The iPod Shuffle

The iPod Shuffle – Ghostface Killah’s “Troublemakers”


An album's weight is often measured by how it stands the test of time.


“Starkology” – Review Of Ghostface Killah’s Apollo Kids


When Ghostface Killah likened himself to Ironman in the beginning stages of his career, he probably wasn't implying that he would outlast his peers of the past, present and future when it came to Hip-Hop's line of employment. However, here we are---numerous solo and group LPs alongside countless guest appearances---in 2010 with Tony Starks still prospering in the business, thanks to enthusiastic loyalists who lend him an ear whenever he asks to be heard. Which is why GFK wins by staying in his lane in cruise control on his ninth solo LP, Apollo Kids. Borrowing the name to one his most ceremonious singles may have been slightly misleading in terms of the album's potency, but even when he's not exactly razor sharp, his cutting edge persona can still pose as a Ginsu when need be. Considering that time has a way of rerouting musicians off their original perfected blueprint, Ghostface lifers will rejoice in the auditory solace that Apollo Kids still holds true to a core Tony Starks sound, complete with dusty breakbeats, swanky soul samples and glimmering disco funk jacked right out of a '70s blaxploitation flick. As soon as the needle drops on the memoriam to the Hip-Hop's glory days: "In Tha Park," instant mirages of partygoers consuming intoxicating beverages from Styrofoam cups in long summer nights are manifested as Ghost and Black Thought move the crowd. Vintage standalone's like "Starkology" and "How You Like Me Baby" also bump like acne with Tony eschewing from playing the young man's game by hitting the records with flurries of instinctive detail as he's being doing all these years. Yet and still, the man with "grays on the side of his waves" shows his age a bit as the album tends to get stagnant on occasion. It is a well archived fact that Wu projects are generally family affairs, but Apollo Kids isn't exempt from being bogged down by an unnecessary verse or three, thus sacrificing much of its identity from being distinguished from a general rap LP. On the suspense-themed "Drama," Ghost merely drops a hasty verse before fading to the shadows to allow Joell Ortiz and The Game to dominate the track. Likewise, the dragging "Street Bullies" gets cluttered with Sheek Louch, Shawn Wigs and Sun God yelling over top of Marlena Shaw's sped-up vocals to neutralize any sort of productivity on any participant's part. When the talent is top notch and the parties are focused, the outcome results in something along the lines of Jake One's "Troublemakers," which is a verbal beatdown from the Wu-Massacre sector of the Clan.


Christmas With Def Jam 2010


Without the proper buzz window and overdriven promotion, releasing an album in these dire times could be a wasted effort. Good thing the folks over at Def Jam have a bulletproof blueprint that no penny pincher can shoot down. By deviously planting unforeseen albums in stores during the holiday hustle-n-bustle, they're bound to scan a few discs just of the principality. Let's envision the scenario: Example A is 36-year-old male who runs into Best Buy to pay off last few dollars for the plasma TV his wife always wanted. Due to panic-stricken customers and the stressed teenagers forced to endure the breath of hell over nitpicky details like mislabled DVD box sets, Example A is going to be in line for a while. As he people watches to prevent succumbing to a ghastly boredom demise, he notices the new album from Ghostface Killah, Apollo Kids. Sure he enjoyed the sounds of Ironman during his college heyday, but that was years ago and as far as he's concerned, MP3 is a company who sends him bills every month. Now that he's briefly trailed off into a memory lane with the smell of blunt fog clouding the room as "Camay" plays softly in the background, he decides to tempt fate and see if GFK can bring his life a bit of nostalgia once again. And just like that, one unit has been shipped and sold. That's how it goes, right? Hellllll. To. The. Nah. You fuddy duddies don't buy CDs no more. But here's your Def Jam Christmas bundle of joy for 2K10 in case you get your mind right. Artist: Ghostface Killah New Album: Apollo Kids Last Album: The Wizard Of Poetry: In Emerald City (2009) Synopsis: Ghostdini rhymes get packaged up in the waning days of the year to save Hip-Hop yet again.


Ghostface Killah – “Together Baby”


Either I'm blind or Ghostface is getting the least possible promo for an established, esteemed vet with an album coming out.

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