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REVIEW: Ghostface, Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry

Ghostface Killah
Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry
(Def Jam)

Beats: XL
Lyrics: XL
Originality: L

No matter how gritty his catalog is, Ghostface Killah has never shied away from his love of soul. In fact, that fondness has helped spawn a flurry of past hits like 1996’s “All That I Got Is You,” featuring Mary J. Blige, and 2006’s Ne-Yo collab “Back Like That.” So it should come as no surprise that the Ironman would completely dedicate his eighth solo album, Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry, to his affinity for R&B.

Ghost wisely uses guest vocalists, like Estelle, John Legend and Lloyd, as accessories who assist him in the storytelling of love’s changing faces. On “Not Your Average Girl,” GFK whispers sweet nothings, while the Sean C & LV–produced “Lonely” finds the Killer Bee sobbing over a love lost. It’s not all romance, however. First, there is the violently humorous “Guest House,” featuring Fabolous, and then there’s the pornographic “Stapleton Sex,” where Ghost urges his lady of the evening to put his “dick in [her] mouth and play with my nuts.”

Yet the aggression eventually subsides, and it’s back to stirring female adoration. “Forever” spotlights Ghost harmonizing on a strings-coasting hook, as he declares, “Them other chicks must hail to the queen as I/Put them dudes straight up in check, ’cause the queen is mine.” Although, immediately following that wholehearted dedication comes the balmy yet ordinary “I’ll Be That,” featuring label mate and ex–Disney Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon, whose glossy contribution marks a dent in the album’s soulful cohesion. But even when the songstress teeters two steps behind, Ghost manages to remain lyrically impressive and crudely romantic.

Keeping his grit, while still aiming for a successful R&B feel, Ghostface proves he has a way with words that goes even deeper than rap. —TRACY GARRAUD

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  • http://K1ngEljay.com King Eljay

    Interesting… I need to check this out.

    • joe p

      cosign VR … this album is dope … beats are super dope … avanger xl you must be on that dust …. ghost said that this was gon be more of an rnb album … of course its not one of his best … but its still one of the best cds out now ! ( besides OB4CL2 )

    • raistlin

      good album bought it a few weeks ago, still in the cd player

  • http://www.twitter.com/finaldraft VR

    Its ashame that no one is hearing this album. Great work Ghostdini!!!
    One of my fav albums of the year!
    Ghostdini > OB4CL2

    Yeah I said it!

    • Jesus Martinez

      This was a good album but not near as good as OB4CL2. I think it was on par with Pretty Toney but not as good as Ironman, Fishscale, or Supreme Clientele.
      I wish he would have gotten some different featured artists, Raheem devaughan was cool but he could have done better with the rest (fuck Ne-Yo). Ghost should have went in a 70s blues r&B direction instead of the modern radio sound.
      OB4CL2 Blackout 2 and UGK 4 Life are still the best albums of the year

  • moe

    Hip hop album of the year. If u disagree then tell me who’s better

  • Avenger XL

    Yo VR put the dust blunt down and walk away from the keyboard. This album is not one of ghosts best. The best track is stapelton sex and the one with him and fab in my opinion. A lot of those R&B joints is just too syrupy ghost needs that edge to balance out his emotion. Without it he comes off dope because its ghost but not as dope as he could be.

    • http://www.twitter.com/finaldraft VR

      Didn’t say it was one of his best. But I F’s with it heavy….plus i think i got wifie pregnant to number 11! :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/finaldraft VR

    It could just be me though…but I dont think OB4CL2 that hot like that.

    Thats why “I” say that. I think it was ok, but it just didnt move “ME”. and the music Ghost gave me on this Ghostdini album is music that “I” would rather listen too. I cant put it on Random and listen to it over and over again. I dont do that with Rae album.

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    Diggin’ the album cover artwork!

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  • http://xxlmag Kastro

    Beats R Weak as fuck. Only a couple tracks are decent. But y’all fuck boyz probably think Ghostdini’s beats are superior to BP3′s beats. This bitch gets an L at best….

  • latino heat

    i agree that this album should be getting way more love from people than what it’s getting. i also agree with Jesus Martinez. when GFK said he was going in a r&b direction i thought he was gonna use old school 70′s soul singers. Ghost kills on old school shit like that. see, Holla.

  • Big Marv

    Ghostface another classic!!!!

  • JohnnyBoy

    Speaking of DEEPER THAN RAP, the beat for Guest house on this album is a recycled beat from Rick Ross’ Deeper than rap… You mean to tell me with all these up and coming producers that you can’t find any fresh beat to rhyme to? Why would you use the beat for Yacht club making your album sound more like a mixtape?

  • Brix

    The Wu Brothers are making a big statement this year!!!
    Method Man (with the help of Redman) Blackout 2 – Good Album
    Reakwon The Chef – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 -Hot Album!!
    Now Ghostface:Ghostdini Wizard of Poetry – Hot!!! (Bumpin the hell out of the Not Your Average Girl)
    Inspecktah Dec and GZA where you? You guys need to complete the Wu Revolution!!!!!!!

  • maul

    You know what’s really messed up about this album, if Jay-Z or Lil Wayne did what Ghost did with this album, it would be considered a masterpiece. One of the illest albums I ever heard period!!! Ghost should be ranked in the top 5 rappers ever, but he only caters to true hip hop fans and that is a shame because hip hop nowadays ain’t true hip hop.