Fishscale

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  • Summary: MF Doom, Madlib and Pete Rock lend their production talents to the Wu-Tang member's fifth solo outing, which includes a collaboration with Ne-Yo.
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Sure, Fishscale has its share of pointless skits. But that's what the fast-forward button is for, just as the play button seems to have been designed specifically to let people listen to Fishscale over and over again.
  2. Fishscale intermingles skewed narratives, expert guest choices, exquisitely conflicting production, and a concept and focus—the drug trade is the near exclusive subject mater—that, while somewhat reductive in scope, sharpens the album into an immense, furious, and focused album.
  3. The scenarios he recounts are as detailed and off-the-wall as ever, elaborate screenplays laid out with a vocal style that's ceaselessly fluid and never abrasive.
  4. Ghost continues his tradition of being the Wu's most consistant soloist.
  5. Ghostface's emotionally charged stream-of-consciousness flow is as off-the-wall and amazing as it's ever been.
  6. On balance, Fishscale earns its street-cred stripes and adds another worthy release to the Great Wu-Tang Best Solo Effort debate.
  7. Fishscale's tail-end reeks ("Jellyfish," "Big Girl," "Momma"), but then first cuts are always the deepest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 56
  2. Negative: 3 out of 56
  1. Apr 17, 2016
    10
    this album was pretty dope. Ghostface is one of the few lyricists of the wu tang clan aside from GZA that puts out some dope stuff. Ghostfacethis album was pretty dope. Ghostface is one of the few lyricists of the wu tang clan aside from GZA that puts out some dope stuff. Ghostface has always had an hear for production choosing dope producers to work with and working along side hardcore lyricists that rap just as good as him. people can say what they want. but this is just as dope as his past works. Expand
  2. bass31
    Apr 15, 2006
    10
    on par wit supreme clientele
  3. CASTROR
    Jan 7, 2007
    10
    Ghost was the very 1st person to rhyme on the Wu's 1st album. At that point in time he really didn't grab me. Method was baskin in Ghost was the very 1st person to rhyme on the Wu's 1st album. At that point in time he really didn't grab me. Method was baskin in the lite back then. I was on the westside hiway w/ my cousin when Supreme Clientele dropped, and I first heard in my car. It was live, but I really didn't pay much attention to it. My cousin was more up on Ghost back then, than myself. It must have been around 2002 I purchased Supreme Clientele(One of the best albums in music of all time!). I payed attention to Ghost, and it was sick! Every album he has put out is fly. I have them all, plus his mixed tapes. Ghost's skill as a rapper is off the scales. I 1st heard Kilo on the underground. I was glad to hear him again, and not shocked about how fly the song was/is. I couldn't wait for his album to drop. The entire Fishscale is Fly. It captures the essence of rap music. I can tell he was raised on the same radio rap shows that I would listen to when I was 12- til today. I always admire his flavor. None of his music is for wack. Shame the masses don't buy his albums, as they do for other rappers of a lesser calibur. His albums are like jewels that are yet to have been appreciated by the mainstream mass. This album was surely one of the top 5 albums of 2006. Expand
  4. MarcG
    Mar 29, 2006
    9
    Doom, madlib, dilla on the production, Ghost spitting darts with even more intensity...of course its hot!
  5. G-Spottin'Killah
    Oct 23, 2006
    9
    This album is by FAR the illest he's dropped. These wack - albeit few - reviews which suggest otherwise need get their ears checked. And This album is by FAR the illest he's dropped. These wack - albeit few - reviews which suggest otherwise need get their ears checked. And checked hard. Expand
  6. BenT
    May 5, 2006
    9
    better than ironman.
  7. DaveA
    May 27, 2006
    0
    Rap is not music. And this album is no different.

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