June 1, 2015

Ghostface Killah - Cocaine Lexicon Flow (1997-2001)

After releasing his debut album Ironman in 1996, Ghostface switched up his flow. From 1997 through to 2001 he perfected his style of high-pitched, emotional stream-of-consciousness narratives, containing cryptic coked-out slang and non-sequiturs. During this 5-year run, Ghost's nonsensical spaghetti raps outshone all Wu members on Forever (1997) and The W (2000), peaked during his magnum opus in 2000 with Supreme Clientele, then began to teeter during Bullet Proof Wallets (2001). In 2003 he signed with Def Jam and made the decision to quit drugs completely while recording the Pretty Tony album. And with that his rap style (sadly IMO) changed to what we hear today.

He's been consistently putting out great albums since his debut (maybe only the Roots are more consistently good), but he was most defiantly at his greatest from from '97 to '01 - a period where he was in the conversation as the best rapper to ever live. Below is a tribute to that time.

01 - Nutmeg ft. RZA
02 - One
03 - Saturday Nite
04 - Ghost Deini (unreleased version)
05 - Apollo Kids ft. Raekwon
06 - The Grain ft. RZA
07 - Older Gods (abridged) ft. Raekwon
08 - Hellz Wind Staff (abridged) ft. Streetlife
09 - The Projects ft. Raekwon, Method Man
10 - Mighty Healthy
11 - We Made It ft. Superb, Chip Banks, Hell Razah
12 - Visionz (abridged) ft. Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck
13 - Flowers ft. Raekwon, Method Man, Superb
14 - Theodore ft. Trife, Twiz
15 - Jump Off (abridged) ft. Deck, Rae, Meth, Masta, RZA
16 - Gravel Pit (abridged) ft. Method Man
17 - It's Yourz (abridged)
18 - Cobra Clutch
19 - Careful ft. RZA, Masta, Cappa, U-God, Deck
20 - Triumph (abridged) ft. Raekwon
21 - Impossible (abridged) ft Raekwon
22 - Bells of War (abridged) ft. RZA

DOWNLOAD: Ghostface Killah - Cocaine Lexicon Flow (1997-2001)

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