Ghostface Killah reminisces of better days on the block on his new song ‘The Battlefield’ featuring Kool G Rap, AZ and Nas-affiliated singer Tre Williams. The three lyrical giants trade verses replete with memories of frustration and confusion over a dusty soul sample.
The cut was produced by the Brooklyn-based production team Revelations and Lil Fame of M.O.P. This is a straight East Coast banger.
“I’m back after nine years, that’s 36 seasons / S— is changed up for all types of reasons / Staten Island ain’t the same, s— is lame no familiar faces son, I’m dodging the game,” spits Tony Starks.
From there, G Rap picks it up and talks about his perception of his old neighborhood.
‘S— hot as Fallujah, kids grown now they got Lugers / Welcome back to the sewers where new whips maneuver… No more dudes with .22s in there sneaker soles / Kids throw s— that will leave your body with heaping holes,” raps the Queens, N.Y. legend in his signature lisp, although his voice sounds a bit deeper compared to his work in the ’80s.
AZ goes in too, and arguably has the most visual verse, as he discusses his come-up and how he currently views things.
“Mama dear was a church woman, pops skated off / I was impaired an introvert youngin’ a lot changed my course / From nowhere to my first onion then the cops came across, flash the badge took my stash to my little ass got lost,” raps the ‘Sugar Hill’ creator.
‘The Battlefield’ will be on Ghost’s Tommy Boy-released album ’36 Seasons,’ which drops in a few weeks on Dec. 9. The Staten Island spitter is also preparing for the release of the highly anticipated Wu-Tang Clan album ‘A Better Tomorrow.’
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