For hip-hop heads, it feels like there are too many albums to count that have been announced only to, well, never actually come to fruition. That's especially true of collaborative projects, with one rapper declaring in an interview that he or she has plans to drop an album with one of their friends, collaborators, etc... Seriously, whether it's RiFF RAFF and Drake or Ghostface Killah and DOOM, it seems as if we hear more press rumblings about these records than actual music. And in the case of that GhostDOOM album, fans of both have been itchin' for it since the Wu-Tang Clan spitter dropped Fishscale back in March 2006.
That full-length was one of the year's best while serving as his fifth solo affair to date. And it also came packed with a killer guest lineup featuring, of course, the masked villain known as MF DOOM, DOOM, Metal Fingers, whatever you want to call him. His dusty loops proved to be a formidable backdrop for Ghostface's passionate raps, and it left everyone wondering what else they could cook up together. Sure enough, that same year, news broke that they were working on a full-length album called Swift & Changeable, though that name has been since discarded.
As fans waited with bated breath, the two dropped a collaborative EP in 2008, Sniperlite, via Stones Throw. But this wasn't even technically a GhostDOOM release, because it contained the work of another artist. That was the late, great J Dilla, who before his death apparently gifted two of his Donuts instrumentals to Ghost and DOOM to create a pair of tracks. Another year passed and they teamed up again, this time for "Angelz" on DOOM's 2009 album, Born Like This. An early, alternate version of that track had been floating around prior. Following that, we only continued to be teased about the joint project.
Then, in 2011, it seemed like everything was about to change with the release of the DOOMSTARKS single. And yet ... not a peep since outside of a series of shows together and plenty of interviews about it. As recently as last July, Ghostface told ClashMusic that he intends to release the album, but he just has too much other stuff on his plate. That includes the sequel to modern classic Supreme Clientele and maybe even another R&B-themed project. Remember 2009's Ghostdini: Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City? Yeah.
The two artists have gone on to do expand their respective discographies outside of all this hoopla, of course. DOOM joined forces with another artist, Jneiro Jarel, to form JJ DOOM. The same is true for Ghostface, who dropped a fantastic record with Adrian Younge, Twelve Reasons to Die. But where oh where is the GhostDOOM record?
Perhaps they're just busier with their other projects and have moved on. Ghostface has been working with his Wu-Tang brethren on their comeback album as a group while his masked cohorts appears just fine doing other things—like making shoes with Clark's. Perhaps it's time for Ghostface to branch out, too, and dive back into the online gambling world. For those unaware, he launched his own poker site back in 2007, though it's since been shut down. In the meantime, others have been thriving. According to Econsultancy, online gambling revenue rose 80 percent in the UK from 2008 to 2012 alone. And one big player in that growth was BetFair, which represents one of the five major brands and 11 percent of the total market share. That number should only be larger once newer data comes thro ugh this year.
Hopefully the remainder of this year brings more news surrounding the now-infamous and often-halted GhostDOOM/DOOMSTARKS album. But what do you guys think: Do you really believe that the project will actually see the light of day? Or is it destined to gather dust in bits and pieces on someone's hard-drive? Let me know in the comments!