Review: Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons

In Hip Hop by Alasdair Kennedy

Review: Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons

Wu Tang legend Ghostface Killah will be dropping this dope new full-length on December 9th. It features live instrumentation performed and produced by Tre Williams and his soul/hip-hop band, The Revelations.

Featuring Ghostface’s signature storytelling, the record plays out like an action movie, featuring Ghostface’s alter ego Tony Stark as well references to other new characters such as bamboo and recurrent Marvel themes.

Opening track, ‘The Battlefield’, sets the Hollywood-esque tone with a Western- flavoured instrumental and killer chorus from Tre Williams. Each track after this brings its own separate mood to the table. There are smooth numbers such as ‘Love Don’t Live Here No More’ and there are intense numbers such as ‘Homicide’ featuring cinematic strings and some of Ghostface’s most energetic bars on the album.

Guest artists include AZ, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap and Kandance Springs – some of whom appear on multiple tracks. Ghostface gives these artists a lot of space on this album, even leaving an entire track ‘It’s a Thin Line Between Love and Hate’ in the hands of The Revelations. However, despite taking a backseat on some songs, he never lets these other artists outshine him, staying the centrepiece of the record.

Head over to NPR to stream 36 Seasons in full.

Pre order the album via iTunes here