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Apollo Kids

The most prolific and productive record-maker in the Wu-Tang Clan pantheon,
Def Jam core artist Ghostface Killah has completed his 16th career album - and
his 6th solo album for Def Jam - APOLLO KIDS

In addition to guest appearances by Wu-Tang Clansmen Raekwon, GZA,
Method Man, and Cappadonna, APOLLO KIDS also boasts star turns by
Redman, Busta Rhymes, Sheek Louch, The Game, Jim Jones, and many more.

APOLLO KIDS is - amazingly - Ghost's third original studio project in just over
one year. It follows up his previous solo album, The Wizard Of Poetry (released
September 2009), in which he attracted an A-list of duet partners including
fellow Def Jam artists Kanye West & Ne-Yo (on the closing track, "Back Like
That"), John Legend, Raheem 'Radio' DeVaughn, Fabolous & Shareefa, Lloyd,
Vaughn Anthony & Estelle, and others.

Prior to The Wizard's release, Ghost spent July-August 2009 on the road with
Method Man and Redman, keeping the Wu-Tang Clan spirit alive and well on the
month-long, 21-city Foot Print in Hip-Hop Tour. The tour was attended by Ghost's
legions of fans, who have been tuning in to The World According to Pretty Toney
long enough to know that "he doesn't so much deliver rhymes as narrate
graphically detailed scenes, rife with violence, passion and a little humour"

More recently, Wu Massacre (March 2010), a collaboration with Method Man and
Raekwon, was as close to a W-TC reunion on record as history has seen in the
three years since the group's last album, 8 Diagrams. Wu Massacre was a
collectors' dream, with three separate album covers - one for Ghost, one for
Meth, one for Raekwon - created by famed DC and Marvel graphic master Chris
Bachalo. 300 randomly distributed copies of Wu Massacre contained Bachalo's
original un-inked pencil sketch of one of the three explosive color covers.
Those ultra-rare inserts now rank among the Maltese Falcons of hip-hop limited
editions.

Tracks:
1 Purified Thoughts featuring GZA & Killah Priest
2 Superstar featuring Busta Rhymes
3 Black Tequila featuring Cappadonna & Trife
4 Drama featuring Joell Ortiz & The Game
5 2getha Baby
6 Starkology
7 In Tha Park featuring Black Thought
8 Handcuffin' Them Hoes featuring Jim Jones
9 Street Bullies featuring Sheek Louch, Wiggs & Sungod
10 Ghetto featuring Raekwon, Cappadonna & U-God
11 Troublemakers featuring Raekwon, Method Man & Redman
12 Rockbox
Album: Apollo Kids [Explicit Version]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Purified Thoughts Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:31
2)    Superstar Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:08
3)    Black Tequila Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:43
4)    Drama Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:28
5)    2getha Baby Album Version More Info... 3:01
6)    Starkology Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 2:25
7)    In Tha Park Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:47
8)    How You Like Me Baby Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:15
9)    Handcuffin' Them Hoes Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 2:30
10)    Street Bullies Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:18
11)    Ghetto Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:09
12)    Troublemakers Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:41
 
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Performer Notes
  • Recording information: Red Bull Studios; Starks Studios, Staten Island, NY.
  • After experimenting with R&B on his 2009 release Ghostdini, rapper Ghostface Killah returns to tough Shaolin rhymes for 2010's Apollo Kids. Previewed by the single "2getha Baby," the album features guest shots from the likes of Redman, Busta Rhymes, and the Game. Pete Rock, Jake One, and others provide the beats.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "On track after track, he blows dust off some dirty-soul loop, with boasts as inspired as ever and street-crime storytelling as vivid as ever..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.80) - "[With] zany free-associative zingers over scratchy soul, funk, and rock samples." -- Grade: A-
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