Album Review | BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul

I’ve never listened to a Wu-Tang album. Yup. It’s true. Just kidding. It isn’t. But I’ve only listened to like 3 of them. About two of those are solo albums. I haven’t heard any of the classics. I will eventually review those, so don’t worry about that. The only projects from Wu-Tang that I have heard are A Better Tomorrow, 36 Seasons, and uh… Huh. Damn. I guess I’ve only heard 2 of them lol. Well you gotta start somewhere I guess. I know there are probably some people that will be like “OH MY GOD HE’S NEVER HEARD 36 CHAMBERS FUCK HIM HE DESERVES TO DIE!”, but I don’t really give a fuck about that. It’s a pretty immature way of thinking. Not everyone has heard every classic album. I’m only 16. You gotta gimme some time for this shit. You’d be surprised by how much shit I haven’t heard. The good thing about that is you get to see my first thoughts on them when I’m ready to review them. From the shit that I have heard, Ghostface Killah is definitely one of my favorite members of the Klan. I mean Clan. My bad. I haven’t heard that much from BADBADNOTGOOD, but I do really like what I have heard. I only know three songs that are produced by them, but they’re all pretty good. They’re Hoarse by Earl Sweatshirt, Float On by Danny Brown & Now Or Never by Black Milk. Is the whole thing supposed to be capitalized? Is it BADBADNOTGOOD or BadBadNotGood? I don’t know what made me think that it’s all capitalized, but everyone else seems to think that it’s just BadBadNotGood. It doesn’t really matter, but I kinda hope I’m right. I don’t think I am tho. Whatever. I like it better when it’s all capitalized. This project will probably be dope af. I hope. I really don’t wanna have to shit on a Wu-Tang member.

Track 1: Mono

This is an instrumental track by BBNG. This is smooth as hell. You can definitely tell that it’s leading up to something. It’s only about a minute long. I don’t know if I should give this a rating. It’s not the kind of thing that you just listen to. It’s just an intro. I did enjoy it, but I wouldn’t feel right if I gave it a score.

Track 2: Sour Soul

This beat is smooth as hell too, but it feels more complete than the last track. This beat is incredible. I fuckin’ love this shit. The bass is so fuckin’ smooth. Ghostface did his thing. Fuck. The beat switched up for the second verse and it’s SOOO SMOOTH.


Y’all don’t understand how good this beat sounds right now. GFK’s rappin’ about how he thinks the world is corrupt and how he doesn’t trust anyone. He sounds kinda crazy. I don’t necessarily disagree with him about that shit, but the way he says it just makes him sound a little… insane. He’s talkin’ about how he’s high on PCP and he’ll kill anyone who fucks with him. I guess when you think of a corrupt person, you think of a white guy in a business suit who doesn’t care about anyone other than himself and other rich white republicans. That kind of person is definitely corrupt, but gangs and drug dealers are pretty terrible people too. I mean, some people have to sell crack because they don’t wanna suck dick for money, but that doesn’t really make it okay. I would definitely sell crack instead of suckin’ dick for money tho. Hell nah that’s… nah. That ain’t me. I’d probably just… I don’t know what I would do. I would sell crack. Idk. I guess the corrupt people in the government aren’t really helping with shit like that. Anyway, this song is dope af. Ghostface Killah is just… so fucking dope. He kinda reminds me of ScHoolboy Q because they both seem like insane gangstas. They’re like the really unpredictable gang members that’ll shoot you if you interrupt them with a sneeze. I fuck with this shit. This shit is dope af. This shit is gangsta. This shit is HARD. 5/5

