So it’s been a little over a week since Ghostface’s most recent effort, Ghostdini Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City, dropped.
Even though I haven’t had as much time to digest it as I’ve had for Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II, it’s safe to say that this album is a bit less consistent than Raekwon’s carefully considered sequel. To compare the two albums is useless–apples and R n’ B/Rap projects. I did have relatively high hopes for Ghostdini, considering Ghost’s forays into R n’ B are generally acceptable and occasionally spectacular (there’s a reason the “Back Like That” remix appears on this record AGAIN, and it’s not simply for the quick cash-in effect of having Kanye and Ne-Yo on a track together–shit is dope).
One of the album’s finest moments comes on “Guest House,” a tale of a paranoid husband and a cheating wife. Ghostface, playing the husband, discovers Fabolous, playing a Fios Cable employee, having sex with his wife in his guest house. The story is nothing new, but Ghost’s intensity, humor, and attention to detail make the whole thing sizzle with cinematic style. It doesn’t hurt, either, that the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League beat bumps and oozes with blaxploitation flare. Take this and all of his appearances on OB4CL II as proof that Ghostface is not only one of the most consistent and inventive rappers in the Wu, but in Hip Hop as a whole.