I had a brother named Scotty Watt. His name is Jackpot, but his name was Scotty Watt then. Actually, we started rhyming at the same time out in Shaolin â€“ we were in the 6th grade. I taught him, he always gives me credit for that. When I moved from Shaolin in like â€˜80, â€˜81, â€™82, his name was all over that borough. This was before Meth and Rae and them started â€“ Rae and Deck lived there all those years also. They went to the same elementary school I went to. They were just a couple of years younger, but theyâ€™ll speak about Jackpot, Scotty Watt. (*Editors Note:* Finally that RZA lyric from the first Gravediggaz album makes sense! â€œWhen Jackpot Watt was hot, I was notâ€ Also, Ghostface on Supreme Clientele makes the reference â€œwatch me dolly dick it / Scotty Watty cop it to meâ€) I wish that brother could have had some of this success also. He used to say some of my lyrics. One of his most famous rhymes in Shaolin was my rhyme. I was always in the back like that. Always at the front of the ropes at the block parties watching everybody else rock, but donâ€™t want to get on. Then at one point I didnâ€™t like my voice. I didnâ€™t mature young as far as my voice and going through puberty so when me and Scotty Watt used to make tapes I ainâ€™t never like my voice. His voice was coming through sounding right so I had a little complex and I played the back until it was time for me to step up.
TSS Presents Smoking Sessions With Ghostface Killah
“Smoking Sessions With…” By TC on October 9, 2009 at 1:30 pm
Ghostface Killah bites his tongue for no one. If he said it, he meant it, simple as that. Still red-hot from doing his part in fellow Wu-brethren Raekwonâ€™s critically-acclaimed Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II, Tony Starks is proceeding with his solo career without delay, releasing the colorful Ghostdini: The Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City.
In this extremely candid interview with TSS Crewâ€™s TC, Ghost revels in his maturity as an artist, explains why fans should respect his latest musical endeavor and his future label plans. If you think the album is poetic, wait tilâ€™ you get a load of his candor.
TSS: So on Ghostdini: Wizard Of Poetry, youâ€™re delving in the â€œBack Like That,â€ â€œNever Be The Same Again,â€ â€œWildflower,â€ â€œLove Sessionsâ€ territory, correct?
Ghostface Killah: (Laughs) Yeah, itâ€™s literally all of that. Thereâ€™s nothing but poetry on that shit with all the different topics. Itâ€™s just something a nigga been always wanting to do. You know this will be my last album over here on Def Jam. So I was on some olâ€™ â€œYo, you know what? I gave my fans samples, since â€˜92â€¦I did albums Bâ€¦I never really seen no money off the shit.â€ Just so my fans could fuck around and love me for my music as far as my lyrics. And I never got nothing from a bunch of â€˜emâ€¦even as far as being in the red. And when I mean being in the red, I mean not recouping! Doing a bunch of other shit to make it right.
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The Streets Is Talking: News and Notes From the Underground
“I think it’s a great idea,” RZA said of Raekwon, Ghostface and Method Man teaming up. “I was pushing that idea to them years ago. Back in the day, we was gonna have a branch called ‘The Brothers From the Grain’ that was kinda those guys right there. I’m gonna see Meth tonight in the studio to see if I could add on something to that project. Add some depth to it. They are three of the most prolific voices in Wu-Tang. Ghost would call it ‘Three the Hard Way Doing Their Thing.’ ”
RZA says the Clan are at a point where everybody is strong individually, which makes it even greater when they combine.
“We’re at a period of life, if anybody from Wu-Tang needs me, I’m there for them,” he elaborated. “Everybody has grown and matured to where we don’t need each other. … Everybody is now independent, and sometimes we become what I call interdependent. We don’t need each other, but it’s good to work with each other and use each other’s energy for the whole brand and the whole Clan. U-God reached out to me and said, ‘I want you to produce my whole album.’ I’m like, ‘It’s all good.’ When I worked [on Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II] with Raekwon, he was like, ‘How much you gonna charge me?’ I said, ‘It’s on the house, baby. Just give me my publishing. My rights. But you don’t have to give me no money to work with you, baby.’ ”
MSTRKRFT – Word Up ft. Ghostface
How come he keeps up ending on these dancing remixes he does not work along with? Or something like that. He didn’t know Kubus and rarely listened to dance.
All Natural – Liquid Paper
All Natural is one of the most consistent, talented, enterprising, and
long-lasting crews in Chicago, but you probably already know that. In the Early 90s they got a deal with Wildpitch, but the label folded before they had a chance to officially release anything. They didnâ€™t let that slow them down. They kept themselves in the lab knocking out material and a couple years later they came out on their label and their own terms. Stepping back a bit to â€˜94, right around the time Wildpitch was going out of business, 950 AM â€œRap Radioâ€ converted to 106 Jamz FM and switches up the format a bit to include some more R&B but still is primarily a Rap station. I believe they were trying to compete with WGCI (the markets Top Dog R&B station). As I recall the best part about 106 Jamz was the show hosted by Pinkhouse (R.I.P) with Tone B Nimble on the wheels (respect goes out to The First Lady!).
