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Fishscale

Ghostface Killah

2006

Fishscale

Album Summary

Fishscale is the fifth studio album by American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah, released March 28, 2006, on Def Jam in the United States. The album features guest appearances from every member of the Wu-Tang Clan, as well as Ghostface Killah's Theodore Unit. It also features production from several acclaimed producers, such as MF DOOM, Pete Rock, J Dilla, and Just Blaze, among others. The album follows an organized crime theme, and is named after a term for uncut cocaine. Fishscale sold nearly 110,000 units in its first week of release, and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, making it the highest charting Ghostface Killah album since his 1996 debut, Ironman. The singles "Back Like That," and "Be Easy" entered the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, with the former peaking at the 14th position. Upon its release, Fishscale received universal acclaim, with critics praising the album's cohesiveness, lyricism, and production. As of November 2009, the album had sold 332,000 copies.

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3.05

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3827

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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5

Loved this album, great assorted group of producers and Killah's rhymes are something else. Also, I learned how to cut a brick of cocaine, so it was also instructional.

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5

We have an APB on an MC Killer Looks like the work of a Master Evidence indicates that his stature Merciless like a terrorist hard to capture The flow, changes like a chameleon Plays like a friend, and stabs you like a dagger This technique attacks the immune system Disguised like a lie paralyzing the victim You scream, as it enters your bloodstream Erupts your brain from the pain these thoughts contain Moving on a nigga with the speed of a centipede And injure any motherfucking contender!

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4

I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did considering other Wu Tang projects I've heard, but man, Ghosty just has a way with words that can drag me in to a story. The narrative-based rapping is definitely the strongest draw here, with a strong second going to the excellent production (I mean, come on, DOOM and Dilla? Spoiled!). There are too many skits IMO, and not every song is a banger, but this was definitely a good project.

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5

Listening again today; great production and incredibly cinematic album. Def up there with my fav hip hop albums of all time. “RAGU” and “Back Like That (feat. Ne-Yo)” have got to be some of my fav tracks of all time.

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4

As someone without a lot of experience with hiphop, but no particular disdain for it, I liked this album. It's an actual album. Each song is distinct, it's not a mushy bleed-together of left-overs to pad the length. But the production is consistent and each song obviously belongs on this album. Each track has interesting things that separate them from the rest, and the production is really top notch. Production is so good it probably makes it swing above its weight class. There's nothing irritating on the album, it's all consistently good. Solid album I probably wouldn't choose to listen to again, but if it came on I wouldn't be compelled to turn off either.

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5/10. He immediately tells us to fasten our seatbelts, which I appreciate because I am tired of listening to rap albums that don't care about the listener's personal safety. Also listening to this for the first time after the MCU made Tony Stark a household name, but knowing that this is older than that made the constant references to Tony Starks and Ironman a bit surprising. I liked that the skits transitioned very smoothly into the following songs in this album. I kinda liked Back Like That, I suppose because it just sounds like a pop song. I also like how when he boasts about women, these women are often intelligent in addition to having great asses etc, which is pretty fun.

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3

Een soort rap dat op clipping lijkt. Ambitieus maar ik weet niet of het wat voor mij is.

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5

This fucks and this Aussie gives it five pairs of Blundstones out of five.

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The Champ

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Tu peux remercier Ne-Yo

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3

I'm not really into rap, but I did enjoy this with some standout tracks

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Another random hip hop record in the 1001 list. It is almost a joke, thinking about all masterpieces left out of the list to make some room for boring random releases like this one. An exWu Tang Klan member trying to vindicate himself. That's ok, even a few good tracks like 'Whip You With a Strap' and hilarious skits like 'Bad Mouth Kid'... but come on...

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Awful?

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5

Loved it, I didn't think I would, But every track was strong and it worked together so well.

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5

Abso loot LUV.

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5

I love this album. Surprised to see it on this list, but it's fantastic.

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5

Sweet, hard-hitting rhymes with a lot of energy and genuine fun. And awesome beats!

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5

This album doesn't miss; not even mad about the massive runtime.

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5

Strangely, despite loving Bulletproof wallets when I was a teenager, I hadn't listened to this much before. That has changed now, I've listened to it 4 times today! Super album, I love Ghostface's voice and delivery, and there's some really great tracks on here.

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5

Gimme a pen and pand

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5

Massive energy. The backing is so full of hooks and great grooves, could listen to it spinning all day long. Lyrics are fast and furious with passion and feeling. Loved this album

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5

LOVE me some Wu-Tang, and Ghostface might just be my favorite member. In a group with no lack of hip-hop titans, Ghostface still manages to grab the spotlight and throttle it like it stole something from him. The man's a poet, plain and simple. "Supreme Clientele" gets a lot of attention (and rightfully so--it doesn't get much better than "Apollo Kids" and "Cher Chez La Ghost"), but "Fishscale" is my favorite Ghostface album. The skits are utterly skippable (ranging from the mildly amusing "Bad Mouth Kid" to the cringey "Heart Street Directions"), but basically every track is worthy of a place in my regular playlist rotation. And it's no wonder. Not only is he a master storyteller, but his fellow Clan members back him up regularly on this album (most notably on "9 Milli Bros."), and the tracks are produced by hip-hop greats like Pete Rock, J Dilla, and MF DOOM. I could list my favorite tracks, but it'd basically just be two-thirds of the track list, minus the skits. That's how solid this album is. Casual hip-hop fans might find this album a little inaccessible, but for those who appreciate the Wu-Tang style "Fishcale" is solid gold.

