Interview with Cey The Ghost on new track ‘Untouchable’ (Dissection Interview Series)

Let me ask you something. When’s the last time you heard a Chicago rapper feel courageous enough to spit over an MF DOOM instrumental? Confession: I never have. Our new edition of the dissection series covers a rapper who did just that.

Cey The Ghost did total justice to his cover of DOOM’s Arrow Root instrumental and I’m so excited to share it with you. We wanted to know more about the process of creating the song so we asked him a few questions. Press play and read on below.

Hey Cey! Thanks for giving us some of your time! Untouchable just blew me away. Not many artists, at least these days, are confident enough to rhyme over an MF DOOM instrumental. Why did you decide to cover it?

Gratitude, my g. I hadn’t picked up a pen in god knows how long. I was listenin’to DOOM’s “Special herbs” (Beat tapes he released under the name “Metal Fingers”). As soon as Arrow Root came on, I wanted to write to it.

Are you a fan of MF? What was your introduction to him? 

I’m a big DOOM fan. Joey Bada$$ lowkey put me on with 1999. After I peeped a few of the tracks DOOM produced I decided I needed to go peep game. Operation: Doomsday was the first project of his I heard. That and Madvillainy definitely influenced me. The man is a legend.

The track speaks a bit on death. Was writing about this therapeutic for you? Is it something you were worried about sharing?

Yeah, definitely. I feel like there’s a lot of issues that need to be touched on that many people in our generation, especially in Chicago, struggle with, loss being one of them.

MF has tons of instrumentals. Why did you choose Arrow Root?

ARROW ROOT is smooth as hell to me. It kinda has a jazzy feel to it. The sample is amazing. I felt like I could do it justice.

You had SUCH a dope line in the middle of the track:

Now you probably think that I slang, but really I’m the drug

How did you come up with that?!

It started with the line before it when I said I was the plug. I figured most people would make the assumption that I was referencing drugs so I flowed my way into the next line.

This is, in my opinion, somewhat of a stream of conscious track. Do you agree with that description? 

Yeah, I feel you.

What was the writing process like on Untouchable?

Honestly, it was the first verse I had written in months. I wanted to see if I still had it. I think I did well.

The artwork is such a great depiction of the way you delivered the song. Did you choose it? if so, where did you get it from?

Yeah, I picked it. I’m a big anime fan. It’s Neji from Naruto doing 8-Trigrams: Palm Rotation. It’s an attack that deflects pretty much everything. I felt like it went well with the title and message of the song.

You use the hashtag “Progressive Soul” on Untouchable which I think is a perfect way to describe it. Chicago doesn’t have a lot of that sound and I don’t know any rapper from the city that has touched a MF DOOM beat. How do you see yourself fitting into the Chicago scene? 

I think I’ll fit in pretty well. I’m just tryna make a name for myself right now. Hopefully my baby steps turn into giant leaps.

Who are some of your influences in your music?

Knwledge, J. Cole, Mndsgn, Mick Jenkins, and Primo Rice, to name a few. I have bits of influence from a lil’ bit of everywhere.

I see you going so far in this industry and really am amazed at your talent. What are some of your goals for the rest of this year? Where do you want to be in the next two years?

Thank you, I appreciate that. I’m working on an EP that’ll probably drop on December 9th, my birthday. Other than that I’ll probably knock out a few singles and features. I produce just as much as I rap, if not more, so you’ll be seeing my name on a lot of tracks from now on. In the next two years I see myself on tour and on everybody’s playlist.

Any last thoughts, shout outs, or words of wisdom?

REMEMBER THE FOUR AGREEMENTS! Shout out D9 productions for the recording, mixing, and mastering. Shout out [CHI]. #BlackLivesMatter #LongLiveTony.

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