Tag Archives: Ghostface

New Joint – Czarface / Ghostface Killah

Czarface & Ghostface Killah – “Mongolian Beef” (GetOnDown.Com / 2019)

Prepare for sensory overload whilst watching this new video from the forthcoming album “Czarface Meets Ghostface”.

New Joint – Method Man / Ghostface / Raekwon

Method Man, Ghostface & Raekwon – “Our Dreams” (Def Jam / 2010)

Taken from the album “Wu Massacre”.

Tributes – VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2008

Footage from VH1’s recent Hip-Hop Honors show featuring MC Lyte, Busta Rhymes, Ghostface, Mos Def, Public Enemy, Estelle, Q-Tip etc.

Tribute To Slick Rick

Tribute To Isaac Hayes

Tribute To De La Soul

New York Straight Talk – Ghostface

An individual who’s rarely lost for words, Wu-Tang’s Wally Champ schools the crowd at a recent performance on how to spot a fake emcee – I’d never have guessed it comes down to how soft a dude’s hands are!!

Can you guess who Ghost is talking about? Peep the “Clyde Smith” skit off his 2000 masterpiece “Supreme Clientele” for a helpful hint.

Why Albums Used To Matter

Always on-point, thought-provoking and insightful, illdoctrine.com’s Jay Smooth definitely delivers some food for thought on the modern-day music industry in his video blog above.

In particular, Jay’s comments about how (before the days of downloading) buying a new album used to be an “event” got me thinking about the many memories I have attached to so many of my back-in-the-day album purchases. Sure, we might’ve heard the odd track from an album prior to its release on a radio show or maybe even a mix-tape, but for the most part when you finally got that new piece of wax or shiny CD home and cracked the seal, you were entering unchartered Hip-Hop waters. But it wasn’t just listening to the music that made it an “event”; the time, place and social situation in which you purchased each new addition to your collection also contributed to the overall experience of being a music consumer. Elements which, as pointed out in Jay’s video clip, have largely been replaced by individuals sitting alone in front of a computer screen clicking and file-sharing, instead of pushing their way through a throng of hungry Hip-Hop fiends to get to the counter of their local record store (remember those?) in order to buy that big stack of 12″ singles they’ve just spent an hour flicking through the racks for.

But the point of this post isn’t to debate the pros and cons of downloading, but rather to ask all blog readers out there what album purchases have been “events” for you over the years, not necessarily in terms of the quality or longevity of the music, but concentrating more on the crazy little memories that come flooding back when you think about where you were when you picked up a particular release, who you were with, and what else was going on at the time?

Some that immediately come to mind for me include :

1987 – Literally stealing money from my mother (not something I’m proud of in hindsight) so I could afford to go and buy LL Cool J’s “Bigger And Deffer” album the day it was released. How I thought I was going to be able to sneak a vinyl album into the house under my jacket so ma dukes wouldn’t ask where I got the money from to buy it is beyond me – suffice to say I got busted…and beaten.

1988 – Buying Public Enemy’s “It Takes A Nation…” and Eric B. & Rakim’s “Follow The Leader” albums on the same day, taking them home and literally spending the rest of the afternoon and evening listening to them back-to-back over and over again (with my mother banging on my bedroom door at regular intervals shouting ‘Turn that noise down!’).

1990 – Seeing Above The Law’s “Livin’ Like Hustlers” album in my local record store but not having enough money to buy it. So I hid it in the rock section, saved my school lunch money for a week, then went back the following weekend and it was still there where I’d stashed it. I might’ve gone hungry at school for five days, but Hip-Hop was worth a little starvation back then if necessary lol.

1994 – Listening to Biggie’s “Ready To Die” for the first time at my friend DB’s crib. We were both a little stressed at the time due to me having split with a girlfriend and DB’s dad being seriously ill, but we listened to that album continuously from about 8pm until the early hours of the morning and it was like rap therapy. We drunk almost every drop of alcohol in the house, so by the time I was stumbling home at 3am, aside from stopping to throw up on my sneakers, I repeatedly mumbled the “F**k the world, Don’t ask me for sh*t” hook from “The What” to myself every step of the way, making life seem just that little bit better….at least until I’d sobered up the next morning.

1995 – Going to the record store with my homie Paul to both buy Raekwon and Ghostface’s “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…”. We made our purchases, Paul dropped me home, I went upstairs, slipped the CD in, put my headphones on and prepared to zone out. About 20 minutes later the phone rang and it was Paul yelling excitedly, ‘Have you heard the album yet? Have you heard that sh*t? IT’S INCREDIBLE!!’ Once he’d calmed down it turned out that, as Paul had only been home for about 10 minutes, he’d actually only gotten as far as track four “Criminology”, but just couldn’t contain his enthusiasm for Rae and Ghost’s slang-heavy lyrical darts. You can imagine what he had to say after he’d actually digested the entire project.

2006 – Getting Nas’s “Hip Hop Is Dead” album because it was the first time in a long time that EVERYONE was talking about the same release, whether backpacker, thug, casual mainstream rap fan, old-schooler or young cat. It took me back to a time when there was actually something called the Hip-Hop Nation and there was some sense of unification amongst the rap audience, even if we didn’t always agree with one another.

Anyone else got any record-buying memories?