Throwback Thursdays Vol 14

Ghostface Killah: One ninth of the hardcore, street sounds of the Wu Tang Clan. So I’m going to drop some heavy, rapid-fire Ghost track from perhaps Supreme Clientele? Or maybe the high-energy Run with Jadakiss from his Pretty Toney album? I could have. They do after all depict Ghost as we have come to know and love.

You know me by now though; that would be too easy. This is a show stopper. A real classic…

Ghostface Killah (feat Mary J Blige) – All That I Got Is You

After the dark and harsh, RZA-crafted preceding fourteen tracks on Ghost’s Ironman debut this is something which comes right out of the blue. After a quick intro, not dissimilar to elsewhere on the LP, the beat drops and in an instant it is recognisable as a remake of The Jackson 5’s Maybe Tomorrow. Ghost shouts out to “all the families that went through the struggle” before Mary J sets him up with a quick rendition of the hook. Ghost steps onto centre stage and spits some of the most heartfelt, tear-provoking lyrics certainly I’ve ever heard. He reminisces of his Mother’s struggle when he was growing up, his Father leaving early on and the tough times that his family had to endure living in poverty. It’s a powerful song and Mary’s vocals complement Ghost’s short bars:

“Sadly, daddy left me at the age of six
I didn’t know nuttin but mommy neatly packed his shit
She cried, and grandma held the family down
I guess mommy wasn’t strong enough, she just went down…

…But I remember this, mom’s would lick her finger tips
To wipe the cold out my eye before school wit her spit
Case worker had her runnin back to face to face
I caught a case, housin tried to throw us out of our place
Sometimes I look up at the stars and analyze the sky
And ask myself was I meant to be here… why?”

Ghostface did what no Wu member had done before and that was give us an insight into him as a person. He went beyond the thematic/concept scope of Ironman, beyond the story-telling hip-hop, beyond his peers and what we all expected of him. He took us straight into his heart and then cemented his place in hip-hop history in the process.

Murray’s BDK Rating:ger

Up Next Week…

After my disappointment that there was no Big Punisher on the site, I’m now paranoid I’ve not covered all the essential artists yet. I’m now frantically scrapping through my iTunes making playlists of everyone I need to cover ASAP. Next up is a group who helped form the East Coast scene in the very early years. It’s another soulful number and one of my favourite of theirs.

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