Breakdown FM-Ghostface Killah: Mature, Focused and Elevating Hip Hop

Ghostface Killah: Mature, Focused and Elevating Hip Hop

By Davey D

original article: March 26 2006

We sat down with Wu member Ghostface Killah and had an enlightening conversation about the current state of Hip Hop, the role he now needs to play as a rapper and as a Black man trying to uplift the community and his new album ‘Fishscales’.

Ghostface talks about the big changes he’s made in his life including giving up weed and becoming diabetic. He talks about how he’s become more mature and focused and how he has made a committment to reach out beyond the usual crime and murder raps that put him on the map.

His new album definitely has songs in that vein, but he’s clearly pushed the envelope with great results. During our interview Ghostafce goes into depth about the types of maturity level he wants Hip Hop to reach and how we all have to be aware of the impact we are having on kids. He also talks about the types of steps we need to take in terms of uplifting women and holding up our responsibilities in order to make sure they have an easier road especially when it comes to raising kids..

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Prime Time Still Eludes Brawling Hip-Hop Mixtape Awards

Justo Faison

Justo Faison

Halfway through Justo’s Eighth Annual Mixtape Awards on Wednesday night in the basement of Club Speeed in Midtown, the microphone was passed to Loon, the sleepy-voiced rapper who records for P. Diddy’s record label, Bad Boy. After paying tribute to the gathered D.J.’s and rapperati, he demanded to know why the awards ceremony “ain’t televised nationally.”

A few minutes later, Loon had his answer when an attempt to clear the stage for a performance nearly erupted into a brawl. (Last year’s ceremony, at the Hammerstein Ballroom, was cut short by a backstage fight.) Through an impressive combination of exhortation, cajoling and threats, a truce was negotiated, and the show went on — and on and on. The last award was given out just before 1 a.m., nearly five hours after the announced start time.

This was a fittingly contentious and chaotic celebration of hip-hop mixtapes and the men (and it is nearly always men) who make them. Compilations of rare and unreleased tracks, nowadays on CD despite the name, they occupy a gray area between bootlegs and official releases.

The paradigmatic mixtape success story is that of 50 Cent, who used appearances on mixtapes to make himself a star, and now lots of up-and-coming rappers are hoping to duplicate his success.

This was one awards show that wasn’t dominated by acceptance speeches. DJ Whoo Kid won the top prize, best mixtape D.J., but he was nowhere to be found. And when DJ Lazy K won best female D.J., she limited herself to a couple of sentences, cheered on by members of her all-female crew, the Murda Mamis.

There were appearances by Fat Joe and Chingy and brief performances by the R & B singer Teedra Moses and the veteran hip-hop duo Mobb Deep. But the evening’s most enthusiastic applause was for Ghostface Killah, the Wu-Tang Clan’s best and wildest rapper, who tore through his frantic current single, “Run,” which has been a mixtape staple for the last few months.

Mixtape D.J.’s have been helped immeasurably by hip-hop’s high-profile feuds: mixtapes are often the only way to stay current on who hates whom. On Wednesday night, just about everyone seemed to be embroiled in some sort of beef. Loon announced that he and DJ KaySlay (known as the Drama King for his beef-centric mixtapes) had settled their differences “like men.”

But other disputes raged on: between hosts, between D.J.’s, between detractors and supporters of Club Speeed, even between rival jewelers. The only consensus was that anything worth doing is worth fighting over.

In the end it was hard not to admire this fighting spirit; after all, cutthroat competition has helped keep hip-hop fresh for almost 30 years.

DJ KaySlay had won the best mixtape DJ award three times in a row, which means he is no longer eligible. But he couldn’t resist grabbing the microphone to announce that he was still hot and that his mixtapes still sold. Whoever disagreed, he said, should “holler at me outside.”


Ole Dirty Bastard Arrested Again

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Hip Hop’s most notorious bad boy Ol’ Dirty Bastard has had happened to him what has taken place at least ten times this year.. He was arrested. This all took place last Thursday in Carson, California.

According to authorities, ODB had threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend. When sheriff deputies caught up with him, he was found scaling the security gate to his ex’s job local.What makes ODB’s situation so interesting is the number of times he has been arrested this year.

One would think that he would be locked up considering all the charges that have been levied against him. There are numerous people who get pulled over and are sent away for not paying off a speeding ticket or some other ‘minor’ infraction. With ODB he’s had all sorts of charges ranging from assault to robbery to failure to appear and yet he still manages to get out and get himself rearrested. The other thing that people are speculating on is whether or not all these run ins with the law are publicity stunts..