STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Now, let’s catch up next with the rapper Ghostface Killah, a founding member the Wu-Tang Clan. Over a 20-year career, he’s brought a singular personality and a soulful style to rap. His latest project is a collaboration with a film composer on a concept album, that has inspired a comic book and a theatrical stage show.
NPR’s Frannie Kelley has the story.
FRANNIE KELLY, BYLINE: Ghostface Killah is a storyteller.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “IMPOSSIBLE”)
GHOSTFACE KILLAH: (Rapping) He pointed to the charm on his neck. With his last bit of energy left, told me rock it with respect…
KELLY: He’s a romantic, in his own way.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “SAVE ME DEAR”)
, BAND: (Rapping) I’m a sell my guns and with the cash I’m a bring you to Vegas.
KELLY: Who’s not afraid to be emotional.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “ALL I GOT IS YOU”)
, BAND: (Rapping) Sometimes I look up at the stars and analyze the sky and ask myself was I meant to be here? Why?
KELLY: Ghostface was born Dennis Coles on Staten Island, New York City. At the age of 42, he can look back on a career that’s seen him co-found one of the most respected groups in hip-hop history and release equally successful solo work. He’s toured the world several times over but he’s not done yet.
, BAND: I’m just, right now, glad to be a part of anything. You know, I been here for so long. But I don’t feel old. I’m not going nowhere. I’m still talented. This is what I do. And I do it well.