label: sure shot
production: kdef, self, anthony acid, dirty dean, cilvaringz, others.
guests: method man, streetlife, bone crusher.
year of release: 2004
1. Guerilla Hood feat. Ghostface
2. Punch In Punch Out feat. Trife
3. '88 Freestyle feat. Ghostface & Trife
4. The Drummer feat. Ghostface, Method Man, Streetlife, Trife
5. Gatz feat. Shawn Wigs, Ghostface, Solomon Childs
6. Woh Are We? feat. Bone Crusher, Ghostface, Trife
7. Smith Brothers feat. Ghostface & Trife
8. Mama Can You Hear Me feat. Solomon Childs
9. Paychecks feat. Ghostface & Trife
10. Wicked With Lead feat. Ghostface & Trife
11. Daily Routine feat. Shawn Wigs
12. Right Back feat. Trife & Kryme Life
13. Pass The Mic feat. Theodore Unit
14. Work feat. Solomon Childs
15. It's The Unit feat. Shawn, Cappadonna, Kline & Ghostface
16. Be My Girl feat. Solomon Childs
Every rapper has a crew. Every rapper. But do not think that if you know the rapper, you know the crew. Cause ever so often you're in for a surprise; positive and negative. There's so many artists that introduced their crew, only to seriously bore the audience by the friends this big artists dragged in front of the mic. And then, there's always the ones that are good, the ones that are severely wack, and many that we could do without.
Ghostface is the newest member of the 'let's put my guys on' club. His crew is the Theodore Unit. The mixtape is called "718". Mixtape? Well, don't expect too much mixing on here, and don't expect it to come on a tape. Naw, this is a compilation. It's probably however not a compilation, because Ghostface is on several tracks, and we all know: 'thou shalt never put two songs by one artists on one compilation.' Right? So let's call it a mixtape. Mixtape is the thing to do anyway. It's probably also a mixtape, because the guys here often spit over little altered - if altered at all - other people's beats.
Ghostface is considered by many to be the person that will save rap music. But as rap is truly f**ked up, it's a good idea to bring some help. And (maybe) surprisingly, his men are actually quite good for the job.
First of all Cappadonna is part of the team. And he has done some good material in the past. At the same time he's only on the songs "It's The Unit" and "Pass The Mic", so much of the space belongs to new cats, and Ghostface, who's on ten of the sixteen songs. "Guerrilla Hood" is his solo cut, and it gives us signature Ghostface: a good 'classic' beat, his fierce rhyming, here dropping references to old rap songs (amongst them an Ultramagnetic MCs moment) and his wack singing. So the record is definitely to the best of starts, and this impression lasts until song number nine: "Paychecks" that finally gives us a lackluster beat (produced by D Prosper). In the mean time however, we get them rapping over other people's beats (as said, and like on the speed limit breaking "'88 Freestlye"), we get the celebrity guests enhanced "The Drumm" with Method Man and Streetlife. Which lets the spitting entertain, as the Self beat is really stripped down to the minimum.
On "Gatz" things get really old school (just like on the already mentioned "'88 Freestlye"), as Anthony Acid combined an old school drum break with the sped up chorus hook thangy thang. And for good measure, Kdef continues this moment with his beat for "Wicked With Lead", while later he produced the tour de force "Pass The Mic" with the whole Unit steppin' up. If you really wanna hear some next NYC anthem, then listen to "Who Are We?" cause Trife, Ghostface and Bonecrusher really tear everything to shreds on here.
Trife is the second most important person on here, as he's on seven songs. That doesn't take anything away from the rest though, as a Solomon Child can put one of those 'mama' concepts to work on "Mama Can You Hear Me". He seems to be the ladies man of the bunch, cause he also does "Be My Girl", while Kryme Life is more your man for the rougher of biznizess, when he spits on "Right Back". And once Shawn Wigs wakes up on a couple of mornings with a hoarse voice, he will sound just as good.
So now, what about the writing though? I mean, mixtapes suggest a certain rush and temporality. Naw, not really on here. Of course this is cluttered with many people, little connection between one song and the other. But at the same time, a certain vibe is achieved, a strong hunger snaps at you from track one to track sixteen, and while there has to be a weakest member of the armada, it is certainly not as obvious as in other crews. What all makes this a good listen, cause this benefits from the spontaneity. These cats wanna eat now, and don't wanna wait for nobody. No marketing plan, no nothing. It's that 'here and now' type rap. It's that good type rap.
review: tadah
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