Filed under: Not Your Average,The Unkut Opinion,Wu-Tang Is For The Children
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Guess some Nas stans got a little butt-hurt over the last piece. Of course, they failed to read the part where I declared that “there’s no denying that Nas is one of the greatest MC’s of all-time” and shed tears over the fact that I didn’t list ‘If I Ruled The World’ as a ‘classic’. Turns out that Ghostface has an impressive track record of eight official solo albums, so it’s only right that he’s subjected to the same analysis…
After putting the rap game in a fuckin’ chokehold as the co-star of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, Ghost revealed more of his personality to the world, ranging from unforgiving lyrical onslaughts (‘Daytona 500′) to displays of blunt emotion (‘All That I Got Is You’).
Classic Songs: 8 [‘Wildflower’, ‘260’, ‘Poisonous Darts’, ‘Winter Warz’, ‘Camay’, ‘Daytona 500′, ‘Black Jesus’, ‘All That I Got Is You’]
For many, this was the album that saved the reputation of the Wu. For others, it was just a remarkably strong project from start to finish. Plus ‘Mighty Healthy’ may be the best rap song of the 00’s.
Classic Songs: 7 [‘Nutmeg’, ‘One’, ‘Ghost Deini’, ‘Buck 50′, ‘Mighty Healthy’, ‘Child’s Play’, ‘Wu-Banga 101′]
This is where it gets tricky. Do we use the original promo version I have on vinyl? Or the official release? Since the first version was actually made and released (albeit in limited numbers), I’ll allow it.
Classic Songs: 6 [‘Flowers (OG Mix)’, ‘The Forest’, ‘The Juks’, ‘The Watch’, ‘The Sun’, ‘Good Times’]
The Pretty Toney Album
This expanded Tony Starks range even further. Who else could make a song like ‘Love’ that wasn’t teh ghey? Not to mention those ill K-Def produced skits where Ghost is rapping over classic break-beats.
Classic Songs: 6 [‘Biscuits’, ‘Beat The Clock’, ‘Metal Lungies’, ‘Holla’, ‘Be This Way’, ‘Run’]
Didn’t seem as cohesive as the last couple of albums, but when it hits the mark, it delivers in spades.
Classic Songs: 5 [‘Shakey Dog’, ‘Kilo’, ‘R.A.G.U.’, ‘Whip Me With A Strap’, ‘Clipse of Doom’]
For a ‘b-sides and posse tracks’ type of project, this is pretty good. The Amy Winehouse joint is win, plus ‘Greedy Bitches’ sounds like something from the Poison Clan‘s first record (that’s good, ya hump).
Classic Songs: 5 [‘Outta Town Shit’, ‘Good’, ‘Greedy Bitches’, ‘You Know I’m No Good’, ‘Alex (Stolen Script)’]
The Big Doe Rehab
This came out at the same time as that 8 Diagrams album – the difference being that this was actually enjoyable to listen to. This record was closer to Pretty Toney than Fishscale in terms of it’s general vibe, and as a result is a more well-rounded experience.
Classic Songs: 5 [‘Toney Sigel A.K.A. the Barrel Brothers’, ‘Yolanda’s House’, ‘We Celebrate’, ‘I’ll Die for You’, ‘Shakey Dog Starring Lolita’]
Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City
Since I’m a cold, heartless prick I hate most R&B and as a result don’t fuck with this album too heavy. That being said, there’s still plenty of classic Pretty Toney material on here.
Classic Songs: 3 ‘Stapleton Sex’, ‘Guest House’, ‘Forever’
The verdict: Ghostface Killah is all kinds of great as an MC. Whether he’s getting technical, dropping science or just dumbing out, Stark’s is never boring, and has a great ear for beats. 45 superb (no Lord) songs from eight albums? Chea! Not to mention that most of the other tracks from those LP’s range from decent to great. At the end of the day, you can always count on Ironman.
Bonus – Ghostface’s deleted scene from Ironman movie:
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