NEW YORK — When Ghostface Killah heard Def Jam was looking for him to release another album — his second full project of the year — the rapper took inventory of his rhyme stock.
Fortunately for the label, and his fans, Ghost had some extra material from March's Fishscale (see "Ghostface Killah Spins Tales From The 'Hood On Fishscale") that resulted in the forthcoming More Fish, due December 12.
"I had Fish leftover in the fridge," Ghostface said. "When I got the call and they asked me, [I had to tell them] it takes me awhile to go ahead and make an album. You have to write and make a vision. But I had a couple of nice pieces of Fish over here and then I had cooked up some more stuff, probably like another nine or 10 joints, and just went in. But what I did was spread it amongst the family, my Theodore [Unit] brothers, which includes my son [Sun God], Trife and Wigs."
Ghost said More Fish is a sequel of sorts to Fishscale, with the Wu lyricist working with roughly the same production staple. He also said the album serves as a prelude to the next project by Theodore Unit, his side rap collective.
After working with the Wu-Tang Clan and now with Theodore Unit, Ghost said he's ready to mentor his young protégés. He even feels his newer crew is comparable to his esteemed Shaolin set.
"These guys are a lot younger. We been around each other for a long time," Ghost said. "But I grew with Wu. We had a lot of fun, and it was different mentalities. Theodore Unit, we're not as big as Wu, but we do the same thing, we help each other. They give me a line, I give them a line, whatever. It's similar, but the only difference is these dudes are a lot younger.
"So now I'm raising these bothers right here to go through what I done went through and seen," he added.
With "Ghost Is Back" and "Good" from the forthcoming album already heating up the streets, one of the far more interesting tracks has to be "God 2 God," which finds Ghost going one-on-one with his 17-year-old son over a searing soul sample. The two exchange braggadocio lines as Sun God spits, "Will Smith on the guest list/ Pops is the king, I'm the Fresh Prince."
Ghost admitted his son posed a bit of a problem for him during their collaboration. The rapper noted how quickly Sun God wrote his rhymes, which isn't something that comes as easy for him anymore, according to Ghost. But all in all, he said he enjoyed the experience and compared it to a regular father-son outing.
"It's more or less like a funny game of baseball," Ghost said. "We just go in, he writes his stuff, I write mine. On one record we got, we helped each other out — the one we got together — and that's it. That's my man right there. That's my blood. He do what he do. He has talent. I'm just proud to see him come up to be like his Pops a little something."