Ghostface Relives ‘Wisdom Body,’ Talks Wu-Tang Rifts
"My lyricism is crazy different from people, because I got style. I have swagger in my rhymes," Ghostface Killah told AOL Music during a taping of an exclusive 16 Bars freestyle segment in our New York studios. "I swing from a different web than a lot of these other emcees."
This emcee certainly moves to the beat of his own drum, as he proved when he delved into his illustrious career to pull out a 12-year-old rhyme, polish it and spit over Jay-Z's 'Girls, Girls, Girls.'
Before breaking into the verse, he contributed to fellow Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon's 'Wisdom Body,' off 1995's 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx,' Ghostface explained the importance of freestyle and admitted that he prefers to put his rhymes down on paper.
"Freestyling is important to me because it exercises your darts ... exercises your mind. It gets you ready. And it's always good to exercise," he said. "A lot of brothers that come off the head, I respect them for that ... I'm not good at coming off the head ... you have to think really fast and know what you're getting ready to say, and that's like an art within itself, other than writing."
After laying down his verse, the rapper took a moment to discuss the recent bad blood among Wu-Tang members and shed some light on why he doesn't completely support Wu's new album, '8 Diagrams.'
"It's just been a lot of ... a lot of bulls---. There been a lot of salty things going on that's not right within the circle, but fans don't really know this," the rapper confessed to us. "Money issues been a problem for the longest. We try to stay so tight where we don't even try to let nobody know what's going on within the circle because you're family. But it's like, enough is enough."
Ghostface's biggest gripe seems to be the handling of the late Ol' Dirty Bastard. And the rapper made no attempt to hold back his feelings.
"It's like, Ol' Dirty passed away, like, two or three years ago, and we supposed to have a tribute to Ol' Dirty," he said. "But it was supposed to [have] been an album that was coming out that never came out, you feel me? So we go back, two or three years ago, when [RZA] gave me the music, I'm like, OK, we'll handle it, you know, on our own time if this album's gonna be out for real," Ghostface explained. "So now, I come to find out that they put that song that they wanted brothers to do a long time ago on this new album, but my verse ain't up there. And I feel really insulted."
Wu-Tang's troubles aren't the only thing that frustrate the emcee. While discussing his new album, 'The Big Doe Rehab,' Ghostface talked about his expectations for his seventh solo project.
"If I can just reach a couple of heads, man, and, you know, of course everybody always trying to sell records, but the industry is so messed up right now, rap music, every music, man, we in last place. This downloading is killing people." The rapper sincerely added, "I been doing [this] for a long time, making my albums, not just for me but for y'all to see them. So ... let's help each other, man."
Check out Ghostface's performance and interview after the jump.