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Fishscale features the single 'Back Like That' which features Ne-Yo. Other guest appearances include Wu-Tang Clan and Keyshia Cole and production by he late J. Dilla, Just Blaze, MF DOOM, Pete Rock, Madlib, and many others. Universal. 2006.
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When the Wu Tang Clan members started releasing solo CDs, Method Man's "Tical" was pretty decent, O.D.B.'s "Return To The 36 Chambers (The Dirty Version)" impressed me because he was able to mix his humor with good lyrics, especially my favorite song from the CD, "Rawhide" which featured O.D.B. w/Raekwon & Method Man. However, out of nowhere Raekwon released "Only Built For Cuban Linx" and literally I was sent to another world..lol With help from Tony Starks (Ghostface Killah), Raekwon created one of my favorite rap CDs of all time. Although I had the CD, you could find alot of people on campus with the infamous "purple tape". Tracks like "Knowledge God", "Criminology", "Incarcerated Scarfaces", "Rainy Days", let's just say the whole CD gave me a newfound respect for Raekwon The Chef and Ghostface Killah. There was no way that Ghotface Killah's solo CD could outdue "Only Built For Cuban Linx", but "Ironman" had several tight tracks like the first single, "Daytona 500", "Iron Maiden", "Poisonous Darts", "260" and the smooth "Camay". When the Wu Tang Clan finally dropped their second CD "Wu Tang Forever" things were still intact as you expected their next round of solo CDs to do what the first round did. However, that clearly wasn't the case. Just when you thought the Wu Tang Clan may be dead or close to falling of hear comes Ghostface Killah to save the day with "Supreme Clientele". I was caught off guard because 2nd solo CDs by Method Man, O.D.B., GZA and even Raekwon didn't cut it. "Supreme Clientele" is where the whole Wu Tang Clan should have been after their early success. Tracks like "Nutmeg", "Apollo Kids", "Ghost Deini", "We Made It", "Buck 50" and "Wu Banga 101" reminded me of the Wu Tang Clan of old. While "Bulletproof Wallets" and "The Pretty Tony Album" were both tight CDs, they didn't meet the standard that "Supreme Clientele" set.
However, that has all changed with "Fishscale". Ladies and gentlemen, pleased don't be fooled by the first single, "Back Like That" which features r&b newcomer Ne-Yo. Don't get me wrong the track is pretty good but in no way does that give you a fair indication of what the rest of "Fishscale" is about. If anyone thought that Ghostface lost his swagger they will be quickly reminded by the first 3 tracks on his latest CD minus the intro of course. On "Shakey Dog", Ghostface may be at his all time best. Lewis Parker creates a nice, grimey track for Ghostface with the use of an old school sample and Ghostface takes care of the rest as he is rapping for over 3 minutes without a hook. On "Kilo" it is clearly evident of what Ghostface is talking about and his partner in crime, Raekwon also drops a nice verse on this track as well. The hook is cleverly orchestrated and "Kilo" ends up being one of the best tracks on "Fishscale". Just Blaze produces what is clearly the best track on "Fishscale" with "The Champ". If Just Blaze isn't in demand for beats after you hear this track then something must be really wrong with rap music. Ghostface clearly demonstrates that he has not lost any of his skills at all and that he is still a force to be reckoned with as far as the rap game goes. Just Blaze even goes as far as saying that Ghost "hasn't been hungry since "Supreme Clientele" on the track's intro and he is talking like a fighter's manager or the trainer that is trying to coach his fighter inbetween rounds. MF Doom produces what I hope will be one of many tracks to come where all or the majority of the Wu Tang Clan members are all on a track at the same time. "9 Milli Bros." will put you right back where "Enter The Wu Tang" and "Wu Tang Forever" left you. I am not saying that "The W" or "Wu Tang Iron Flag" weren't good CDs but they clearly didn't match up to their first two CDs. On the way too short but great "Beauty Jackson", J Dilla (R.I.P) blesses Ghostface Killah with a nice, old school sampled track and Ghost takes care of the rest with a nice verse. "Crack Spot" is also blessed with