Label : DefJam (2006)
Production : Pete Rock, J Dilla, MF Doom, MoSS, Just Blaze, Xtreme, Cool & Dre, others
1. The Return Of Clyde Smith (Skit)
Funny how Ghost start of what potentially could be the biggest problem with rap albums today ; the pointless skit/intro. It's obnoxious as hell and I doubt anyone will ever hear this twice....
2. Shakey Dog (4)
...but it doesn't really matter when it's followed by this!! The production is a typical "ghostface" beat and you can't go wrong with that
3. Kilo featuring Raekwon (3,5)
I loved this the first 100 times i heard it but it's been on every single mixtape the last months so I'm a little fed up with the sample.
4. The Champ (4,5)
Just Blaze gets a chance to prove that he can do something else than soul samples on this rock tinged banger. Dooooope!
5. Major Operation (Skit)
6. 9 Milli Bros. featuring Wu Tang Clan (5)
Wu Tang on a Doom beat! Need I say more?
7. Beauty Jackson (4)
Dope slow beat with more signature Dilla sample work. Too damn short though...
8. Heart Street Directions (Skit)
blah blah blah
9. Columbus Exchange/ Crack Spot (4)
Not much to say really. It's vintage Ghostface
10. R.A.G.U. featuring Raekwon (5)
Sound like a leftover from OB4CL. Now can we get that RAGU album for real??
11. Bad Mouth Kid (Skit)
Makes sense somehow but it adds nothing to the album
12. Whip You With A Strap (4,75)
Dilla once again shows why he will be so missed in HipHop music. The sample is genius as always.
13. Back Like That featuring Ne-Yo (4,5)
There is a book called "How To Make A Rap/R&B radio Hit Without Offending Your Grimey Core Fansbase". It's now proven that Ghostface owns a copy.
14. Be Easy featuring Trife (4)
Just like "Kilo" I'm a little fed up with this track. It's nice though but far from Pete Rocks best work
15. Clipse Of Doom featuring Trife (4,5)
Business as usual. Dope ass beat and both emcees rips it.
16. Jellyfish featuring Theodore Unit (4)
More Doom madness. Funny how all Doom beats on this album sounds like RZA productions.
17. Dogs Of War featuring Raekwon & Theodore Unit (4,25)
More Pete Rock heat. Hopefully he'll do a handful of tracks on "Cuban Linx 2" as well
18. Barbershop (4)
Just under 2 minutes long and half of it is just talk. A shame because the beat is dope as hell
19. Ms. Sweetwater (Skit)
20. Big Girl (3)
Produced by Tony Starks himself. It's the only expendable track on the album. It's weird in a Biz Markie-Ish way but doesn't fit the album at all
21. Underwater (4,5)
Another track that too short. The Ghost/Doom combination is simply unbeatable!
22. The Ironman Takeover (Skit)
23. Momma featuring Megan Rochell (4,75)
This has been done countless times before but Ghost just does it a little bit better.
24. Three Bricks featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Raekwon (4,5)
This would've been the best track on "Biggie Duest".
Overall : 4,5/5
Ghostface does it again! He doesn't reinvent the hiphop genre on this album but he doesn't have to. He just hits you with dark grimey nasty soul productions and his usual storytelling jibberish. An early contender to album of the year. The only setback are the fucking skits. If your album doesn't make sense with out 4 or 5 tracks of wackness between songs change the songs. Don't fuck an album up with filler skits.