Wu-Tang's Iron Man sums up his move to Def Jam succinctly: "Same music, different label." For Tony Starks's legions of fans, those four words should bring dope music to their ears-literally. Yep, Ghost is back with his fourth solo LP, The Pretty Toney Album, and ain't nothing changed but the imprint. Nearly three years have passed since 2001's Bulletproof Wallets, and Ghost is anxious to inject his lyrical wizardry back into the rap game. "When you get something real vintage and out of the ordinary, best believe that shit gonna stand out," says the Staten Island native. "That's how I try to keep my music."

A quick check of his resumé makes it clear that Ghostface's music always makes a splash. From his 1996 debut Ironman, to 2000's epic Supreme Clientele, to his last release Wallets, Ghost has more front-to-back classic albums than most rappers have singles. Add his appearances from the Wu-Tang galaxy of hits on songs like "Can It Be All So Simple," and "Ice Cream" and it's no idle boast when Ghost describes himself as "one of the most creative niggas in the game." What sets the Wally Champ apart from other MCs is his inimitable style. "I'll make a n'gga cry in a minute. I'll make you happy. I'll make a bitch wanna fuck you," says Ghost. "Those are my techniques. And that's the advantage I have over a lot of MCs, because a lot of them is stuck so much in one way, once they try to come out of that realm, people might not take them seriously. I'm a universal rapper."

On The Pretty Toney Album, Ghost's mastery of ceremony is on full display. For the RZA-produced scorcher "Run," featuring Jadakiss, Ghost concocts an incredibly vivid chase scene while finding inspiration from a fellow Clan member on the hook. "I always loved Cappadonna's 'Run.' When I heard the RZA beat and I wrote a few verses to it, it just seemed like I was running from the cops," he says. "Great minds think alike."

As in his past classics, Ghost digs deep in the crates for "a lot of old fly shit" by acts like The Moments and Sylvia Robinson on various Pretty Toney interludes. "Those are the records that turned me into the man I am today," says Ghost. "I wish the niggas that made those beats would make beats for me nowadays, because that's real soul."

Ghost gets his wish on the mixtape favorite "Holla," where he unveils a new style by rapping over the Delfonics' ballad "La La Means I Love You"-not a sample, but the entire song. "'That's another one of my babies," he says. "It goes beyond the words. I rhymed over them without being distracted."

On records like "Holla" and "Tony's Masquerade," where producer K-Def creatively flips the David Porter sample that Biggie made famous on "Who Shot Ya," Ghost drops the type of eccentric lyrical gems that have earned him status as a cult favorite. "When I paint the picture, you're seeing my mind right there. Muthafuckas might not understand what I say, but I rhyme for myself before I rhyme for the people," says Ghost. "'Cause yo, this is my art. I sat here and did this. All I need is the music. With the right music in my face, I can do anything."

And as 2000's club hit "Cherchez La Ghost" proved, Ghost can move more than just your mind. He wrote Pretty Toney's booming lead single, "Toosh," with a certain club diva in mind. "I heard the record and it sounded real big to me, so I damaged that shit and begged Missy to get on it," says Ghost. "She loved it the first time she heard it, and she just went in and did it."

Whether it's heard in the club or in your headphones, The Pretty Toney Album proves that Ghostface's run of instant classic is far from over. "I'm not going nowhere for a minute," says Ghost. "I see myself rhyming until I'm 70... not saying I'm gonna be putting out records and all that, but this is a gift from God." And like a star player traded to a new team, Ghost is ready to show and prove for Def Jam. "I ain't finish balling out yet," he says with a smile. "This is the beginning." 
Name: Ghostface
Real Name:
Dennis Coles
Label: Def Jam
Web: www.ghostface.com

