Apollo Kids

Apollo Kids

by Ghostface KillahGhostface Killah


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Just what the hardcore ordered, Ghostface Killah's 2010 effort is a return to the grimey soul and stream-of-consciousness street flow of the man's best work, but without those final touches that made Supreme Clientele or Fishscale masterpieces. Odd artwork and a title that's stolen from a Supreme Clientele track are the first clues that something is a little off here, and when a Pete Rock production previously used on the 2007 mixtape cut "Chunky" appears here under the title "How You Like Me Baby," one begins to wonder if Apollo Kids is really a clearing house for homeless cuts, making way for Ghostface's promised Supreme Clientele 2. Still, that Pete Rock cut is one wicked monster fans should revisit, as the rapper attracts the ladies with examples of his talent and sense of responsibility ("Cats like the way I write/Dressed like a superstar/Take care of family/So I don't have stupid cars") along with his craftiness ("Back in my reefer days/Sellin' you parsley"). The trilogy of "Superstar" ("Blowin' smoke at the Hookah Bar!"), "Black Tequila" (a spaghetti western sample and then Ghost yelling "Where's my horse"), and "Drama" ("Had that ass swayin' like TD Jakes/If you don't believe it, ask your momma") is killer, although the Wu-Tang snob might have trouble with the numerous guests artists on these tracks and elsewhere on the album, especially with so many coming from outside the Wu-niverse. Put everything on shuffle and the album has the same impact, and with no skits or interludes to link this short effort, Apollo Kids feels just the slightest bit unfinished. Approach it track by track and accept all the guest artists, and this is a no crossover, no compromise, straight-up victory.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/21/2010
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602527562391
catalogNumber: 001508102
Rank: 39476

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ghostface Killah   Primary Artist
Nick Movshon   Drums
Leon Michels   Organ
Joe "Thelonius" Harley   Bass,Keyboards
Munk Le Cinq   Fonts

Technical Credits

Kenny Gamble   Composer
Steven Chino Lewis   Composer
R. Miller   Composer
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
Pete Rock   Producer
Anthony Acid   Producer
Dennis Coles   Executive Producer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Tariq Trotter   Composer
C. Smith   Composer
Sean C.   Producer
R. Evans   Composer
Scram Jones   Producer
Jake One   Producer
Patrick Hegarty   Art Direction
Anthony Acid Caputo   Engineer
Yakub   Producer
J. Zachary   Composer
L. Coppin   Composer
J. Dutton   Composer
M. Shemer   Composer
S. Jacobs   Composer
J. Ortiz   Composer
T. James   Composer
S. Ramsey   Composer
Mike Caruso   Executive Producer,Management
A. Caputo   Composer
Frank Dukes   Producer
J. Osborne   Composer
P. Phillips   Composer
W. Clarke   Composer
G. Grice   Composer
D. Matthews   Composer
D. Coles   Composer
L. Hawkins   Composer
Briana Perkins   Marketing
Adam Zia   Legal Counsel
Chino Maurice   Producer
Big Mizza   Producer
Trevor Smith   Composer

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