Another gritty street album hits the shelves with this release. Styles P brings his street experiences, with a slightly haunting atmosphere, to another retail release and it has a strange feel. There are some definite ground level tracks for bumping along to, but what feels like a large portion of the album feels more subdued and thoughtful than head banging and hard hitting.
Styles P hasn’t lost his lyrical edge, and at this quality of work, its looking like he never will. The razor sharp imagery he brings to this project is looking as top quality as any of his earlier work, but with the twist of it being a bit more thoughtful and precise.
The production on Phantom and the Ghost is clear and actually comes across as related to the projects name. Pretty much every track has a slightly spooky feel which fits perfectly with the name and creates a good atmosphere with the overall feel of the album.
As a member of the LOX, Styles P has a lot to live up to when it comes to ability and his standing in Hip Hop, and this album does not fail to live up to that standard. However the ghostly aspect of the album may not be for everyone, but it is definitely worth a few spins.