Rap Genius of the Month: Big Ghostfase

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Who is the true identity of hip-hop blogging sensation Big Ghostfase? Could he be a disgruntled label exec? A college student majoring in Creative Writing? A suburban-dwelling, middle-aged 9 to 5 office worker who happens to own every Big Daddy Kane album on cassette?

No one knows for sure, but this much is clear: Big Ghostfase is not the real Ghostface Killah. He is, however, the brains behind Big Ghost Chronicles, a blog written in the crispy, inimitable voice of the Ghostface Killah.

Far from a mere caricature — a lesser writer would have let this act dissolve quickly — Big Ghostfase keeps things interesting because he milks the hell out of the Staten Island MC’s unique dialect to create picturesque descriptions so hysterical that it would be unwise for readers to browse his latest entry while drinking their morning cup of coffee without expectations of some nostril squirtage.

Big Ghost lays the smackdown on any hip-hop artist he doesn’t vibe with, especially Drake, who he refers to as “the only nigga on earth capable of turnin sandpaper into moist towelettes wit the touch of hiss hands.” Like Eddie Murphy (cf. Raw, Delirious), Big Ghostfase has no fear of the how people will respond to his controversial sentiments: “I wouldn’t care if Fucksgiving was a actual holiday… I got nothin for you son,” he tweeted a while back….


Rap Genius: Over the last few months, you’ve warned people of the influx of what you referred to as the “spa rap” movement. Additionally, you believe that hip-hop music today is becoming much too soft, and that rap fans are currently witnessing the “estrogeneration.” Do you think that hip-hop will continue these trends throughout 2012? If so, what are you going to do to upend it?

Big Ghostfase: Son the way I see it…long as muthafuckas choose to accept these corny niggas as the next movement the shit jus gon flourish namsayin. That shit gon spread like herpes n pretty soon ey'body gon have herpes n be on that wild soft shit nahmean. Personally Imma be doin what Imma be doin. Which is what I always been doin. I seek out that unholy shit n I cut the head off. I dont play wit these bitch niggas thats tryin to manipulate the minds of the youth nahmean. I do this for the next generation of our youth. Not the current generation…the Estrogeneration…but the children thats gon emerge from this bullshit. The ones who aint gon have proper guidance. Cos look who they fathers is gon be. They gon have loofah skinned fathers b.‬

Rap Genius: Some of the most notable voices in hip-hop are fans of your work. You’ve gotten a couple shout-outs from Questlove, and even the real Ghostface Killah has come around and now refers to you as his “mini muse.” How does it feel to receive praise from such reputable artists?

Big Ghostfase: Its cool. I got stupid respect for the industry niggas that look out n shout the god out. Theres a few thats more quiet bout it…but they still let the god kno…n I appreciate it jus the same nahmean. I do this for the culture n for humanity b. I aint worried bout fame or gettin doe from doin this shit. I wanna contribute to the culture n to humanity as a positive force namsayin. I do this for the love n the respect son. So when these legendary dudes say they feel my shit I feel honored son. It humbles the god to kno these dudes out here is feelin my shit…the eucalyptus scrolls I provide n all that.‬

Rap Genius: Aside from yourself, who do you think has the power to change the rap game for the better?

Big Ghostfase: ‪I think its up to the elders b. I do respect a lot of these little niggas…ok Im kinda exaggerating… I dont mind a lot of these little niggas. Plus I got mad respect for a few. But its up to the OGs. Theres niggas who been in the game for two decades who jus gon relinquish they positions to some backseat ass muthafuckas who should be playin they role in the first place. OG niggas is goin beyond tolerance n acceptance son…they ridin these little niggas waves…tryin to stay relevant. But how bout the muthafuckas who made yall? Niggas should stick to they ethics if they got any namsayin. Learn by example. Theres niggas in the game who kno how to stay current by keepin up wit trends n theres niggas that set those trends. I respect the niggas that set the trends not the niggas that kno how to keep they face in the picture only. Anybody can poke they heads in somebody elses picture. But when you got muthafuckas takin the picture of YOU..then you REALLY winnin nahmean.‬

