Ghostface Killah
Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City


3.0
good

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
October 2nd, 2009 | 52 replies | 16,539 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's hard not to inflate the rating of a record with some truly incredible joints, yet it's difficult to ignore the two-thirds filler...

Tony Starks likes two things, or so it seems according to the subject matter of his rhymes: bitches and blow. Abandoning the latter for a whole record (seriously), he dedicates his trademark crazed flow entirely to the fairer sex with mixed results. Not completely a club-oriented record, The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City dons a multi-faceted mantle of sentimentality, jealousy, and sorrow; this emotional gamut really doesn't click in certain situations (namely the off-target affair that is "Baby"), but there are some incredibly catchy moments here. When the record was initially announced as Ghostface's foray into R&B, it was greeted with disdain and an overall air of negativity - and while fears of 90s radio-soul surmounted, this reaction is largely unwarranted with modern production standards and a collection of excellent featured vocalists. "Not Your Average Girl" and "Do Over" kick things off brilliantly with catchy hooks from Shareefa and Raheem DeVaughn, respectively. Quickly setting Ghost's intended tone amidst updated, soul-laden beats, this one-two punch unfortunately sets the bar quite high for the remainder. Follow-up "Baby" was seemingly written for an audience of peers and not a younger crowd with sappy generalizations for parents to be. As is typical of Mr. Starks, each and every track is mired in the misogynist musings of a man that loves "running trains" and "threesomes every other weekend"; "Stapleton Sex" runs these assertions to a head in what could possibly be a recording of the Wizard actually fornicating. TMI Ghostface, TMI.

Ghostdeini is at his absolute best on the more modern iterations on the radio soul/rap formula, especially on the John Legend assisted "Let's Stop Playing" and a killer trio of album closers. The crooning tenor of Lloyd over a clinic on funk in "Goner" stands out with a particularly absorbing chorus; as a good measuring stick, many ladies in this household have been caught recently with their heads bobbing. Interestingly enough, the two closing bonus tracks are some of the best - Ne-yo and Kanye collabo "Back Like That" may be familiar to some, and the heavily dynamic, autotune-tastic "She's a Killah" brings a unique spin to your typical club tune.

While difficult to expect another killer Wu joint immediately following the brilliant Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt II, The Wizard of Poetry is definitely enjoyable even if it is sporadic in its appeal. It's hard not to inflate the rating of a record with some truly incredible joints, yet it's difficult to ignore the two-thirds filler combined with Ghostface's least complicated rhymes in years. The selection of singles here is also puzzling, with some of the worst tracks getting undeserved spotlight. Nice try Tony, but let's shoot for a Supreme Clientele II next time around.



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kingsoby1
Emeritus
October 2nd 2009



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Holy tbt batman

heavykevlarsuit
October 2nd 2009



151 Comments


Good review, great avatar.

bastard
October 2nd 2009



3435 Comments


this album is really a bundle of fun

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2009



17195 Comments


album is chill

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2009



20855 Comments


Rock solid review Sobhi.

How does Estelle come out of it, or is it just a bit part?

rasputin
October 3rd 2009



14512 Comments


sobhi in the hooood

kingsoby1
Emeritus
October 3rd 2009



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

estelle's guest spot is well done, but the track (concept & production) is so cheesy it's ridiculous. it's about running into the girl of your dreams, but she's already taken! poor ghostface :[

Six Foot Revolver
October 3rd 2009



73 Comments


never been a huge fan of his solo albums so i think i'm gonna give this one a miss

AggravatedYeti
October 3rd 2009



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I honestly can't wait to get this. The single I heard was great and well -- check that album cover, baller as fuck.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2009



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i love She's a Killah a lot

metaldude666
October 3rd 2009



111 Comments


i am conflicted as to whether to get this or not because ghostface is my fav and his solo albums are always great, but they ahve been diminishing in quality and that album cover is pretty homo

kingsoby1
Emeritus
October 3rd 2009



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

the album's as good as fishscale imo. but it's a totally different style.

metaldude666
October 3rd 2009



111 Comments


you think fishscale is a 3 >:|

MassiveAttack
October 3rd 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

That's my biggest gripe with Ghostface Killah's solo work. Always way too much filler to appreciate the album.

bastard
October 3rd 2009



3435 Comments


this is awesome, but i agree with you on a lot of occasions MassiveAttack.

BallsToTheWall
October 3rd 2009



44164 Comments


Refuse to listen to this lovefest.

combustion07
October 3rd 2009



5329 Comments


Album title is win

Zip
October 3rd 2009



5312 Comments


ugh hip-hop

bastard
October 3rd 2009



3435 Comments


can i zip your mouth closed?

Roach
October 3rd 2009



2149 Comments


ugh hip-hop


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