Ghosts can, at once, haunt and inspire; they can loom tragic and stir ideas.
EarthGang's brilliant if uneven Ghetto Gods is heavily linked to the open-minded duo's heroes, most of whom have passed yet swirl wholly present for Olu and WowGr8's deep mediations and flighty escapes.
So, when guest emcee and fellow Dreamville threat JID hops on the bouncy posse cut "Waterboyz" and spits, "I see the evil is in disguise / All of my idols already died," you have to wonder if he heard his pals' entire album and was summing it up in one hot line.
EARTHGANG's colourful rise has fused playful lyricism with biting commentary, constructing a decade-long arc that has taken them from tiny clubs through to bona fide arenas. 'Ghetto Gods' is their first full length in three years, and it could mark their first proper stumble - overly long, lacking focus, and overly reliant on jokes and skits, it doesn't quite hit the mark. It's not as though EARTHGANG aren't entertaining, far from it.