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4

Like most hip hop albums... it’s a tad long. But pretty pretty good 👌

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4

2006. Key Songs: R.A.G.U, 9 Milli Bros, Shakey Dog

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4

Really enjoyed this one

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4

Cocaine rap isn't my favorite thing, but the lyricism is on point. Best track: The Champ.

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4

good

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4

Good shit

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4

Surprisingly good, and all-star guest appearances

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4

This is probably tied with Inspectah Deck's Resident Patient as my fav Wu Tang solo record out there.

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4

This was super great and a pretty vicious album! I feel like this is an album that if I listened to it when I was younger it'd have an even bigger impact. As it stands though, a really great reason why Wu-Tang ain't nothing to fuck with.

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4

Great solo album from the clan man

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4

Great album

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4

One of my favourite unheard hip hop albums so far. Doesn't sound like he takes himself too seriously but hits hard all the same. Lots of solid features but surprisingly the Ne Yo hook was my favourite - especially loved Kanye's verse on the remix. Can definitely hear where Action Bronson gets his style from. The Bad Mouth Kid skit was hilarious.

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4

Cinematic and dense. I need to listen to this again, I feel like I missed so much. The beats just felt so groovy and vital as well.

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4

Wu Tang Forever

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4

Ok

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4

i don't really think i understand how to appreciate hiphop but this has an energy....a lifeblood running through it.

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4

good album, can’t go wrong with wu tang

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4

I like the style and flow. Enjoyable hip-hop/r&b variant of rap, with creativity, color and an attitude.

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4

Miles better than the Raekwon album, IMO. I don’t know what makes “9 Milli Bros.” anything other than just a Wu Tang song, but I ain’t complaining. I would absolutely listen to this again.

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4

This is a great album from start to finish. Ghostface is always great, and this is hands-down his best album.

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4

Impressive!

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4

Great production, overall a great listen and def up there with one of my fav hip hop albums of all time. RAGU slaps.

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4

Mucho flow, más de lo que puedo procesar... por ahí caché letras bastante buenas, creo que el disco suena bien en conjunto y las colaboraciones son muy chidas. Especialmente me gustaron "The Champ", "Three Bricks" y el remix (con la familiar voz de Kanye) de "Back Like That". 8/10

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4

Wasn't familiar with this (so much wu tang catalogue), but loved it.

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4

Pretty good, I like the beats but it was long and had a bunch of boring skits. 8

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4

This is real good. Three Bricks is an awesome closing track

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4

Every rap album on here seems to be by a member of the Wu Tang Clan and takes about a day to listen to. This one, though, is the best. Great use of smoky soul samples, skits that actually add to the proceedings, and a genuinely brilliant couple of tracks in The Champ and Back Like That. Gonna use The Champ to get myself psyched into a killer mentality before playing badminton with my work colleagues

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4

This album is completely out of my normal wheelhouse of rock/punk/emo, but I loved it. I wish there were less skits, but they come with the territory I guess.

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4

Es que siento que no tengo las suficientes herramientas para la apreciación de este género. Diría que pasó sin pena ni gloria. Está okay para un ratito, pero sí me pesó una hora. Me gustaron Kilo, The Champ, y Underwater que tiene un instrumentación chidilla. Heart Street Directions es muy cagada. Mood: "it's kinda wet down there" lol

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4

Love this album. Could still do with trimming down a bit

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4

Not normally my thing but enjoyed that added couple of songs to my favourites.

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4

8/10 a lot of good tracks on here, great beats and samples. i think it's a little overly long.

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4

Liked it.

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4

Shite at the beginning Good decent Got slower Got bored

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Disco desigual, las canciones más populares creo que son las más culeras. Es mejor The Supreme Clientele. ¿Cuál es el criterio para elegir los discos? En fin. Aún así, como es tan largo, tiene chingos de rolas chidas.

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4

great production, good flow but iffy lyrics in places... would rather mr killah spat rhymes about the benefits of recycling so knocking it down a star until he makes that change

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4

This was actually great. Very funky / soulful. Not very Wu-Tang. Didn't catch many lyrics on first listen, but lots of effing and jeffing. Terrible skits though.

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4

Yeah

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4

Really enjoyed it, Ghostface a legend

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4

buena primera escuchada jajaja me aburri un poco escuchando pero es wea mia pq si el disco es muy largo me da lata fdajkadjkf

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4

A very solid and lyrically rich rap album. 8.0/10

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4

Man, I listened the hell out of this back in 2006. Kilo has a great, great hook and I didn't remember anything else about the rest of the album. But I think pretty much every song on this is a gem.

