Ghostface Killah (real name Dennis Coles) is a rapper from Staten Island, New York, who has seen success as both a solo artist and a member of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. He’s known for his storytelling capabilities within his lyrics, with an aggressive, fast-paced flow.
Ghostface is an original member of Wu-Tang, having been roommates with one of its founders, Rza. A fan of old Kung-Fu films, his name is taken from the 1979 movie, Mystery of Chessboxing.
Following the success of the group’s debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Ghostface went on to pursue a solo career—starting with being extensively featured on groupmate Raekwon’s debut album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. He went on to appear on the soundtracks to both Sunset Park and Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, and dropped his debut album, Ironman, in 1996.
Ironman debuted at Number Two on the Billboard 200 and was received well by critics, solidifying Ghostface’s career outside of Wu-Tang Clan. To date, he has released nine solo studio albums and seven collaborative albums. The latter included projects with Trife Diesel, Method Man and Redman, Sheek Louch, Adrian Younge, The Revelations, BadBadNotGood and Younge and Raekwon, respectively.
Apart from his music career, Ghostface Killah has made numerous television and film appearances. The rapper has appeared in the film Belly, the TV Show 30 Rock and more, and starred in the VH1 reality series Couples Therapy alongside girlfriend Kelsey Nykole in 2014. Ghostface continues to record and remains best known for his lyrical dexterity and strong cult following.