2007 release, the seventh solo album from one of The Wu-Tang Clan's most recognizable personalities. Ghostface has maintained visibility in the marketplace by touring the country on his own headlining tour, the Wu-Tang Reunion Tour, and many music festivals. He continues that visibility with the Adult Swim College Tour (October) and The Hip Hop Live Tour featuring Rakim (November). Though touring, Ghostface has made time to give his fans another dose of the raw lyricism that he is known for. This December, The Big Doe Rehab is sure to have fans satisfied with their next fix of Ghostface.
If it's an appetite for pure hip-hop ingenuity with a side of freaky flair you've got, you can't do much better than the Wu-Tang Clan's individual players. Ghostface Killah's 2006 mini-masterpiece, Fishscale
, elevated the faceless Clan man to the ranks of the world's greatest MCs by way of hot beats and his supremacy in integrating '70s soul into his sound. The Big Doe Rehab
is his bid to hang on to his A-list achievement. Which it does, and handily: If lead single "We Celebrate!" seems pedestrian (Rare Earth's "I Just Want To Celebrate" can't be all that far back in the soul-keepers' vault), hang on till you get to "Walk Around," which reaches in further and pulls up a proper Little Milton track. Or forget about samples altogether and let Mr. Coles win you over by way of his proficiency with hooks ("Killa Lipstick") or skits (the name-checking "White Linen Affair"). Where one bag of tricks runs out, this disc's star and its producers--including the supremely skilled Anthony Acid, who steals the show here--pop up with something else to keep you feeling the Fishscale
-caliber momentum. Haters will say this hot streak can't last, but the man won't be handcuffed; Killah can't be stopped. --Tammy La Gorce