Ghostface’s New LP Is One Of The Year’s Best

Maybe I’m biased because I’m a Staten Islander (and have worked with the Theodore Units cats in the past), but after hearing Ghostface’s new LP in full last night, I think The Big Dough Rehab is one of the strongest albums to be released this year. But what makes it so great is not just Ghost continuing- a la U-God- to give you it raw like cocaine straight from Bolivia, but the nearly flawless set of beats that he picked (or his A&R, or Jay-Z, or his manager Michael Caruso, or Trife, or who the fuck knows) to back his stellar rhyme flows.

Now I thought Freeway’s Free At Last was the high point of the year for production, more so than the over-hyped creativity behind the musical elements backing Jay’s American Gangster, but I think Ghostface may have one upped both of them. Now i’m not going to go and bootleg my man Stark’s shit, so just click the link to his album up top and take a listen for yourself. Joints like “Yolanda’s House,” , “Shakey Dog starring Lolita,” “White Linen Affair,” “Walk Around, and “Yap City” are standouts in my opinion. The producers on these joints- Ant Live; Frequency; Anthony Acid; and Scram Jones, respectively- all did a great job providing thick backdrops for ghost to get his lyrical nut off. That’s not to necessarily single just those guys out, everyone who did a track on this project did their thing. I can’t say there are any beats that strike me or just come out of left field as being totally unexpected or wack. No random club songs following some heartfelt track about Ghost’s mother or no shit like that (Thank God!).

I don’t know if it’s that Def Jam is leaving these artists to do their thing on their own, or that they’ve resigned themselves to the idea that huge superstar status for rappers isn’t all that attainable anymore, but both Freeway’s project and Ghostface’s sound remarkable in comparison to the records that have been released in recent years. I remember thinking of East Coast rap and just expecting a bunch of braggadocio mixtape rap over nonsensical keyboard beats or some horrible sped up soul sampling crapola. Not that I’d ever really expect that from Ghostface, but just saying. Def Jam needs to keep this little streak going. Let’s see if that Beanie Sigel/R Kelly collabo does him more justice than if he had he just dropped a whole album full of hardcore rhymes over dope beats (like the good old days of East Coast rap). But you remember what happened when Ghost did a joint with Missy, right? And a joint with Neyo? Hot records indeed, but didn’t make a mark on his core fan base and didn’t do shit for him outside of that.

Cheers to all the artists with good beat selection. Wish there were more of you out there.

  • N.O. 4 life

    free album was serious …i aint neva listened to ghostface ever so i might give it a rundown…but as of lately im on the mode where i dont care who the person is who he runs with or where he from if he got some classics it is what it is

    • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc LowEndofDaChi

      Oh wow. You can’t be serious. Drop everything now and go cop every Ghostface album except for The Pretty Tony LP. Dude is one of the best to ever do this rap shit.

      • N.O. 4 life

        im a 90′s baby from new orleans that taught myself real hiphop…i been scooping past albums that were called classics on websites and whatnot tryna get my hiphop game even that much better…so somebody tell me the best three albums by ghostface

        • NK

          Ghost is arguably the most consistent rapper around when it comes to delivering high-quality albums year after year, except maybe Common. (The only album of his that disappointed me was last year’s More Fish — some good stuff on there, but way too much time given to his crew, Theodore Unit.) That said, I’d pick:

          - Ironman
          - Supreme Clientele
          - Fishscale

        • PURPLE HULK

          SUPREME CLIENTELLE
          IRONMAN
          BULLETPROOF WALLETS

        • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc LowEndOfDaChi

          Word@NO4LIFE. I feel you homie. The past few years, I’ve been doing the same shit for projects that slipped past my radar. As far as Tony Starks goes, I’d have to say his best three joints were:

          Supreme Clientele
          Ironman
          Fishscale

          100.