This all ultimately leads to â€œLiquid Paperâ€. However, hereâ€™s where some of the details get a lil gray to me, hopefully someone else remembers something and can clarify. Anyway, Pinkhouse and Tone were doing some sort â€œbenefitâ€ show at Operation Push. They had Ghostface and Raekwon on the bill. I was promoting the King Just record and tried to get him involved (I canâ€™t remember if he actually performed??) and had him in town to promote his album at the same time. Sometime before the show, everyone is hanging out in front of the venue. Ghost, Rae, King Just, members of their entourage, a bunch of local cats and fans. Iâ€™m right there but just sort of laying back cause Iâ€™m not really mingling or whatever. All the sudden thereâ€™s the â€œsoundâ€ of gunshots and dudes (I assume they are the ones â€œshootingâ€) running out from the trees. Of course, everyone around me is running and ducking. I remember Raekwon doing a action movie type dive to the side of the van which was impressive…ha. I didnâ€™t run, not because Iâ€™m a tough guy, but because I didnâ€™t know where the bullets where come from and I wasnâ€™t trying to run into them so I figured Iâ€™m safest there until I figured it all out then it died down real quick.
As expected after that tensions where high. Ghostface gave a speech to the people hanging around that if they were going to be there it wasnâ€™t just on some fan sh**, they better be watching their backs…I feel that. Anyway, I guess due to all the confusion and stress they got the idea that they shouldnâ€™t be rocking for free or should be getting paid more money if they are getting shot at….ha. I mean I see the â€œlogic of convenienceâ€ in that but a deal is a deal right? Anyway, thereâ€™s all sorts of tension and all that going on. They finally go on and during the show something goes haywire and all the sudden itâ€™s an all out riot. Iâ€™m backstage watching the show thru the security door. When it goes crazy the security guards literally go â€œwell itâ€™s Midnight, weâ€™re off dutyâ€ and leave!! I mean I know they didnâ€™t sign on for a right but damn! People are going crazy and trying to get backstage and itâ€™s utter chaos. The guard leaves from blocking the door so I rush to the door and try to hold it close because I donâ€™t know who is trying to come back there and Iâ€™m not trying to be caught up in a all out riot. Plus for all I know itâ€™s fools with guns or whatever (sure I guess they couldâ€™ve shot thru the door but whatever….ha). Anyway, itâ€™s a pretty crazy night. I canâ€™t remember all the details….I probably purposefully erased them from the brain….ha.
Later that year, Genius drops â€œLiquid Swordsâ€ and has the track â€œ4th Chamberâ€ which features Ghostface and he drops, â€œstay windy in Chicago….Promoters try to hold dough, give me mine before I wrap you up in so and soâ€… One would guess that is in response to the Operation Push show. Apparently All Natural felt so too and they responded with â€œLiquid Paperâ€.
I donâ€™t know how much this song got out there or if they ever officially squashed it with Ghost. I do know that Cap D absolutely kills it! The word play is simply excellent. They flip the â€œDaytonaâ€ beat and go for the throat.
*Side jewel: I also remember when Ghost and Rae were in town the only thing I heard them play
in their tour van was Smoothe Da Hustler â€œBroken Languageâ€ and some Wu Tang R&B remix
they had just done…canâ€™t remember what joint it was though.
One of those rare collector gems among Wu-Tang fans, besides the bobby Digital movie, is the Canadian version of Supreme Clientele. The sophomore effort of one Wu-Tang’s most acclaimed members. In itself it holds the saving of Wu-Tang at the end of the millennium. When the solo projects just were not cutting it up like they were five years before. It was all too much and not on par with the Wu-Tang batting average.
This version of the album includes the song Wise (In The Rain). A genuine Ghostface song in the sense of All That I Got Is You, dedicated to a deceased friend. And according to a Swedish interview GHost even cried in the booth while recording it, just so you know.
Besides that It has the famous Canadian Bastards Version of Ghost Deini. It uses the Ruthless Bastards beat from The Swarm. A track which many say it better than the released one.
And no Wu-Tang album is complete without a completely fucked up tracklist. So none of the skits are mentioned and songs go on for nine minutes. Add to your collection in a digital form right here.
All Kudos for this gem go to Pattch82 over at the WTC
Radio rips got that authentic sound. It only works to boost this track. Crazy feeling hearing the first second of this. Shit, this is what everybody wanted to hear on 8 Diagrams. Rae even delivers a spark to me.
Raekwon – Untitled ft. Ghostface & Method Man
N.A.S.A. – Strange Enough ft. Karen O, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, & Fatlip
Looks like the album leaked.
Q-Tip – Renaissance Rap (Remix) ft. Busta Rhymes, Raekwon & Lil’ Wayne
Finally that record got released.
Raekwon, Ghostface & Crooked I – Yes Sir