Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A review of Ghostface Killah's "Twelve Reasons To Die"

Although this isn't part of the recent Ghostface Killah project I completed, I just decided to do a review of this album on the day of its release, in the same form that I did for his project. A concept album based on the comic book of the same name, Ghostface returns with his 10th studio album, produced solely by Adrian Younge. Much like his last few albums, the hype/anticipation simply wasn't there, but being that he's in my (still to be completed) top 10, you know I was looking forward to it. Let's get to the review!

Beware of the Stare
This was a decent opener, but compared to the openers on some of his previous albums, it falls a LITTLE short, but still decent for the most part. 3 out of 5

Rise of the Black Suits
Somewhat of a ode to the rise, or should I say the continuing rise of "black bosses" in the hip hop world. It's good, but it seems to end right as you're getting into it. 3 out of 5

I Declare War (featuring Masta Killa)
Things pick up a bit with this dope track. Masta Killa ALMOST steals the show here, and I can't recall him sounding this inspired in a LONG time. 4 out of 5

Blood of the Cobblestones (featuring Inspectah Deck & U-God)
Kind of an odd song title isn't it, lol? Either way, this is still good all around, albeit another short song. Deck doesn't begin this one like you would expect, but he closes it nicely. 3.5 out of 5

The Center of Attraction (featuring Cappadonna)
We get the standard "female track", hence the song title. I honestly wasn't too impressed with this one. Not because of the subject matter, but rather a seemingly off beat Ghost and Cappa almost adding nothing to the song. 2.5 out of 5

Enemies All Around Me
This apply titled song is a very good "3.5 out of 5" lead in to the next song.

An Unexpected Call (The Set Up) featuring Inspectah Deck
Ghostface flexes his tight storytelling skills along with Deck, and again, it's another SHORT song. 4 out of 5

The Rise of Ghostface Killah
This was the first song I heard several weeks back. I liked it then, and I still feel the same about it now. Dope stuff. 4 out of 5

The Catastrophe (featuring Inspectah Deck and Killa Sin)
Deck shows up again (a very welcomed guest of course), and he blesses this one along with Ghost, but the underrated Killa Sin absolutely steals the show with his verse. 4 out of 5

Murder Spree (featuring U-God, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, & Killa Sin)
A Wu-styled cut here, and I like the way the beat switches during the course of the song. Everyone brings the goods. 4 out of 5

The Sure Shot (Parts 1 & 2)
Ghost sure knows how to flow over a nice breakbeat, and this one is no different. 3.5 out of 5

12 Reasons To Die
This instrumental closes the album.

Well, I can say this was a very good album, not a classic or groundbreaking by any means. Ghost is sounding different within recent times, but in no way is that a knock on him. The production by Mr. Younge suits Ghost well, however, the one issue I have with this album is the length of most of the songs, as they seemingly end just as you're getting into them. At this point, I'll go with a very solid 4 stars for this one, and I feel it's one of those albums that may grow on you the more you listen to it. Recommended.

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