Ghostface Killah names his “favourite rapper of all time”
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Ghostface Killah names his "favourite rapper of all time"

Ghostface Killah was integral to the Wu-Tang Clan movement in the 1990s and rose to fame alongside his counterparts, such as RZA, Method Man and Raekwon, who learnt everything they know on the projects of Staten Island.

Ghostface was raised in the Stapleton Houses of Staten Island and was one of the first people that RZA drafted into the Clan after the original three members (RZA, GZA and ODB) decided to transform the trio into a larger, more formidable nine-member crew.

The emcee (real name Dennis Coles) was a significant contributor to the collective’s debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), and is widely considered a New York legend. As a solo artist and Clan member, Coles has released an unfathomable amount of music.

In a 2022 interview and profile written by Billboard magazine, Ghostface Killah spoke about his childhood growing up in the desolate New York borough of Staten Island. While hanging out in the studio with RZA and Raekwon, RZA (real name Robert Diggs) explained how he was the only thoroughbred Staten Islander in the Clan, stating, “Out of all the Wu-Tang members, Ghost was born on Staten Island. A lot of us, we migrated. He’s a pure Staten Islander.” 

While reminiscing about the New York underground hip-hop scene in the 1990s, and, in particular, the positive relationship that certain Clan members had with the stars of Queensbridge, Nas and Mobb Deep’s Prodigy and Havoc. 

Raekwon first revealed this underground coalition in an interview with Vulture magazine, in which he explained, “I happen to have a good relationship with those guys, Mobb Deep. At that time, there was a Queens and Shaolin thing going on. Nas was my good friend as well, and we was chilling.”

In 1995, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Nas all linked up for a track entitled ‘Verbal Intercourse’ which was featured on Raekwon’s legendary  Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. However, following the turn of the millennium, the Queensbridge-Staten Island connection began to decline. 

Years later, in 2022, Wu-Tang Clan joined Nas on his NY State of Mind tour and prior to their performances, Ghostface told Billboard magazine, “Expect bombs. It’s gonna be beautiful because Nas is my favourite rapper of all time. Him and Genius [GZA] are my favourite rappers, but Nas is that Golden Child.” 

In fact, Ghostface Killah has such respect for Nas that on May 10th, he released a single and music video featuring the Illmatic legend. Entitled ‘Scar Tissue’ it is the last single of his latest album, Set The Tone (Guns & Roses).

You can listen to Ghostface’s ‘Scar Tissue’ below.