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4

Jesus this album was dope. I haven't really listened to any rap album before, and initially I wasn't that into it, but I gave myself some time and went for a promenade in the rain with this album and and felt it very much. Every now and then I wasn't that into a song, but overall it was tremendous. It definitely feels like a complete work and the songs work together. Amazing.

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4

Great lyricism. Solid RZA production.

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Ghostface Killah is peerless on this album of grimy storytelling and verbal dexterity. His taste is impeccable,with beats from underground heroes J Dilla (RIP) and MF Doom (RIP), old school innovator Pete Rock and chart topper Just Blaze. The samples are sublime - the old soul tracks gives the album a cohesion often lacking in other rappers’ efforts. If Ghostface isn’t the GOAT then he damn near gets close to claiming the crown with this record.

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4

A high quality rap album with great rhymes and beats. The album flows through from beginning to end and it's hard not to bop your head to the beat. I thought I wouldn't like it from the first song/skit, but it drew me in and I enjoyed it until the end.

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4

This was really really good and lyrical with amazing percussion and flow. But man the jokes are really cringe.

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4

My type of music. Definitely some favourite yracks

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4

It's alright. I mean, I do like it. It has a lot of charm, with its pretty fast and short skits along with the array of producers (Pete Rock, MF DOOM, J Dilla, etc.) I do think straying away from RZA Production does kind of hinder it but I still think its a unique album. Its pretty long, tackling an hour with 23 tracks. A few of them are skits, but still. It's a lot of tracks! Raekwon, Trife, & Cappadonna are some of the recurring features but its not limited to them. I do like the J Dilla cuts on here. Using "Hi." And "One For Ghost" on Donuts, I really think GFK uses these beats very well. The production on songs like Jellyfish, Underwater, The Champ, all great. I think this album loses me a bit with it's length but overall, its a fun one. 7/10 As of July 21th, 2021 Best Tracks: Kilo, The Champ, 9 Milli Bros., Beauty Jackson, R.A.G.U., Whip You With A Strap, Be Easy, Jellyfish, Underwater Worst Track: Barbershop

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4

This is what I imagined Wu-tang would be like; actually creative and a blast to listen to! Closing in on a 5 for sure

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4

OH NO ITS A SPOOKY GHOST

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Czego jak czego, ale pana Ghostface Killaha na takiej liscie sie nie spodziewalem i to dodatkowo z takim materialem, bo dalbym sobie obciac lape, ze ironman, gdzie persona tonyego starka snuje opowiesci z getta bedzie miala o wiele wieksze szanse na pojawienie sie tutaj, tak samo sprawa ma sie z supreme clientele jako album inspirowany czarnym ladem, a tu jednak fishscale, czyli album ktorego motywem przewodnim jest dealowanie koko, na co juz nawet tytul jasno wskazuje, rybie luski to okreslenie na wyjatkowo czysta kokaine, okolo 90% wtedy nie mamy do czynienia z bialym proszkiem sprzedawanym na dworcach, ale raczej z bialo lsniacymi krysztalami lub czyms oscypkowo wygladajacym przed pieczeniem, wiec plyta trzyma sie tego motywu opowiadajac na temat dzialalnosci przestepczosci zorganizowanej po murzynsku, jak przystalo na gettowe historie mamy opowiesci o biegaczach, porucznikach, kucharzach, niewinnych przechodniach wciagnietych w ten swiat kilogramow za sprawa kawalka olowiu, thugowej milosci, lojalnosci do rodziny i do ulicznej rodziny, szybkich pieniadzach, szybkim zyciu i jeszcze szybszym umieraniu, plyta to godzina dwanascie solidnego materialu, z 27 trakow 7 to skity, ktore sa dla mnie jak najwiekszym problemem albumu, bo w wiekszosci sa to bardzo typowe ghostowe monologi, ktore maja wprowadzic do traka, o ile ghost nigdy nie byl w moim top 3 czlonkow wutangowych, tak jak slucham tej plyty to jest zadziwiajaco rowna, jesli chodzi o liryczny deliwery, nie ma tutaj przesadzonej liczby featurow, jak na poprzednich materialach, taki ironman, to praktycznie album trio killaha raekwona i cappadonny, dodatkowo z beatami od pana RZA, wiec wutang pelna geba, tutaj natomiast czuc o wiele bardziej solowosc tego projektu, takze od strony beatowo producenckiej, bo RZA nie wystepuje tutaj jako producent, tylko ma jednego wersa na 9 milli bros, ktory featuruje wszystkich zyjacych, oraz tych troche mniej zyjacych, czlonkow wu tanga, a wiec kto wyprodukowal plyte, odpowiedz na to pytanie jest skomplikowana, bo dlugo by wymieniac 11 apostolow producerki ktory zebrali sie zeby ugotowac taki krazek, obok takich nazwisk jak pete rock czy j dilla pojawiaja sie takze calkiem niespodziewane picki, ktore slychac juz podczas pierwszego odsluchu, mianowicie mf doom na producerce, zastanawialem sie skad on mial tyle materialu zeby wypuscic trzy albumy czysto instrumentalne, ktorych w wiekszosci nie uzywal na swoich materialach, to wlasnie po czesci otrzymalem odpowiedz na clipse of doom czy jellyfish, albo na wspominanym juz wutangowym traku, na nastepne instrumentalne sluchanie musze obadac orginy reszty special herbsow, z pikow plejlistowych na liste wpada kilo, brosy i back like that, z najbardziej 2k06 featurem jaki mozna sobie wysnic, czyli pan ne-yo i jego aksamitne wokale na chorusie, lista kolejny raz pozytywnie zaskakuje iloscia murzynskich albumow, a zaskoczenie tym wieksze, bo to jednak thugowo hardkorowy material, a nie radio friendly kontent

