Ghostface Killah collaborates with jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD
Ghostface Killah’s recent collaboration with Toronto’s BadBadNotGood (BBNG) is a welcome break from the controversy that has surrounded the Wu-Tang Clan as of late. “Sour Soul,” an album three years in the making, pairs Ghostface’s gritty, stream-of-conscious narrative lyricism with BBNG’s heavily hip-hop influenced experimental jazz.
The partnership came together due to the influence of Toronto producer Frank Dukes, who had previously worked with Ghostface on his 2010 album, “Apollo Kids.” The record’s classic, ’70s soul sound was born out of recording sessions with BBNG and Dukes, who then reached out to the Ironman to propose the pairing. Tracks were reworked remotely over the next few years, with “Sour Soul” finally being released on Lex Records in late February.
For those unfamiliar with BBNG, they are no strangers to hip-hop or working with some of the genre’s bigger names. The trio formed after meeting in the jazz program at Toronto’s Humber College, bonding over a shared love of artists like MF DOOM. One of their pieces based on the music of Odd Future got the attention of Tyler the Creator, and they have since produced tracks for Earl Sweatshirt and Danny Brown, and also backed Frank Ocean for his 2012 Coachella appearances. BBNG’s own releases contain both original compositions as well as covers and re-imaginings of songs by A Tribe Called Quest, Wacka Flocka Flame, and Kanye West.
Ghostface and BBNG will be headlining the House of Vans Fun Fun Fun Fest at this year’s SXSW festival. You can purchase and stream “Sour Soul” on the album’s website, as well as through most major digital outlets.
Check out the video for a track off the album, “Ray Gun,” featuring DOOM, below.