Release Date: Dec 16, 2008
Record label: Def Jam
Not a greatest-hits set for casual fans, and not quite a rarities set for the diehards who don't quite snap up every leaked track -- it wouldn't be accurately titled Even More Fish, either -- GhostDeini the Great is somewhere between all of these designations. Def Jam's third consecutive December Ghostface release, the disc mixes it up between album cuts from Ironman and Supreme Clientele ("Apollo Kids," "All That I Got Is You," "Cherchez LaGhost," "Mighty Healthy"), remixes (most contain alternate guest verses), and previously unreleased material (none of which is great shakes, though "Ghostface Xmas" adds a little seasonal value). Fans won't be thrilled doubling up on tracks they already have, but the set is definitely more for them than for those who know little beyond the classics.
'Tis the season for holiday hits packages that promise much yet deliver little. Although the title of this slapdash Ghostface Killah CD/DVD package might lead you to think it's a collection of the Wu-Tang Clan lyrical swordsman's best work, it's actually just a major-label version of a mixtape with an assortment of remixes and reworks. The great joints (like the anthemic Just Blaze retouch of The Champ) are outnumbered by the mediocre, and a couple of new tracks are thrown in for added buying incentive.
Ghostface Killah is a bit of a conundrum in the grand scheme of the Wu-Tang Clan. The RZA’s former roommate is, in fact, a founding member of the once-mighty nine-man wrecking crew from the Park Hill section of Staten Island whose nickname is taken directly from the influential 1979 kung-fu flick The Mystery of Chessboxing that has served as the primary impetus to the Wu-Tang philosophy. However, no other member of the Wu has gone against the grain of the collective’s initial train of thought quite like the MC also known as Tony Stark.