October 5, 2009, - 5:00 pm

Quote of the Day: Your Day in Hip-Hop “High Culture”

By Debbie Schlussel

Everyone at DebbieSchlussel.com’s favorite rap artist, for Wu Tang Clan ranter Ghostface Killah (real name:  Dennis Coles), is out with a new contribution to American class and culture, his semi-eponymous album, “Ghostdini:  The Wizard of Poetry in the Emerald City.”  (Both Houdini and the Wizard of Oz are turning over in their eternal resting places.)


In order to celebrate his new contribution to haute compost, Mr. Killah is on a press blitz that includes some really scintillating gems.  First, there’s this from New York Magazine:

You also mentioned that the album was partially motivated by the fact that you haven’t shot anyone since the nineties. No need to get into too much detail, but can you talk about that particular incident?

Oh, nah, I ain’t talking about that, B. This nigga wanna talk about a shooting I said in the early nineties. What’s wrong with this nigga? [Laughs] Nah, nigga. You wilin’ and sh**. Nah, nah.

[DS: Asterisks in s-word inserted by me.]

Then, there’s this from the New York Times, the “newspaper of record” . . or as they say in hip-hop, “The crackaz paypahz ‘n’ sh**” [translation:  the White People’s papers and stuff]:

There gotta be topics, grown man topics, grown woman topics, you ain’t just talking about crack and freestyling. You gotta have situations where the people could see what you’re saying and feel you and relate to you.

Ah, so you can’t just talk about crack. No worries, Ghostface–can I call you Ghost or Dumbass for short?–I will never see what you’re saying or “feel you” and relate to you.

Sadly, far too many Americans do.

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14 Responses

in the immortal words of mickey mantle regarding casey stengel.” i agree with every thing he just said”

slickwilliejihad on October 5, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Homeboy jus’ been out G’d by some 15 year-olds with a 2 x 4 in Chicago.

dm60462 on October 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Never heard of him. Apparently I haven’t missed much.

White Rook on October 5, 2009 at 6:46 pm

People who use three and four letter words aren’t all that interesting. Do I care what Ghostface says?


NormanF on October 5, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Yo homies…look up the words ILLITERATE and MORON in the dictionary and youll see DUMBASS’s picture…word up…

BIG IRISH on October 5, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Yet another example of why my ethnicity is still held back.

Squirrel3D on October 5, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Um, who is this person again?

helotim on October 5, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Look at the upside: You’ll never have to worry about running in to this guy at the opera.

Spiffo on October 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Once upon a time I could turn on the radio and hear the latest records by musicians like Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Earth Wind and Fire, Weather Report, etc, etc, and be lifted by music – real music, that was new and exciting. Then a strange thing happened. Someone showed up with a video camera. And music, which had always had a connection in some way to fashion,became almost exclusively fashion. And fashion has always contained a finite element of the allure of evil and decadence. Playwright David Mamet, who thankfully has found his inner Jew and inner conservative in the past few years, has written that fashion is all about the misearble side of the human condition (eg. the “heroin chic look”, the “lustfull pre-adolescent girl look” ,peasant dress, etc, etc.) and I agree somewhat. When MTV took over popular music, fashion took it over along with it. Okay, before then the Beatles were in some way a fashion statement, and similar things could be said for some other performers…but fashion was not the main driving force. These days, fashion: the look-of-the-day (often trashier than the day before) , along with a mindset that compliments it and trashes decency, have often come to replace “music”. Btw, this “artist” needs to change his name, to something like “Excremento”. Pardon my punctuation

Not Ovenready on October 5, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Ban hip hop now. Save the children.

Joe on October 6, 2009 at 2:20 am

oh what a sad, sad generation this is!

lindapolver on October 6, 2009 at 8:13 am

Welcome to the dumb downed generation….knowwhutI’msayin?

SouthernOps on October 6, 2009 at 9:18 am

Excuse me, could someone please translate what the hell that guy said?? I can’t believe that mumbo jumbo was actually captured in print!

Suzanne Quigley on October 6, 2009 at 10:35 am

LaDebbie Shaniqua Tyronetta Ax Me a Question No You Di’in’t Jackson

Wha dis homie be sayin?

Jarhead on October 6, 2009 at 11:32 am

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