The rolling of dice at the beginning of Ghostface and Raheem Devaughn’s “Baby” could serve as a metaphor for Ghost’s Wizard of Poetry album at large: instead of delivering another album about moving bricks, Ghost has been paired up with a murderer’s row of current R&B hookmen (and women) for an album about non-slinging topics. “Baby” is about a particular girl in Ghost’s life who is pregnant, and it finds Ghost wondering about what the kid will be like, and how great his girl is in the kitchen. I’m not sure what to make of this, because on one hand, this kind of stuff is likely to provide Ghost with a commercial breakthrough that he (and basically all of the Wu) have been missing since the 90s, and if it leads new listeners to Supreme Clientele, I’m cool with it. But on the other hand, Ghost feels neutered here, like the song is really Raheem’s, and he’s been brought in to give the song some cred.
Wizard of Poetry is due out on Sept. 29 via Def Jam.