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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
     

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

by RZA
 

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The soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's hit-man movie "Ghost Dog" is aimed straight at hip-hop heads and hearts -- it's the first full album the Wu-Tang Clan's mastermind, the RZA, has produced in well over a year. For the most part, it's the formal leap he's been promising during his time off -- creepy and deep, with tracks that turn hip-hop production

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The soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's hit-man movie "Ghost Dog" is aimed straight at hip-hop heads and hearts -- it's the first full album the Wu-Tang Clan's mastermind, the RZA, has produced in well over a year. For the most part, it's the formal leap he's been promising during his time off -- creepy and deep, with tracks that turn hip-hop production standards on their ear. Surprisingly, the whole Clan appears only on one track (and Masta Killah on one more); the rest of the vocalists are a mix of Wu protégés (like Sunz of Man, whose "Strange Eyes" updates Cameo's funky sneer for the '00s), old-timers (Kool G Rap is lured out of retirement to rattle through "Cakes"), and unknowns, who contribute some of the best stuff here. Of the latter group, Tekitha's "Walking Through the Darkness" is straight R&B built on a splendid bit of guitar-overdub trickery, and Suga Bang Bang's toasting meltdown "Don't Test" is dancehall slowed to a molasses-thick trickle, with a disembodied moan looped and shoved right up to the front of the mix. GHOST DOG is a not-to-be-missed dream collaboration of vision and sound between two like-minded visionaries.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
Depending on who you ask, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is either a piece of cool meditation on the rules of combat or an ultraviolent glamorization of thug life. The same can be said of the music chosen for the soundtrack. It is aggressive yet calculated, exuberant and orderly and smooth and jagged. With songs from the Wu Tang Clan, Kool G Rap and North Star among others, this soundtrack is worth checking out.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972408927
catalogNumber:
724089
Rank:
50951

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Performance Credits

RZA   Primary Artist
Bang-Bang   Track Performer
Jeru the Damaja   Track Performer
Kool G Rap   Track Performer
Wu-Tang Clan   Track Performer
Masta Killa   Track Performer
Melodie   Track Performer
Sunz of Man   Track Performer
Tekitha   Track Performer
Royal Fam   Track Performer
Afu-Ra   Track Performer
North Star   Track Performer
Black Nights   Track Performer
Superb   Track Performer
Forest Whitaker   Readings

Technical Credits

RZA   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Mitchell Diggs   Executive Producer
Jose "Choco" Reynoso   Engineer
William Scott Wilson   translation

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