Ghostface Killah 

More Fish

Rap artist of the year Ghostface produced not one, but two drop-dead amazing albums in 2006, with June's Fishscale barely eclipsing December's follow-up, More Fish. In both, he describes everything as though it were notes toward a screenplay or novel — from the girly Maybelline lipstick in Fishscale's "Beauty Jackson" to the hollow tips in More Fish's "Miguel Sanchez." Known for his unintelligible interviews in which every sentence begins with the phrases "It is what it is, son," Ghost nonetheless seems too self-consciously clever for the medium he's working in. His low-class, tough-guy persona belies the literary sensibility of his lyrics.

Cocaine references abound on More Fish, but unlike Young Jeezy, Ghost focuses more on the perils than the romance of hustling. While the smell of gun-barrel oil pervades the aforementioned "Miguel Sanchez," the equally melodramatic fallen-woman song "Josephine" provides a cautionary tale of addiction. Still, Ghost's two best tunes, "Pokerface" and "Greedy Bitches," are also his most morally objectionable. "Pokerface" describes a dramatic game of No Limit Hold 'Em, while "Greedy Bitches" cheekily pokes fun at groupies and gold-diggers, then peaks with a nyah-nyah cameo by Redman, in which the rapper brags that he's still living fat from Red and Meth's sitcom (despite appearing on Cribs in a ratty apartment with a homeboy sleeping on the floor). Kanye West couldn't have said it better.

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