do nothing but nod your head to this. 4 out of 5

Metal Lungies (Featuring Sheek Louch & Styles P, Produced by No I.D.)
In what was likely the first collaboration between the Wu and D-Block, the chemistry between the two groups was awesome and that certainly was the case here. Ghost starts it off hype as hell, then Sheek and Styles straight up kill their verses. This wouldn't be the last appearance of D-Block on this album. Another fact, this same beat, although changed up a little, was used on 50 Cent's "The Massacre" on a song titled "I Don't Need Em", but 50 doesn't nearly do that beat justice like these three. 5 out of 5

Bathtub (Skit)
Like I need to describe this, lol.

Save Me Dear (Produced By: Ghostface)
Over a nice Freddie Scott sample, this is another very good song. 4 out of 5

It's Over (Produced By: K-Def)
I like the way David Porter's "I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over" was used on this one. Ghost sounds completely at home over very soulful production, which I feel is the point of most of these songs, and the way he starts this off, by saying this song being about when you going through mad things and you just can't seem to get out of it, is something we can all relate to. 4 out of 5

Keisha's House (Skit)
Quite the funny skit. Ghost's albums have the funniest skits out of all the Wu-Tang solo albums.

Tush (Featuring Missy Elliott, Produced by D. Trotman & Dub Dot Z)
We get Ghost's obvious attempt at commercial success, and you can tell with him linking up with Missy and the entire vibe of this track. Fairly decent, but not one of his best. 3 out of 5

Last Night (Skit)
Remember BDP's "Super Hoe"? If you like that joint, you'll like this skit!

Holla (Produced By: Ghostface)
Man, Ghost took the classic "La La (Means I Love You)" by The Delfonics, sprinkled a dose of Wu-Tang supreme on it, and created a TIGHT piece of work, even down to the hook. 4.5 out of 5

Ghostface (Produced By: Digga)
Influenced by Kurtis Blow's "AJ Scratch", Ghost shows it is he who gets the party started right and who's the "king when it come to these songs". 3.5 out of 5

Be This Way (Produced By: Nottz)
Ghost says we love a lot of things in the hood, but time goes on, and if things don't change, they'll stay the same. That sums up this song in detail and it's very good. 4 out of 5

The Letter (Skit)

Tooken Back (Featuring Jacki-O, Produced by Nottz)
Ghost does indeed take things back on this very good duet with the forgotten Jacki-O. 3.5 out of 5

Run (Featuring Jadakiss, Produced by The RZA)
D-Block rep Jadakiss shows up to bless this awesome track with Ghost, and the Wu-Tang/D-Block chemistry continues even as the album is on its way to closing. 5 out of 5

Love (Featuring Musiq Soulchild, Produced by No I.D.)
Ghost professes his love for a number of things on this great album closer. "Love my last album (Bulletproof Wallets) even though the s*** went wood". 4.5 out of 5


When I first played this, I remember liking it A LOT at the time. It's still another excellent album in Ghost's discography, and some may say this is his most underrated album, but I would respectively disagree.

Rating- 4 stars

Updated rating (as of 3/18/13)- 4.5 stars
 

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