Todd: Now that I think about it, is this really a solo track from Pras? Ghetto Superstar Cycle Center. Geez. There are, like, four different interludes of random celebrities telling him how awesome he is and how they all wanna work with him. Todd (VO): Pras Michel was born in Brooklyn, moved to Newark at age 12, and met Lauryn Hill in the late 80s [album cover of The Score] when they were just 15. Todd (VO): Yeah, it works in reverse too. Ghetto Supastar Written by Pras Michel (as P. Michel), Wyclef Jean (as W. Jean), Ol' Dirty Bastard (as R. Jones), Barry Gibb (as B. Gibb), Maurice Gibb (as M. Gibb), Robin Gibb (as R. Gibb) Performed by Pras Michel (as Pras Michel) featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard & introducing Mya (as MYA) Movie & Music Store. Pras: Roxanne '97 (Puff Daddy Remix), Fugees Feat. I mean [MTV News article: "ODB Charged With Terrorist Threats In Nightclub Incident"] he literally lost his mind. Pras should've stuck to music because he is the worst actor who ever lived. Todd (VO): He also released another single that didn't go anywhere either, "What'cha Wanna Do". Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. No. [Performance at the Apollo] Still, he's not useless or a drag. The Fugees loved covering and sampling old pop hits. Ghetto suprême la suprématie dans le micro. The way I remember it, it was... Todd (VO): And yet even this wasn't enough to gain him the respect that people gave the other two. Todd (VO): Note the sample of one of the most famous pop songs of all time. "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" is a song by American rapper Pras, featuring rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard and R&B singer Mýa. I guess Pras saw all the acclaim that the other two were getting on their own and wanted to make a name as a solo artist too. Directed by Robert Adetuyi. The album was released on October 27, 1998, through Ruffhouse Records and Columbia Records. The video bases its plot from the movie Bulworth, which is a prominent white politician acting like an African American. "Ghetto Superstar" became a top ten single in 1999, and the eighth most played single; it was received with critical acclaim and earned Pras a performance at the World Music Awards. Todd (VO): We had so much money to spend on rap videos back then. Pras Michel was born on October 19, 1972 as Prakazrel Samuel Michel. Movie. Just For Fun. Todd: As much as I wish it wasn't, "One-Hit Wonder" is a very loosely defined term. The album was released by Ruffhouse Records. Movie. Ol' Dirty Bastard & Mya: Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are), Sting & The Police Feat. Pras featuring Mya & Ol' Dirty Bastard - Ghetto Superstar Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are) features Halle Berry, Warren Beatty, Oliver Platt, and Joshua Malina. "Ghetto Supastar" the single was and still is a popular single. Todd (VO): But they never recorded a second song. Like I said, the Fugees love their cheesy pop hits, and "Ghetto Supastar" features their [clip of performance of...] cheesiest ever—Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers's 1983 country pop duet, "Islands in the Stream". 230 movie search results for ghetto superstar . Todd plays "Ghetto Supastar" on the piano. You know who has all that in real life?! Yes. Todd: What about Pras himself? He let his music career go to the wayside so that he could focus on acting. Yeah, even more than [clip of...] "Hips Don't Lie". He just didn't have that star quality like the other two, and I really don't recommend the Ghetto Supastar album. Now people had already pegged [clips of "Doo Wop (That Thing)" by...] Lauryn Hill as the standout talent of the group, and she solidified that impression with her multi-Grammy-winning solo album, [...and "Gone Till November" by...] and around the same time, Wyclef was making a strong case that he deserved just as much regard as Lauryn. It was released on June 6, 1998. An item that is used but still in very good condition. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Motorcycle Dealership. [Pause] And when are we gonna get another Fugees album, goddammit? I mean, he was on those songs too, and he... Todd (VO): ...had his own hit? Movie. Todd (VO): Why do people wanna be Scarface? Or here's another question: does an act still count as a one-hit wonder if they also have hits from a previous group they were in? No damage to the jewel case or item cover, no scuffs, scratches, cracks, or holes. Todd (VO): When the album finally came out a few months after "Ghetto Supastar" peaked, Pras was hoping to hype it up with a new song called "Blue Angels". You never heard it, and rightly so. Menu. Todd (VO): He was always, like, this raving, crazy homeless person who would start