Ghostface Killah – “The Pretty Toney Album” review

Just 3 years after dropping the underrated bulletproof wallets, Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah is now delivering his 4th full-length but his 1st with Def Jam Recordings. Although I love how Ghost flows over RZA’s haunting production on the song “Kunta Fly Shit”, my only issue with it is the fact that it’s just a minute long. The track “Metal Lungies” with LOX members Sheek Louch & Styles P is basically gun talk & the production from No I.D. fittingly incorporates menacing horns. The next song “Save Me Dear” sees Ghost taking a whack at producing & I like how he incorporates the soul sample into it as he vividly talks about a woman named Kim. The song after that “It’s Over” is about the world caving in on you just when you got out of some bullshit & as much as I love K-Def, he uses the exact same sample that was used for the classic Biggie track “Who Shot Ya?” for the beat & it’s just ok. The sexual “Tush” with Missy Elliott is an attempt at a club/radio hit & I’m actually indifferent towards it. The next song “Holla” beautifully samples “La-La (Means I Love You)” by The Delfonics & you can just hear the passionate emotion in Ghost’s voice from start to finish. The song “Be This Way” talks about how things are gonna be the same if we don’t change over a soulful instrumental from Nottz. The penultimate track “Run” with Jadakiss talks about having the cops on their tails for drugs over an ominous beat from The Abbott. The album properly closes out with “Love”, where Ghost is thanking God as well as his family & friends over a smooth No I.D. instrumental. While it isn’t a perfect album, I think it sounds more focused than his last album was & it’s a solid “welcome to Def Jam” for Ghost

Score: 3.5/5

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