Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons

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Between 2013 and 2015, Ghostface Killah released four albums in addition to typical features and a Wu-Tang Clan album; this was the worst of the bunch. Is it any coincidence that the best one of these – Twelve Reasons to Die – was released after a period of relative inactivity? He apparently cranked this one out in 11 days – and it shows; not only is he out-rapped by his peers at every single turn, listening to this, you wouldn’t know you were in the presence of a once great rapper (whereas he occasionally flashed brilliance on his other recent albums). Tracks are too short to really leave a mark (although the drum sound of “Piece of the Puzzle” is fucking awful, and opener “The Battlefield” starts things off decent enough); the Relevations (who?) are no substitute for Adrian Younge, who might’ve saved this.

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