he title More Fish
implies some sort of continuation, or leftovers from Ghost's near-classic Fishscale
, as in: Ghost was giving us more of the same, or possibly just releasing the tracks that didn’t make the cut for the Fishscale
release in March. This album, however, is not that at all. In fact, this album is not as much the sixth Ghostface Killah release as it is the second Theodore Unit album (the first being 718
released in August of 2004). Attaching a title that implies "more Fishscale" and marketing it as a Ghost release, is probably more of a smart ploy on Def Jam's part, since it would seem to possibly bolster sales and put the Theodore Unit out in a more prominent space. There are some similarities between More Fish
, namely the caliber of the production. More Fish
has several production highlights and no real production low-lights. MF Doom offers his production talents on two tracks “Guns N’ Razors” and “Alex (Stolen Script)” which only wets your appetite for the upcoming Ghost/Doom collaboration slated to be released next year.
The issue with More Fish, that wasn’t an issue on Fishscale is the level of emceeing. The Theodore Unit consists of Trife da God (clearly the best emcee save Ghostface), Cappadonna, Shawn Wigs, Solomon Childs and Sun God (Ghost’s son) -- all of whom are able to hold there own on More Fish – but none have the dope-capabilities of Ghost. For example, on the Shawn Wigs solo-track, “Pokerface,” Wigs does a good job telling the story of a no limit Texas Hold ‘em poker game, which is a pleasant change from the traditional hip-hop stories of dice games going wrong (don’t worry More Fish has one of those too), but there is nothing outstanding or special about his story telling abilities. And we all know that’s not the case with Ghost, one of the most gifted storytellers in the history of music. That’s where More Fish falls short, but only when held against the Fishscale-standard.
Ghostface gives the album a few shots in the arm to boost it along, in case you aren’t really big fans of the Theodore Unit, with four solo tracks. The aforementioned “Alex (Stolen Script)”, “Outta Town Shit”, “Block Rock” and “Ghost is Back”. “Ghost is Back” is the best lyrical song on the album, doing something that's pretty much impossible: he used a beat that Rakim made famous ("Know The Ledge"), and made it his own.
Go in with an open mind and open ears for this one and you'll be pleased. Don’t expect to hear Fishscale because that is not what this album is, or what it is supposed to be. This is Ghostface presents the Theodore Unit.