Today in Hip-Hop History: Apollo Kids

Apollo Kids

Today in Hip Hop History: December 21st, 2010

Apollo Kids by Ghostface Killah

Today in Hip hop history marks the 5 year anniversary of Ghostface Killah’s Apollo Kids, a masterful follow-up to Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City. The ninth studio project was originally supposed to be a mixtape, but because he was signed behind Def Jam “they was like, ‘Nah, I know what you’re trying to do.’ They caught on.”

The project was recorded by himself at Red Bull Studios and Starks Studios. Def Jam caught wind of what Ghostface was trying to do, and as a result, released it as an album under their name instead.

Commercially, the album debuted at the 128th spot on US Billboard’s top 200, selling 13,000 copies within its first week of sales and receiving positive reviews from most critics.

Simon Vozick-Levinson of Entertainment Weekly gave it an A- for “reeling off jittery pulp fiction and zany free-associative zingers over scratchy soul, funk, and rock samples.”

“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,” says Jonah Weiner of Rollingstone, giving it a 3.5 out of 4 stars.

Ghostface is a rap veteran known for his vivid, visceral story-telling. Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City was a bright but confusing project released by him, as it ended up being an album that bounced back and forth in what appeared to be a culmination of R&B singles. With the release of Apollo Kids, Tony Starks was back to his thematic and cohesive sense of self.

Filled with soul samples and gritty boom-bap production, once Apollo Kids starts spinning through your speakers it’s easy to recognize the album as a modern classic and a throwback to what the genre once was. Ghostface Killah is a living legend and deserves a listen.  Whether or not you’re a fan of his style, flow, or storytelling, Ghostface has a legacy that needs to be recognized for the respects of the genre as a whole.

For more on Hip hop history and Hip hop today, keep reading on at TrueToo. For now, let Apollo Kids spin below.