Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Ghostface Killah Project Part 9: Apollo Kids

I feel this album was announced out of nowhere, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. After I saw the official tracklist for the album, I put in my pre-order (via and anticipated it as much as I did Ghost's other albums. 

Release date- December 21, 2010

Purified Thoughts (Featuring GZA & Killah Priest, Produced by Frank Dukes)
This is one apply titled opener right here. Ghost starts it off right, followed by two equally good verses from GZA and Priest. 4 out of 5

Superstar (Featuring Busta Rhymes, Produced by Shroom)
Well, if you've heard a song like this, you've heard them all. Decent overall, doesn't break any new ground though. 3 out of 5

Black Tequila (Featuring Cappadonna & Trife Diesel, Produced by Frank Dukes)
Not sure why this is titled "Black Tequila", other than that, good song here. 3.5 out of 5

Drama (Featuring Joell Ortiz & The Game, Produced by Sean C & LV)
Drama indeed, and all three MCs lyrically speak of those issues on this tight song. Game's verse is probably one of the last dope ones to come from him I feel. 4 out of 5

2getha Baby (Produced By: Yakub)
This is "vintage Ghost" right here, delivering that unmistakable flow over a nice beat with a dope soul sample. 4 out of 5

Starkology (Produced By: Scram Jones)
Wow, I remember going crazy when I first played this joint. I recall playing it 3 times in a row in the ride at the time, lol. Dope material all around. 4 out of 5

In Tha Park (Featuring Black Thought, Produced by Frank Dukes)
Ghost does his thing here on this ode to our culture in the park, but make no mistake about it, Black Thought KILLS this one. 4.5 out of 5

How You Like Me Baby (Produced By: Pete Rock)
Ghost does this hard Pete Rock production justice. How you like Ghost! 3.5 out of 5

Handcuffin Them Hoes (Featuring Jim Jones, Produced by Chino Maurice)
The momentum sort of stops here, as this is one of those songs that would've been better on the "GhostDeini" album. And the song title sounds like something you would hear from here from some of these clowns running hip hop today. 2.5 out of 5

Street Bullies (Featuring Sheek Louch, Shawn Wigs, & Sun God, Produced by Big Mizza)
Not one of the best Wu-Block collabos (mostly because of the beat), but it's not bad. 3 out of 5

Ghetto (Featuring Raekwon, Cappadonna, & U-God, Produced by Anthony Acid)
Not much to say on this one, as it's essentially your standard Wu cut. Nothing spectacular, but it's fairly decent. 3 out of 5

Troublemakers (Featuring Raekwon, Method Man, & Redman, Produced by Jake One)
Man, this joint is HARD right here, and it closes the album in great fashion, as Rae, Ghost, Meth, and Red work wonders over Jake One's slamming beat. I can't even begin to tell you who had the best verse on this song. 4.5 out of 5

After I first played this, my initial rating was 4.5 stars, however, after this revisit, I'll respectively have to knock this down to a solid 4 star rating. I also recall saying it was better than Rae's "Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang" album, and I retract that statement also. It's still Ghost doing what he does best.

Well there you have it. Ghost has one of the most consistent, stellar discographies in hip hop history. Although his later albums were slept on, when it comes to a Ghostface Killah album, you know what to expect and nine times out of ten, you get your money's worth. Here are my rankings:

Ironman (5 stars)
Supreme Clientele (5 stars)
Fishscale (4.5 stars)
The Big Doe Rehab (4.5 stars)
The Pretty Toney Album (4 stars)
Bulletproof Wallets (4 stars)
Apollo Kids (4 stars)
GhostDeini: The Wizard of Poetry (4 stars)
More Fish (3.5 stars)

Oh yeah, one more thing before I close this project. The following three albums have been announced at one point, and hopefully they still see the light of day:

*Twelve Reasons To Die (Release date: 4/16/2013)
*Supreme Clientele Presents.... Blue & Cream: The Wally Era
*Swift and Changeable (collaboration album with MF Doom)

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