Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Ghostface Killah Project Part 5: Fishscale

Two years after "The Pretty Toney Album", Ghost returned with a vengeance with his 5th solo album, and much like his previous releases, I was really anticipating this one, although I didn't cop it until a few months after its release.

Release date- March 28, 2006

The Return of Clyde Smith (Intro)
This takes us right into.....

Shakey Dog (Produced By: Lewis Parker)
Ghost's excellent storytelling starts this album off with a bang. He even mentions at the end "to be continued", and thus far, this story hasn't been continued, lol. It's all good, TIGHT opener though. 5 out of 5

Kilo (Featuring Raekwon, Produced by MoSS)
Fat Joe, Cam'ron, & Clipse would later sample (or jack) this one, but there's no question that Rae and Ghost's version is superior. 4 out of 5

The Champ (Produced By: Just Blaze)
Wow, if there was ever a Just Blaze produced BANGER, this is it. Beginning with a Rocky III influenced intro, in which it's assumed that Ghost hadn't been hungry since "Supreme Clientele". I agree with that slightly, however, Ghost definitely didn't half ass his 3rd and 4th albums. But back to this track, Ghost absolutely kills it, sounding as raw as ever. The Champ indeed! 5 out of 5

Major Operation (Skit)
This VERY brief skit leads us RIGHT into.....

9 Milli Bros. (Produced By: MF Doom)
I didn't want to say "featuring Wu-Tang Clan" for obvious reasons. This was another awesome song, as we hadn't heard all 9 members (with Cappadonna along for the ride) on the same track in such a long time. That vibe was still there. 5 out of 5

Beauty Jackson (Produced By; J Dilla)
Brief song here over a decent J. Dilla track. 3 out of 5

Heart Street Directions (Skit)
Ghost gives a young lady apparent directions, but he delivers them in a sexually explicit, yet humorous, fashion, lol.

Columbus Exchange" (Skit) / Crack Spot (Produced By: Crack Val)
More storytelling from Ghost over this apply titled joint. 4 out of 5

R.A.G.U. (Featuring Raekwon, Produced By: Pete Rock)
Rae and Ghost united (again), nuff said. Their chemistry, one of the best in hip hop history, still remains. 4 out of 5

Big Mouth Kid (Skit)
A kid with big (and bad) mouth highlights this, which was the perfect way to lead us into the next track.

Whip You With A Strap (Produced By: J Dilla)
Ghost gives details about how (and why) he was spanked by his mom back in the day, when he was bad, lol. 4 out of 5

Back Like That (Featuring Ne-Yo, Produced by Xtreme)
At one point I didn't care too much for this song, mostly because I felt Ne-Yo was the last person who should've sung this hook. But with hindsight being 20/20, I've mellowed up to over the past few years and it's actually a decent song, more for the ladies though. 3.5 out of 5

Be Easy (Featuring Trife, Produced by Pete Rock)
Fun type track with Ghost and Trife. 4 out of 5

Clipse of Doom (Featuring Trife, Produced by MF Doom)
Ghost and Trife go hard on this dope MF Doom produced cut. 3.5 out of 5

Jellyfish (Featuring Cappadonna, Trife, and Shawn Wigs, Produced by MF Doom)
Another MF Doom banger. This 4 man collabo brings about a mid 90s vibe. More dopeness. 4 out of 5

Dogs of War (Featuring Raekwon, Cappadonna, and Sun God, Produced by Pete Rock)
Pete Rock again shows up for another tight beat, with this one being his best on the album. I especially love how the beat changes for Rae's verse. Overall, all 4 MCs represent here. 4.5 out of 5

Barbershop (Produced By: Studio Steve)
This could've been viewed as a skit. Again, quite funny here, and brief too. 3 out of 5

Ms. Sweetwater (Skit)

Big Girl (Produced By: Ghostface)
Another one about the ladies. Pretty good, especially Ghostface's soul driven track. 3.5 out of 5

Underwater (Produced By: MF Doom)
Dope music under water. I believe that's what we get here. Again, pretty good. 4 out of 5

The Ironman Takeover (Skit)

Momma (Featuring Megan Rochell, Produced by Sean Cane & LV)
Anyone who appreciates and love their mother will no doubt love this song. 5 out of 5

Three Bricks (Featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Raekwon, Produced by Cool & Dre, Co-Produced by Sean "Diddy" Combs)
I personally didn't think Biggie's vocals were needed for this track, as it was clearly done to death as this point. 3 out of 5

This no doubt was Ghost's best album since 2000's "Supreme Clientele" and with it Ghost was solidified as the most consistent and hard working member of the Wu-Tang Clan. The continuous skits are the ONLY flaws in this otherwise excellent album, also one of 2006's best. We would see more from Ghost that year.

Rating- 4.5 stars

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