News: Ghostface Killah On "Wizard Of Poetry" LP, "I Was Gonna Base The Album Around Wizard Of Oz" [Video]

Sunday, Jul 26, 2009 10:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Ghostface Killah recently spoke on the construction of his forthcoming Wizard of Poetry album and how long he has contemplated doing an R&B project.

In addition to speaking on the concepts behind its release, Ghost also said his initial aim was to revolve the project around The Wizard of Oz.

"I always wanted to do an R&B album," Ghost explained in an interview. "Since back then, but the name Wizard of Poetry been around the longest, since The Pretty Toney album. I just never got to it where it felt like go ahead and let The Wizard of Poetry, that name, out there like that. So it makes sense now with me doing an R&B album with a bunch of stories, explaining my story and stuff like that so I'm thinking, 'Okay, it's going together.' The Wizard of Poetry is telling my story, check out my poetry in Emerald City. I was gonna at first base the album around Wizard of Oz. That's where Emerald City came in. But you can't use the same likeliness, but I'm still gonna go the same way...It's more-less a musical joint, like n*ggas make music. I went, got nice R&B artists, told 'em go ahead and lay the hooks down, I'll lay the verses.And we just placed 'em together. Put everything in place and sent it out." (Rap Radar)

Def Jam rep Lenny Santiago recently revealed a few guests who have been tagged for the album.

"The new album is called The Wizard of Poetry," Santiago announced in an interview. "It is an R&B album. When I say that, this is what I mean, Ghostface usually raps over melodic, soulful R&B tracks. This time, we came around and I had him rhyme over the same type of tracks, but we matched him with great R&B stars. John Legend is on there. Raheem DeVaughn is on there. Estelle is on there. Musiq Soulchild is on there. Lloyd is on there. We just paired him up. It's the same Ghost, the same gritty host, the same Ghost that talks to the ladies in that soulful voice along with R&B hooks." (MTV)

The project represents Ghost's final contractual obligation for Def Jam.

"It's my last album so I wanted to do the album I always wanted to do," Ghost explained in an interview. "You gotta tell the fans that you not gettin' no younger here, we gettin' older! And everybody don't sell crack no more, man. I don't sell crack, yo. I ain't movin' no bricks or none of that other sh*t. I ain't shoot nobody in like since the early 90's, man. How long you gonna be 40 years-old and actin' like you still sellin' cracks and you on the block and you doin' this and you doin' that when times is more serious, man" (UnKut)

It will also be the follow-up to 2008's GhostDeini the Great compilation disc.

Always prolific, the rapper put out The Big Doe Rehab -- whose release date had originally coincided with Wu-Tang's long-awaited fifth full-length, 8 Diagrams, which RZA agreed to push back a week so as to not coincide with Ghost's effort -- in early December 2007. Ghostface returned in 2008 with a pair of compilations: The Wallabee Champ (rarities and B-sides) and GhostDeini the Great (including remixes, alternate versions, and career highlights). (All Music)

A release date for The Wizard of Poetry has not yet been announced.

Check out Ghostface Killah's interview below:

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