In a recent interview, Ghostface Killah recalled how a Metal Fingers beat tape led to him realizing that it was another one of MF DOOM’s aliases.
Fishscale, the beloved fifth solo album from Ghostface Killah, turned 15 over the weekend. His second-highest charting solo album — the first being his debut album Ironman — Fishscale was notable for the production it had, with everyone from MF DOOM and J Dilla to Pete Rock and Just Blaze contributing beats.
In a recent interview with HotNewHipHop, Ghostface recalled how a DOOM beat tape not only led to the late rapper providing production for the album, but led to Ghost realizing that DOOM and Metal Fingers — his producer alias — were the same person. The Wu-Tang member recounted how he came across a Metal Fingers CD while he was on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution Tour in 2004.
“I never knew who Metal Fingers was. I ain’t know DOOM was Metal Fingers,” he said. “So I think I might have told my manager like, ‘Yo, find this dude Metal Fingers,’ and it winded up being MF Doom.”
“He had beats that I liked to fuck with and that’s how it all came about,” he added. “We reached out, called him, it was him. I was like oh snap. He came down to the studio and dropped off some beats, we started talking and stuff like that. That was the beginning.”
DOOM ultimately went on to produce four tracks for Fishscale; the two rappers also came together for “Victory Laps,” a collab track they released under the name DOOMSTARKS.