Ghostface Killah talks Islam, the new generation of Hip-Hop and Big Ghostfase [Video]

Ghostface Killah — aka “Tony Starks” aka “Ghostdeini” aka “Ironman” — recently sat down with Bad-Perm as a guest of the popular site’s Lyricist Lounge to discuss all things Starky Love, including Islam, contemporary Hip-Hop and blogger extraordinaire Big Ghostfase — aka “The Mighty Hands of Zeus” aka “Thor Molecules” aka “Phantom Raviolis.”

Breaking bread with the excellent website after his Prospect Park concert in Brooklyn alongside the likes of Camp Lo and Astro, the Wu impresario opened up on an array of subjects. Another intriguing and revealing installment of Bad-Perm’s Ghostface special feature, The Wallabee Kingpin shot the breeze in typically enigmatic fashion, expounding intelligently on his life and his love: Hip-Hop.

Speaking on the influence of religion and philosophy on him and his peers coming up in the game, Ghost explained:

“We all studied Islam. It just helped us more to get the awareness to the people; the message that we’re trying to drive. We came up with a message and also thugged out at the same time. We were just regular brothers that were on the block that were fly.

“We were building. Building is talking, trying to teach somebody. Give somebody some knowledge. And we’d do that all day while we were on the block smoking and drinking.”

Ghost also offered his two cents on contemporary rap, comparing today’s rap scene to those of bygone eras:

“A lot of ones [rappers] today just really talk about the club and their jeweler and cars. I really don’t know, because I don’t hear Slick Rick no more. Nas has slowed down for a minute, because he was one of my best. Even The Genius was one of my best. I don’t really, really hear too much like that.”

Pretty Toney also shared his opinions on fans, imitators and people who’ve emulated his style, discussing the success of Big Ghostfase (aka Cocaine Biceps):

“At the end of the day, people know who it is and stuff like that. I got so many people that follow me — I did “Mighty Healthy,” they came out with a store called Mighty Healthy. I did Supreme they came up with a store called Supreme. Fishscale — they had a clothing line called Fishscales. People tend to just follow a lot of things. I set a lot of trends. My robes to the wallabees. I don’t think people do it out of disrespect. They’re just fans.”

About Big Ghostfase’s Big Ghost Chronicles blog, he said, “With the dude that’s doing that, he’s probably just a fan.”