Ghost-Riding Rapper Getting Banned In The U.S.A.

Mar 26th, 2007 // 7 Comments

When hyphy artist Mistah F.A.B. released the Ray Parker Jr.-sampling “Ghost Ride It”, he got a ton of flak from Ghostbusters purists, who mocked the way his video’s stars wore their proton packs. (They were upside-down. Heresy!) Now, F.A.B. is getting even more flak:

F.A.B. was first blamed for the deaths of people ghost ridin’. Then MTV asked that he edit his video over and over again for the single that featured the sport, and banned it right before it was going to air on 106 & Park and TRL. Finally, Columbia Pictures which owns the rights to the Ghostbuster franchise (the single’s beat is based on that jingle) is demanding that the song be pulled.

F.A.B.’s response? “Adversity is something that shows the character of a person.”

It costed $70 thousand of his own money, and he’s fighting back with a mixtape called “Can’t Ban The Ghost Rider.”

F.A.B. admits to ghost ridin’ himself, but he says it’s important to be responsible for your own actions and to do it in a safe environment. For example, he says, one cannot throw a football in the middle of the street, and blame football if somebody gets run over.

While we appreciate that F.A.B. is taking life lessons from The Brady Bunch, we have to admit that, aside from the inconvenient matter of people dying, this “controversy” isn’t a bit of a PR coup. For one thing, the talk of banning the video while copies of it remain on YouTube (above) is probably giving his song more buzz than a snippet of it airing on one of the daily video count down shows. And, perhaps more importantly, the cries of infringement put forth by Columbia soften any dissection by fanboys griping about the clip’s lack of authenticity.

Hyphy rapper Mistah F.A.B. gets blamed for deaths, then banned by MTV and Columbia Pictures for “Ghost Ride It” [mercurynews.com]
Mistah F.A.B. [MySpace]
Earlier: Videodrone: Mistah F.A.B. Ain’t Afraid Of No “Ghostbusters” Fans

  1. konflictofinterest

    These hatas ain’t got nothin’ on Fabo, ya smell meh?

  2. Jupiter8

    I used to imagine that it’d be hard to look funky riding in a school bus. Now I know.

  3. Hallux Valgus

    “Then MTV asked that he edit his video over and over again for the single that featured the sport”

    Ghostriding is a sport? Then I encourage it’s Olympic inclusion. Given that the Japanese excel in both automobile production and Dance Dance Revolution, I think they’re the team to beat.

  4. jessecastrojr

    they are just giving Fabby Davis more publicity than his record label could of ever dreamed of… And yes, it would be hella funny to see people dressed up as ghosts…ghostriding a hearst.

  5. cerulgalactus

    Sport? That was actually described as a sport?

    OK, I’m not the most athletically minded guy around, but isn’t ghost ridin’ just another name for the video that didn’t win on Funniest Home Videos?

  6. deusdiabolus

    Don’t forget that the original theme song was the subject of a legal wrangle between Huey Lewis and Ray Parker Jr. – Huey charging that the song was uncannily similar to “I Want A New Drug”. Huey won.

  7. Jupiter8

    And Ray Parker Jr. said Huey ripped off M’s “Pop Muzik”…

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