Label: Island/Def Jam
Rated: NONE
WorkNameSort: Fishscale

Method Man may have hammed it up on a sitcom, and RZA could be the Henry Mancini of hipper-than-thou cinema, but 13 years removed from the guttural debut of Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah has emerged as the artistic victor of the influential group's erratic solo lives. 2004's The Pretty Toney Album was a confident affirmation of Ghost's belief in his own style; now the Ironman follows up with a thrilling, emotionally schizophrenic knockout. From the inspirational bombast of "Champion" to solid last works from late rap figures ODB and producer J Dilla, Ghostface's mood swings in a flash, a trait as fascinating as it is intentional. His new partner-in-grime MF Doom contributes several tracks, but none as exhilarating as "Underwater," a Spongebob-inspired bacchanal of pop culture. The album's all-star collaborators, however, adapt to Ghostface, not the other way around. In doing so, he not only ensures his direction remains inexplicable to critics and diehards alike, but also that he's created the most distinctive Wu spinoff to date.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.