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4

Above average cocaine rap. Great NY attitude.

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4

I quite enjoyed this. Pretty chill.

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4

Unexpectedly incredible

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4

Nce flow

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4

This was great but suffered from the skits and stuff.

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4

I still don't understand skits on rap albums, but the tunes were bangers

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4

Production > lyrics but crack spot and kilo are elite. I probably missed a lot so gotta run it back

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4

pretty great album, some of the skits were a little corny but that music slapped I’ll give it an 8/10

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Kilo, Whip you with a strap, Back like that, Big girl

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4

This is pretty great. Now I know where a few samples on Donuts come from.

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4

Klassisk hiphop, soul-samples, nice flows, wu-tang, hård lyrik

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4

I really enjoyed some of the songs on this, particularly The Champ and Three Bricks. Overall great album.

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4

I was not really looking forward to this album but it really surprised me! Great beats, the rapping was really clear so you I could understand what he was saying. And that's the most grandpa thing I've ever said.

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4

I have to say this was a total surprise and I really enjoyed it!! I loved some of the sampled songs. I think I'll listen again - some of those got me pumped

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4

I love the song Kilo, I might use that in some Maths lessons in the future. Back like that is a bangerrr. There's a lot of variation and interest in this album. I like it! Enjoying the samples on some of these tracks and great rhymes, every track is distinct. We all know by now, I love skits! I wish I had discovered this album earlier in life and I prefer a few more melodical moments than this album provides so it isn't my perfect hip hop album but it's certainly a 4.

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4

I'm totlly digging this!

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4.1 + I remember liking lots of the joints off this record back in 2006, especially "Kilo." Sadly, it quickly fell off my radar and I think the skits are to blame. With the exception of "Barbershop" that turns into a fire track, the skits add so much bloat to an otherwise amazing record. At the outset, it's intimidating to look at these 24 track that clock in at over an hour. Overlooking all that, all the actual songs on here are bangers. First, I love Ghostface's writing, his ecstatic storytelling on "Shakey Dog" and the way he adds strange details to his descriptions on "Big Girl." Second, there are recognizable samples to create some insane beats. Third, the collabs: Raekwon, Wu-Tang, BIG, etc.

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4

Loud, noisy, black, and gangsta. I don't care too much about the lyrics, I feel like I'm too disconnected from that black anger and black power that is reflected in the lyrics, so I judge this purely on how much I enjoy the noise that comes out of my speaker. I have to say, the first two songs are the best, Shakey Dog and Kilo. Crack Spot being number three, and then maybe R.A.G.U...perhaps I just have a soft spot for rap with female voices.

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4

I wasn't expecting much from a Wu-tang member about a decade from the group's peak to release something this great. It's cinematic, perfectly produced, the beats and flows are on point. This might just be one of the best albums of the early 2000's.

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4

I really didn't expect much from this album. Maybe that's why I found myself enjoying it. Sure, the skits are super lame and a lot of the content is dated but it turns out that Ghostface Killa is a damn good writer. The delivery is on-point and these tracks are just so tasty. Color me surprised.

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4

This is pretty dang good. Production is tight, rhymes are tight, samples well chosen. Two thumbs fresh.

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4

I really liked most of the tracks on the album. The song with Ne-Yo was garbage. Great album overall, will be giving it multiple listens.

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4

get rid of most of the skits and like 5 songs near the end and you've got a 5 star album

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4

Brilliant album, tells a story but with songs that stand alone as well. Some of the skits were arguably unnecessary, but they give the songs room to breathe. Production of all wu-tang (and wu-tang solo) albums is always spot on.

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4

Strong Tyler the Creator influence if I can guess anything like that. Relentless.

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4

Layered and immaculately produced

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4

I didn't expect to like this album so much. I was expecting some old-style hip-hop or maybe some kinda 90's-ish melodies that I like but it's not the best thing that we have from this style. However, I found a strong record of what I consider modern hip-hop, even with some proto-trap if I exaggerate a bit. The lyrics are not the best of what I like, but I git the album idea. The greatest problem for me is the length, it's too long, but it's still great.

