With the recent promotion of graphic novel Cell Block Z, which reportedly features Ghostface Killah, SOHH reached out to the rapper who said he was unaware of the project’s existence.
In addition to denying any work he has done with the new comic, Ghost said it was likely something crafted for the fans by an outside source.
“It’s not me, Cell Block Z,” Ghost revealed. “Yeah, I’m not — See that’s just the fans love me. I never even umm… F*ck it man, you know what I mean? It’s a blessing. I ain’t never do that but that’s how it is in the industry, you know what I mean? That’s just what it is.” (SOHH)
Ghost has also said the comic may have been approved in the past, however, he does not recall making any specific deals.
“I don’t know what I did in the past,” he added in a separate interview. “I just don’t know, B. I would have known if I sat down and tried to make a comic book. No one talked to me…I remember [Method Man] and GZA had one, but I have no idea when this happened. Maybe I had a treatment, but I never read it. If they paid me for that sh*t, of course I approved it. You know what I’m saying? I’ll read my paperwork next time.” (The Boom Box)
Details on the novel landed online earlier this month.
To his fans, Cole Dennis is a heavyweight contender with a devastating right hook. To a city being held hostage to chaos and terror, Dennis has a grit and charisma that make him the shining hope for justice–until he is arrested for a brutal murder. Framed for a crime he did not commit, he finds himself captive in a foreboding high-tech superprison whose masters secretly conspire to turn inmates into tomorrow’s most terrifying bio-weapons — with Cole Dennis as the intended prize specimen. But Dennis is nobody’s lab rat. Reborn as a towering engine of destruction, Dennis will prepare for the fight of his life. He will rename himself Ghostface Killah. And his cry of righteous rage will echo beyond the cold steel walls of Cell Block Z. (Hachette Book Group)
In addition to Ghost, other rappers including Styles P and Jay-Z have set up book deals.
Jay-Z is close to finalizing a book deal with the Spiegel & Grau imprint of Random House. The literary agent repping the rapper, Matthew Guma, had no comment, but sources say the book will consist of Jay-Z commenting on and telling the stories behind his lyrics. Sources said that when Mr. Guma originally approached editors and publishers earlier this summer, he was talking about doing a bundle of three books: One was going to be a traditional memoir, one was going to be a business book, and the third was the one that Spiegel & Grau ended up acquiring. When it will be published is unknown however the book will be edited by Spiegel & Grau executive editor Chris Jackson. (New York Observer)