The Pretty Toney Album

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The Pretty Toney Album
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Studio album by Ghostface
Released April 20, 2004
Recorded 2003-2004
Genre Hip hop
Length 52:13
Label Def Jam
Producer Ghostface, RZA, True Master, No I.D., Nottz, Emile
Ghostface chronology
Bulletproof Wallets
The Pretty Toney Album
Wu-Tang Clan solo chronology
Method Man:
Tical 0: The Prequel
The Pretty Toney Album
Masta Killa:
No Said Date

The Pretty Toney Album is the fourth studio album by American hip hop artist Ghostface, a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. The album was released on April 20, 2004, by Def Jam Recordings. It is the only album from the artist to be released solely under the title of "Ghostface" ("Killah" is entirely omitted in any reference to his name on the packaging), but it is otherwise a normal Ghostface Killah release in line with the rest of his catalogue.

The album cover is a photograph taken from his performance of the song "Summertime" with Beyoncé at Jay-Z's farewell concert at Madison Square Garden in November 2003. The oversized jewelry he is seen wearing in the photograph was given to him prior to his performance by rapper Slick Rick, as seen in the film "Fade to Black."

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
HipHopDX 4.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.2/10)[3] 9/10 stars[4]
Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[5]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[6]
Vibe 4/5 stars[7]

The Pretty Toney Album received critical acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 84, which indicates "universal acclaim", based on 14 reviews.[8] David Jeffries of AllMusic said, "The Pretty Toney Album has a lack of Wu-related references on it. It's Ghostface's album entirely and all the better for it. It's partly a party album like 2001's Bulletproof Wallets, but freer, more inspired, and tempered with pure street tracks that were missing last time round. Perhaps feeling the lack of hood interest for his last album, Ghostface puts a handful of Pretty Toney's hardest tracks at the beginning as if he's ready to prove something right away."[1] Tiny Mix Tapes said, "The Pretty Toney Album is a Ghostface Killah album. It exemplifies all of the elements that Ghostface has been successful with in the past. But once you sever what once was a strong alliance with another individual, that vacancy must be filled with an overabundance of talent and wit. Outkast's last album, Speakerboxx: The Love Below, is a perfect example of this concern. Unfortunately, The Pretty Toney Album falls short in replacing what Raekwon had contributed to Ghost's previous album releases, causing the album to feel essentially incomplete."[6]

Rollie Pemberton of Pitchfork Media said, "Expectedly, minor shortcomings hold the record back from classic status. The lack of his usual obligatory Raekwon collaboration hurts Pretty Toney's variety, and the skits, despite featuring topics and idiosyncratic raps far above the standards of his contemporaries, tend to bog down the album's progress. I'm also disappointed by the exclusion of mixtape tracks "Gorilla Hood", "The Splash", and "My Guitar", which could have offered the record a better batting average. But all things considered, Pretty Toney far surpasses 2001's Bulletproof Wallets, finally finding the missing link between street cred and commercial respect."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Emile Haynie 2:28
2. "Biscuits" (featuring Trife da God) True Master 3:24
3. "Kunta Fly Shit"   RZA 1:00
4. "Beat The Clock"   Minnesota 2:49
5. "Metal Lungies" (featuring Sheek Louch & Styles P) No I.D. 3:07
6. "Bathtub (skit)"     1:35
7. "Save Me Dear"   Ghostface Killah 3:02
8. "It's Over"   K-Def 4:10
9. "Keisha's House (skit)"   K-Def 1:04
10. "Tush" (featuring Missy Elliott) Dub Dot Z 3:24
11. "Last Night (skit)"   K-Def 2:31
12. "Holla" (featuring Allah Real) Ghostface Killah 3:19
13. "Ghostface"   Digga 2:38
14. "Be This Way"   Nottz 4:09
15. "The Letter (skit)"     1:21
16. "Tooken Back" (featuring Jacki-O) Nottz 5:04
17. "Run" (featuring Jadakiss) RZA 3:19
18. "Love" (featuring Musiq Soulchild & K. Fox) No I.D. 3:38
Total length:
Sample credits
  • "Intro" contains a sample of "Tobacco Road" by Tommy Youngblood.
  • "Biscuits" contains a sample of "I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down" by Sam & Dave.
  • "Kunta Fly Shit" contains a sample of "Survival" by Annette Peacock.
  • "Beat The Clock" contains a sample of "Since I Fell For You" by Laura Lee.
  • "Metal Lungies" contains a sample of "Nobody Knows" by Operation Breadbasket Orchestra and Choir.
  • "Bathtub" (skit) contains a sample of "Not On The Outside" by The Moments.
  • "Save Me Dear" contains a sample of "(You) Got What I Need" by Freddie Scott.
  • "It's Over" contains a sample of "I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over" by David Porter.
  • "Tush" contains a sample of "Naked Truth" by The Best of Both Worlds.
  • "Last Night" (skit) contains a sample of "Last Night Changed It All" by Esther Williams.
  • "Holla" contains a sample of "La La (Means I Love You)" by The Delfonics.
  • "Ghostface" contains a sample of "AJ Scratch" by Kurtis Blow.
  • "Be This Way" contains a sample of "(We'll Always Be) Together" by Billy Stewart.
  • "The Letter" (skit) contains a sample of "Sunday" by Silvia Robinson.
  • "Tooken Back" contains a sample of "Take Me Back" by The Emotions.
  • "Run" contains a sample of "Hogin Machine" by Les Baxter.
  • "Love" contains a sample of "Statue of a Fool" by David Ruffin.


Chart (2004) Peak
US Billboard 200[9] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[10] 4


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  2. ^ J-23 (2004-04-20). "Ghostface - The Pretty Toney Album". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
  3. ^ a b Pemberton, Rollie (4 May 2004). "Ghostface The Pretty Toney Album". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Juon, Steve 'Flash' (20 April 2004). "Ghostface - The Pretty Toney Album". Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  5. ^ The New Rolling Stone Album Guide - Nathan Brackett, Christian David Hoard - Google Books. Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
  6. ^ a b "Ghostface Killah - The Pretty Toney Album". Tiny Mix Tapes. 2004-05-23. Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
  7. ^ "Ghostface Killah The Pretty Toney Album", Vibe, April 2004: 156 
  8. ^ "Reviews for The Pretty Toney Album by Ghostface Killah". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
  9. ^ "Ghostface – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Ghostface. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "Ghostface – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Ghostface. Retrieved December 20, 2014.