  • Chad Biggz

    Free’s album is dope (38K first week)
    Haven’t heard Ghost yet but I’m going wit (45K)

    *shaking head*

    • Blizzie Mac

      ayo shun are u serious?? 38K or better yet 45K aint even enough to go gold…if you say free album dope then have a little faith he’ll atleast make 250k……..psssh df am i saying free is ill & all but the times are changing so fast that thanks to soulja boy and other nameless(not that i dont wanna name them per se i just dont give a sht who they are) southern bubblegum pushers, lyricism is a thing of the past for casual hip hop listeners im a “RAP” junkie so im stuck in the 90s…Ironman, fishscale, ruff ryders vol. 1&2, its dark and hell is hot, reasonable doubt, life and times of sean carter vol. 2, blueprint, ect. all of that is overlooked by the casual consumer today so i do see where u goin with this…i just had a revelation within this comment..ghostface 50K freeway 35K. lmao

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  • http://bloggingsince1978.wordpress.com Iceberg Slimm

    The Big Doe Rehab is fire. Besides Common and American Gangster (maybe), this is without a doubt the best LP of the year. Ghost has been mad consistent with his last three, he should’ve probably exec. produced 8 Diagrams. Hell, he’s only on three songs. It’s not as good as Fishscale, but better than More Fish. Best Buy’s got my $10 on Tuesday definitely.

  • woodlin

    first of all whats up richmond,va
    i’m a die hard wu fan
    aint no bandwagon nigga
    sounds and feels like 1997
    i been waitin for years to see one of them dudes be top rank again
    im going to da store wit my wu shirt on wed.
    kenny/swing/real wu heads what up

    woodlin

  • RZ

    I downloaded Ghost’s album when it leaked a couple days ago and cant stop listening to it. Day 1 of its release im heading to the store to pick it up. To me the CD is up there with Supreme Clientele and Fishscale.

  • ThingAlec

    The album is good. But the beats could be much better. And no the beats for Freeways album were god awfully boring.

  • BK Cyph

    Man what you got against “All that I got is You”?!? Act like u aint never plucked roaches out the cereal box gooch? lol

    and I may be the only person who liked the missy and ghost collabo- It was better than the Ikon’s “Get Crunked up”

    Nah real talk we got alot of good east coast music poppin!!!! But i hesitate to say that we’re officially BACK

  • NK

    N.O. 4 Life –

    IRONMAN
    SUPREME CLIENTELE
    FISHSCALE

    But you can’t really go wrong with any of his albums. Ghost always delivers. I was a little disappointed with last year’s MORE FISH — too much mic time given over to his crew, Theodore Unit — but there’s still some great stuff on there.

  • smog

    before i do what it do go jump in the tub

  • gluvnast

    beans album is cool, but the weakest out of all the recent def jam releases….

  • http://www.myspace.com/crockerishiphop crocker

    Wasn’t Shakey Dog on Fishscale? Somebody lemme know, but I think that shit was like track 2.

    • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc LowEndOfDaChi

      Shakey Dog was on Fishscale. Maybe this is a sequel joint or something. Ghost is a beast on the narrative tip.

      • Suckapunkin

        Yeah if you remember, the last line of Shakey Dog is “to be continued…” something I don’t normally take seriously but it looks like here ghost followed through.

  • ThingAlec

    I honestly think that using soul samples are boring. Now using a synth however is the way to go. Or what Dr. Dre did on Busta’s last album.

  • Mpho

    B.A.R.S>The Big Dough Rehab>American Gangster

    thats how it is, bt Cass and Ghost won’t even sell Jay 1st week numbers in a year, its fucked up man..

    • Blizzie Mac

      dog your smoking some sess mixed with PCP followed by BULLSHIT b.a.r.s is iight 60 somthing K….thats wtf u get when u think your gonna sell more than HOV on HOV’S release day…car crash really affected my son. but right now if you make btw 20-30K first week your butt…soulja boy made 32K if your less than that god help you.

      • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc LowEndofDaChi

        Cass shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same paragraph as Ghostface. I downloaded B.A.R.S and deleted that garbage b/c it was such a waste of space on my hardrive. He’s not built to last in this rap shit.