  1. Wu-Tang Clan
Motherless Child - 1996 [Promo CD]
Camay - 1996 [Promo CD]
Iron Maiden - 1996 [12" Single]
Ironman - 1996 [Album]
All That I Got Is You - 1997 [CD Single]
Mighty Healthy - 1999 [Promo CD]
Apollo Kids - 1999 [Promo CD]
Cobra Clutch - 1999 [12" Single]
Supreme Clientele - 2000 [Album]
Buck 50 - 2000 [12" Single]
One - 2000 [Promo CD]
One - 2000 [Promo 12"]
Cherchez LaGhost - 2000 [CD Single]
Never Be The Same Again - 2001 [Promo CD]
Flowers - 2001 [12" Single]
Ghost Showers - 2001 [Promo 12"]
Ghost Showers - 2001 [Promo CD]
Bulletproof Wallets - 2001 [Album]
Ghost Showers - 2002 [12" Single]
Ghost Showers - 2002 [CD Single]
Shaolin's Finest - 2003 [Album]
The Rain - 2004 [Promo 12"]
The Drummer - 2004 [Promo 12"]
Run - 2004 [Promo 12"]
Run - 2004 [Promo CD]
Push - 2004 [Promo CD]
Tush - 2004 [12" Single]
Pretty Toney - 2004 [Album]
  1. The Sun (2003)
    • ft. Raekwon, Slick Rick, RZA
  2. The Splash (2003)
  3. Holla (2003)
  4. Ghost Deini (Original Version) (2003)
    • ft. Superb
  5. Flowers (Original Version) (2003)
    • ft. Method Man, Raekwon, Superb
  6. Child's Play (Canadian Version) (2003)
  7. Set It Off (2003)
    • ft. Trife
  8. Run (2003)
    • ft. Jadakiss
  9. Ghostface (2003)
  10. Love Don't Cost A Thing (Remix) (Mixtape) (2003)
    • ft. Jennifer Lopez
  11. Wise (In The Rain) (2003)
  12. The Watch (2003)
    • ft. Raekwon
  13. The Forest (Original) (Mixtape) (2003)
    • ft. Raekwon
  14. Milk Crates (2003)
  15. Iron Maiden (Remix) (Mixtape) (2003)
    • ft. Raekwon, Cappadonna
  16. Wise (In The Rain) (Original Version) (Mixtape) (2003)
    • ft. Stevie J, Mr Dalvin
  17. Good Times (2003)
    • ft. Raekwon, Lord Superb
  18. Freestyle (Mixtape) (2003)
  19. Get My Dough/Tony's Money (2003)
  20. Girls Callin' (Mixtape) (2003)
    • ft. Elephant Man
  21. Who's The Champion (2003)
    • ft. RZA
  22. Wake Up (Mixtape) (2003)
    • ft. Ashanti, Solomon Childs
  23. Run (Remix) (2003)
    • ft. Jadakiss, Comp
  24. Me, Myself & I (Remix) (2003)
    • ft. Beyoncé
  25. Got Gats (2004)
    • ft. Theodore Unit
  26. Smith Bros. (2004)
    • ft. Trife
  27. My Guitar (2004)
  28. Freestyle (Hell On Earth) (Mixtape) (2004)
    • ft. Theodore Unit
  29. Freestyle (You're A Customer) (Mixtape) (2004)
    • ft. Trife, Beanie Sigel
  30. Love (Mixtape) (2004)
    • ft. Musiq
  31. Ooh Wee (2004)
    • ft. Trife, Saigon, Nate Dogg
  32. Paychecks (2004)
    • ft. Trife
  33. Rain On Me (Remix) (2004)
    • ft. Ashanti
  34. Break Up 2 Make Up (Remix) (2004)
    • ft. Ashanti, Solomon Childs
  35. The Drummer (2004)
    • ft. Method Man, Streetlife, Trife
  36. Hot & Wet (Remix) (2004)
    • ft. 112
  37. Ghost Heard It Before (2004)
  38. Gorilla Hood (2004)
    • ft. Solomon Childs
  39. Good Times Pt. 2 (2004)
    • ft. Lord Superb
  40. Summertime (Remix) (2004)
    • ft. Beyoncé
  41. Put It On The Line (2005)
    • ft. Trife Da God • Album 718 Stapleton to Somalia
  42. Cocaine Trafficing (2005)
    • ft. Trife Da God • Album 718 Stapleton to Somalia