a nice sample and it seems as if Ghostface Killah is single handedly trying to bring the Wu back to their original form. "R.A.G.U." is produced by Pete Rock as he displays that he still has skills behind the boards. Ghostface Killah and Raekwon takes care of the rest as usual. You will wish that J Dilla was still amongst the living after you hear "Whip You With A Strap" as Ghostface plays off the fact that kids aren't being disciplined like they were back in the day. Although I am not too familiar with MF Doom as a rapper or a producer, he has clearly made me a believer in him as a producer with his track, "Clipse Of Doom". The track sounds real eerie and Ghostface is able to create 3 fire verses as another one of his right hand men, Trife, is on the hook. Pete Rock shows up again on the track "Be Easy". Ghostface creates a nice hook and takes advantage of having the tight Pete Rock production on this track. "Be Easy" was one of the first tracks that I heard from "Fishscale". Ghostface's Theodore Unit gets a chance to shine on "Jellyfish" and "Dogs Of War". It's nice to hear Cappadonna again on these two tracks as well and Raekwon shows up again to make "Dogs Of War" an even better track. "Barbershop" is another example of a way too short, great Ghostface track. At times you'll be upset because you wish that a track that was sounding so good could be a little longer. On "Big Girl", Ghostface does the same thing that he did on "Holla" from "The Pretty Tony Album". He pretty much takes the whole original track and raps his verses while the original group is singing the original lyrics at the same time. Now I admit that the idea doesn't seem to be the original because you expect better from Ghostface but the track is still pretty good. MF Doom impresses me once again on "Underwater". It almost seems as if Ghostface and MF Doom are beginning to get the same chemistry that Ghostface and RZA had back in the day. On the heartfelt "Momma" Ghostface proves just like he did on "All That I Got Is You" on "Ironman" that he can show another side of himself when he needs to. On the bonus track "3 Bricks", which apparently was left off of Biggie's "Duets" CD, Biggie's 1st verse of "N***as Bleed" is blended in with tight Raekwon and Ghostface verses over a Cool & Dre track. There are no no filler tracks on "Fishscale" but some people may wonder why "3 Bricks" was added as a bonus track when "Fishscale" already contained 23 tracks. I am pretty sure that the Carter Administration had something to do with that.
If you look at all of the Wu Tang Clan's members solo CD catalog nobody can say that they have a run such as Ghostface Killah's. Although "Only Bulit For Cuban Linx" is clearly the best CD from a solo Wu Tang member, none of the Wu Tang members can say that their solo CDs are as consistent as Ghostface's. Ghostface clearly demostrates that he still has the skills to compete with the so-called best rappers of today. With Raekwon eventually releasing "Only Built For Cuban Linx 2" which is going to be executive produced by Busta Rhymes, hopefully the Wu Tang Clan will be able to get back to some kind of level of the consistency that they displayed back in the day. If you are a fan of Ghostface Killah and especially "Supreme Clientele" or if you are an avid Wu Tang Clan fan, you can not afford to pass up on "Fishscale".
James' Top 6 (This wasn't easy for this CD)
1) The Champ
3) Shakey Dog
4) Be Easy
5) Crack Spot
6) Beauty Jackson
love this album for a few different reasons...
(1) Ghostface came with the intention of spitting heat, and has done that throughout the album....there isn't one cut where he didn't give his all lyrically, and that is a very, very, VERY rare thing in todays rap game where just about everyone is focusing solely on how they say it as opposed to what they are saying or how creative they are in what they say.
(2) Ghostface is telling stories...something that is very uncommon in todays game as well......and not only that, but he's not keeping it simple, he's actually putting depth into his stories and carries that concept throughout the album.....what tops it all off is the fact that he's got sound effects in the background to his stories, something that instantaneously makes the stories more interesting and keeps you listening more than once......
