Album Review: Ghostface Killah – Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City

30 09 2009

Ghostdini The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City
Out of all 9 members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah is arguably the most successful and consistent as a solo artist. He’s dropped a total of 8 albums and are typically filled with street joints, imaginative story telling, and unforgettable soul samples. Occasionally throughout Ghost Dini’s discography, you’ll find the songs for the ladies; on Bulletproof Wallets he had “Never Be the Same Again” with Carl Thomas, Pretty Toney featured Missy on “Tush” and Fishscale had “Back Like That” with Ne-Yo. Ghost’s past tracks for the ladies and an R&B vibe helped him take a new direction with his eighth LP Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City.
Will the album continue Ghostface’s consistency, or will it be a cliche record for the ladies?

3.5/5 – Smooth

Months prior to the albums release, Ghostface announced that he would base the album off of love and relationships, and expressed how he always was passionate about doing R&B features. With that in mind, you get what you expect when you hear the Ghostdini album. Ghost does a perfect job of sticking to the albums theme and not falling out of content on any of the tracks. While his reputation may be for putting out East Coast Street music, he manages to mix the new direction of music he’s taking with his usual style on the albums opener “Not Your Average Girl”. The track title alone may sound like a dedication to a special lady in his life, it’s actually a “Bonnie & Clyde” joint where DTP artist Shareefa serves as GFK’s ryde or die chick. Another attribute Ghost is reputable for is his use of looped sampled style beats. A majority of the beats on the album are tailored for R&B artists, except for the favorable “Stay” which has the traditional Ghostface vibe to it. Ghost shows a softer side with “Stay” as he raps about how he would like for a lady to stay instead of leaving to go back to a dude who mistreats her.
The subject matter on the album is vast, but it still focuses on the ladies. Take the sexually explicit “Stapleton Sex”, where the Walley Champ drops triple x-rated bars:

Yo my face is wet, got hair on my tounge/Guess I’m a greedy nigga, absorb pussy juice like a sponge/Feel that pretty warm dick, rub it on your clit/Oh, right before I bust I spray it on ya tits/Switch you over, throw you to the side with one leg up/See the head slide in your hole, he stay up

Then on the albums lead single “Baby”, Ghost collabs with Raheem Devaughn showing his appreciation for a good woman and their expectations for a child together. There’s also the John Legend assisted “Let’s Stop Playin'” where Ghost pushes the message to decrease the flirting and get straight to the point.
Throughout Ghost’s career, he’s branded himself as a creative and vivid storyteller. Though the album is an experimental ode to the ladies, he still finds a way to create storytelling tracks. On one of the albums biggest tracks “Paragraphs of Love”, he connects with a rapping, and singing Estelle as he tells the story about falling for a pregnant and engaged woman he met in the street. He continues his storytelling on “Guest House” which features a random appearance by Fabolous. The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League produced joint may have been heard on Rick Ross’ “Yacht Music”, but still suites Ghost perfectly well. Similar to R. Kelly’s “Trapped In the Closet”, Ghostface tales a story about catching his lady cheating in a musical format. Fabolous appears on the track as the Ghostface chick’s side dude/cable guy.
Overall Ghostdini: The Wizard… is a decent album. Ghost proves that he can step out of his realm of lyrical, street bangers and make something that appeals to the ladies without losing his touch. There are some standout tracks like “Do Over”, “Stay”, and “Paragraphs of Love”, but there are a couple of others that fit the album, but don’t fit Ghostface’s usual style. For example there’s “I’ll Be That” with former 3LW member Adrienne Bailon, and the club banger “She’s a Killer” with an unfortunate guest appearance by Ron Browz. Another track that could’ve been left off the project was “Back Like That (Remix)” was was already featured on More Fish. If you’re expecting the “Wu styled” music Ghost has been dropping over the years, you may be disappoint with Ghostdini, for listeners who like both R&B and Hip Hop genres, you will defnitely appreciate this album.

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