The Big Doe Rehab
|The Big Doe Rehab|
|Studio album by Ghostface Killah|
|Released|| December 3, 2007
December 4, 2007
|Producer||Ant-Live, Anthony Acid, Baby Grand,Davey Chegwidden, Frequency, Ghostface Killah, LV & Sean C, Scram Jones, Syience|
|Ghostface Killah chronology|
|Wu-Tang Clan solo chronology|
The album was released on December 4, 2007. This initially conflicted with the release date of Wu-Tang Clan's fifth group album 8 Diagrams, a fact Ghostface was reported to be unhappy with, according to an interview with MTV.com
The album features guest appearances from fellow Wu-Tang members Raekwon, Method Man, U-God, and Masta Killa as well as from Kid Capri, Cappadonna and members of Ghostface's Theodore Unit crew. The album lacks any production from the RZA and instead features production from LV & Sean C. among others.
"Y'all already know what it do. ... I had a vision one night, it came to me. I dreamt I was in rehab, but for [having] mad money. Me and a bunch of old white dudes. Dreams — you can't really remember the dreams — but I was someplace, I don't even know if it was rehab, but it was mad money in there. When I woke up, the first thing that came to my mind was The Big Doe Rehab. I take a list of titles and write them in my rhyme book, which I might use in the future. When I got up and I caught that vision, this one, for some reason, just stayed in my head, and I said, 'I'mma run with that.'
"In the rehab, you could have the old ... you know the [man] that Anna Nicole Smith [married]? That type of dude — money since the '30s," Ghost added. "A Chinese man could have got rich from the Chinese restaurant; a baby, he got rich from inheritance, too much money. ... That's what The Big Doe Rehab is based on, someone that got showered with mad cream. 'Cash Rules Everything Around Me,' but it don't rule me. I'm the soul controller."
Ghostface explaining the reason for the album title in an interview for MTV.com
Frequent Wu collaborator, Cappadonna can be heard using the album title in a verse for the song "Careful (Click, Click)" from the Wu Tang Clan album "The W", released in 2000 ("...catch me at the big doe rehab/trynna re-up...").
Album results and GFK's lament
The Big Doe Rehab debuted at number 41 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and sold about 36,000 units in its debut week, similar to the numbers of More Fish last year. The album has sold 114,000 copies to date.
Unhappy with the album sales, Ghostface has since posted a video on his MySpace page expressing disappointment in most of his fans for downloading the album illegally.
|Los Angeles Times|||
|New York Times||(favorable)|
- Rolling Stone (p. 132) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Ghost's bouncy, more direct approach on cuts like 'Walk Around' shows off his ability to turn crack-slinging narratives into big, hooky pleasures."
- Entertainment Weekly (p. 130) - "[W]ith Rehab, Ghostface proves his tried-and-true technique has plenty of juice left in it."
- Q magazine (p. 95) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's packed with big numbers showcasing his maniacal rhyme style."
|1||"At the Cabana Skit"||Coles, D./ Chegwidden, D./ Rodriguez, R./ Wong, K./Del Puerto, C.||Davey Chegwidden||Rhythm Roots Allstars||1:12|
|2||"Toney Sigel A.K.A. the Barrel Brothers"||Coles, D./Matthews, D./Coppin, L./Grant, D./Styles, D./Dozier, U./ Hurrt, P.||LV & Sean C||
|Coles, D./Singleton, A./Woods, C./Smith, C.||Ant-Live||
|4||"We Celebrate"||Coles, D./Matthews, D./Coppin, L./Love, D./Fekaris, D./ Zesses, N.||LV & Sean C||4:13|
|5||"Walk Around"||Coles, D./Caputo, A./Craig, O./Rice, M.||Anthony Acid||*Vocals: Jayms Madison||
|6||"Yapp City"||Coles, D./Shemer, M./Bailey, T./Ames, D.||Scram Jones||3:43|
|7||"White Linen Affair (Toney Awards)"||Coles, D./Fryzel, B./Shemer, M./Kyser, P.||Frequency & Scram Jones||Shawn Wigs||
|8||"Supa GFK"||Coles, D./Caputo, A./ Watson, J./ Rey, R.||Ghostface Killah & Anthony Acid||
|9||"Rec-Room Therapy"||Coles, D./Adair, R./Woods, C./Hawkins, L./Chegwidden, C.||Baby Grand (Additional production by Davey Chegwidden)||
|10||"The Prayer Skit"||Rice, D.||Ox aka Popa Don||1:23|
|11||"I'll Die for You"||Coles, D./Matthews, D./Coppin, L./Jackson, C./Yancey, M.||LV & Sean C||
|12||"Paisley Darts"||Coles, D./Matthews, D./Coppin, L./Wood, C./Ames, D./Bailey, T./Smith, C./Hill, D./Miller, B.||LV & Sean C||
|13||"Shakey Dog Starring Lolita"||Coles, D./Matthews, D./Coppin, L./Woods, C./Michels, L./Movshan, N./Smion, T.||LV & Sean C||Raekwon||
|14||"! Skit"||Coles, D./ Chegwidden, D./ Rodriguez, R./ Wong, K./Del Puerto, C.||Davey Chegwidden||Rhythm Roots Allstars
|15||"Killa Lipstick (Bonus Track)"||Coles, D./ Caputo, A./ Smith, C./Turner, E./Aikens, R./ Crum, T./Harrison, K./Neal, R./ Parker, R./Satchell, C.||Ghostface Killah & Anthony Acid||
|16||"Slow Down (Bonus Track)"||Coles, D./ Perry, R./ Payne, C.||Syience||Chrisette Michele||2:36|
|U.S. Billboard 200||41|
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- Ghostface Killah Takes Cash Addicts To The Big Doe Rehab, Talks Wu-Tang Infighting - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.com
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- Allmusic review
- Blender review
- Robert Christgau review
- Entertainment Weekly review
- Los Angeles Times review
- New York Times review
- Okayplayer review
- Pitchfork Media review
- PopMatters review
- Rolling Stone review
- Popa Don-The Prayer, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PsydF8CnMg