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    Tue, 28 Dec 2010 15:46:35

    Ghostface Killah "Apollo Kids" Review — 5 out of 5 Stars - Ghostface Killah gives the world another timeless rap album in "Apollo Kids," and ARTISTdirect.com editor and "Dolor" author Rick Florino tells us why in this exclusive review...

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    A born storyteller, Ghostface Killah could've penned gangster novels.

    He's got such a tight grip on the hood that he squeezes out some of the most engaging, enthralling, and epic raps that New York City has ever produced on Apollo Kids. Ghostface Killah's ninth solo album is rife with rhymes about the streets, tripped-out soul music samples, raw gusto, and clever wordplay. "Purified Thoughts" begins with Them Two's refrain of "Am I Good Man?" The shimmers of soul smoke through the background of Tony Starks' gruff gutter poetry. It's catchy and captivating, especially as Ghostface trades rhymes with Wu-Tang Clan cohort GZA and affiliate Killah Priest.

    Further down that road, "Black Tequila" steamrolls through the dark blood-spattered blocks as a Ghostface sprays lines like, "Ready to whack those" and "I'll kill your captain," while "Street Bullies" brandishes the same explosive vibrancy. Busta Rhymes pops up for a sleek, slick cameo on "Superstar" that's as sly as it as is fly.

    However, Ghostface Killah balances all the bullets with some hilarious, raunchy good times on "Handcuffin' Them Hoes." Alongside Jim Jones, he cuts through all the small talk and jumps right to the point—"Stop handcuffin' them hoes!" With his one-of-a-kind deep delivery, Jones announces, "I just want to have a good time." He and Ghostface sound like they're having a blast over the whistles and strains of acoustic guitar tucked under the beat.

    Ghostface finds the perfect conclusion to this tale in "Troublemakers." It's a super-charged posse anthem showing that nobody can still mess with Tony Starks, Method Man, Redman, and Raekwon. They sound more fiery than ever before, and Ghostface Killah gives us another rap classic and one of the best albums this year.

    The Apollo Kids reign supreme forever, and they'll no doubt be in the books.

    Rick Florino

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