Track 3: 6º Feat. Danny Brown

I fuck with Danny Brown. I never listened to XXX, but Old was dope af. I may review that some day. I’ll definitely review XXX. Danny Brown makes me think of… Mario Kart. That’s because I listened to Old while playing Mario Kart. That was one of the greatest days of my life. Anyway, this beat is fucking crazy. It kinda sounds like a jazzy version of something Dr. Dre might produce. That might be kind of a stretch. I don’t know how to describe it properly. You’re just gonna have to trust me when I say that it’s dope af. This first verse from GFK is apparently recycled from a song called I Go Hard, which was on the soundtrack to The Man With The Iron Fists. I might review that shit too. The actual verse was pretty good. Danny Brown comes in right behind GFK and the beat switches up too. When the song first started I didn’t know how Danny Brown was gonna sound, but it worked out really well. He definitely wouldn’t have fit on the first part of the beat, but the way it switched up made it sound perfect. If he did spit over the first part of the beat, he would’ve had to use his more laid back flow, but this beat was definitely made with Danny Brown in mind. You can tell that they decided who would be on the song before they made the beat. Oh. Nevermind. It goes back to the original beat for the second part of his verse. Forget everything I just said. Jk. Danny Brown killed it. Ghostface did his thing on the last verse. I fuck with this. This is dope. 4/5

Track 4: Gunshowers Feat. Elzhi

I’ve never heard anything by Elzhi. This should be good tho, because I’ve heard that he’s fucking amazing. This beat is dope. It makes me feel like someone slipped something in my drink and I woke up at the beach with one of my kidneys missing. I feel like I’m at a cocaine beach. It makes me feel like I’m really ashy and I have scraped elbows and I’m waiting in the lobby of a hotel for my clients to arrive so that I can sell them drugs, but it doesn’t go well and it ends in a shootout. I feel like I’m in a hotel room surrounded by white women that cut themselves and are addicted to cocaine. I guess it just makes me think of vacations and drugs. GFK did his thing. He’s just talkin’ about how he has a revolutionary mind. Elzhi fucking killed it. I fuck with this. This is dope. 4/5

Track 5: Stark’s Reality

Doesn’t he call himself Starks? Shouldn’t it be Starks’ Reality instead of Stark’s Reality? This is a real jazzy instrumental. It’s a good beat. I don’t really have much to say. There’s not anything wrong with it. It’s good. It doesn’t stand out that much from the other instrumentals. I don’t see why this one was left without any vocals. It’s not that much better than the others. It’s not bad tho. I like it. 4/5

Track 6: Tone’s Rap

This beat is smooth. Ghostface’s delivery sounds really different on this one. He sounds like Action Bronson. I know a lot of people already make that comparison all the time, but it’s especially true on this track. This may be the most entertaining verse from GFK on the whole album so far. Basically, he’s completely shutting his bitches down. He’s a pimp who’s mad at his hoes for not knowing how to properly use a lint roller. After that one verse, the second half of the song is instrumental. I feel like the beats from BBNG are kinda overshadowing GFK so far. Not in terms of quality, but in terms of presence. All of Ghostface’s verses have been very short, and one of ’em wasn’t even new. It just feels like he’s trying to do as little as possible to make these songs. I have to pee. I like this song, but Ghostface could’ve had another verse. The beat was cool, but it wasn’t anything special compared to the other songs on here. I fuck with this song tho. It’s dope. 4/5

Track 7: Mind Playing Tricks

This beat is dope af. Ghostface did his thing. There’s actually a hook on this song. It’s dope af. This feels like the most complete song on the whole project so far. His flow is dope af. I fuck with the hook. This beat is great. It’s just about him bein’ crazy. The beat kinda reminds me of Funeral by Mac Miller. This is great. I fuck with this shit. This shit is dope af. 5/5

Track 8: Street Knowledge Feat. Tree

I keep getting Tree mixed up with Father for some reason. I don’t know anything about either of those rappers. I’ve never heard either of them rap. All I know is that Father is signed to Awful Records. Why would you call your label Awful Records? That’s stupid as hell. It doesn’t matter tho because he’s not on this song. Tree is. I hope he isn’t wack. I doubt he is tho. He sounds tired af. His voice is kinda raspy. It reminds me of Rick Ross mixed with Jeezy. I fuck with it. It sounds good. This beat is dope af. He’s just givin’ me advice about sellin’ dope. That’s cool I guess. His flow is cool. The hook isn’t bad. The way Ghostface comes in after Tree is dope. It’s real smooth when Tree is spittin’ because he sounds real tired and laid back, but Ghostface has a lot more energy. Tree doesn’t sound bad tho. I still liked his verse. The overall feel of the track just switched up when Ghostface came in tho. I fuck with this song. It’s dope. 4/5

