In honor of Ghostface Killah’s 43rd birthday, Complex.com published a list profiling Ghost’s favorites from his own extensive solo catalog as well as his band’s work as Wu-Tang Clan and Wu-Block. Looking back to the Staten Island, New Yorker’s first vocal appearance, on 1993’s Wu-Tang Clan debut, Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, Ghost recalled, “My favorite on [Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers] gotta be between ‘Method Man’ and ‘Can It Be All So Simple.’”
Although he was only heard on the outro, Ghost noted that his fellow Wu swordsman stepped into his realm: “‘Method Man’ because at that time, he had so many fuckin’ styles, B. It’s old to us, but if you really sit there and hear the shit that he was saying?” While Ghost loves the “Protect Ya Neck” B-side, he recalled that his Shaolin partner nearly abandoned the style after some brotherly rousing. “[Method Man] got kinda mad. We didn’t really know at that time, but he was like, ‘Y’all the ones that stopped me from rhymin’ [like that].'”
Ghost elaborated, “One day, me and [Raekwon], you know, we’re fuckin’ around, and we took him out of his element. We just snapped on him, like, ‘Yo, what the fuck you doing with that Dr. Seuss rap shit?’ He got kinda mad. We didn’t really know at that time, but he was like, ‘Y’all the ones that stopped me from rhymin’ like that.’ And I be telling him, ‘Go back to that shit.’ That was the witty unpredictable shit.”
Fifteen months later, Method Man, with his now-signature style, released his debut LP, Tical, on Def Jam Records. The album was a Top 5 debut in November, 1994.
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