Not So Much A Sour Sound
Ghostface Killah x BADBADNOTGOOD - 2015
There have been attempts, but hip-hop with a live backing never took off. excepting jazz-rap legends and current late-night powerhouses The Roots, samples and drum machines continue to be the norm in hip-hop instrumentation. Which means when a rapper does decide to take the live approach, it garners attention whether the music is quality or not. Wu-Tang legend Ghostface Killah first forayed into live backing with 2012's 12 Reasons To Die alongside bandleader Adrian Younge. 12 Reasons was a success on all fronts, and so it only made sense for Ghost to try band backing again. This time, he's collaborating with the hottest band in jazz, Toronto's BADBADNOTGOOD. And while 12 Reasons is nothing to hang your head at, Sour Soul is an improvement in all fronts. BBNG's beats are flawless one after another, coated in a retro gloss by producer Frank Dukes. It's a prime reason why the best tracks on here are, in fact, sans Ghost. That's not to say Ghost is holding back the record. He sounds comfortable as ever, more floating then flowing on many tracks on here. He drops jewel after jewel, rambling about brain food and pimp clothes in a hilarious fashion. It's records like Sour Soul that make you wonder why rappers don't take the live route more often. Because when it's pulled off, it's more majestic then any computer can conjure up. Sour Soul is that majestic.
GENRES: HARDCORE HIP-HOP, BOOM BAP, EAST COAST HIP HOP, JAZZ-RAP, JAZZ FUSION, INSTRUMENTAL HIP HOP