I.C.Y.M.I in 2018: Ghostface Killah: Ghost Files

The Ghost Files – a double album by two producers remixed off of a previous release and it’s really all about preference or overindulgence to the music consumer.

For those who missed the moment on October 5th, Ghostface Killah released a supreme project called The Lost Tapes.  With more than enough Ghost in his catalogue to go around, choose your pick between the November 2018 release of The Bronze Tape with production by Detroit native Bronze Nazareth or The Propane Tape by Brooklyn producer Agallah.

Here’s why this idea is genius.  It allows you the opportunity to walk away with a whole new love for a track that wasn’t up your alley on the original release and hear the interpretation of a legend’s lyricism from two crafted producers.  Take, for example, The Bronze album and the track Buckingham Palace – now a stand-out for me which I personally believed to be instrumentally jarring on the original project.

Without a doubt, Ghost has spectacular taste when it comes to matching verse and production.  Vintage sounds with a sympathetic tone that are always aesthetically pleasing to the ear.  There is always an elegance to his gritty rhymes where romanticizing the streets and relaying his wisdom and worldview in a distinguished manner is his strong suit.

There is no other hip-hop clique that birthed a plethora of established solo legends individually and collectively so much so as Wu-Tang Clan.  Hip-hop groups are a thing of the past – replaced by the guest feature – and quite possibly never to be re-created again.

What makes Ghostface Killah so significant and smooth-tongued of all the members?  It is the lyricist formally known as Dennis Cole who has mastered the art of consistency within his craft, possesses that ‘special little something’ that couldn’t be replicated on the mic by another.

What other emcee can write the perfect love song that can be the remedy to a broken heart and narrate a pragmatic depiction of life on streets in the same breath.  When Ghostface makes an album, he makes an album.

With mileage in the music industry, it is his presence that allows him to remain relevant in the competitive, kill or be killed world of hip-hop we’ve shifted into.