singing random songs for no reason, but you couldn't stop listening to him. Todd: Is that even fair? Ghetto Stories Part 1 & 2. Todd: "Ghetto Supastar" has so many different elements at play that it's kinda difficult to get a hold on all of them, but I think I'd better start with the elephant in the room. Todd (VO): He did eventually head back to the studio and released a second album in 2005—seven years after his first. In fact, it takes on something I'm surprised most gangsta rap songs don't look at—the connection between the macho swagger rappers try to emulate, and the actual people with all the swag in the world. Of the three, he was the only one that could ever be mistaken for someone else. [Picture labelled "One Hit Wonders" with Vanilla Ice in front of amp tower] How big does a song have to be before it counts as a hit? And I don't mean regular ol' rapper crimes like having guns or getting in fights. Why don't you know any other songs from him? Todd (VO): Okay, there was this [trailer for...] Warren Beatty movie that came out that year called Bulworth. Todd (VO): Lauryn is now literally insane and hasn't made an album in fifteen years. Michel Gondry 2: More Videos (Before and After DVD 1). Closing tag song: Weird Al Yankovic - "Polka Power! But ignore the plot. Ghetto stories lil boosie hood dvd. PRAS ft. Mya & Ol' Dirty Bastard - GHETTO SUPASTAR (THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE)A one-hit wonder retrospective. Some would say yeah, they still are; some might say no, they don't count. Todd: Who is a bigger gangsta than a politician? So many parts of the book were simply too unrealistic even for Nikki. Todd: And it's not surprising if you listen to anything he ever recorded. Guido Superstar: The Rise of Guido (2010) As it turned out... Todd: ..."Ghetto Supastar" was his peak. In the 90s, that act was the Fugees. [Clip of "Election Time" by...] Wyclef basically disappeared into his own pretensions and political dilettantism and...whatever this is. Todd (VO): Now the hook. Pras Michel was born on October 19, 1972 as Prakazrel Samuel Michel. Her and him started a band with his cousin Wyclef. Ghetto Tacos. Ghetto Tacos. There's no real guidelines. [Clip of "We Trying to Stay Alive"] For example, he showed up on one of Wyclef's biggest hits. Todd (VO): But honestly, now that all three members of the Fugees are basically a distant memory, I'd say "Ghetto Supastar" is actually my favorite thing any of them ever did. 90's vs 00's vs 10's, Pras Feat. Pras Michel, Actor: Mystery Men. The Fugees have tried and failed to reunite several times over the years, and with all the infighting and controversies... Todd: ...it doesn't look like they'll succeed anytime soon. It's basically yet another hip-hop movie about a tough-but-good-hearted street kid who's trying to go straight and make it big with his music, but keeps getting entangled in his hood past. GHETTO SUPERSTAR single (from BULWORTH). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErAAeqChc7w, Top 6 Worst Songs of 2010 (I Didn't Already Cover), Top 5 Awful Moments From U2's "Rattle and Hum", We Are Young and Somebody That I Used to Know, Todd and Rap Critic Talk About "Accidental Racist", This Is What You Came For vs. Cheap Thrills, https://thatguywiththeglasses.fandom.com/wiki/Ghetto_Supastar?oldid=131415. We're Entertaining, Italian-Style, with Actress Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos! Todd (VO): Like I said, Lauryn was immediately picked out as the star of the group. I think that the songs on the album Ghetto Supastar, matched that single. Todd (VO): While Pras builds his verses around the theme of politics, ODB is basically just rapping the plot of Bulworth... Todd: From the point-of-view of the main character. 1998Ruffhouse/ Columbia release. I've watched basically none of these movies, but I feel like I've seen this a billion times. Movie. Movies. Todd: But it's basically unrecognizable here. Ghetto Stories and Shottas. Ghetto Stories Vines. Todd (VO): Well anyway, this movie hitched its wagon pretty tightly to the big hit off its soundtrack, "Ghetto Supastar", and they even got the actors from the movie involved, which is why this is the one and only rap video featuring Oliver Platt; and Halle Berry, who fits in a little more; and of course, Warren Beatty. Honestly, I think Pras has kind of gotten the short end, largely because he usually took the last verse after Clef and L-Boogie had already done all the work. Ghetto Superstar Entertainment. Parts of Ghetto Superstar read like a Disney movie, which truly does not do it for me when reading an urban tale. Product/Service. After The Score, the Fugees all started working on separate projects and would never make another album together again. How is he in the movie? Todd (VO): She made her debut here and became a big name for a few years, at least. 