  43. Be Easy (2005)
    • Producer Pete Rock
 Ghostface NEWS  
  1. New R&B album by Ghostface – Ghostdini the Wizard of Poetry (2009-09-09)
  2. Method Man, RZA, Ghostface Killah are planning a joint album (2009-07-26)
  3. Raekwon, Ghostface & Method, Redman rock the bells! (2008-05-19)
  4. Ghostface Killah live! (2007-10-24)
  5. Ghostface Killah announces tour and new album (2007-10-11)
  6. Meet Ghostface @ The Cop Shop (2006-12-10)
  7. Ghostface Killah - More Fish - Out Next Week (2006-12-08)
  8. Ever wanted to play with Ghostface? (2006-09-19)
  9. Ghostface & T Unit In London (2006-09-05)
  10. Ghostface: New York Lost The Crown (2006-05-09)
  11. Ghostface, Fish And Grits (2006-03-20)
  12. Ghostface On Vibe Magazine (2006-02-05)
  13. Ghostface to appear in store at Fat Beats (2006-02-01)
  14. Ghostface & Trife - Put It On The Line CD/DVD tracklist (2005-11-05)
  15. Ghostface & Trife CD/DVD coming soon (2005-10-29)
  16. A cool Ghostface/GTA:SA download (2005-10-27)
  17. GhostFace & MF Doom - Mass Appeal Interview (2005-10-25)
  18. New Ghostface... produced by Pete Rock (2005-09-15)
  19. Ghostface Returns With New Album Fish Scale This December! (2005-09-08)
  20. Ghostface & Trife Present 718: Stapleton to Somalia (2005-09-06)
  21. Ghostface's Theodore Unit About To Emerge (2004-07-01)
  22. Ghostface's hip-hop continues to appeal (2004-06-24)
  23. Ghostface On The Cover of The Source (2004-06-14)
  24. Ghostface: Jesus Walks (2004-06-09)
  25. Ghostface To Rock Summer Tours (2004-06-03)
  26. Ghostface: Change Gon’ Come (2004-06-02)
  27. Ghostface joins tour with Snoop Dogg & Linkin Park (2004-05-04)
  28. Ghostface debuting at No. 6 (2004-05-03)
  29. Ghostface performed for the Old School in NYC (2004-04-29)
  30. Ghostface's 'Toney' is pretty supreme. (2004-04-10)
  31. Ghostface website launched (2004-04-09)
  32. Ghostface: On why rap sucks (2004-04-09)
  33. Ghostface release party relocated (2004-04-06)
  34. Love, Ghostface's newest joint pushed forward (2004-03-21)
  35. Ghostface Website (2004-03-13)
  36. Ghostface videos on Wu-Tang Corp. (2004-03-12)
  37. More Theodore Unit & Ghostface news from Wigs (2004-03-07)
  38. New Trife & Ghostface album (2004-03-06)
  39. Ghostface Talks Mixtapes: The Good and The Bad (2004-02-25)
  40. Ghostface seeking to open school in Africa, launches film company (2004-02-03)
  41. Ghostface Killah confirms Wu-Tang Clan will reunite in 2004 (2003-12-01)
  42. Ghostface to give away 1000 sleeping bags to homeless (2003-11-20)
  43. Ghostface, RZA and others explain the game (2003-11-03)
  44. Ghostface Killah wins copyright infringement case (2003-10-28)
  45. Ghostface speaks on the state of Hip-Hop (2003-10-15)
  46. Ghostface, Method Man, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck news... (2003-05-30)
  47. Ghostface shows ingenuity, love for Soul on Pretty Tony (2003-04-21)
  48. Ghostface Resurfaces (2003-02-17)

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