News: Ghostface Killah Hopeful For Mary J. Blige Joint Project, "We Got The Ill Chemistry Together"
Thursday, Aug 6, 2009 5:15PM
Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah recently shared his admiration for Mary J. Blige and expressed his aim to create a collaboration album with the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.
With the promotion of his forthcoming Wizard of Poetry project, Ghost has been focused on expanding his R&B roots and reflected on his studio connection with Mary.
"We got the ill chemistry together," he said in an interview. "I love Mary. I hope one day we could -- get together and just make an ill classic. Some Peaches & Herb. We just hop in real quick. Just one go-round, a one-off. That's just fly..[Our 'Your Child' remix collaboration] was when we was in Cali at that time...I remember Mary wanted me to do that for her real quick. I did two of them [verses]. The other verse wasn't all right. I think [the verse that made the song] might have been eight bars. Those were the days. I was stuck a little bit." (MTV)
Ghost recently spoke with SOHH about his difficulty in securing R&B singers for his upcoming album.
"I had the list in my head but my list ain't work. These R&B cats is wild yo but some people heard my work and they just jumped on it. Like John Legend, he heard what I was doing and he just wanted to get on it. Same thing with Raheem DeVaughn. I wanted Alicia Keys, I reached out to Avant. Tamia, but you know how it is with women. They just stood the kid up. They ain't get back so I had to just go with the fellas." (SOHH)
The Wu-Tang Clan rhyme slinger also broke down the concepts behind Wizard of Poetry in an interview last month.
"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)
Its release will represent Ghost's final contractual obligation to 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)
Check out Ghostface Killah's SOHH interview below: