In celebration of the five year anniversary of Ghostface Killah’s widely acclaimed 2018 LP, The Lost Tapes — produced entirely by Big Ghost LTD — Coalmine Records is pleased to announce their partnership with Holy Toledo Productions for a deluxe edition reissue that includes both the main and instrumental passes.
Despite what the title may suggest, The Lost Tapes is not a collection of rare or unreleased tracks, but rather an album recorded with the intention of summoning an incarnation of an early Tony Starks, akin to Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Ironman, and Supreme Clientele. And this is achieved largely by the production value that Big Ghost LTD brings to the table, whose rise to fame first came by way of Twitter with his spot-on Pretty Toney parody.
Armed with a cache of raw beats, Big Ghost tastefully weaves soulful samples to create a satisfying cocktail of distinctively up-to-date boom bap. This especially holds true on tracks like “Majestic Accolades” and “Watch Em’ Holla.” The former of which is among the album’s highlights, as Starky Love raps one of the more memorable hooks, talking about his experiences with girls, hustling, and life in general.
Narrated by Michael Rapaport, the ’90s hip-hop aficionado, actor and comedian helps keep the pace for Ghost Deini’s 10th solo LP by reminding us that we’re in the presence of greatness. But it’s the chemistry of emcee and producer that elevates The Lost Tapes to one of the more stand-out solo releases in Wu-Tang’s discography of recent memory. Entrenched in the classic Wu sound, the 12 track LP slaps like a ‘90s record without sounding like a strained attempt to recapture lightning in a bottle.
To boot, The Lost Tapes are also abound with features from hip-hop luminaries such as Snoop Dogg, Raekwon, E-40, Killah Priest, KXNG Crooked, Cappadonna, Big Daddy Kane, Ras Kass and more.
All in all, The Lost Tapes is a victory lap, and one whose purpose is to not only to create nostalgia, but to formulate a group of songs that represent who Ghostface was as a person back then, and where he stands now as one of the most exemplary emcees of all time.
A1. Introduction (feat. Michael Rapaport)
A2. Buckingham Palace (feat. KXNG Crooked, Benny the Butcher, 38 Spesh)
A3. Majestic Accolades (feat. Planet Asia, Hus KingPin)
A4. Cold Crush (feat. LA the Darkman, Ras Kass, Chris Rivers)
A5. Put the Ghostface on It (Interlude 1)
A6. Saigon Velour (feat. Snoop Dogg, E-40, LA the Darkman)
B1. Constant Struggle (feat. Killah Priest, Bishop Lamont)
B2. Done It Again (feat. Big Daddy Kane, Cappadonna, Styliztik Jones)
B3. Reflections of C.R.E.A.M. (Interlude 2)
B4. Watch 'Em Holla (feat. Raekwon, Masta Killa, Cappadonna, DJ Grouch)
B5. I Think I Saw a Ghost (feat. Sheek Louch, Vic Spencer, Reignwolf, Luke Holland)
B6. Outroduction (feat. Michael Rapaport
Side C/D: Instrumentals
“Wu-Tang Clan rapper continues to champion a particular strain of Nineties New York hip-hop.” -Rolling Stone
“Ghost + Ghost = a high-quality album that will further cement the Wu-legend’s legacy as one of the best to ever breathe on a mic.” -HipHopDX
“Big Ghost provides the GFK with an incredibly cohesive, soulful, sound bed that at times feels like MPC chops left over from Ironman and Supreme Clientele sessions.” -Exclaim!