Ghostface Killah, The Big Doe Rehab (Def Jam, 2007)
As I mentioned in a story the other day on the god-awful new Wu-Tang album, Ghostface Killah's ability to tell the difference between a good idea and a bad one is just plain unparalleled. This is Ghost's third album in the past year or so, following last year's critically acclaimed Fishscale and its bonus disc More Fish.
AT THE CABANA (SKIT)
Like a scene out of Scarface or something, complete with obnoxious "Latin" music in the background.
TONEY SIGEL A.K.A. THE BARREL BROTHERS
The banger with Beanie Sigel and Solomon Childs. I'm not as impressed with the Beanie Sigel as Noz the Cracker, but there may have been something in it that I missed.
Not the album's most ambitious bit of production, and the singing is borderline aggravating. Ghost and Meth bring it though, on some Cuban Linx shit. Rae doesn't embarrass himself or anything.
Produced by Diddy's new ghost producers and way more interesting than anything on American Gangster, which leads me to believe that producers may purposely give Jay boring-ass beats, because they assume that's what's he likes.
The main loop on this one, by another no-name cat, strikes me as rather obvious and hamfisted. The story is great though.
One of the ones with Ghost's main bag handler Trife and his son Sun God. Both of them acquit themselves well, for being a weed carrier and somebody's son. Again, this beat is just aiight to me.
WHITE LINEN AFFAIR (TONEY AWARDS)
An elaborate-ass concept song about an awards show attended by all sorts of rappers and celebrities. Pretty impressive in its level of detail. I also enjoyed the Don Rickles bit in the middle.
Cats have been rapping over and about Superman Lover since forever, but this has gotta be right up there with just about anything. Ghost doesn't exactly rap over the song the way he did that Delfonics record, but there's lots of Johnny "Guitar" Watson on this.
Extra grimy, with some sort of weird flute flourish. The kind of shit the RZA would be doing these days, if he hadn't gotten lost up his own ass a long time ago. The U-God verse stinks things up a bit, but what are you gonna do?
If this was half as long as it is, it still wouldn't be a good idea, but at least it'd that much more tolerable.
I'LL DIE FOR YOU
More Sean C & LV. I'm sure Jay would've loved this one. It's as boring as shit.
Rae, Meth, Cappa, Trife, and Ghost's son all rap on this. The track is another one of these mediocre Hitmen numbers.
SHAKEY DOG STARRING LOLITA
Perhaps the most vivid of this album's Cuban Linx-type records. If only it had a Cuban Linx-type beat.
More obnoxious "Latin" music for the outro. Damn, that was quick. But I guess there's also these bonus tracks.
KILLA LIPSTICK (BONUS TRACK)
A wanton jack of one of these quiet storm R&B records, with Ghost and Meth (who's all over this album) trading verses about some femme fatale type. I'd probably know what it is, but I avoid that shit like the plague.
SLOW DOWN (BONUS TRACK)
And this one features that jazz singer broad who was all over that last Nas album, perhaps at the labels request?
COMMENTS: This is just alright to me. I wasn't that crazy about the MF Doom beats on Fishscale, but at least those were kinda creative. The production on this album doesn't strike me as being very ambitious at all. This is paint by numbers Ghostface by a buncha cats who are barely proficient even in that regard. In particular, Sean C & LV, who also produced the lion's share of American Gangster, need to be stopped before they ruin any more rap albums.
BEST TRACKS: "Toney Sigel a.k.a. The Barrel Brothers" "White Linen Affair (Toney Awards)" "Supa GFK"
BONUS VIDEO: The World According to Pretty Toney