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4

Another new album for me. Some great grooves on here. “Be Easy” is easily my favorite on here, no pun intended. The skits were funny too but not as funny as the vocal melody in “Jellyfish.” The second half of the album hit me more than the first half and that’s a good sign. On a bad album I’m usually waiting for it to be over at that point especially when the album clocks in at over an hour but I’m grooving the whole way through this one.

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4

Damn. Great album. The first time I listened I didn't even pay attention to the lyrics, just the music - which was awesome. Great beats. But it's a concept album so I had to listen again to see what I thought about the themes throughout. He's so smooth you really have to pay attention or you'll miss the wordplay in his lyrics. Best tracks - I mean, absolutely loved them - were Shakey Dog (so smooth), Kilo (great beats and female vocals), Be Easy (inclusion of Ice Cube is awesome), and Dogs of War (intense beats and rapping). The skits were okay and some songs weren't as good as the rest, but still a great listen overall.

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4

The few skits that were on this were a bit distracting. I have stated before that skits do take away from the re-listenability of the entire album. Tracks produced by MF DOOM I can pick out pretty easily now, which is weird, because it wasn't that long ago I didn't know who he was. But now he's really on my radar. It's sad he's no longer with us, as he seemed to be a really highly regarded force in hip-hop, but not known outside that circle. Ghostface Killah really draws you in. The beat was great. It's interesting that all the members of Wu-Tang guest-starred. That the group were willing to do solo albums and help each other out like that is great. It's not an album I would come back to often, only because of the language and violence. But the lyrics are real and I totally get where he is coming from. I did enjoy this a lot. If this came on, I wouldn't turn it off.

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3

Wasn't too bad considering its not my thing and went for over an hour. Some really catchy tunes among the filler. 3/5.

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3

The Champ is too good!

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3

Not as much my vibe, but I like the beats/production.

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3

Too many skits - wasn’t as good as I thought it would be

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3

goeie hiphop staat bij mijn favorieten 3.5/5

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3

Got better as it went. Liked the R&B stuff and Be Easy.

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3

was ok. I don't like the skits..?

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3

Solid album, shows the dominance of the members of wu-tang in the 90s

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3

Great hip-hop, waaaaaay too many skits.

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3

Solid hip hop.

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false

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3

Like a series of The Wire, on an album. Read the lyrics while you listen

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3

Fresh beats, tight rhymes. What more could you ask for?

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3

Not really my style but I can respect the production values and thematic vision. Listening again, it’s growing on me, it’s very tight

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3

I enjoyed this much more than I was expecting.

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3

Never heard this before - pretty bad ass - such a tough sound. I defiantly have ‘n word’ fatigue - Rap has got to evolve - the first track is horrible

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3

Wutang Clan Forever, maybe this album only once in a while - a few tracks were amazing, several samples felt juvenile.

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3

Better then I thought. Like the horns, background singers (esp on kilo). The Tony Stark references are funny (I guess this was when Iron Man was out), but its never going to be an album I would recommend

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3

Freshe beats für einen jungen mann wje mich

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3

Semibängeri Slässic hip-hop

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3

Never actually heard him out of Wu Tang, pretty cool

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skip the skits, they dont add anything and are too disjoint to make this any attempt at a concept album. "9milli bros" is the hype-anthem and would have been a strong album opener. "the champ" is worth a listen. "Be easy" is also another stand out, but becomes repetitive with the forced syncopation.

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I like the semi Lo-Fi vibes. Killas flow def wears me down, hes only got one sound and speed. Top 3 songs Shakey Boy, Three Bricks, and the irreverent Kilo 3 out of 5

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I've not listened to Wu-Tang / Ghostface Killah before, and I'm surprised at how much this album reminds me, in structure, to Tenacious D -- I know it's really probably influenced the other way, but the skits and the over-the-top lewdness. Kinda fascinating. Highlights: "Kilo", "Whip You With a Strap" and "Back Like That"

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7/10 - Cool rap album, doesn't bring nothing new in 2021 of course

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Er, hoje não, Faro.

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Very mid noughties

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Meh. I just don't like swearing in my music. Takes me right out of it.

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Ok

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Production: 13/20 Songwriting: 12/20 Innovation: 11/20 Bangers: 10/20 Emotional response: 13/20 =59 Yes I very much enjoyed this - only one mark off a 4*

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Fuck I forgot to listen to this. Default 3. Sorry ghost.

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I approached this album filled with dread. I haven't had much luck with the hip-hop albums on this list. I'm still waiting for a great hip-hop record. This isn't it, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I expected. The first cut isn't encouraging. It's a skit, but the voice is so distorted, you can't even make out what the person is saying. It gets better from there. Now, it's true that the subject matter is mostly the same old, same old. But at least the imagery is inventive and vivid and the gangsta vibe is heavy. Not my thing really, but if you're gonna do it, you might as well go for it. The samples and loops are well-chosen and varied. Best of all, the beats are bangin'. The loops and the raps intersect in ways that propel the music forward like a rocket. Now, I wish the music was a bit more complex and it would have been more interesting if the tunes were punctuated with live instrumental breaks, like Cameo did in the 80s with the likes of saxophonist Michael Brecker, or even some decent scratching, but Ghostface Killah wisely keeps the tunes short, so you don't have time to get bored. He also intersperses the tunes with "comic" interludes, which also helps. YMMV. I'm conflicted on how to rate this. On the one hand, Fishscale is damned near perfectly realized. This is EXACTLY what Ghostface Killah was going for. On the other hand, I despair of the lack of ambition and Ghostface's narrow vision, both musically and lyrically, given his obvious talent. Update: Ghostface also skillfully integrates modern R&B vocals into the mix later on in the album, which is a plus, and there's a bit more variety to the subject matter than I first thought. I added half a point.

