For diehards, that's the cue to exit. Yet since his classic solo debut, Ironman, Ghost has always depended on old-soul warmth to back his high-pitched verses. If the R&B samples are now sweeter ("Save Me Dear" is borderline saccharine) and sometimes longer ("Holla" simply bites its source whole), they also accurately reflect a rapper coming to grips with unexpected maturity; "Love God," he rhymes, "He let me see past 32." Whether it's better to burn out or fade away is an old question, but Pretty Toney makes a pretty good soundtrack for debate.
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