Ghostface Killah, More Fish (Def Jam, 2006)
That was quick. Barely six months have passed since Fishscale and Tony Starks is back with a new joint. Could it be possible to craft a blazing return to the form of the Supreme Clientele days in such a short time? The suspense is killing me.
GHOST IS BACK
Pointless chatter from Ghostface and his carriers precede that freestyle over ‘Know The Ledge’ that leaked a while ago.
Beware that this album is essentially a big budget Theodore Unit album, with a much lower Ghost ratio then fans may be expecting.
GUNS N’ RAZORS
MF Doom recycles an old beat again, which to my mind is just lazy. Still, to hear Ghost, Cappadonna, Trife and Killa Sin spit over Doom beats is never a bad thing.
OUTTA TOWN SHIT
Ghostface deigns to actually rap on his own album. The beat is sub-par.
The re-played sample curse strikes again, ala ‘Flowers’ from Bulletproof Wallets. With a re-played beat it’s virtually unlistenable.
Ghost & Son (a sitcom idea waiting to happen if I ever heard one) rap over Ain’t No Sunshine by Michael Jackson.
Ridonkulous like icicles in July.
MISS INFO CELEBRITY DRAMA
Just Blaze-ish beat with a nod to classic Rza, plus Ghost and Wiggs both come seriously correct. Could Wiggs be the best cracker emcee out right now?
So many greedy bitches, I totally agree.
You may have already heard this on the recent Hi-Tek LP. It was quite lame before and it still is now.
GREW UP HARD
Sentimental nonsense from the Theodore Unit over a second rate beat. As on the Theodore Unit albums, the weed carriers get significantly worse beats than tracks with Ghost – which hardly helps to cover up any lyrical shortcomings.
Pretty Tone and Sheek Louch always seem to bring a certain chemistry to a track when they work together and this is no exception.
YOU KNOW I’M NO GOOD
An Amy Winehouse track that Ghost has jumped on - and a damn sight better than Ghost’s usual attempts to reach out to the mainstream. If the TI’s at Def Jam knew what was good for them this would have been the lead single.
ALEX (STOLEN SCRIPT)
More vintage-Wu; a straight throwback to the days of Supreme Clientele.
GOTTA HOLD ON
More weed carrier exposure with no sight of Starks. The beat sucks too.
BACK LIKE THAT (REMIX)
That remix featuring Kanye ‘Tiny Jacket’ West.
COMMENTS: Including five tracks that appear on other albums or have been on the Internets for a minute is lazy and stinks of a rush release. The whole thing is entirely schizophrenic, unsure whether it’s aiming for Soundscan numbers or Starkey’s core fanbase. Still, sitting uneasily amongst the minstrel rap clogging airways in 2006, would a straight up Wu-style release with no bullsh*t still sell records?
DOWNLOAD: GUNS N’ RAZORS, BLOCK ROCK, POKERFACE, GREEDY BITCHES, BLUE ARMOUR, ALEX (STOLEN SCRIPT). Hey presto, an awesome EP.