Monday, April 10, 2006

Stapleton's Finest: In The Purist Form

Fishscale is the best Ghostface since Supreme Clientele. While I don't think it boasts better overall production than the latter, I do think that his choice of tracks to smash his verses over for Fishscale put him at the top of 2006's best albums list. Notables:

"The Champ" - Prod. Just Blaze
"R.A.G.U." - Prod. Pete Rock
"Be Easy" - Prod. Pete Rock
"Barber Shop" - The Studio Beatz

Pete Rock is definitely re-emerging thanks to his contributions to Fishscale (although "The Dogs of War" is kind of stale). The J-Dilla tracks "Beauty Jackson" and "Whip You With A Strap" were good but not great. Same for the 4-5 MF Doom tracks on the album. "Be Easy" was a fantastic first single for the album and it's a shame Def Jam didn't do a better job in promoting that single with a video. Not surprising that "Back Like That" feat. Def Jam's R&B crooner Ne-Yo was pushed with more vigor. Regardless, Fishscale is fishscale.