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Oh yes, I enjoyed it. With "Be easy" being the Best song.

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rap just isn't really for me. i understand i'm supposed to love wu tang and all that is associated with it, but in all honesty it just doesn't do it for me.

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It's rap, but with so much variety. V good.

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По саунду звучит будто старше своего времени, почему-то вижу стык тысячелетий. Но упоминание PlsyStation 3 немного молодит. В целом норм альбом почилить на фоне, настрой задаёт. Однако интересным ни на трек не кажется.

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сопливые переживания ниггера по поводу того, что мамочка порола его ремнём

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c'etait pas nul, c'etait pas particulièrement bien non plus. Un album à très vite oublier, il faut se reconcentrer sur le prochain match

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This was hood. Some great hooks going on and some great collaborations too.

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Something i never expected is ever heard an Rnb song with ghostface killah in it, it's different but its good

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Inte jättebra för att vara rap

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Was okay.

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Gangster rap. Pretty good. Some parts boring for me. Fav songs beauty jackson, kilo, the champ, momma

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One time, Ghostface Killah's manager threatened me because they didn't like how I was selling his merchandise at his concert. So I have beef with Ghostface. But he does good raps, lots of words and keeps it going. The skits are fucking lame though.

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Listened to this one passively but I liked some of the beats I heard. Was much longer than anticipated

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More easily listenable than Kanye, in my opinion. Still not a big rap fan.

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The production was excellent across the album. The delivery and flow of the rhymes weren't to my liking.

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Pretty good album by ghostface. The features were solid. Interesting to have the same song on there twice but with different artists. Lyrically it was good but not great. 7.2/10

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im a huge fan of enter the wu-tang but the rest of their stuff just never really resonated with me. This one is still a really nice hip hop album and sounds better to me than most of the other solo projects.

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Good stuff. The guy is an incredible lyricist, but I felt like I had to pay too much attention.

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Dilla, Doom, yes. Ghostface, sure. Overall, I guess so.

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Pretty good

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alrighty

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I preferred Ironman and Supreme Clientele.

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not really interested

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Enjoyed it. Nice album.

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it wasn’t terrible but it also wasn’t anything new I think it was just completely mediocre I actually liked some of it which is surprising to me but it wasn’t out of this world

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Rap is growing on me. The gangster violence and threats, misogyny, drugs, potty-mouths and tales of impoverished "life is harsh" must be becoming normalised for me as I didn't mind this LP of drug lord iron man peddling "fishscale". It helped that the samples and bscking music was familiar, soulful in and funky and not too abrasive. The rapping was rhythmic and clear. I might even look forward to more Wu Tang related material...

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Really cool

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Not my taste

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Pretty good hip hop album, too long as usual but some interesting musical choices and there were some very interesting rhyms. However a little to samey to earn anything higher than a 3.5 🌟

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Man Ghostface, you got bars. It sucks that your delivery is so grating to me. The production here is top notch as well, with some excellent features throughout.

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Wu. Wu peed on your rug.

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This album was removed from my version. Another example of a newer album added and then tossed out instead of pruning the moldy old sacred cows. I don't love this album. I'm a Wu-Tang fan, but I take the unpopular opinion that Ghostface albums aren't that great. He is an undisputed master of storytelling, but I don't find his albums compelling as someone listening to a piece of music. Fishscale is a concept album about coke dealing, so more than most even, it's a thick narrative with the songs themselves de-emphasized. On top of that, it is 24 tracks with far too many skits. As an adult in their 30s, I want my hip-hop albums to be about 14 tracks with zero skits. I'm a firm believer that each genre has its own optimal album length - it's not a hard rule, but on average, I want my punk albums about 25-30 minutes, my hip-hop albums to be about 45-50 minutes, my rock albums to be about 50-60 minutes, and my drone albums to be about 100 minutes. At 65 minutes with 7 skits, this album drags. Still, it's not terrible. There are plenty of forgettable Moby Grape and Love albums on this list that deserve to be on it way less.

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Hell of a solo WU album. Have to imagine being produced outside of and not featuring a lot of WU chums this outing is all Ghost. He can hold his own to fill an album. 3.5/5

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Im not really great at identifying good hip hop but I know how to turn off what I absolutely hate. This aint it.

