• Record Label: Def Jam
  • Release Date: Apr 20, 2004
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. It's partly a party album like 2001's Bulletproof Wallets, but freer, more inspired, and tempered with pure street tracks that were missing last time round.
  2. Pretty Toney far surpasses 2001's Bulletproof Wallets, finally finding the missing link between street cred and commercial respect.
  3. 80
    Forget notions of old or new schools: this is an album that blends a kindergarten-level technique with styles that are strictly postgraduate. [Jun 2004, p.116]
  4. More than any of his previous albums, Pretty Toney hones Ghost's wild style into accessible confections.
  5. Though his rhyming Wu-Tang compatriots are conspicuously absent, Ghostface's latest does what nearly all latter-day Wu-Tang releases have been trying to do without much success: return to the brilliance of 36 Chambers. [28 Apr 2004]
  6. 100
    A bruisingly great collection of demented 1988-style boom-bap. [May 2004, p.107]
  7. Ghostface... comes off hungrier than ever to produce thrilling hip-hop. [14 May 2004, p.68]
  8. Unfortunately, The Pretty Toney Album falls short in replacing what Raekwon had contributed to Ghost's previous album releases, causing the album to feel essentially incomplete.
  9. The first five tracks are some of the rawest the nine-man conglomerate has ever served. But this all transpires within the first fifteen minutes of the disc. From there Pretty Toney takes a few ugly turns.
  10. An album full of voluptuous soul samples fused with brusque perspectives on love, life, and common thuggery.
  11. "Pretty Toney" doesn't match the high standard of Ghostface's first two, "Ironman" and "Supreme Clientele," but it's a strong album nonetheless, packed with dense narratives and weird conceits.
  12. Fourteen listens deep, this is still getting better. All but a rap classic. You know, Kanye's good, but really, fuck that. Ghost for president.
  13. "Hip-hop soul" is supposed to be for r&b singers, but Ghostface's latest redefines the term.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Sep 29, 2014
    10
    A classic album from one of the most classic catalogs in the game. Ghostface was so on fire at this point in his career. From start toA classic album from one of the most classic catalogs in the game. Ghostface was so on fire at this point in his career. From start to finish this album was bananas. Must own for any hip hop head. Full Review »
  2. rod
    Dec 18, 2006
    8
    One of ghosts' best. Ironman was like the flipside to only cuban linx, and this album is the closest return to that calibur. Grown man One of ghosts' best. Ironman was like the flipside to only cuban linx, and this album is the closest return to that calibur. Grown man rap touched with something rap has gotten away from - soul, humor, and a killer flow... Full Review »
  3. JoeP
    Nov 19, 2005
    10
    This is my favorite album. You might not like it if you don't like to get o know your rapper personally.