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Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Turns 20

At this past year’s Coachella festival, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, the only heritage rappers on the whole weekend’s bill, came out to a loud mid-afternoon reception on one of the two main stages. But when they told the crowd that they’d be performing all of Rae’s 1995 album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, I don’t… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 31, 2015 - 9:11 am

Ghostface Killah To Action Bronson: “Who Gives You The Right To Even Mention My Name?”

In an interview back in May, Ghostface Killah commented on the frequent comparisons that have arisen between his voice and Action Bronson’s. Then, he said that he also mistook Bronson’s voice for his own once, but didn’t seem to hold much ill will towards the rapper. His tune has changed recently, though, after Bronson appearedMore »

By: James Rettig / July 20, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Stream Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge Twelve Reasons To Die II

Next week, Ghostface Killah will release Twelve Reasons To Die II, his third album in eight months after 36 Seasons and his BADBADNOTGOOD collab Sour Soul. It’s also a sequel to 2013’s Twelve Reasons To Die, and here he continues the story he began to tell with cinematic rap composer Adrian Younge two years ago. More »

By: James Rettig / July 3, 2015 - 10:08 am

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – “Get The Money” (Feat. Vince Staples)

Wu-Tang legend Ghostface Killah is about to come out with Twelve Reasons To Die II, his third album in about eight months. Like 2013’s original Twelve Reasons To Die, this one is a fantastical rap opera that pairs Ghost up with the soul-funk composer Adrian Younge. We’ve already posted “Return Of The Savage,” with Raekwo… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 22, 2015 - 10:34 am

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – “Let The Record Spin” (Feat. Raekwon)

Ghostface Killah teamed up with the cinematic soul bandleader Adrian Younge for the rap opera Twelve Reasons To Die two years ago, and now they’re back with its sequel. Twelve Reasons To Die II is coming next month, and we’ve already posted “Return Of The Savage,” featuring Raekwon and album narrator RZA. And now Ghost… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 10, 2015 - 10:28 am

Adult Swim Announces 2015 Singles Series With Danny Brown, Chromatics, Run The Jewels, FlyLo, Sia x SOPHIE, & More

Adult Swim’s annual singles series is back for the sixth time starting next week, and as usual the Cartoon Network offshoot has rounded up an enviable collection of acts to participate. Among the presumed highlights on this year’s schedule are a Danny Brown/Clams Casino collab, SOPHIE remixing Sia, and new tracks from Slayer, Run The… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 5, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Ghostface Killah Sometimes Mistakes Action Bronson’s Voice For His Own

Action Bronson sounds a lot like Ghostface Killah. The comparison used to come up in just about every Bronson review, in part because the resemblance is so strong that some listeners have occasionally confused the two NYC rappers. Turns out one of those confused parties is Ghostface himself. Pitchfork points to a Vlad TV interview… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 21, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – “Return Of The Savage” (Feat. Raekwon & RZA)

In 2013, Ghostface Killah teamed up with the psychedelic-soul producer and composer Adrian Younge to make Twelve Reasons To Die, a rap opera about a legendary killer who gains his power from 12 vinyl records, or something. It was good! And now they’re doing it again. Ghostface and Younge will release Twelve Reasons To DieMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 18, 2015 - 9:35 am

Raekwon & Ghostface Will Review Your Mixtape If You Contribute $200 To Their Documentary

As the great Wu-Tang resurgence continues, Raekwon has announced plans to crowdfund a film about his debut solo album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… This August will mark the 20th anniversary of the tape’s release, and the video will use interviews with industry professionals, musicians, and journalists about the album’s ongoing legacy. According to theMore »

By: Caitlin White / March 9, 2015 - 5:47 pm

Stream BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah’s Sour Soul

The experimental jazz of BADBABDNOTGOOD has long communed with hip-hop, post-punk, and other genres, but their latest album is a full-blown collaboration with the legendary Staten Island rapper Ghostface Killah. As one of the fiercest forces in the Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface brings his unrelenting East Coast flow to the sinister, splintered soundtrack provided by the… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 20, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Watch Fans Beat Up A Heckler At A Ghostface Killah Show

