Ghostface Killah Shines Brightly On A Remix To The Light
Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah has a long and rich history with R&B music. The Staten Island, New York legend pivoted nearly a decade ago when he released Ghostdini: Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City. That ’09 album and its cast of guests blended Hip-Hop with R&B in its guest list, production, and song themes. Long before that, G.F.K. had channeled elements of the genre on his works, ranging gritty renditions of ’60s and ’70s Soul, to involving fellow Shaolin natives The Force M.D.’s on his Ironman debut, as well as later spots for Carl Thomas and Ne-Yo.
Top singers equally respect Ghost’s aesthetic too. Jodeci, Beyoncé, Amy Winehouse, and Mary J. Blige are just some standout examples of elite artists seeking out the unconventional MC who regularly spits about matters of the heart. Recently, that was the case for Teyana Taylor, who tapped Ghost’, Raekwon, and Method Man for her video remix to “Gonna Love Me,” which referenced classic videos from the Wu-Tang MCs’ respective catalogs.
Ghost’ keeps that same energy moving into his remix of Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih’s “The Light.” From the pair’s MihTy collaborative LP late last year, the video single references the unmistakable bass-line to The Mary Jane Girls’ “All Night Long.” This one gets a new bounce at the top, nodding to Rae and Ghost’s classic “Ice Cream” confection.
After putting a brief stamp on the song in the beginning, G.F.K. makes his presence felt after the 2:00-mark, dropping a full verse. As the beat quickly calls back to RZA’s spacey Purple Tape sound, the iconic MC spits, “Yo, Shaolin’s finest / What up, boo? Peace, your highness / Let’s rewind this / Both get naked and kill the shyness / Wu-Tang’s timeless / Blow out your sinus / Sweet-talk that ass into bed, kill it with kindness,” begins the MC, before getting a little more graphic. He shouts out Jeremih and Ty before closing out the track. The song also briefly references Ahmad’s “Back In The Day.”
Next month, Ghostface is partnering with Wu brother Inspectah Deck as well as 7L & Esoteric (who together are known as CZARFACE). Maintaining a tradition employed by MF DOOM in 2018, the Czarface Meets Ghostface album will release on February 15. Heads have already been treated to first single “Iron Claw.”
#BonusBeat: The video to the original Jeremih & Ty Dolla $ign version: