Ghostface Killah - The Pretty Toney - 2004 Hip Hop 180 Grm 2LP + Pic Insert
Ghostface Killah - The Pretty Toney album
Label: Def Jam Recordings
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
180 gr. vinyl Back to Black Reissue 2014 - mp3 download code
Released: 20 Apr 2004
Genre: Hip Hop
Featuring TrifeProducer True Master
A3 Kunta Fly Sh**
Producer RZARecorded By T.P.
A4 Beat The Clock
B1 Metal Lungies
Featuring Sheek, Styles PMixed By Rae Nemiah
Producer, Mixed By No I.D.Recorded By Jesus "Poobs" Fernandez
B2 Bathtub (Skit)
B3 Save Me Dear
Producer Ghostface Killah
B4 It's Over
Producer, Recorded By K-Def
C1 Keisha's House (Skit)
Featuring Missy ElliottMixed By Pat VialaProducer Derrick Trotman, Dub Dot ZRecorded By Haji A
C3 Last Night (Skit)
Producer Ghostface Killah
Producer Darrell "Digga" Branch
D1 Be This Way
D2 The Letter (Skit)
D3 Tooken Back
Featuring Jacki-OMixed By Gimel "Young Guru" KeatonProducer Nottz
Featuring JadakissProducer, Mixed By RZARecorded By T.P.
Featuring K. Fox, MusiqMixed By Serban GheneaProducer No I.D.
Executive-Producer Dennis Coles, Kevin Liles, M. Caruso
Executive-Producer [Co] Scutch, Tina M. Davis
Mastered By Chris Gehringer
Mixed By Ghostface Killah (tracks: A1 to A4, C4 to D1, D4), Stephen "Spidey" Glicken (tracks: A1 to A4, B3 to C1, C4 to D1)
Recorded By Stephen "Spidey" Glicken (tracks: A1, A2, A4 to B3, C2 to D5)
There's no Wu Tang Clan MC, outside of Ol' Dirty Bastard, who raps for broke like Ghostface, as if each album might be his last. Ghostface continues this tradition of flipping the most indescribable, gritty, grimy, and painfully honest rhymes imaginable. Ignoring current rap trends--i.e., Kanye West-style sampling and speeding up of old soul loops--Ghostface doesn't mask his samples or up the b.p.m.'s.
On the choice cuts "Holla" and "Be This Way," he spits fire over great old-school Delfonics and Billy Stewart samples. Of course this is not surprising considering Ghost often says he doesn't care much for contemporary rap music. His flows magically capture the full range of human emotion on "It's Over" and the RZA-produced "Run." Don't be fooled by the relatively frail single "Tush" (featuring Missy Elliott) because it's not at all indicative of how strong the album is.
Ghostface just doesn't make bad albums, you should know that by now. If you like Ghostface's style of rap (mile-a-minuet jargon or intricately detailed story telling) then you're be ready for another great installment to his career. If you don't like his style, which is not for everyone, that's fine: The Pretty Toney Album is probably not for you.
The thing that takes this album to the next level is the sampling style and production. The majority of the songs are heavy in soul samples, straddling the line between creativity and blatant jacking. Somehow, to Ghost's credit it just works. Although Ghost uses a host of producers, it flows really well together and the styles don't seem that different from each other.
The intro sets the stage for Pretty Toney, Ghost makes this music for the art and himself... not to please everyone. So either get behind him or step back. "Biscuits" sets things off nicely with True Master production using an uncredited sample. [...] is a quick typical dark RZA track.
"Beat The Clock" is the first incredible track. Minnesota provides the fast paced beat, which sends Ghost literally racing. "Metal Lungies" is another outstanding track, which uses some nice deep horns over a dark beat provided by No I.D. Sheek & Styles only add to this track, which has a Wu-Tang feel to it. "It's Over" uses an almost identical piano loop from Biggie's "Who Shot Ya?", although it's not noticeable at all, since the track takes a completely different direction. Ghost goes into his story-telling mode on this one, he's been one of the most consistent at doing this for the past decade.
"Holla" & "Save Me Dear" do something I'm not sure I've heard before. They both have Ghost rapping not just over soul samples, but the entire original song. I'll admit it was a weird experience hearing The Delfonics "La-La (Means I Love You)" in entirety easily recognizable in the background of "Holla". After I got over the initial shock, I realized the way Ghost's lyrics match up with the original song make this truly exceptional. "Be This Way" is also heavy with this soul sample of Billy Stewart, ghost flips it into a dark depressing track. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album; Nottz's production is just incredible.
"Run" could be in the running for Ghost's best track ever. RZA just brings a sick beat, that's got that ominous Wu-Tang song yet creates a sense of urgency. Police and sirens in the background only help out. The whole song really pulls together on the concept of being on the run from the police, plus Jadakiss and Ghostface rhymes are both clever and well paced. Defiantly the best track on the album.
"Tush" has some great production and is sure to have some people loving the track. As many that like it will hate it because of Missy's spot or the "single" quality of it. I can see people's opinion either way, but it doesn't cause a problem on this album even if you want to skip it. "Love" is a pretty solid introspective song, yet it lacks the production and emotion that Ghost's previous tracks like this have had (see "All That I Got Is You").
Two skits are actually short songs, rapped like short stories: "Keisha's House" & "Last Night." The latter especially will have you questioning why it was cut so short. The other skits don't take away from the album and are typical Ghostface skits (lots of yelling, mostly incoherent dialogue. Ghost fans should be used to this.)
You know an album is really good when you just keep finding it going back into your system after a long period of time. It might not be the best album of the year, and it might not even be the best of Ghostface Killah's catalogue, but The Pretty Toney Album is certainly going to have you listening to it as if it was.
|Format||2LP, 180 Gram|
|Label||Def Jam Recordings|