Ghostface Killah: Apollo Kids

Wu-Tang Clan veteran favours no-nonsense NYC rap

Ghostface Killah

Apollo Kids

(Mercury)

Woe betide the producer foolish enough to suggest that what Ghostface Killah’s raps really need is an Auto-Tuned hook or a David Guetta dance anthem. The Wu-Tang Clan veteran shuns the latest hip-hop trends in favour of no-nonsense NYC rap, spitting tough-guy verses over James Brown grunts, 1970s soul samples and gritty boom-bap beats. The ghetto crime stories that made him the Chester Himes of hip-hop are less prevalent than on previous albums, but Apollo Kids remains a vivid, punchy exercise in old-style East Coast rap. In Ghostface’s hard-boiled world, the Black Eyed Peas are something to eat while hustling in Spanish Harlem.

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