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There's a song from SDvR 2007 in it so good throwback

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Decent hip-hop record, I like The Champ the most with the horn arrangements. Otherwise, it doesn't strike me that much - a lot of songs about vengeance and pussy which doesn't interest me that much - still the general sound of beats and his vocals are much preferable to e.g. Cypress Hill. You get small wiffs of WuTang Clan but it is more straight.

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Terrible name, okay tunes.

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I appreciate this man’s love of Tony Stark.

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It's aight.

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Un bon projey solo mais loin du wu 3

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Not really in to rap - enjoy more laid back hip hop but I liked some of the tracks e.g. Back Like That.

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I like the production

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Некоторые треки понравились, но, в целом, альбом не показался выдающимся. Обложка очень четкая;) Будто вернулся в РФ 90-ых годов. 5 из 10

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Some good, some meh, none bad

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28th June 2022 Listened while in the office. Went to see Jack white in the evening with sav and Nathan. Liked this but not as much as other rap albums I’ve been given so far on here. Whilst a wu tang legend, I wasn’t sold on the whole tony stark skits.

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Pleasantly surprised with this one. A lot of great tracks. Some duds. Not normally my scene but pretty good.

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I liked it, but probably more appreciated by the Wu-Tang aficionados. I can see why Action Bronson almost got beatdown for sounding like and talking smack about Ghostface Killah.

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I can't really judge this album - as i don't know hiphop that much. I know Dr Dre, Eminem, various other more well known artists, but nothing about Ghostface Killah. What I got was that it was average production, some OK rapping, but nothing amazing, and fairly basic loops. it's OK

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decent rap album, more storytelling than albums nowadays are. Musically its also good.

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Listened Before? N Man, I really liked this as far as modern-ish rap albums go. He's got a unique style. That being said, some of the collabs and especially the extended cuts on Amazon are really bad. Just a keyboard sample with unorganized rapping over it. I'll give him a break though because that was clearly not part of the intended album. Added to Library? N Songs added to playlist: Shakey Dog

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This genre is my Achilles' heel, but I'm glad I listened. I enjoyed the story telling, vignettes & the weaving of other musical genres into the songs. My major criticism is the overt use of curse words & sexually explicit content - that has been the main reason I'm generally turned off by this genre (it's lazy, in my opinion). But the album was solid & ended up listening to more of his music. 3.5 stars.

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3.5

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Not for me, but not bad.

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Pari hyvää erottu joukosta, mut ei noussu mitään suosikeiksi ja liian pitkä levy

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Ihan ok biisejä välistä, mutta yleinen kiinnostus räbäytykseen on laskussa joten ei jatkoon...

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Ok but he did better earlier and later.

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Some great tracks on here but the production is lacking - even the enjoyable beats wore 1-2 samples thin over the course of a 3-minute track instead of adding in some other instrumentation or melody.

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Beter als verwacht, had wel wat fijne soul stukjes

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Not great.

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rap dimenticabile

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shrug. Not my thing, but I guess it's supposed to be good.

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Not yo my taste.

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I like the skits, they made me laugh.

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Hart Street Directions and Bad Mouthed Kid were entirely unrequired. Just took down the album.

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bog standard hip hop. Nothing special going on here.

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Not my usual choice of music to garden to but it worked. Those brambles didn’t know what hit them. 2/5

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Ok

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Literally listened to 30 seconds. No thanks

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Was wonderful. I danced and danced and danced... then broke down and punched a wall. It reminded me of Otis Redding's early work. I did find 'Ghostface' very upsetting though #wlm

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Rap is not my thing, but I'll listen. It's OK for what it is, but I won't listen a second time.

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This one surprised me a bit. I expected it to be 0-star level atrocious. Instead it was actually very decent and I even really enjoyed a couple of tracks. I absolutely hated the "skits" and interludes. Luckily there were less of those as the album went on. And admittedly I didn't read up on the lyrics and didn't pay attention to them. But from the scraps I consciously heard here and there I suspect I might possible have rounded the album down to a 2 if I actually read them... But instead I'm rounding up because it changed some of my preconceptions and that's a good thing.

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Unremarkable for the most part. "Kilo" is kind of good. N-word is used a lot throughout the album.

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бля не понимаю как этот чел отбирает альбомы ну это пиздец. в 2006 такой реп уже устаревший был и у того же гостфейса есть и получше материал

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Its good hip-hop ; really creative samples. I like that there are a lot of textures. Other than that, definetly not my thing

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It's ultimately just not my cup of tea. It's impossibly to not let personal preference get in the way of voting here. But I'll take this over Bon Jovi or Kid Rock any day. Awful first track, but the remaining tunes are decent enough.

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eeeeeeh..... it was banging but the potty humor and anti-women stuff made it a miss for me

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Знаю 2 трека, Kilo и The Champ. Реп 2000-х, по большей части отличается от остальных треков этого времени, наверное его можно назвать хорошим представителем своего времени. Нового и интересного не услышал.

