Ghostface interview mentions that odb will be on Fishscale

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The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

Ghostface Killahs Fishscale comes out on March 28 on Def Jam, and as the flashy king of slanguage tells it, he and Island/ Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid did not meet under the best circumstances but they have a relationship that works.

"He caught me in the hallway barkin," Ghost said recently in New York. "N---as on the streets was telling me that they didnt know my last album, Pretty Tony, was out. I wasnt barking on L.A., but I was barking on [some employees]. Reid heard the commotion, came out of his nearby office and asked Ghostface what the problem was and how could he help.

"I had to tell him, Im a live n---a. They treating me like a bird," Ghost explained. " Im a legend. This is what I do. This is how I eat. "

"He was like Yo, Im new here too. Im trying to make it work, too. But Im glad you can come out and talk to me because thats what I need, " Ghostface continued. "He likes to have a relationship with the artists, and that was the best thing any executive ever [said]. Then when I started visiting him on the one-on-one tip, he made a n---a feel like family. "

Pete Rock, MF Doom and the late J Dilla (a.k.a. Jay Dee, see "Jay Dee — Producer For Common, Busta And Tribe — Dies") are among the Fishscale producers that Ghost hasnt worked with before.

"I didnt get no tracks from RZA," Ghost said. "RZA was doing his thing and I took it like Im messing with a bunch of new n---as. I had RZA all my life."

Even though there are no RZA beats, Ghost said the whole Wu-Tang Clan, including ODB, are all featured on the Fishscale LP. Ghosts next album, on the other hand, might just be a collaborative effort between him and Doom. The two met while Ghost was on the Projekt Revolution tour with Linkin Park. Someone slipped Ghost a MF Doom beat CD, only it wasnt labeled MF Doom — it had the mysterious Metal Fingers name.

Ghostface and MF Doom on the cover of Mass Appeal

"I didnt know who Metal Fingers was," Ghost remembered. "So my manager was like, Im gonna find him, and it turned out to be MF Doom.

"Hes a soul baby. He loves good loops," the hip-hop Ironman said. "Him, Mad Lib, they all in that camp. I got some beats from Mad Lib too, but I didnt use them yet. But Doom, hes a underground warrior. They love him for his beats, lyrics, everything. Being in the studio, he knows what I like. We are almost the same n---as. We are almost the same soul babies. I like to be different. I like a few beats n---as is putting out now, but I like old hip-hop. Hes got a lot of that sh-- in his box and in his heart and soul."

Ghost says hes already recorded five or six records for the duet album with Doom and plans to do at least three more records with him for the project. There is no word yet on which label will release the album or when it will be out.

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