  • sATaLyte

    But you remember what happened when Ghost did a joint with Missy, right? And a joint with Neyo? Hot records indeed
    ^^
    The missy joint was awful, the Ne-yo one okay, but I would guess that most people with sense enought to like Ghost would not be checkin for Missy.

  • moore

    that pretty toney album was hard as fuck except for like 2 songs….that song where he raps directly over the del-fonics track? classic. i actually liked that album more than fishscale. i didn’t like a lot of the beats on there….

    • Arcey

      you’re talkin’ ’bout “Holla”, that was fire indeed!!!

  • Josh

    Frequency brings the heat!!!!!!!!!

    “Think About It” by Snoop
    “En Why Cee” by Juganot, Joell Ortiz & Uncle Murda
    “Invincible” by Red Cafe
    “White Linen Affair” by Ghostface
    “Plenty of Love” by Raekwon

    Do I need to continue!??!?!

  • Tray

    Eh, I have to disagree. Free’s beats were really hot for the most part, these beats kinda put me to sleep.

  • the real ghost

    nah i havent heard this but i doubt it better then styles p super gangster extraordinary gentleman there a fire ghostface track on there as well LLISTEN THIS IS HIP HOP!!! THIS PLUS BIG DOE, AMERICAN GANGSTER, CURTIS(FKK THE BEEF REAL FANS KNOCK ALL OF IT THIS IS HIP HOP NEW YORK SHOW EM HOW WE DO THIS

  • TSF

    Big Doe Rehab is hot to death, I think Meth’s verse on Yolanda’s house might be his best in like ten years, haha. And I really like how they flipped the guitar sample on We Celebrate, Little Brother already used that sample this year, but I think this version was more effective. You can’t really go wrong with any of Ghost’s shit and this one ranks up there with some of his tightest shit.

  • TSF

    Also, IMO BARS=boring, The Solution=boring, Free At Last=tight

  • http://zombieRADIO.net zombieRADIO

    Ghost has proven once again that he is one of the best in the game. This man always pics the perfect beats for himself and what he’s tryin to do. One of his best. I dont think ghost has any wack albums. Some are just better than others:

    Ironman
    Supreme Clientele
    Bulletproof Wallets
    The Tony Starts LP
    Fishscale
    More Fish
    The Big Doe Rehab

    How can you not fuck with ghost?

  • H-LO

    No, Ghostface’s new EP rather one downed both of them (American Gangster & Free At Last)!

    Sure there are several tracks that back him up to near top form (for instance Walk around, which ironically sounds like it is sampling a beat from Supreme Clientele) and sure these tracks justify the purchase for any Ghostface fan. But overall the consistency and creativity of it’s predecessor is lacking.

  • GUCH LADY

    IN ALL REALITY…THIS MAN CAME OUT WIT THE BEST ALBUM THIS YEAR…YOLANDAs HOUSE THE SHIT AND METHOD MAN SNAPPED WIT HIS VERSE. SOMETHING HE AINT DONE IN A MINUTE.THREE BEST ALBUMS HAD TO BE FISHCALE,SUPREME CLIENTELE, AND BIG DOE REHAB. GHOST SNAPPED WIT THAT ONE SONG WHERE HE THROWS EVERYONES NAMES OUT THERE. AND FREEWAY AINT THAT HOT FUCKERS VOICE GETS ANNOYIN AFTER LISTENING TO LIKE 2 SONGS. GHOST HAS A LOT A SHIT TO SAY UNLIKE THESE OTHER SO CALLED HIP HOP ARTISTS..DONT EVEN KNOW THE TRUE MEANING OF HIPHOP…I AGREE WITH LOW_END_OF_THA_CHI….CASS IS WEAK AS FUCK..STRAIGHT GARBAGE AINT NOTHING LIKE GHOSTFACE—-HELL KILL DOOD WIT THAT WEAK SHIT HE SPITTIN.