Make you snap your fingers or wiggle
Scream, shout, laugh or just giggle
Shake that body, party that body
Don't fuck with Ghost you'll feel sorry
That's word, I'm not the herb
Understand what I'm saying, saying, saying

from Ghostface Killah – Mighty Healthy Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

These lines come from “Holy War” by Divine Force, an underground cut from 1987 that also used the same breakbeat as “Mighty Healthy”.

In a 2005 interview, RZA explained the link between Divine Force and the Wu and recalled paying the original rapper, Sir Ibu, for the use of his lines:

GZA had a man called Melquan… He had a group named Divine Force, with Sir Ibu… When Ghost did it over, Sir Ibu, who was my buddy, came over and said: “Yo, I need money for that!”. So I gave him $2500. Motherfucker! (laughs) That’s my nigga though.

Kanye West sampled these vocals and recycled the breakbeat for his 2012 song “New God Flow”. We doubt Sir Ibu got paid for that!

Note: For the younguns out there, herb was 80s/90s slang for a nerd, punk, sucker etc.

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