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Ghostface
More Fish

ghostfacekillah.jpgSometimes leftovers can be just as good as the original meal. Such is the case with Ghostface’s latest offering, More Fish. At first glance, this follow-up to last year’s Fishscale seems like nothing more than a Theodore Unit compilation, as names like Trife Da God and Sun God (Ghost’s son), as well as Wu-Tang affiliates Cappadonna and Killa Sin, flood the guest list. Despite the extra weight, Ghost still manages to pull off a surprisingly focused project.

The self-professed ’88 dude sets the tone for the album with “Ghost Is Back,” a declaration of his lyrical prowess, over Eric B. & Rakim’s classic instrumental for “Know the Ledge.” That same East Coast–centered sound is echoed throughout, with tracks like the murky Sheek Louch collabo “Blue Armor” and the Fantom of the Beat–produced “Miguel Sanchez.” Metal Fingerz DOOM takes it up a notch on “Guns N’ Razors,” as he scores a track reminiscent of early RZA and provides Ghost with a sonic platform worthy of his unique diction (“Shit bags is like gift bags/You get ’em for free if you master frontin’/Classic cuttin’/You keep stuntin’, the Gem Star’ll rip somethin’”).

Tony Starks briefly provides a diversion from the tough talk with the jazzy, horn-laden “You Know I’m No Good,” featuring the golden voice of British songbird Amy Winehouse. After lamenting yet another woman who has done him wrong, Ghost turns the tables and calls in Redman and Shawn Wigs to bash gold diggers on the funky “Greedy Bitches.”

One of the few chinks in Iron Man’s armor is the overly hyper “Good,” which has a happy-go-lucky vibe that doesn’t gel with the rest of the LP. Then, of course, there’s the reappearance of old material, like “Josephine,” which was heard before on Hi-Tek’s Hi-Teknology 2, and Fishscale’s forced commercial cut, “Back Like That (Remix),” featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo. Even still, with bangin’ beats and stellar storytelling, Ghost’s More Fish is what’s for dinner. —AMANDA DIVA

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Read the rest of XXL’s Critical Beatdown review section in the XXL’s March 2007 issue (#89)

  • Three4

    This album is the shit…don´t sleep on it…

  • http://XXLmag.com Westside Money aka G-Unite

    XXL definitely overrated this album it shouldve got no more than a large a medium in my opinion. I bought this album the beats on this stuff was terrible I bet pretty toney was better at least fishscale was decent but this album is just garbage the rhymin at best was great n all but the beat were the worst I ever heard I think ill just stick to buyin method man and raekwon.

  • Atl’s own

    y’all mofo’s will give any thing a XL, deservin’ or not!

    obviously college isn’t the only place with severe grade inflation!

  • Jimmsters

    This cd is tight as fuck!

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    This cd is aight. Ghost delivers as usual. But aside from Trife the rest of the crew is wack.

  • derfla the hus’la

    did’nt listen to the whole album but the few tracks i listened to where hard. maybe it deserves tha xl

  • Were Read 2 Def

    You Ghost haters atr fags.

  • TUNED2IT

    GHOSTDINI is what hip hop is all about, to follow fishscale with more fish blew my mind. Keep it comin yo! Foget soundscan and if an lp goes Platium or gold, tight music is tight music! It is what it is. Stay TUNED2IT

  • JeRSeY ReSiDeNT

    THiS CD WAS MAD NiCE..GOT SLEPT ON HEAViLY…EVEN THO FiSHSCALE WAS BETTA…THIS CD WAS STiLL NiCE…GHOST iZ THAT NiGGA

  • http://myspace.com/getthebloodmoney Will

    this album was aiight i did like it..but its obvious that they r all basically bonus tracks from Fishscale

  • GOT DAMN!

    ha ha left over tracks from ghost still better than your favorite rappers lol

  • PIZZARULES

    How does this get the same rating as Fishscale? It’s a leftover album…or is XXL admitting that Fishscale should have been a XXL finally??

  • Hurricane Game

    Damn do xxl give anything other than xl these dayz.
    Guys couldn’t even review Doctor’s Advocate but then you give this xl.
    Step your game up xxl.
    Fishscale and Pretty Tony walk on this albums grave.

  • ICEBERG SLIM

    Hoe tha fuk they aint like Good this the best song on More Fish

  • schottboy

    yo fishscale was worser than More Fish the only tune which was good on fishscale was “Shakey Dog” more fish has better production from MF Doom and others

  • pill

    this crap is wack the first one was crap i didnt get my money worth so dont buy this crap this is why they say hip hop is dead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • loves da music

    damn this album was good. The intro was sick lyrically it was good fishscale was a better album but a xl rating was just about right

  • Antagonist

    This album is official!…Shitting on niggaz albums w/ throwaway tracks…

  • TUNED2IT

    Ghost is not letting ne one down in Hip Hop. If true Hip Hop is what you crave then go no further than Ghostdini. Fishscale was kill’em now More Fish is makin’ sure that these fake ass wannabe rappers get a wake up call. Suuuuuuuuuuu Represent. Stay
    TUNED2IT!

  • http://xxl Cash Mo

    This fuckin album was crappp!! Been a wu-tang fan from day one, but ghostface is just fucking wack, dem beats where wack. da whole thing just wack.

  • TUNED2IT

    CASH MO say ur a fan from jump is not true because if did the math you would see how tight the album was. U gotta do the math, If u a true fan that’s all that needs 2b said. Stay
    TUNED2IT

  • YOUNG STUNNA

    ive tried on many occasions to get into wu-tang as a group or solo artists but i just cant they have foolish ryhmes(talkin about spiderman/samurai n shit you know what im talkin about), BAD beats, & for some strange reason are influenced by azn’s—still dont get that style to this day, So plz tell me whats the whole wu-tang buzz is about cuz to this day I still dont get it because they honestly to me make horrid…HORRID music!

    • Tony $tarks

      YoungStunna,

      If you think the wu make bad music then u should kill yaself. Honestly, you’re a fan of rap and don’t like the wu? I bet u think lil wayne is the best rapper alive too.

  • KINGSCOUNTY1

    Young Stunna if you have to try to get into the wu it aint for u. my question for u is wut were u listening to from 93-96.

  • GroveALLdAy

    more fish is aight but not all the songs are good,FISHSCALE is definetly better.

  • Yung Spittah

    Man, you guys are straight SLEEPIN’ on how well this cat flows. If I were you guys? I’d unplug my radio for a sec and listen to what real hip-hop is all about. Now sit your asses down.