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The Big Doe Rehab (Bonus Track Version)

Ghostface Killah

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The Big Doe Rehab builds on the blueprint of Fishscale, the popular 2006 album that reignited Ghostface’s career by focusing on his strengths: in-depth, stream-of-consciousness storytelling overlaid on beats built from vintage soul songs. A good chunk of the album was produced by the Hitmen, who oversaw Jay-Z’s similarly-conceived 2007 album American Gangster. Every song here is based on a lick, rhythm or vocal line cribbed from a dusty slab of R&B vinyl. Music fans might recognize Aretha Franklin on “Yolanda’s House,” Johnny “Guitar” Watson on “Supa GFK,” or Isaac Hayes on “Rec-Room Therapy,” but a larger number of songs rely on long-forgotten gems by the Originals, the Independents, and Soul Generation. The consistency in production inspires some of Ghostface’s most precise storytelling. “Yolanda’s House” begins as a fugitive chase, turns into a sex romp, and finally ends as multiple crimes converge at one address. “Walk Around,” on the other hand, is a lucid portrait of a man haunted by the murder he committed. The Big Doe Rehab shows Ghostface's art deepening as he ages.

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Ghostface Killah-The Big Doe Rehab

After delivering not one, but two albums in 06, one of which was a near classic album, Ghost is back with The Big Doe Rehab. Toney Sigel (A.K.A. Barrell Brothers): Grimey track here, as Beans and Ghost spit absolute fire and its that gutter street rhymes that you love. Production was decent, its the lyrics that shine here, a street banger. 3.5/5 Yolanda's House: Soul sample and smooth strings make this a nice track. Method Man & Rae guest, with Meth dropping a great verse. Nice track here that has the Wu brethren on point with the lyrical descriptions. 4/5 We Celebrate: Kid Capri adds the hype to this feel good banger. Sampling Rare Earth's well known "I Just Want To Celebrate", Ghost spits solid bars and the hook is feel good and celebratory, feel good banger here. 4/5 Walk Around: Ghost is joined with backing horns, as Anthony Acid gives a great sample and overall production. Ghost spits about a killing inside his hood, description is very vivid and Ghost truly shines here. 4.5/5 Yapp City: Creepy dark production by Scram Jones that builds, Ghost spits about a stickup as Trife and Ghost's son, Sun God add worthy appearances. The hook was a little weak, strong track nonetheless. 3.5/5 White Linen Affair (Toney Awards): Decent beat, Ghost namechecks a lot of rappers in the game, but the track doesn't flow like it should. Shawn Wigs has a decent appearance, since the track pauses with little skits, it disrupts the track. 3/5 Supa GFK: Ghost & Anthony Acid produced, this was one of my personal favorites on the album. With a strong Johnny Guitar Watson "Superman Lover" sample, Ghost does his thing nicely. 4/5 Rec Room Therapy: Rae, U God & Ghost all spit some decent bars, but the track just lacks due to production. The simplistic drum pattern is the main beat, with fluttering flutes here and there. 3/5 The Prayer: A soulful interlude by Ox, that is some beautiful singing, but seems a little out of place. 3.5/5 I'll Die For You: LV & Sean C deliver some solid production, as Ghost spits about all the people that he would die for. "from Martin Luther and my Brother Malcolm (I'll die for you), and my ancestors pickin cotton (I'll die for you), to my close homies who get it poppin (I'll die for you)". Real personal track that is well done. 4/5 Paisley Darts: Dark production with a creepy sample, as Ghost, Rae, Sun God, Trife, Meth and Cappa all shine here, with vivid lyricism, each member does their thing. You gotta admit this track has one of the coolest titles, who would have thought of Paisley Darts? Nice track. 4/5 Shakey Dog Starring Lolita: Isn't as good as Fishscale's "Shakey Dog" but nonetheless another solid description from Rae & Ghost talking about this chick named Lolita. Decent production. 3.5/5 Killa Lipstick: Another soul sample that creates a great vibe, production wise, it only adds to the vivid lyricism from Ghost. Meth kills the hook, and Masta Killa adds a solid appearance. Good track here. 4/5 Slow Down: Chrisette Michele brings some smooth soul to the track, as Syience's light hearted production with strings and snaps, the track works nicely to end the album. 4/5 Clothes Off!: Remix to Gym Class Heroes hit, its a decent bonus that some will like, others will not. 3.5/5 06's Fishscale was one heck of an album, a strong set that featured some great tracks. Ghost continues his the streak with a strong album in The Big Doe Rehab. Its got that great lyricism and vivid detail that makes Ghost so intriguing to listen to. His flow is top notch and fits nicely with the many soul sample productions. The beats weren't bad, as Diddy's crew The Hitman, a.k.a. LV & Sean C bring some strong beats, not quite as good or effective as they were on Jay-Z's American Gangster, but good. Celebratory lead single "We Celebrate" is a free firing Ghost over a classic sample that just makes the track feel good, as Kid Capri only adds to the excitement. "Toney Sigel" show Beans & Ghost spitting that grimey street spit we love, "Yolanda's House" & "Killa Lipstick" feature great productions along with vivid lyrics. "Walk Around" has Ghost spitting about a killing and describing various things in his hood, as "Yapp City" and "Paisley Darts" are dark street cuts that work better on the latter, where Rae, Sun, Trife, Meth & Cappa bring their A game. "I'll Die For You" is a real personal track that works from its good production, "Shakey Dog Starring Lolita" is another strong story, "Slow Down" is more of a soul collab that is uplifting with Chrisette Michele. "White Linen Affair" & "Rec Room Therapy" are the only true missteps, it is made up with the excellent "Supa GFK". Another great album from Ghost that shows his lively flow and vivid description continue to shine with soulful productions. Rating 8.5 out of 10

Three albums in less than three years...

..."Big Doe" doesn't explore any new territory like "Fishscale" & "More Fish". Instead Ghost is laying down some heavy tracks for the block. A great, fun listen (with half of Wu-Tang), but lacking the depth of the previous two albums. Just the fact he's released an album every year is reason enough to celebrate. Give it up for Ghost and look out for the new Ghostface/MF Doom collabo titled THE DOOM/STARKS PROJECT comin at cha next year.

Ghostface still raps for broke

There's probably no one more passionate in hip-hop than Ghostface. Throughout this whole album (with the exception of the skits, which I have no need for) Ghost bears his soul over some of the rawest beats you'll ever hear. With him and Masta Killa still spittin, the Wu-Tang will never die.

Biography

Born: May 9, 1970 in Staten Island, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

As one of the original members of the seminal '90s rap crew the Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah (aka Tony Starks) made an impact before he released his debut album, Ironman, late in 1996. Like all members of the Wu-Tang Clan, the rapper used the group as a launching pad for a solo career, which was assisted greatly by other members of the Clan, particularly producer RZA. Ghostface Killah had rapped on Wu-Tang's 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang, but he didn't distinguish himself until 1995, when he was...
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