If hip hop had been left unpolluted and non-diluted and allowed to naturally mutate- as living things do, the result would be The Green Ghost Project. Set for release February 2 (Invasion/The Orchard), the project from one-third of the L.O.X, Styles P “The Ghost” and “The Evil Genius” DJ Green Lantern, is heavy with beats that dare you not to nod your head and lyrics that will have you hitting the back arrow to make sure you heard them right.
A rapper, author (his first novel- Invincible is due out in April), and aspiring film director, Styles P has said that he did this project for the fans and “for the love of hip hop”. With production from DJ Green Lantern, Alchemist, Statik Selektah and Scram Jones, and guest appearances from Jadakiss, Junior Reid, M.O.P, N.O.R.E and Skee Louch, and Dwayne Collins, that love is apparent in every bar. A self-admitted Styles P fan since long before “I’m Black” (from 2006’s Time Is Money), I have to say, I lost track of him for a while. Hopefully, this project will get some recognition and (dare we dream?) some airplay.
My advice- skip to number 8 and blast “Pablo Doe”. Featuring N.O.R.E and Uncle Murda, the track, which was leaked a few months ago- is a good representation of what the rest of the project is about. “Send a Kite”, featuring Dwayne Collins and produced by DJ Green Lantern, is a melancholy shout out to the brothas on lock: “You ain’t gotta drive up and sit behind the table/you ain’t gotta drop money if you ain’t able/send a kite- I promise I’ll be alright.”
“Legal Money” kinda gives you the same feeling you had the first time you watched Good Fellas. You know- like you knew a lot more about a life you’ll probably never live than you did before you saw it. The beat is insane; the verbal imagery is almost as good as the video (directed by Court Dunn). “Time Will Tell”, featuring Raekwon instantly transports Biggie fans back to the days when the Brooklyn emcee was reppin’ Bad Boy and rocking COOGI sweaters and Versace shades.
I think it’s safe to say- if you’re on the fence as to how you feel about Styles P (the shiny-suit glare of Bad Boy has long since worn off) you won’t be disappointed if you cop it and check it out for yourself. The Green Ghost Project is going to be one of those classic joints that will be a mandatory part of the true hip hop head’s collection.