Ghostface Killah – Big Doe Rehab Review

7 12 2007

Throughout all of the ups and downs of the Wu-Tang Clan, it seems like the one constant has been Ghostface Killah.  It was Ghost who had the last of the truly great wave of Wu solos from 94-96.  It was also Ghost who single handedly brought the Wu back to relevance in hip-hop with the superb Supreme Clientele (haha. . .Superb) after a rush of subpar Wu releases.  For a long period of time, you could always count on Ironman to give you a dope release every time out.  Suuuuuuuuuuu After the Commute

            Things changed a bit when Ghost made the shift to Def Jam.  Not that Fishscale and More Fish didn’t have their moments (Alex Stolen Script was insane), but each release was a little underwhelming by Ghost’s standards.  But once again, Ghost is back on Def Jam with The Big Doe Rehab.

            In short, the album delivers.  The production here is outstanding for the most part as Ghost brings the signature soul-sampled beats back for this album.  For ya average rapper dude this might seem like riding the latest trend, but Ghost really helped bring the whole soul movement to the forefront way back on Ironman, so for him it sounds natural.  Highlights include “Yolanda’s House,” “Walk Around,” and the posse cut “Paisley Darts,” but its tough to say that there is even a single wack beat on the entire album.

            As far as the lyrics go, Ghost is still Ghost.  That means plenty of dope unintelligible lyrics mixed with vividly described stories.  Thankfully, Tony Starks left behind his whining to the point of crying flow that he’s been relying on too heavily recently (think Holla, I Can’t Go to Sleep) and instead keeps the delivery nice and aggressive throughout the entire album.  The guests are basically restricted to crew, with the exception of Beanie Sigel who rips the last 1:30 of “Barrel Brothers” and raps off into the sunset.  Theodore Unit is in full effect and shines as usual, and Method Man drops in to kill a couple verses and do his Ice Cream thing on “Killa Lipstick.”

            Conceptually, this album is also fairly strong, as Ghost further establishes himself as one of hip-hop’s premier storytellers.  The aforementioned “Yolanda’s House” is a hilarious story between Meth, Ghost and Raekwon about a trip through a project building during a raid, and you’d be hard pressed to find a story more descriptive than “Walk Around.”  Beyond the stories, Ghost also takes the time to explain his loyalty and take fake friends to task on  “I’ll Die for You.”            

            Overall what Ghost has accomplished with The Big Doe Rehab is one of his stronger albums in an increasingly impressive catalog.  I could nitpick and find a good amount of flaws (Ghost really needs a Redman shoutout or something if he’s going to jack Redman’s sample and concept for “Super GFK”) but I’m going to leave it for what it is.  While certainly not on the level of Ironman or Supreme Clientele, it is certainly one of the stronger releases of the year, especially in the mainstream.  Cop that. . .




Final Grades


Beats:  B+

Lyrics: B+

Concepts: A-


Overall Grade: B+

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