BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killa

Sour Soul (Lex Records)

SXSW 2015 Records

BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah

Sour Soul (Lex Records)

While Wu-Tang Clan will reportedly wait 88 years to release its most recent album, Ghostface Killah just keeps pushing product. Three months removed from a collaboration with Brooklyn soul outfit the Revelations (36 Seasons) and less than two years from a co-production with Adrian Younge (Twelve Reason to Die), Pretty Toney is back, this time spitting darts over the brooding soul instrumentals of Canadian jazz trio Badbadnotgood. Sour Soul eschews the Tony Starks comic book concept narrative of the past two efforts in favor of some good old-fashioned coke rap and braggadocio: "You can't fuck with me nigga, this is one-on-one/ With the strength of 10 midgets I'ma murder you son!" The rap champ still keeps his Clarks "crispier than printed money" and offers pro tips to young drug runners on "Street Knowledge": "You can't run in skinny jeans, serve fiends by any means/ Sprinkle coke in the dust blunt to spice up the greens." (Fri., Ghostface Killah: Fri., 10:30pm, ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 1am, Monster Energy Outbreak House; Badbadnotgood: Wed., 11:45pm, Empire Garage; Fri., 12mid, Monster Energy Outbreak House; Sat., 11:15pm, Bungalow; Raekwon & Ghostface Killah OB4CL 20th Anniversary: Sat., 1:20am, Belmont)

***.5

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