AOTY 2019
Ghostface Killah - Fishscale
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2006 Ratings: #11 / 653
User Score
Based on 94 ratings
2006 Ratings: #13
March 28, 2006 / Release Date
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Def Jam / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club
One of rap's most cinematic and sophisticated storytellers, he fills his pulp narratives with so much novelistic detail that it's impossible to catch everything on the first listen.
90
Pitchfork

Fishscale reiterates with cinematic verve that the most vital current Wu Tang Clan member's storytelling can match Biggie's in both excitement and humor.

90
AllMusic
The scenarios he recounts are as detailed and off-the-wall as ever, elaborate screenplays laid out with a vocal style that's ceaselessly fluid and never abrasive.
83
Coke Machine Glow
It’s stunning that the animated MC can still spit effectively over his hand-selected beats as strongly as he does on this record.
80
PopMatters

As dense as the album becomes with so many vignettes in roughly an hour, Fishscale is one of the emcee’s most cohesive recorded statements.

80
HipHopDX
To no surprise, Ghost delivers yet another dope LP, long cementing his status as the best solo artist outta the Wu.
80
Spin
Ghost has made the definitive blow opus.
60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Like so many middling pieces of art, Fishscale, without a doubt, has the power to slake the thirst of those already in the fold; newcomers are encouraged to look elsewhere.

notbuzzzila
100
I don't remember whether or not I mentioned this before, but I used to consider Ol' Dirty Bastard's album Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version the best Wu-Tang solo album. Not anymore. When revisiting Fishscale, I revisited one of the best hip hop albums ever created. >>> Supreme Clientele
HHGA
84
Ghostface Killah is the most prolific and consistent artist out of the Wu-Tang camp. Starting with his dope solo-debut Ironman in 1996, over the decades he has put together an amazingly high-quality catalog, stocked with gems and containing very few duds (in contrast to most of his Wu-Tang colleagues). Fishscale is one of Ghostface’s best four albums, competing with Ironman and Twelve Reasons To Die (2013) for the second place spot, after his magnum opus Supreme Clientele (2000).

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GABRIELinHELL
80
Very good
Tallglassofwate
85
This is the album that turned me on to Ghostface. This record has so much swagger and is one of the best hip hop albums of the 2000s.
MasterCrackfox
76
I honestly expected to like this album more than I did, but there were at least some solid tracks throughout, just not as much of a consistent flow as I would expect from Ghostface.

Favorite track: Be Easy
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