The Pretty Toney Album is the fourth studio album by American hip hop artist Ghostface, a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. The album was released on April 20, 2004, by Def Jam Recordings. It is the only album from the artist to be released solely under the title of "Ghostface" ("Killah" is entirely omitted in any reference to his name on the packaging), but it is otherwise a normal Ghostface Killah release in line with the rest of his catalogue.
The Pretty Toney Album has a lack of Wu-related references on it. It's Ghostface's album entirely and all the better for it. 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. Perhaps feeling the lack of hood interest for his last album, Ghostface puts a handful of Pretty Toney's hardest tracks at the beginning as if he's ready to prove something right away. The best of the lot, "Metal Lungies," could be the theme for any aspiring mack, but the rest. Get them all and you might be able to piece together a classic Ghostface album. Pretty Toney comes close, very close, and puts the man's solo career back on solid ground.
The Pretty Toney Album is living proof that soul is the godfather of hip-hop. The intro throws the listener into Ghosts’ decadent world as he dodges paparazzi over Emile Haynie’s most deafening instrumental as the bass booms then we are taken right into Biscuits with the most infectious of hooks graced over a trunk rattler with keys that stab like kitana swords wielded by Leonardo himself. 집됨 over 6 years ago 다음 참조: The Pretty Toney Album, 2xLP, Album, B0002169-01. Obviously, this isn't the best Ghost record you've ever heard, but there are some noteworthy highlights. Beat the Clock, Run, It's Over and even Ghostface get the Wholesome Quality Seal of approval.
Summary: The former Wu-Tang member's fourth solo album (and first since ditching the "Killah" portion of his name) features contributions from Missy Elliott, Jadakiss and RZA. Record Label: Def Jam. Genre(s): Rap.
Yet, The Pretty Toney Album remains incredibly on-target otherwise, with uniformly stunning production work that feels like a ramshackle Blueprint. From the short sample chop and four-bar horn flourish of "Be This Way", to True Master's paused piano and fuzz saxophone drum stomp on "Biscuits", to the fear-soaked, twisted-horn chase music of "Run", Pretty Toney evokes hip-hop's storied past even while its polish and gloss reveal its 2004 release date. Expectedly, minor shortcomings hold the record back from classic status.
The Pretty Toney Album. By: Ghostface Killah (2004, Hip Hop). More albums from Ghostface Killah: Avenging Eagles by Ghostface Killah. 36 Seasons by Ghostface Killah. Put It On The Line by Ghostface Killah. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah. The Big Doe Rehab by Ghostface Killah. More Fish by Ghostface Killah. Twelve Reasons To Die II by Ghostface Killah.
On this album, Ghostface Killah shortened his name to just Ghostface, for no apparent reason. With his "portable jewelry store" style of clothing and his huge Sun God necklace hanging off, one look at him and you could tell that Ghost Deini was awesome. Alongside from rapping, Ghostface also does some acting in 30 Rock and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story for examples. So, on this album, Ghostface refines his style that got heads turning on albums such as Ironman and Supreme Clientele, and has swag doing high-energy rapping.