One of the strengths of the Wu-Tang Clan is the individual talents of each member of the collective, of which Ghostface Killah (aka Tony Starks and Ironman) has been deemed by many as the most consistent, with such hits as Ironman (Razor Sharp/Epic, 1996), Supreme Clientele (Razor Sharp/Epic, 2000), The Pretty Toney Album (Def Jam, 2004), and more recently, Fishscale (Def Jam, 2006) and More Fish (Def Jam, 2006).
In fact, it was Ghostface that unloaded the first licks on Enter the Wu-Tang, spitting fire on “Bring Da Ruckus.”
Ghostface, catch the blast of a hype verse/My Glock bursts, leave in a hearse, I did worse/I come rough, tough like an elephant tusk/Ya head rush, fly like Egyptian musk.
After the success of the Wu-Tang Clan’s first collective album, they set out to release individual works, with Ghostface trying his hand with Ironman. It was a solid album, but wasn’t initially as successful as those of other Wu-Tang mates Method Man and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Eventually, though, hip-hop heads and pundits began to notice how his vibe began to reverberate.
Distinctive for his up-tempo, abstract lyrical style (some even call it “stream-of-consciousness” rap) Ghostface also became known for his ability to lace together complex lyrics with quick precision.
When we met with Ghostface he seemed pensive and lost in thought.
“You could be having good days or bad,” he said. “Either way, I’m gonna say something about them, you know?” As for life on the road, Ghostface doesn’t really like it, but it’s something that he has to do. After all, he is a performer and in order to support his albums and those around him, he has to get out there and do his thing. He’s not the type to take his accomplishments lightly, either.