But far as who got some serious potential…I be lookin to Kendrick Lamar n the whole Black Hippy movement…Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul n Jay Rock…they some dudes I got mad respect for. Other than that..my main dude Action Bronson is a fuckin beast son. I also fucks wit Boldy James, Gangsta Gibbs, ASAP Rocky, Dom Kennedy, The Cool Kids, Spitta n some other dudes. Also my lil bro far as this game go…Kembe X. When yall see that arrogant ass muthafucka’s name in lights on the marquee someday…remember who told yall niggas.‬

Rap Genius: A lot of people like to label you as a hater—especially when it comes to MCs like Drake, Lil B, and Wiz Khalifa—but are you truly seething with rage with these artists, or are you insulting them for the sake of simply getting a laugh from your readers?

Big Ghostfase: Nah g…if it was jus some blind rage yall would pick up on that shit…or any intelligent muthafucka would nahmean. I give niggas the reasons n the details. The god elaborates on shit I dont jus say fuck that nigga n fuck this nigga Imma throw him off a rooftop…or or or like Imma slap this nigga rite here thru 3 layers of concrete walls n dont say why I be feelin that shit is necessary in the first place feel me? I ready said ago Drake makes corny ass music that hurts my fuckin ears. I said Lil B is makin a mockery outta hip hop n got intelligent people thinkin rap niggas is all some coons b. Cos they put a spotlight on that nigga. The media loves that nigga cos he makin rappers look like assholes n morons son. N that nigga Wiz is the biggest simp ass nigga on earth n looks like a praying mantis or alien type muthafucka…but I aint really disrespect his music like that. But facts is facts b. But to answer ya question… Nah I dont hate none of these niggas. I jus dont respect em or fuck wit they music. And I think they mostly bitchmade. Fuck them niggas son. If I see any one of em niggas Imma slap em into the next dimension b.

Rap Genius: In addition to Big Ghostfase, you go by many other alter egos, like Cocaine Biceps, Thor Molecules, and Phantom Raviolis. Are you currently concocting up any new nicknames for yourself? Have your fans given you any new nicknames?

Big Ghostfase: Nah…when some shit like that hits me it hits me nahmean. I dont like to force shit son. Sometimes I be doin shit like studyin the stars or whatever nahmean. I be gazin at the crab nebula n whatever…the milky way. Like I was lookin up at the constellations one time n I seen that none of em muthafuckas even look like what they spose to look like. Like word that shit spose to look like a warrior? Fuckouttahere wit that shit namsayin. Oh thats a bull? And that shits a dipper? Whatever the fuck a dipper is. Im tellin you son… the ancient Greeks was on some bullshit wit that yo. So I made my own shit nahmean…it was a fist. But since I was lookin up at the galaxies n shit n it hit me…ayo Imma bless niggas wit these Galaxy Knuckles. Thats how I got that particular name yo..

Rap Genius: You’ve always lambasted Drake for his music being too teary-eyed and sensitive, but even some of the hardest rappers have their fair share of soft spots. Classic tracks like Jay-Z’s “Song Cry” and Biggie’s “Miss U” come to mind. When do you think it is OK for a rapper to access their soft side, and when do they cross the line and become too emotional?

Big Ghostfase: I’m sayin son…I like a balanced diet when it comes to the types of music I be listenin to namsayin. I might wanna have some turkey…I might gon have some fish…maybe some greens namsayin. You might gon have some rigatonis or some mac n cheese nahmean. And then I might gon have some sweet shit…some dessert namsayin. I might gon have some waffles. Thats a balanced meal namsayin…thats cool by me son. But some these sweet little niggas provide you witta meal thats like a dessert buffet. They give you apple dumplings n pies n muthafuckin cakes…n then they bring out the jello n the mousse n the lemon meringues n shit…then they might throw a cheeseburger in there in the middle n then they jus go back to they Sara Lee cakes n moist Duncn Hines shit. So Im sayin…its all good in moderation b.

Rap Genius: Since its inception, Big Ghost Chronicles and its readership have grown tremendously quickly. Many people view you as a hip-hop guru. As your eminence increases, do you feel more pressure to compose top-notch material?

