1. AUDIO: 10 Greatest Rae & Ghost Stories

    In celebration of Ghostface Killah’s birthday today and in anticipation of T hursday night’s performance with his a-alike Raekwon at the NYC’s Best Buy Theater , egotripland decided to round up the 10 Best Rae & Ghost story raps committed to wax.

    CHECK OUT OUR SELECTS (in chronological order) AFTER THE JUMP…

    Although “Can It Be All So Simple” off of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993) officially set off the Ghost and Rae collabos (and the Remix added a bit of unforgettable cinematic edge ) those vivid scriptures were not the detailed ‘hood tales that were soon to come. What we’re discussing here are the songs with plots that have characters in the middle of memorable drama. That’s why honorable mention should also go to the amped-up, emotional “Striving For Perfection” intro to Only Built 4 Cuban Linx … (inspired by John Woo’s The Killer ), which was the perfect prelude for tag-team criminal motivation…even though “Spot Rusherz” , the thrilling retelling of illegal life, featured only Rae goin’ for self. It wasn’t until GFK’s first dolo effort that our saga would begin…


    Ironman (1996)

    260 #2L is the number of the apartment doubling as the local drug den that’s about to get knocked by the ballsy duo of Rae & Ghost. Throughout this caper, the pair deliver their lines as if they’re reading a gritty narrative from a Donald Goines book (they make no vocal distinction between themselves and the other characters), not to mention the RZA makes excellent use of Al Green’s “You Ought to Be With Me” and beyond-dope dialog from The Education of Sonnny Carson . Back on the scene, Rae describes their entrance with startling clarity: “We walked in, both of us looked like terrorists/Masks on, second floor, ‘Dun yo, I’ll handle this.'” They manage to describe interracial sex, bullets ricocheting (one of ’em hits Carolyn) and the whole thing ends with them not finding the cocaine they came for. Fuckin’ brilliant.

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    “The M.G.M.”
    Wu-Tang Forever (1997)

    The opening bell sets up the scenario: Raekwon and Ghostface (who, by the way, are “too black for BET”) sit ringside at the Whitaker vs. Chavez fight at the MGM grand in Las Vegas. What transpires outside of the squared circle ends up being more interesting as they name drop celebs (Chante Moore and Deion Sanders, in case you’re wondering) they spot in the crowd. So, although this story ends up going nowhere, it’s Wu-Tang, who can make anything sound incredible. So sit back and relax as Ghost smashes the Gilligan boat with ice.

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    “The Heist”
    Anarchy (2000)


    For this caper our crimeys are joined by Busta Rhymes and Roc Marciano, who apparently was down with the Flipmode at one point. The more the merrier, as these sheisty jewel thieves pull a heist of epic proportions. (If you dig this one, check out the time GFK and Lex joined forces with B.I.G. here .)

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    Ghost’s third LP offered up two excellent ghetto story raps. “Maxine” tells the often hilarious account of an unruly clan of Bebe’s Kids who make OFWGKTA look like they sing in the choir. Riveting action throughout you’ll be amazed by all the litle details, like how in a scuffle in the apartment somebody steps on Biggie’s album laying on the floor and that the TV is showing an episode of Knight Rider . But the more important details is who gets “Al Greened” (i.e., grits to the grill) and who gets stabbed in the nuts with a fork. We told you these rugrats were whylin’.

    “The Hilton”
    Bulletproof Wallets (2001)

    Just listen to find out why “Rae ran hysterically.” Yup, shit gets hectic on this one.

    And it don’t stop… Read on for MORE…

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