Apollo Kids - Ghostface Killah
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  • Summary: The Wu-Tang member branches out with his own brand of street flow on his solo album of soul-heavy funk sounds and old-school hip-hop.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 91
    Many of these tunes sound like they could have been recorded at any point in his 17-year career - and that's great news for fans.
  2. 90
    They [Ghostface and Wu-Tang Clan] are truly a hip-hop enigma, and Apollo Kids is just another piece of proof.
  3. Dec 21, 2010
    88
    Apollo Kids shows that one of rap's company drivers is still on the speedway--zooming slightly slower than before, but with better pacing and control of the wheel.
  4. Dec 22, 2010
    80
    Apollo Kids feels just the slightest bit unfinished.
  5. Jan 7, 2011
    80
    If you still have a stomach for violent, vulgar content, this is recommended.
  6. Jan 14, 2011
    79
    It's a testament to Ghostface's MC bonafides and sheer force of personality that, while easily his weakest solo outing, Apollo Kids is far from a bad album. It just doesn't quite feel like a Ghostface Killah album.
  7. Dec 21, 2010
    70
    Ghostface Killah's ninth album consoles his hardcore constituency: Forty-plus minutes of gritty, soul-sampling beats soundtracking bizarro street tales ("Starkology," "Ghetto"), with lyrical tough-guys Busta Rhymes, Redman, and more than half the Wu Tang Clan tagging along.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 14, 2011
    10
    A seamless transition from his critically acclaimed R'n'B album, Ghostface firmly salutes the classical hip-hop style that is absent from today's mainstream market with intimidating lyrics and typical vocal authority. The beats are aggressive, compressed hard and reflect Ghostface's larger than life persona, the samples effective (though unoriginal) are used stylistically as a subtext to genre and the mastering develops these elements by slamming them against your eardrums. Don't expect anything and you will be wowed, expect too much and you will still be pleased! Never one to disrespect the art, Ghostface Killah proves again that he is the greatest rapper alive paving the way for fellow New York MCs Nas & Raekwon to defeat him for the title. Artistically he develops on the styles of Drake and Lil Wayne while still providing the cultural substance that makes him such a powerful speaker. 10/10 97/100 Expand
  2. NJR
    Dec 26, 2010
    9
    A great return to form by Ghost, his last three albums (Ghostdini, Big Doe Rehab & More Fish) were all sub-par efforts that caused me to lose interest in Ghost for a while. But this is another story, his rhymes are sharp and lyrically perfect and the guest spots are just as exiting. Some of the production is brilliant (Purified Thoughts, How You Like Me Baby & Troublemakers) but sadly some leaves a lot to be desired even though most of the sampling is very good. This is what stops the album from being on the same level as Fishscale & Supreme Clientele for me, nevertheless it is still very much a Wu-Banger! Expand
  3. Jan 3, 2011
    9
    overall strong return for Tony Starks after the last few okay efforts.
    rhymes: off the chain 9.5/10
    beats: mostly good yet some are weak
    7.5/10
    guests: some are just incredibly dope (black thought, wu tang) and some need work (joell ortiz, jim jones) 8/10
    Overall: 8.5/10
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  4. Apr 8, 2012
    8
    This rap album is a hidden gem from 2010. Only hip hop heads are going to have/know this album. Ghostface rarely disappoints on his solo outings and this is certainly no exception. Expand
  5. May 12, 2011
    7
    it was okay it was kinda disappointing to me just a little bit. ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Collapse

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