Ghostface Killah is so charismatic, he can brag about being an old coot
and make it sound badass. “New rappers need to skip town/This is East
Coast music, Grandpa Ghost is around!” Ghost, now 40, raps. His ninth
album is a return to gritty form after an uneven 2009 R&B
experiment, Ghostdini: On track after track, he blows dust off
some dirty-soul loop, with boasts as inspired as ever (“Catch me in a
little hut in Benin, village-style, feeding the children”) and
street-crime storytelling as vivid as ever (“It was the night before he
got popped/Big jars of haze, Cheech and Chong bong in the
spot/Tropicana, strawberries, diced bananas . . .”). Get the guy a
“Hip-Hop’s #1 Grandpa” T-shirt.
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