Track 9: Ray Gun Feat. MF DOOM

This will hopefully be amazing. MF DOOM is just so fucking dope. I am really looking forward to his contribution to this song. This beat is cool. It has a lot more energy than the other beats on this project. Ghostface did his thing. His flow was cool. DOOM’s verse was nice. What the fuck…? Why is… It’s… Are they… Are they done? What the fuck was that? They verses was cool and everything, but… Why did they stop? When I said Ghostface did his thing I was assuming he would come back for another verse. He only spit for like 40 seconds. DOOM’s verse was short too. This song sounds so incomplete. It’s like they started the song and then just left the recording studio after laying down one verse. The rest of the song is just instrumental. It’s a minute and 30 seconds of BADBADNOTGOOD. Why… It’s still a dope song, but it just feels empty. It feels so incomplete. I fuck with it and everything… It’s just kind of disappointing. It’s alright I guess. Fuck. 3/5

Track 10: Nuggets Of Wisdom

This beat is smooth af. Ghostface is talking about Allah and keeping “your Qu’ran handy.” That’s kinda weird. Not in a bad way. I just didn’t expect him to promote religion like that. I guess rappers usually are pretty religious, but the ones that talk about it in their music are usually Christians. You don’t usually hear emcees rapping about Islam. I guess Ghostface is Muslim. It’s not bad. I’m not Muslim, but I get it. If I wasn’t Christian I would probably be Muslim. They seem to really believe the shit they say. A lot of Christians are just terrible people that assume that God will save them, but that’s neither here nor there. I fuck with this song. It has the same problem that Ray Gun had tho. After you get halfway through the song, Ghostface’s verse ends and we’re just left with the empty beat. I don’t mean that the beat feels hollow, but there’s nobody rapping. It’s just an empty feeling song. It’s not bad, it just feels incomplete. 3/5

Track 11: Food

This beat is smooth af. Ghostface did his thing. That verse wasn’t really as short as the other one’s, but if there isn’t another one it’ll still feel incomplete. The beat is dope tho. Oh there actually is another verse. He actually decided to finish this song. I fuck with this song. This is dope. 4/5

Track 12: Experience

Oh. This is another instrumental. I don’t know why. It is a good ass beat, but it’s not really hard to rap over. Ghostface coulda easily hopped on this beat. I do like it tho. This beat is dope af. I fuck with it. 5/5

Final Thoughts:

That wasn’t bad. It was a little disappointing. Not in terms of quality, but in quantity. There should’ve been more bars. This album was really short and a lot of the tracks felt pretty skeletal. When I hear a song, I expect there to be bars. I expect to hear bars until the song ends. If the song has more than about 30 seconds without anything happening in terms of vocals, it starts to feel incomplete. With this album, I hear a very smooth beat with one dope verse and then a minute and a half of nothing. It really feels like Ghostface was trying to do as little work as possible to get this album out. He didn’t really have any questionable bars, but it just felt like he wasn’t giving it his all. It felt… kinda rushed to be honest. I get that this is BBNG’s album too, but a lot of the beats on this album sounded very similar. Everything about this album is just good. Not great. Not wack. Just good. The features… They were all pretty goddamn impressive honestly. I was a little bit disappointed with that MF DOOM verse tho. It was real short. It wasn’t wack tho. I just wanted more. Danny Brown had a really great verse, but I think Elzhi was the best feature. I’m finna have to check that guy out. Tree was actually pretty dope too. Overall I think this album is GUD. I am a little bit disappointed tho. I feel like BadBadNotGood kinda outdid Ghostface. You could at least tell that they were trying. Ghostface wasn’t wack, but he definitely coulda did more. When is that DOOMSTARKS album dropping? I want that.

Favorite Song: Mind Playing Tricks

Least Favorite Song: Nuggets Of Wisdom




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