Imagine what a typical day might be like for Jay-Z and Ghostface. Now picture what it would be like if both men switched identities and lived in each others worlds; Hip-Hops Trading Places if you will. DJ Chong Wizards latest mixtape, American Ironman, is the aural equivalent of the aforementioned strange scenario. It is the latest (and freshest) in a recent string of American Gangster related mixtapes that gives the opportunity to hear Jiggas rhymes over another artists music. This latest installment mashes Jay-Zs lyrics over beats from Ghostfaces classic Ironman and vice versa.
Things open up strongly with the title track; a blend of Hovas bars from American Gangster on Starks classic Iron Maiden. The melding of Jays laid back, grown man bars over smoky, off-kilter soundscapes crafted by the RZA equal automatic reloads on Ignorant After The Smoke. Jay-Z and Beanie Siegel drop knowledge from Ignorant Sh*t on top of Ghosts After The Smoke Is Clear creating 2008s first smokers anthem. Additionally, we get a fresh take of Fallin over Wildflower on Black Super Hero Music.
Success At The Apollo finds Ghost sounding equally comfortable slinging his paisley darts from Supreme Clientele. The synchronization of the track and including a few others (Pray For Camay, Say Hello To The High Guy) might sound off but yet again the pairing still feels comfortable.
On this unique effort, DJ Chong Wizard shows us what the Best of Both Worlds could have sounded like the first time. Staten Island and Marcy Projects finest need to build on this and make an official collaboration. This mixtape can best be described in Ghostfaces own words: Plush robes made from suede/And knitted by virgins; or something like that.
Ghostface Killah – “Success At The Apollo”
Jay-Z – “Comic Book Dreamin’”
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