Ghostface Killah – “Apollo Kids” review

Originally planned to be his 1st mixtape, Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah is instead naming his 9th full-length album as well as his final album under his contract with Def Jam Recordings after a song from his classic sophomore album Supreme Clientele (which this album was supposed to be a sequel to). The album starts off with “Purified Thoughts”, where Ghost hooks up with fellow Wu member GZA along with Sunz of Man member Killah Priest to talk about a change of lifestyle, religion & a criminal who evenutally gets betrayed. The “Am I a Good Man?” sample that Frank Dukes uses throughout the beat is perfect as well. The next track “Supastar” with Busta Rhymes talks about fame over a very fitting sample of the classic Roy Ayers song with the same name (albeit properly spelled). The song “Drama” with Joell Ortiz & The Game is cool, but Game drops a couple corny lines in his verse. Namely the one about how “While I’m in the kitchen pretending to be Raekwon watching Rachel Ray all day, I get my cake on”. Also, the line about how “fiends love me like a Drake song” didn’t do a whole lot for me either. The song “In tha Park” reflects about the old days of hip hop over a rap rock beat & as always, Black Thought’s guest verse doesn’t disappoint at all. The next song “How You Like Me Baby?” is a charismatic braggadocious track & the bass in Pete Rock’s production is super HEAVY! The song “Handcuffin’ Them Hoes” talks about fucking hoes, but the Jim Jones verse on here is just ok. The penultimate track “Ghetto” with Cappadonna as well as Raekwon & U-God describes life in the New York ghettos & I really like the Marlena Shaw sample on here. The closing track “Troublemakers” sees Ghost & Rae getting with Method Man & Redman & while everyone does their thing on here, I think Redman’s verse was the best of the 4. Jake 1’s production has these dope horns throughout as well. To end his contract with Def Jam, I’m happy that we got this instead of Supreme Clientele 2. While there are features on almost every single track, most of them serve their purpose & it’s a lot more consistent than Ghost’s last album Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City

Score: 4/5

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