If you’re making a list of good places to start shit, “Ghostface/Raekwon performance at an Amarillo, Texas tattoo convention” should probably be somewhere down near the bottom of the list. At a recent show, someone had to figure that out the hard way. Rae and Ghost were onstage at an Amarillo convention when Ghost got… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 5, 2015 - 1:19 pm

Raekwon & Ghostface Announce Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Documentary At Sundance

Raekwon and Ghostface Killah hosted a preview “#PurpleCarpet” screening yesterday at the Sundance Music Festival. At the screening, they previewed a trailer for The Purple Tape Files, which is a documentary detailing the making of Raekwon’s debut solo album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. The album will celebrate its twentieth anniversary later this year. No… More »

By: James Rettig / January 25, 2015 - 4:17 pm

BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – “Ray Gun” (Feat. DOOM) Video (Feat. Left Brain)

The new album Sour Soul is a collaborative team-up from Staten Island rap legend Ghostface Killah and young Toronto jazz combo BADBADNOTGOOD. On the song “Ray Gun,” they bring in Ghost’s old friend DOOM, and it’s the first time these two have traded lines in way too long. Ghost and DOOM don’t show up for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 23, 2015 - 10:27 am

BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – “Ray Gun” (Feat. DOOM)

Ghostface Killah has been saying that his long-awaited collaborative album with fellow classicist obscuritan DOOM will finally see release in 2015. We’ll see! But we already know that Ghost has another collaborative album coming out this year: Sour Soul, with the Toronto jazz group BADBADNOTGOOD (and that’s only a few months after Ghost’s last album… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2015 - 11:14 am

Watch Ghostface Killah Play The Tonight Show Without The Roots

Rappers who perform on The Tonight Show have a unique opportunity: They get to rap in front of the Roots, probably the greatest live rap band of all time. Ghostface Killah evidently doesn’t care. Last night, he was on The Tonight Show with a live band, but that live band was not the Roots, who… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2015 - 9:44 am

Ghostface Killah – “Love Don’t Live Here No More” Video (Feat. Michael K. Williams)

About a week ago, Ghostface Killah released a new album called 36 Seasons, a narrative rap-opera piece about a masked vigilante out for revenge. At the beginning of the story, on the song “Love Don’t Live Here No More,” Ghostface’s character returns to his neighborhood after nine years and tries to pick back up with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2014 - 2:50 pm

Album Of The Week: Ghostface Killah 36 Seasons

The first time I interviewed Ghostface Killah, I waited four hours at the “Back Like That” video shoot for a 10-minute sit-down. This was mostly OK. I got to see the rap-promotions machine in action just before that machine rusted into dust. I got to see Ghostface and Ne-Yo standing on flowerpot risers on the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 9, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Vice Turns 20 Party Brings Insane Lineup Feat. Karen O, Lil Wayne, Stephen Malkmus, Pussy Riot, Jonah Hill & Spike Jonze, Jarvis Cocker, Many More To Brooklyn Tomorrow

Vice is throwing an invite-only party tomorrow night in Brooklyn to celebrate their 20th anniversary, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner — who will be part of the house band along with Andrew Wyatt, Pauli PSM, and Jack Lawrence — posted the lineup for the event on his Twitter account tonight. It’s pretty crazy:… More »

By: James Rettig / December 4, 2014 - 8:57 pm

Stream Ghostface Killah 36 Seasons

Tomorrow, the Wu-Tang Clan will release A Better Tomorrow, their long-awaited reunion-of-sorts album. Many of the album’s best moments belong to Ghostface Killah. And just a week after that album drops, Ghost will release his own 36 Seasons full-length, a concept album about a superhero out for vengeance. Ghost recorded the whole band with the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 1, 2014 - 10:25 am

Ghostface Killah – “Blood On The Streets” (Feat. AZ)

Ghostface Killah has been voted the rapper most likely to release a concept album about a vigilante superhero driven by revenge every year since 1994, and now he’s doing it. 36 Seasons comes out in a couple of weeks, and we’ve posted the early tracks “Love Don’t Live Here No More,” “The Battlefield,” and “DoubleMore »

By: Tom Breihan / November 24, 2014 - 12:32 pm
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