I have been going by the name of Ghost Effect since I was 16-years-old. People often ask me how I got my name and the meaning behind it. My name has a lot of meaning to me. It came to be from an encounter with Wu-Tang Clan member, Ghostface Killah.
Oct. 17, 2007, I had just gotten home from school. I logged into my MySpace account and saw a message from Eddie, a friend of mine at the time. He told me that Ghostface Killah was doing a free show that day on the U of A campus. I have been a Wu-Tang Clan fan for as long as I could remember so I quickly jumped to the opportunity to see Ghostface live. Eddie lived close to the U of A so I met him at his house so we could go to the show.
We searched all around campus until we found where the show was going to be held. Me and Eddie fought through the crowd and made our way to the front of the stage. We waited patently for the show to start. Finally, the DJ’s music stopped, the lights dimmed and the crowd screamed. The show was ready to start.
Ghostface came on stage. He was with the Rhythm-Roots All-stars. I was excited because it was the first time I had seen him perform live and I was right up front. At one point in the show Ghostface had his DJ to cut the music. He told the crowd that he wanted some emcees to come on stage with him. Eddie kept pointing at me and was yelling “Take this man right here!” One of the Rhythm-Roots All-stars heard him and pulled me on stage.
“I got an emcee ready to spit some bars for y’all,” Ghostface said to the crowd. He then turned to me and asked me my name. I looked back at him puzzled and said “Chris.” The situation seemed unreal to me at the time. Ghostface then turned back to the crowd and said, “My boy Chris is gonna spit some bars for y’all. If you like him show him some love, if not, boo him off stage! Give him at least 10 sec. to rhyme though.” Then he passed me the mic and walked to the side of the stage.
I never rapped before but I had to say something. I knew that if I tried to freestyle the outcome would be terrible. So, I did the first thing that came to mind. I started residing the lyrics to “La Di Da Di” by Slick Rick. I could see everyone’s head nod as I was rapping “La di da di, we like to party, we don’t cause trouble, we don’t bother nobody..” Out of know where those head nods turned into boos. Not knowing what to do, I gave the mic back to Ghostface and left the stage.
After the show me and Eddie went to Ghostface’s tour bus. We waited until Ghostface came out. He saw me and said “Hey Chris, I don’t care who you are, everyone gets boo’d off stage at least once. What happened was a learning experience.” Those words stuck with me. They encouraged me to follow my dreams. Not to many people get to meet one of their favorite artists, let alone say they were on stage with them. I would have never thought that I would be rapping on stage with Ghostface Killah. It was Ghostface who gave me the opportunity to rap on stage with him and as an Effect I realized anything was possible. It was on that day that Ghost effect was born.