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Ghost Dog / Bio

Ghost Dog: the vengeful spirit of hip-hop. Not content to let the art form die out in a commercial fizzle; this NC-based lyricist seamlessly combines razor-sharp wordplay, wickedly-clever concepts, and a limitless spectrum of moods and subject matter into an intelligent and truly unique package.

"I chose Ghost Dog because the essence of the character from the movie fits me nicely, and the Hagakure (which the movie was based on) helped to bring about a major transition in my life. I live and die by a certain code, and betray it for nothing. I have always been drawn to martial arts, Eastern philosophy, and Bushido; and this is often reflected in my music. In fact, when I am not working on music, I'm usually either teaching or training in Kantan Wushu (a system comprised of Ch'uan Fa, Tae Kyon, and Jujutsu); of which I've been a student for the last 14 years. My influences include (but are not limited to): life experiences, personal reflections, martial arts, current events, anime, video games, movies, chess, dreams, 9 to 5 life, battles fought (physically and mentally), and my various encounters with people from all over the world."

"I've played live in Raleigh, NC at Berkeley Café (with Doodlebug of Digable Planets as well as Tanya Morgan), The Lincoln Theater (with Median), The Brewery, The Metro Cafe, Raleigh Music Hall (with Supastition), Katmandu, King's Barcade, The Hi-5, The Red Room, Ruckus Pizza, and NC State Campus. I've performed in Greensboro, NC at 103.1 WUAG and wrecked numerous freestyle cyphas; & am a co-founder of the NC State Cypher (Cypher UniverCity) that has been a staple of NC hip-hop for the last 5 years. “In Chapel Hill, NC, I've rocked Mansion 462 with Kenn Starr and Kev Brown; and also performed at The Blend. In Wilmington, NC, I’ve performed numerous times at The Whiskey & The Soapbox. I’ve rocked parties, shows, and weddings in Taipei, Taiwan and Negril, Jamaica. I’ve had the honor of performing in the presence of Talib Kweli, who sought me out after my set to tell me my music was an inspiration; & also of opening for Cappadonna from the world-renowned Wu-Tang Clan, who actually stopped mid-set to show appreciation & respect for what I do. I’ve been successfully touring with Cesar Comanche, founding member of Justus League & member of the Zulu Nation Black Jedi Chapter, for the last four years; performing in front of packed crowds across NC, VA, FL, TN, NO, TX, RI, CT, ME, MA, & NH. I have sat in as a guest speaker in classes on Sociology in Hip-Hop at FSU. I have performed for and been a guest speaker presiding over several classes on hip-hop for aspiring musicians & at-risk teens. I have also opened for Killah Priest of Wu-Tang, Casual of Hieroglyphics, Prince Po of Organized Konfusion, and Blueprint; sometimes solo & sometimes alongside my crew the 1100 Hunters. I really enjoy performing at shows, and I also love organizing quality hip-hop events & promoting unity through hip-hop. Any time you can step back & really feel yourself in your element is a special moment…”

"I'm not going to try to gas ya head up; I just try to make the type of hip-hop I like to listen to. It's different; sometimes it's got a message, sometimes I just like to flip tha wordplay. I work with an assortment of producers that spend a lot of time at what they do. I myself have been honing my craft over the last 22 years, and continue to evolve as an MC. I think if you check it out and you even remotely like hip-hop, you'll hear somethin' you like."

Ghost Dog currently has five full-length albums out: “Hidden in the Leaves” (’03), “Out of the Woodworks” (’06), “Relics of tha Lost Art” (’09), “Ghost in the Darkness” (’11); and “Ghost in the Shell” (‘13). He has a free bonus EP entitled “Ghost Recon” out currently and a collaborative EP with Sharp Cuts (collectively known as Phantom Blade) by the name of “The Barber’s Chair EP” that was released on February 29th, 2016; as well as a full-length nearing completion entitled “Beware the Phantom Blade”. His sixth full-length solo LP, “Dreams of a Wandering Samurai”, is also nearing completion with an estimated release of 3rd qtr. 2016. His group 1100 Hunters has an album out by the name of “Long-Winded” that was released in 2011; & they were nominated for the best hip-hop group in NC for the 2012 Carolina Music Awards.

Twitter: @ghostdogmc
Facebook: Ghost Dog MC

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Apex, NC
Derek Thomas