Review : Ghostface Killah - Ghostdini: The Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City
RollingstoneCan the silliest album of the year also be the smartest and the sexiest? On his eighth solo disc, rap's most brilliantly wigged-out poet steeps his songs in louche production, enlists R&B crooners and jettisons the coke-trade tales to focus entirely on romance. There are lovelorn laments ("Do Over") and raunchy boudoir play-by-play ("Stapleton Sex"). Ghostface remains an unusually charismatic MC, never afraid to make himself the butt of the joke: "Will you marry me?" he raps. "Will you carry me/Through rain, hail, sleet and snow?/Don't say no — you'll embarrass me!"...full text
Im1music01. Not Your Average Girl (ft Shareefa)
02. Do Over (ft Raheem DeVaughn)
03. Baby (ft Raheem DeVaughn)
04. Lonely (ft Jack Knight)
05. Stapleton Sex
07. Paragraphes Of Love (ft Vaughn Anthony & Estelle)
08. Guest House (ft Fabolous)
09. Let’s Stop Playing (ft John Legend)
11. I’ll Be That (ft Adrienne Bailon)
12. Goner (ft Lloyd)
13. She’s A Killah (ft Ron Browz) (Bonus)
14. Back Like That (Remix) (ft Kanye West & Ne-Yo) (Bonus)...full text
SmokingsectionWe should have all seen an album of this nature coming from Ghostface. While Brother Starks has had his feet planted firmly in the Shaolin slums with legendary street tales, his catalogue has always featured a smattering of songs displaying the triumphs and tragedies of attempts to conquer the fairer sex. From the unrepenting “Wildflower” to becoming mesmerized by the likes of “Beauty Jackson,” Ghostface has been known for stacking his escapades with honesty and sharp detail. Going all in for the gusto, Mr. Coles’ latest endeavor, Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City, is a smorgasbord of R&B flavored tunes with that special Ghost twist.
The album truly shines as Ghostface uses his patented knack for episodic tracks and proves yet again that he can weave a story with the best of Hollywood’s writers. “Lonely” is a true gem as Ghostface spends four minutes driving himself crazy over the thought of another man moving into his old house with his old wifey: “Under my covers and changing my channels/playing my CDs in my robes another man is burning my candles/my cologne’s almost gone, a fake don my old whiz fell for…” Lyfe Jennings adds a superb backdrop as his voice never fails at conveying sheer agony. For the most part, the guest vocalists hit their marks as one would expect from singers like Raheem DeVaughn and John Legend.
Increasing the LP’s commercial stock, tracks like the “Let’s Stop Playin’” with a crooning John Legend riding shotgun and L.T. mOE-concocted “I’ll Be That” hit the radio-friendly tropes one would expect from Hip-Hop/R&B collaborations. And perhaps the most spotless of collabos comes in form of the age-old “Back Like That (Remix)” with Ne-Yo & Kanye West present for audio support. True, the mid-tempo jam already secured an appearance on More Fish, but its DNA is so akin to the rest of WOP, fans shouldn’t seem to mind much....full text
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