Dennis Coles (born May 9, 1970), better known by his stage name Ghostface Killah, is an American rapper and prominent member of the Wu-Tang Clan. After the group achieved breakthrough success in the aftermath of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the members went on to pursue solo careers to varying levels of success. Ghostface Killah debuted his solo-career with Ironman in 1996, which was well received by music critics. He has continued his success over the following years with critically acclaimed albums such as Supreme Clientele (2000) and Fishscale (2006). His stage name was taken from one of the characters in the 1979 kung fu film Mystery of Chessboxing. He is the founder of his own label Starks Enterprises.
The Whole Clan with The Ghost hidden in the top right corner.
In the begining of his career with the groundbreaking rap group Wu-Tang Clan Ghostface earned his name by hiding his face in videos and at photoshoots (top right corner of the picture to the left). Most people think this was just a gimmick. However what most people don't know is that this was strategically done because of the legal troubles Ghostface had. As he was a wanted felon at the time of the album release, showing his face in pictures and in videos was not a wise choice. So what started out as a legal move, turned into a million dollar name and rap career. The video to the right (Da Mystery of Chessboxing) is the first video Ghostface appeared in as a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. True to his name his entire face is ghosted out in the entire video.
The "FishScale" album.
The first video from the Wu-Tang Clan. "Da Mystery of Chessboxing"
His debut solo album "IRONMAN".
The IRONMAN Album
By the time Ghostface released his solo album entitled "IronMan" not only had he cleared up his legal troubles and started to show his face, but he had become a full fledged superhero in the hip hop community. With his uncanny ability to tell stories and allow the listener to experience his world Ghostfaces' rap skills were hailed as almost superhuman. Along with his partner and fellow Wu-Tang member Raekwon Ghostface ventured into new territory when he crossed over from mere rapper to SUPERHERO.
The critically acclaimed video "All That I Got Is You"
Ghostface has gone by many names over the years, but the one theme that has remained is his superhuman, superhero, larger than life personality. After using many of the signature sights and sounds from the IronMan Comics and Cartoons Ghostface has been accepted by the fans and the industry alike. He has even had a cameo in the Marvel Feature Film IronMan. Although the scene was cut, it did appear on the DVD in the extras. Today as a solo artist Ghostface has released 9 solo albums made numerous cameo appearances, in a number of different TV shows and movies. The video to the right is an indepth rare indepth interview with Ghostface where he opens up about many of the issues that have been present in his career.
An indepth interview with the Ghostface himself."
Ghostface as "IRONMAN".
A video mashup of the IRONMAN movies with the Ghostface song "Slept on Tony".