Hip HophistoryInterviewLegends

Ghostface Killah – 25 Years of Ironman

LEGENDS & ICONS OF MUSIC - Kevin Douglas Post


Ghostface Killah of the WuTang Clan celebrates the classic hip hop album he released entitled “Ironman on its 25th anniversary.

Ewing Athletics was the go to shoe back in the 1990’s and it is once again re-emerging through the acts that made them popular such as  AZ, Cormega, Big L (RIP), Naughty By Nature, Onyx, Havoc, CNN, as well as more contemporary artists like Benny The Butcher, 2Chainz, Rick Ross, Sean Price (RIP), and David Banner. The brand even recently released a collaborative shoe and capsule clothing line with Nickelodeon’s classic animated series “Hey Arnold.”

However, today they are releasing a sneaker that may be the crown jewel of their new era offerings — the Ghostface 33 HI. This shoe commemorates the 25th Anniversary of Ghostdini’s debut album “Ironman.” The iconic cover of the LP features Ghost with fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Cappadonna clad in layers of Polo gear in a warehouse room full of Wallabee Clarks. Fittingly, the Ghostface 33 HI borrows it’s colorway from the trio’s vibrant wardrobe, and takes design cues from the skit on the album where Ghost and Rae discuss customized split color Wallys.

Ewing Athletics will also release a second shoe, the Ghostface 33 HI 2.0, in early 2022 to coincide with the vinyl re-release of “Ironman.” After helping Raekwon put together OB4CL, Ghostface was diagnosed with diabetes and lost a lot of weight because of it. Things got worse at the start of Ironman’s creation when Ghost’s best friend was sentenced to 25 years in prison. This album gets overshadowed by some people despite it being a trying time in the life of Tony Starks. It falls in line with the competition from his own crew’s accomplishments previously with other solo Wu-Tang releases, like Liquid Swords and Only Built 4 Cuban Linx,

In an interview with Billboard, he reflects on not being able to combat the top selling rap stars of his day such as Nas, Jay-Z, Tupac, and Snoop in the competitive year of 1996.

Ironman would have been more colorful and juicy [without my depression], like where I left off with Raekwon’s s–t — and that’s why when it dropped, I wasn’t too happy for it,” Ghost reveals to Billboard. “It was cool, and it was my first one, but I had Nas right there coming out at the same time. And it’s like, ‘Damn, I wanted to come out and compete with these n—as, because these n—as are my peers. But I couldn’t get up in there like that.”

Check out his exclusive interview going down memory lane.