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Ghostface Killah Threatens to Murder Action Bronson, Will an Apology Help?

The Wu-Tang veteran threatens his fellow New Yorker and rap brethren in a seven-minute diss video.
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Whether you agree or not, the similarity between the voices of Ghostface Killah and Action Bronson has been a hot topic of conversation since the latter's emergence as an artist. Until recently, any words between the two concerning any likeness were positive; Action has cited Ghost's reverance in the game and his respect for the comparison, while Ghost has gone so far as to say he's mistaken the Flushing emcee's voice for his own at times. That is no longer the case, however, as Ghostface has responded to recent comments that Action made on ESPN in dramatic, and maybe over-the-top fashion. Watch the full, nearly 7-minute-long video below. 

Well, shit just got real. In case you missed it, Ghost was responding to this segment from ESPN's Sportsnation from earlier this month, when one of the hosts made mention of Action's vocal likeness to the Wu legend. In response, Action remarked, "he's not rappin' like this no more." Granted, he clarified that it was not a shot towards Ghost, and had just gotten through saying that he was glad it was "one of the greats." Still, it was a shot. A small, mostly harmless shot, but a shot none the less. Many hip-hop fans wondered if and when Ghost would respond (this is the same artist who inspired these works of greatness), and needless to say, the response doesn't disappoint. Backed by the smooth sounds of Teddy P, Ghostface launched into a nearly 7-minute diatribe on Action needing to watch who he's talking about and keep GFK's name out of his mouth. It was emphatic, it was hilarious, it was ridiculous... and it was disappointing.

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When he said he might set Action's beard on fire, I died laughing. When he said he had shooters all around the country that wouldn't hesitate to move on Action, I died a little inside. Seriously? A death threat needed to be issued over a sarcastic comment made on a television program? I had to go back and hear Action's initial comments again just to make sure I didn't miss anything. I'm all for a little friendly competition, and I realize that when you're dealing with hip-hop you're going to have to accept that the line will be crossed at times, but is this really necessary? Having just delved into the Young Thug/Birdman/Lil Wayne beef and further scrutinized the connection between violent lyrics and real-life violence, I'm a bit more cognizant these days of the desensitization we've had to these kinds of situations. It's all fun and games when we hear threats embedded in lyrics and diss videos shot on a cell phone camera turned in the wrong direction, but once that line is blurred and someone ends up losing their life it quickly becomes a tragedy. 

A quick glance at Twitter suggests I'm one of only a handful of people who didn't think Ghost's response was amazing, but something about an artist I enjoy threatening to have another artist I enjoy murdered just doesn't sit right. I can deal with the fact the video wasn't shot horizontally. I can deal with the fact that even with the collective attention deficit disorder of society in 2015, this video took up almost seven minutes of my day. I can't deal with someone I respect threatening to have someone I also respect killed in response to something such as, "he's not rappin' like this no more.

In the end, it looks like Ghost "won" this very short-lived beef, as Action apologized for his comments.

It's a beautiful life indeed, and one I would hate to see ruined on account of a few comments on ESPN.

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