'Ghetto Supastar'includes the title hit & the single 'Blue Angels'. Ghetto supper star. It stars Pras, Ja Rule, Faith Evans, and, no joke, a pre-Transporter Jason Statham. Todd: But in retrospect, the Fugees all needed each other. Mya) Song. Ghetto stories lil booise. Todd (VO): He's still working with a beautiful female singer and a more interesting rapper. Todd: Or should I say, these two rappers... Todd (VO): ...because to most people, the Fugees were Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill, and somewhere off to the side... Todd: Unlike the other Fugees, Pras's solo career was defined by just one song, "Ghetto Supastar". Todd (VO): Pras is not bad on this track by any means, but compare ODB's rhymes to his... Todd: "Peak like Dante"? The more obvious, the better. Background. Local Business. Musician/Band. Todd: The worst... actor.. who ever lived. Channel Awesome is a FANDOM TV Community. Trying to bootstrap his way out of Brooklyn's mean streets is Diamond, a rap musician. total of 20 tracks. ... Ghetto Superstar (That's What You Are) Song. The dancefloor anthem Ghetto Superstar- Pras, O.D.B., Mya.. One of the most intriguing collaborations Canibus and African singer Youssou N Doir How Come , Some of the dirty south flava is represented on this disc with Witchdoctor and his blazing track Holiday/12 Scanner, Kill Em Live- Public Enemy , Run- … Todd: I'll tell you what we deserved—another Fugees album. Ghetto Superstar (feat. Arts & Entertainment. People fervently believed, and at least for a little while, they were correct—[page from Spin: The Year in Music from January 1997, article by Charles Aaron: "The Fugees not only showed hip-hop the way in 1996, but they may have shown pop music its future as well"] that the future of hip-hop would be dictated by these three rappers. Why wasn't that enough? That's not to say he doesn't have a few wack lyrics here and there, but he's still very much a part of the group. [Clip of "Fu-Gee-La"] When they broke through to the mainstream in 1996, they changed how people perceived hip-hop. Mexican Restaurant. Todd (VO): Or at least it would be a spoiler if anyone could ever make sense of what ODB was ever saying. Charity Organization. Because he had the money, the power, the respect, the women, the impunity against the law. Not for nothing was the Fugees' biggest hit the one that Pras has no presence on at all. A lot of the movie is actually good, and a lot of it is outright terrible... Todd: ...especially the parts where Warren Beatty tries to rap. Restaurant. [Clip of "Ready or Not"] But that's not to say Wyclef or Pras aren't important. Double slimline jewelcase. So I hope you'll forgive me if I didn't bother to research the rest of his filmography. Hell yes. "Ghetto Supastar" the single was and still is a popular single. But if you remember what late 90s rap was about—[pictures of...] Ma$e, Puff Daddy, Master P—could we have used a couple more Pras songs? Here are some well-known faces from Sundance over the years, as they brought their early movies to the festival. Food & Beverage. Well, I don't know. But that one song looms large in my memory—one of the biggest hits in 1998, a gigantic crossover smash with actual hip-hop cred in the era of Puff Daddy and "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It". The worst. Todd (VO): It's hard to tell watching the video, which actually had dialogue drowning out Pras's rapping. With Pras Michel, Ja Rule, Jason Statham, Vondie Curtis-Hall. Todd (VO): But Pras couldn't keep it up. So it was renamed Turn It Up. Todd (VO): It's clear that Pras just wasn't an interesting enough rapper on his own. Yeah, I honestly like the beat to this one a lot, but with the guitar sound and everything, it's clearly an attempt to repeat "Ghetto Supastar", including the too-obvious sample. Movie. Todd (VO): Yes, rather than record that second album, he basically dropped music altogether and instead went to film. To pay the bills, he and Gage run drugs for "Mr. Todd: Just a shame he thought he should be acting instead. Todd (VO): It might've seemed differently in '98 when Lauryn and Wyclef were getting nominated for all those awards, but it's clear now, they were all at the strongest together. Todd (VO): One of my favorite things about the song is the contrast between the hard, edgy rock beat, and the upbeat, simple melody sung with extreme sweetness by Mya. ... Ghetto Superstar Cycle Center. The man proclaimed himself a ghetto supastar. The track interpolates Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's 1983 single "Islands in the Stream" and was produced by Wyclef Jean and Jerry 'Wonda" Duplessis for Pras' debut solo studio album, Ghetto Supastar. Movie. Todd: Is Pras any good on it? And as for Pras solo, well, he never became a ghetto superstar like he wanted. Todd: And for one song, things seemed to be on track. Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence, and future prospects. The hit single was included in the soundtrack for the film Bulworth. B." Ghetto stories lil boosie and webbie. Todd: That's actually a huge spoiler, Dirty. Top 10 Best Black / Crime /Hood/Ghetto Movies by Liakot. But for the time being, they're still on good terms, and most of everything Pras released was related to Wyclef. Todd (VO): For those who don't remember, the late Ol' Dirty Bastard spent the entirety of 1998 committing crime after crime. Todd (VO): Well anyway, this movie hitched its wagon pretty tightly to the big hit off its soundtrack, "Ghetto Supastar", and they even got the actors from the movie involved, which is why this is the one and only rap video featuring Oliver Platt; and Halle Berry, who fits in a little more; and of course, Warren Beatty. Movie. It was about a suicidally depressed senator who decided he was just gonna start telling the truth, and of course, people can't handle the truth, mass hysteria, riots in the streets, you get it. Ghetto Records Production Studio. Well, it's clear that Pras was not the star of the show. - Make It Big with Andrew Ridgeley circled, and picture of the Black Eyed Peas with Taboo and apl.de.ap circled] one guy who gets equal billing, but doesn't seem to be pulling his share? Todd: Why didn't Pras become a bigger presence as a solo artist? It was also featured on the soundtrack for the 1998 film Bulworth. believe it or not. As a reader I felt the entire story was forced. Todd (VO): He's perfectly passable as a rapper, but on film, he's just like this walking lump of cottage cheese. ... Ghetto superstar entertainment. But Pras was doomed to public opinion as the Ringo of the Fugees—a guy with very little relevance to the group and none at all outside it. Well, Allmusic.com has a theory. Ghetto supremacy. He had a minor role in Mystery Men, [trailer for Turn It Up] but he had his first starring role in Ghetto Superstar: The Movie, which I assume was gonna be based on the plot of the song before they realized that was already the plot of a [poster for Bulworth] much better movie. The catchy beat and chorus by a then unknown Mya was irresistable, and the addition of Ol' Dirty delivering his famous weird rap flow was a good plus. ", THE END"Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" is owned by Interscope RecordsThis video is owned by me. It happens. Todd (VO): He also started a group with one of Wyclef's proteges, John Forté, which actually did have a minor Top 40 hit. Food Truck. Ghetto Stories Movie. Todd (VO): Just like Bulworth tied itself to the song, the song takes most of its themes from Bulworth. I think it's clear he added a harder edge to the more spiritually and socially inclined other two. Ghetto Taco Bell. Todd (VO): I say this as a huge Dolly Parton fan, this is one of the lamest songs in history. Todd (VO): You know how in some acts, there's that [picture of Hall & Oates with John Oates circled, album cover of Wham! What if they have more hits in other countries? Pras performs in the music video "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" from the album "Ol' Dirty Bastard" and the original motion picture soundtrack for the … Ghetto Restoration Custom Furnishings & Decor. Community. The catchy beat and chorus by a then unknown Mya was irresistable, and the addition of Ol' Dirty delivering his famous weird rap flow was a good plus. Todd (VO): And re-listening to The Score, this was correct. 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Ghetto Supastar Written by Pras Michel (as P. Michel), Wyclef Jean (as W. Jean), Ol' Dirty Bastard (as R. Jones), Barry Gibb (as B. Gibb), Maurice Gibb (as M. Gibb), Robin Gibb (as R. Gibb) Performed by Pras Michel (as Pras Michel) featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard & introducing Mya (as MYA) Todd (VO): You wouldn't think Ol' Dirty Bastard would have much in common with a rich, white politician, but it makes sense when you remember that, in the movie, Senator Bulworth is literally having a mental breakdown and says what he wants without caring what people think. He needed the Fugees. But even people who say "no" might make an exception here. [Coming to him...] Like Dante! Ghetto Republic. Todd (VO): He's also produced a number of political documentaries and seems more involved in politics right now. Ghetto stories record label. Why couldn't he make the cut as a solo artist? Todd (VO): Worse than, like... worse than, like, Tommy Wi... no, just worse than everything. 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