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More garbage

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I've never heard an album by Ghostface or any of the Wu-Tang clan, so had to have a couple of listens before elements started clicking and coming together. At first it didn't move me at all, but second time round Ghostface's lyrical talents came into focus and I started to pick up on some solid storytelling (see the opening proper, "Shakey Dog"). I definitely appreciated it more by reading the lyrics alongside it- the more I immersed myself, the more I understood why it was praised as a cinematic album. Although the narrative tracks stand out, the repeated braggadocios between Ghostface and often other Wu-Tang members ("9 Milli Bros", "Be Easy", "Clipse of Doom") do nothing for me. "The Champ" is the strongest of these and would have done the running time a lot of favours by standing on its own. As for the skits, I didn't find them too distracting by the end, but there seemed to be quite an overreliance on them at the start which disrupted the momentum. The second half had some hidden gems, from the surreal narrative of "Underwater" to some lovely lush soul samples ("Jellyfish", "Big Girl", "Whip Me With a Strap"... though these did just make me realise I'd rather be listening to soul music). I was torn between whether using a whole Stylistics track in "Big Girl" was an ingenious move or just lazy sampling. Either way, it made for one of my favourites. Finally, props to Ghostface for showing a more positive, nuanced representation of women in tracks like "Jellyfish", "Big Girl", and "Momma" than I've heard in other rap. I'm giving this one two stars for now. Even though there was a lot I liked on second and third listens, I had to really make an effort. It's just not my usual style, and when listening without the lyrics it began to feel really long and dragged quite a lot for me.

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I do love the music. The "skits" are totally grade-10 juvenile stuff but still provide some interest - to a point - in making this feel like an album rather than a collection of songs. His voice/vocal style and lyrics are tough, though. Real tough. There's this urgent-sameness to his vocals that I do not love at all on the most uptempo songs. And as much as I try to - and mostly do - ignore lyrics, they're just .... ehh. Way too much gangster for me and at some point it's like...come on. Rating wise i'd have given this a 4 for the music/production but the vocals/lyrics completely submarine it as a fun listening experience for me - after the first handful of cuts I was ok with it but holyhell by the end I was desperate for this to be over. 3/10 2 stars

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Not the worst

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Definitely better than some of the rap albums we’ve had, enjoyed hearing a bit of Neyo and the song Momma was quite nice. Felt like a long album

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This seems a transition between OG (rap style) and OG 2.0 (music behind the rap). I prefer the OG.

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Better than I had expected

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Not really liked

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Hip hip. Coñazo machacón y repetitivo.

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While I don't enjoy it, I do acknowledge it is an coherent album, with fitting concepts and relevent skits. Also the production is very good. I don't mind hip hop but this couldn't stick in my brain.

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Dude was 15 years late to the party without a fresh idea. I bought a hip-hop t-shirt yesterday. It was not this.. We haven't had any Carpenters, Zappa, Farnham, Fu Manchu, Thelonious Monk, Queen, Something for Kate, Russian Circles, Tori, Bjork, Beastie Boys, RHCP, Ben Harper, Doors, Avalanches, America, Hendrix, RATM, Skrillex, Low, Sunn, Soundgarden, Leadbelly, Cat Stevens, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Metallica, A Tribe Called Quest, 10000 Maniacs, Lauren Hill...,. But this - m Kay.

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Know thyself. I'm 34 years old, white, from the suburbs. I can't relate to a life of drugs and crime. I don't want to live a life of drugs and crime vicariously through Ghostface either. I just don't really give that much of a shit about hip-hop. I can appreciate that it's got catchy hooks and great production, but ultimately Myself knows this is a respectful no thank you, Mr. Killah.

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2, some good ones but also long

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Not really my typical music.

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Not for me.

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Some ok tracks and didn't hate it but overall a bit generic and didn't love it. So 2.5 stars? Afraid it'll round down to a 2.

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As with my previous reviews of Wu-Tang Clan and Raekwon, these types of rap albums really struggle to hold my attention. According to spotify there are 27 tracks on this expanded album, and I just haven't the patience to work through all of them. So I am bailing after two tracks. I'm just not into this

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Man I get so bored of hip hop. I did sorta like the few more soulful R+B tracks. No disrespect but it ain’t for me

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Bang average rap record.

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Not for me

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lol...

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Can‘t listen to this

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Not really a hip-hop fan, but especially hip-hop like... this.

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I haven't listened to this since college, probably 15 years ago. I used to like the Wu-Tang extended universe a lot more back then. Now I don't enjoy the agro shout-rapping as much, in addition to content aging poorly.

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Não faz meu estilo de música

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Did not like it

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Nao consegui terminar. Eh tipo um spoken word mas misturado com umas historinhas nadav

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я такую дрянь не слушаю принципиально, мусор ...

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Something I like: The Wu-Tang Clan Name Generator https://wutangclan.net/name-generator/ Something I do not like: This album

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No entiendo esta música. Se me ha hace muy difícil elegir dos temas de este disco: me parecen todos iguales y todos me parecen un espanto.

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This didn't do anything at all for me.

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Not a fan.

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Not my thing.

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3/10

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Eh

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Did not listen

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Not for me. I tried to listen to it and give it a chance, but there was just nothing there. No interest in ever hearing it again. 1/5

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Shit

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