The god Ghostface Killah turns 43 on this glorious day. The Almighty GFK is the most consistent wordsmith out of the Wu-Tang stable. From when he introduced himself to the rap world on “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’” to his latest offering, 12 Reasons to Die, Tony Starks has been hitting us in the head with amazing verses and songs for nearly 20 years.
Ghost followed up his verses on Wu-Tang’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by cohosting Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx before releasing his classic solo debut, Ironman, in 1996. He followed those classics with his second critically-acclaimed solo album, Supreme Clientele, in 2000. Since then, he's released eight solo albums all brimming with creativity.
Those offerings have placed him in the pantheon of rap’s all time greats, especially when it comes to storytelling. Ghost has taken us through his childhood days on “All That I Got Is You,” to failed hits on his life on “The Hilton,” to waging war on the DeLuca crime family on his most recent LP. And that’s why fans love him so much. He'll take you on a journey through Shaolin or a neighborhood crack spot as if you were right there with him.
The Wally Champ has one of the most charismatic personalities in rap history. He rocks robes with jeans and Timbs, has a Wonder Woman bracelet, dons gaudy necklaces and rings, and can give you advice on life (just listen to his MTV advice audiobook, “The World According to Pretty Toney,” and his “Wizdom of the Week” video series for proof).
On top of all that, his pen is masterful and his style is untouchable. When he’s not in storyteller mode, Tony spits with no rhyme or reason, often leaving the listener beguiled and confused, but that’s what makes him one of a kind. His raps is like ziti and they can take you into another world. Come take this walk with us as we represent Wu and rank Ghostface Killah's 50 Best Songs.