Whenever a veteran artist professes disinterest in modern music, a safe retreat into the past -- a tired attempt at recapturing the magic of classic material -- tends to follow. Since Ghostface Killah towed that line after the two least-thrilling albums of his career, Fishscale seemed destined to be just another part of his discography; if his fans were lucky, they'd get a couple flashes of his mad maverick genius and nothing as clumsily foul as "Tush. " Fishscale is much more generous than that.
Ghostface Killah :: FishscaleDef JamAuthor: Steve 'Flash' JuonGhostface Killah is an institution unto himself. While the Wu-Tang Clan has suffered a general decline over the years, for reasons that are their own fault (poor solo albums, lack of unity) and reasons that aren't (Ol' Dirty's untimely demise), Ghost has stayed immensely popular. Any year that Wu affiliated albums are released, the Ghost one tends to be the most anticipated (only GZA even comes close).
Ghostface Killah is rarity in hip hop: an MC that's stuck around and avoided irrelevance. A purists' MC, Ghost’s cognizant of rap's heritage while consistently stretching its turf. And he goes back. In his own words he's "been doing this since before Nas dropped the Nasty.” Sure, he started out with a stocking on his face batting sixth in Wu's murderer's row, but it's hard to deny that he's evolved into the team’s most complete playa.