(3) his beats fit his lyrics and his voice and flow....he didn't just pick the hottest, most catchiest beats and spit some hot garbage over them, he picked beats that complimented his voice and flow....again, something relatively non-existent among most rappers...
(4) he realized he didn't need a hook to everything, or at least a hook that is stuck in your head...e.g., Shakey Dog...striaght heat, with no chorus
(5) his album is consistent throughout...its not like most albums that are either strong at the front end or back end and throw in filler in the middle or filler in the middle of its singles
(6) his potential singles are consistent with the theme of the album, and display his charisma as opposed to the catchyness of the hook.....his single (Back Like That) also utilizes the ability to get someone to sing on the track without overdoing it and leaving the song hip hop as opposed to pop.
(7) its long...granted there are a lot of skits, but this has a good amount of songs to keep the listener satisfied
(8) the skits are good...someone that is about as rare as Young Jeezy deciding not to adlib on a song
(9) he carries the album himself and though there are various guest spots throughout, they are either complimentary to him, or are there to duet (i.e., Raekwon)
(10) he doesn't appear to have really sacrificed anything for sales...he stayed true to his own style and the style that got him this far for sales....someone, again, that is relatively non-existent in this day & age.
i'd give this album a solid 4.5/5 and recognition as the best album thus far in 2006
Congrats Ghostface Killah....unlike most your rap peers, you didn't disappoint
Fishschale is a perfect sequel to the stellar Pretty Toney Album as it sticks to the same formula.
First of all you still have those tracks were Ghost just raps over a classic soul track without removing the original vocals (Big Girl). I don't think that there is another rapper that can pull this off, at least not as well as the Ironman. The album also features a 1st single (Back Like That) that can only be described as bubble gum rap. He still frustrates the listener by taking a hot beat and only lay a single verse over it (Barbershop). Leaving the listener hungrier than when the song began. Finally there are those skits that just leave you scratching your head e.g. Heart Street Directions.
With that said this album is very different from the Pretty Toney Album in that it is a lot grittier. The beats here are less soul driven they are darker, harder beats in keeping with his drug tales. Its almost as though Ghost made a conscious effort to take it back to Supreme Clientele with the beats and even further back to Only built 4 Cuban Linx with the lyrics.
Lyrically Ghost is so at ease here, its like everything comes easy to him (especially storytelling). Ghost is as comfortable rapping about the ladies as he is rapping about a drug exchange or being whipped by his moms. It is this versatility that sets him apart from the rest.
The album also features a lot of Raekwon who does his best to whet everyone's appetite for the sequel to his classic. I haven't been this excited about a (non-Ghostface) Wu release in a long time. Theodore Unit is also in the house with Trife's stock continuing to rise in my book. This kid is the truth. Check out the Put It On The Line mixtape for more evidence.
Beats-wise you can see the Def Jam machine at work (Just Blaze) but you also know that the man ,Ghost, must have hand picked these gems himself. I really got to appreciate his ear for beats on this one. A few weeks before I heard this album Jay Dilla (R.I.P.) released Donuts which featured two beats that would eventually end up in this release. Hearing the two beats on the Jay Dilla album I was not particularly impressed. Especially with the "One for Ghost" which Ghost uses for "Whip me with a strap". But after hearing Ghost's vocals over this track I appreciated both Dilla & Ghost's Genius. Ghost makes this beat special...
MF Doom is another surprise on this release as his best work off late has been when he has not been behind the boards. He definitely represents on Clipse of Doom and Underwater. Apparently Ghost even left out a few Madlib beats in order to make space for Doom's beats. That says a lot. Pete Rock's stock is also on the rise after his work on Be Easy. I like his grittier beats.
In the immortal words of Phonte "Dope Beats Dope Rhymes, what more do y'all want"
This album has got that. There's very few artists out there that are able to pretty much stick to the same formula but still grab everyone's attention and Ghost is definitely one.