Big Ghostfase Hip-hop guru? Nah son…I think the people that fuck wit it is jus muthafuckas that either lookin for somebody that shares they opinion on how corny summa these niggas in the limelight is OR they jus muthafuckas that can handle seein they favorite artists get criticized where its necessary…n they kno a lot of the shit aint meant to offend nobody. A nigga jus speakin his mind. It aint like I be tryna lay down no laws n shit. Niggas can still make up they own minds namsayin. But word…. I be strivin for greatness. So yeah son…I slowed down. But only cuz I be focused on other shit I got happenin n I wanna make sure the product I do put out there aint no watered down bullshit nahmean. What happens when niggas dont got enough product is they start cuttin they shit too much son. I dont be comin wit no powder shit to begin wit b. I got uncut raw. Theres no lactose in my shit b. Aint no re-rock. I be givin yall that pure shit feel me? Like it was jus touched by the hands of god. My shit emerges from the clouds namsayin. I got angels lookin over my shoulders son. Thats on some humble shit nahmean. Im a messenger of the Most High. He dont be likin none of fake niggas neither son.

Rap Genius: What can readers expect from Big Ghost Chronicles throughout 2012?

Big Ghostfase: More fly shit. Nothin but that fly shit son.

Rap Genius: What advice can you give to up-and-coming music bloggers looking to build a fan base?

Big Ghostfase: Stay true to what you good at namsayin. This shit aint for ey'body par. Niggas be thinkin ayo Imma gets it in like that because I got that fly bohemian shit too…like they jus gon ambush the game…but nah son. We aint cut from the same fabrics. I got 1500 hundred thread count shit nahmean. Some niggas is workin wit pajama flannel shit. Fuckouttahere wit that son. No disrespect but you bitchmade niggas cant fuck wit the god. I seen yall tryin to bite my shit. Niggas seekin warmth from ya heat or whatever. Word is bond. Niggas stand next to the fire you got n try n pull the sticks n twigs out so they can make they own fires. These bitch niggas cant even rub two sticks together nahmean. But its all love. Yall little niggas do ya thing namsayin.

Rap Genius: Anything else you’d like to add?

Big Ghostfase: Word. Nah…not really b. Imma keep it short n sweet…Actually I jus wanna say thank you to ey'body for they support. Its actually too many folks to name. Whattup to all my kids out there all over the world. All a yall… Like my dude Brick James be sayin…father your sons. I wanna send special thanks to all the people in the industry who be helpin me to shine. Again theres too many of yall to name but I wanna shout out Amanda Diva for always holdin me down. I wanna say whattup to Hex Murda for bein the realest dude you gon ever come across in ya muthafuckin life. Shout out to Felonious Munk. I wanna say whattup to the humble industry folks who either gave a nigga a chance to build wit em or jus been mad supportive… Killer Mike, El-P, OG Everlast, Action Bronson, Tajai from the mighty Souls of Mischief, Termanology, my man Punch, Reef the Lost Cauze, Elzhi, Bishop Brigante, Marco Polo), J-Logic, DJ Sean Soul, Lyle LeDuff, Don Cannon, Alchemist, Jean Grae, Ghostcat, Yasmin, Julia Beverly, Toure n Charlamagne Tha God. A big whattup to Questlove. Salute to Jason High….keep hittin em niggas wit those Zeus slaps b. Shout out to the homie Ben Baller who gon design the god a big ass throne to rock round his neck real soon. Last but not least yo…my sincere gratitude to the legendary DJ Rob Swift for all the humble shit he be doin on behalfs of the god namsayin. I aint worthy son. Respect to the DJ. God bless yall. Look out for that arrogant ass little muthafucka Kembe X. He bout to take the industry by surprise namsayin. Peace to Tom Cruise. Fuck yall crazy stalker hoes. Shoutout to my boo. Ohummmagenayeeeyumammadadaaaduhhhtzengtzengsawwhhaaaa…. And may those inspiring words from the classic “Juicy” by the late great Biggie Smalls be heard by all…“Fuck all you hoes” Thats bout it. Dont edit my shit son. Aight peace.