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  • Summary: The latest full-length release from rapper Ghostface Killah features guest appearances by AZ, Bee-B, Beniton, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, Harl3y, Chucky Hollywood, Iceman, Ja Rule, Trevor Jackson, Jim Jones, Method Man, Nas, October London, Raekwon, Remy Ma, Serani, Sheek Louch, Kanye West, andThe latest full-length release from rapper Ghostface Killah features guest appearances by AZ, Bee-B, Beniton, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, Harl3y, Chucky Hollywood, Iceman, Ja Rule, Trevor Jackson, Jim Jones, Method Man, Nas, October London, Raekwon, Remy Ma, Serani, Sheek Louch, Kanye West, and Shaun Wiah. Expand
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  1. May 28, 2024
    80
    Ghostface Killah’s Set The Tone is a sprawling album with risks that give some rewards and moments that uplift the whole album. While the LP dips into songs that sound forced, the authentic tracks make up for the lost time. He shows that he can keep up with any of the modern rulers of the genre. His rapping abilities and booming delivery have matured like fine wine.
  2. May 28, 2024
    70
    Granted space once more to create his own world, ‘Set The Tone’ is an enjoyable addition to one of rap’s core catalogues.
  3. May 28, 2024
    50
    All of these guests can be distracting, but Ghostface’s performances are as you’d expect. It’s not quite as precise with the abstract vocabulary, a bit diet-Ghost if you will, but his flow remains sharp and his energy levels are high for a 54-year-old. .... The frustrating thing about “Set the Tone” is I have no idea who it is even aimed at.
  4. Uncut
    Jun 24, 2024
    50
    Ghostface is still, occasionally, a force to be reckoned with on the mic. but Set The Tone feels unworthy of his talents. [Aug 2024, p.34]
  5. The Wire
    Jun 13, 2024
    50
    The second half of the album is centred on aqueous loverman grooves, albeit funnelled through his hard yet tender persona. “Plan B” is a decent R&B track. .... Too bad, then, that Ghost prefaces his lusty adventures with too many knuckleheaded cuts. [Jul 2024, p.54]
  6. May 28, 2024
    40
    There are, sadly, very few moments on Set the Tone that don’t feel phoned in, awkward, or outright bored. Even the skits feel like a forced attempt to recapture a bit of Ghostface’s zaniness.