Ghostface Killah Featuring Raheem DeVaughn, "Baby"


As "All That I Got Is You," "Back Like That" and a number of hits have aptly demonstrated, there's nothing quite like Ghostface Killah spitting Shaolin slang over a slice of hot buttered soul. For his forthcoming album "The Wizard of Poetry," the Wu-Tang Clan's MVP tests this format across an entire album, recruiting John Legend, Estelle and Musiq Soulchild to soften up his rhymes. Judging from the album's first single, "Baby," it's a winning concept. Neo-soul singer Raheem DeVaughn delivers a toasting chorus that makes guessing the gender of a baby sound damn near sexy. Ghost, meanwhile, engages in his own distinctive mode of seduction. He smooth-talks an around-the-way girl into nurturing him with Popeye's chicken dinners and belly rubs and explains his sometimes aggressive behavior as "just part of my gangsta." --Ron Hart