Todd: As much as I wish it wasn't, "One-Hit Wonder" is a very loosely defined term. Todd (VO): He's perfectly passable as a rapper, but on film, he's just like this walking lump of cottage cheese. [Clip of "Election Time" by...] Wyclef basically disappeared into his own pretensions and political dilettantism and...whatever this is. 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. He just didn't have that star quality like the other two, and I really don't recommend the Ghetto Supastar album. I think it's clear he added a harder edge to the more spiritually and socially inclined other two. Double slimline jewelcase. Todd (VO): We had so much money to spend on rap videos back then. Todd (VO): But Pras couldn't keep it up. Menu. The Fugees loved covering and sampling old pop hits. Ghetto Supastar is the debut solo studio album by former Fugees member and American rapper Pras. Todd: Just a shame he thought he should be acting instead. So many parts of the book were simply too unrealistic even for Nikki. Background. Top 10 Best Black / Crime /Hood/Ghetto Movies by Liakot. The video bases its plot from the movie Bulworth, which is a prominent white politician acting like an African American. Ghetto stories record label. 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. Ghetto stories lil booise. Pras Michel, Actor: Mystery Men. The man proclaimed himself a ghetto supastar. The album was released on October 27, 1998, through Ruffhouse Records and Columbia Records. 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". Channel Awesome is a FANDOM TV Community. Here are some well-known faces from Sundance over the years, as they brought their early movies to the festival. Todd (VO): Now the hook. B." Motorcycle Dealership. Food & Beverage. I mean [MTV News article: "ODB Charged With Terrorist Threats In Nightclub Incident"] he literally lost his mind. 1998Ruffhouse/ Columbia release. No. Todd (VO): Note the sample of one of the most famous pop songs of all time. Movie. Todd (VO): It's clear that Pras just wasn't an interesting enough rapper on his own. - 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 (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: The worst... actor.. who ever lived. Michel Gondry 2: More Videos (Before and After DVD 1). You know who has all that in real life?! To pay the bills, he and Gage run drugs for "Mr. Todd (VO): Lauryn is now literally insane and hasn't made an album in fifteen years. Guido Superstar: The Rise of Guido (2010) Yeah, even more than [clip of...] "Hips Don't Lie". No damage to the jewel case or item cover, no scuffs, scratches, cracks, or holes. Todd: But it's basically unrecognizable here. Todd (VO): He's still working with a beautiful female singer and a more interesting rapper. 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) With his long-time pal Gage acting as his manager, he's trying to lay down a demo tape with cut-rate studio time. Yes. Ghetto Restoration Custom Furnishings & Decor. Some would say yeah, they still are; some might say no, they don't count. Ghetto supremacy. He needed the Fugees. Ghetto stories lil boosie hood dvd. The more obvious, the better. 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 (VO): He did eventually head back to the studio and released a second album in 2005—seven years after his first. ... Ghetto Superstar (That's What You Are) Song. Todd (VO): Like I said, Lauryn was immediately picked out as the star of the group. Movie. Pras should've stuck to music because he is the worst actor who ever lived. So I hope you'll forgive me if I didn't bother to research the rest of his filmography. I think that the songs on the album Ghetto Supastar, matched that single. 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- … Charity Organization. Ghetto Stories Movie. Todd: But in retrospect, the Fugees all needed each other. "Ghetto Supastar" the single was and still is a popular single. 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 … Todd (VO): Why do people wanna be Scarface? Todd: That's actually a huge spoiler, Dirty. After The Score, the Fugees all started working on separate projects and would never make another album together again. Ghetto Republic. Todd (VO): He's also produced a number of political documentaries and seems more involved in politics right now. 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? Ghetto stories da movie. 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. 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. How is he in the movie? Just For Fun. Well, Allmusic.com has a theory. I think that the songs on the album Ghetto Supastar, matched that single. Why don't you know any other songs from him? Pandora Unveils ‘Most Thumbed’ Movie Songs Playlist, From ‘See You Again’ to ‘Shallow’, MTV VMAs Add Queen Latifah, Wyclef Jean To All-Star Finale Performance, The Fugees' Pras Michel Indicted for Illegal Campaign Donations to Obama, Untitled Pras Michel/Polygram/UMG Police Drama, Cinematic Characters With Hair-Trigger Tempers, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Get Your Decades Party On! 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. And as for Pras solo, well, he never became a ghetto superstar like he wanted. Todd: How did he end up just a ghetto one-hit wonder? 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. [Coming to him...] Like Dante! 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. Community. Her and him started a band with his cousin Wyclef. Ghetto Records Production Studio. It was released on June 6, 1998. Todd: Why didn't Pras become a bigger presence as a solo artist? Ghetto Tacos. Todd (VO): For those who don't remember, the late Ol' Dirty Bastard spent the entirety of 1998 committing crime after crime. Ghetto Stories Part 1 & 2. "Ghetto Supastar" the single was and still is a popular single. 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. Todd (VO): It's pretty clear why he was the weak link of the Fugees. [Clip of "Fu-Gee-La"] When they broke through to the mainstream in 1996, they changed how people perceived hip-hop. 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) 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. The hit single was included in the soundtrack for the film Bulworth. Of the three, he was the only one that could ever be mistaken for someone else. Todd: And for one song, things seemed to be on track. ... Ghetto superstar entertainment. 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. Why wasn't that enough? 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. As it turned out... Todd: ..."Ghetto Supastar" was his peak. 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. Todd (VO): It's hard to tell watching the video, which actually had dialogue drowning out Pras's rapping. As a reader I felt the entire story was forced. Ghetto Taco Bell. Todd: I'll tell you what we deserved—another Fugees album. [Clip of "Ready or Not"] But that's not to say Wyclef or Pras aren't important. Todd (VO): I say this as a huge Dolly Parton fan, this is one of the lamest songs in history. 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". 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. The worst. [Performance at the Apollo] Still, he's not useless or a drag. Well, um...you know how Warren Beatty was an actor who shouldn't rap? Todd: Who is a bigger gangsta than a politician? Trying to bootstrap his way out of Brooklyn's mean streets is Diamond, a rap musician. "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" is a song by American rapper Pras, featuring rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard and R&B singer Mýa. 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. Not for nothing was the Fugees' biggest hit the one that Pras has no presence on at all. Todd: Is Pras any good on it? Well, it's clear that Pras was not the star of the show. Ghetto Superstar Entertainment. Restaurant. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence, and future prospects. [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? Todd: Is that even fair? Mexican Restaurant. Todd (VO): He also started a group with one of Wyclef's proteges, John Forté, which actually did have a minor Top 40 hit. 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. Arts & Entertainment. It happens. 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? There's no real guidelines. With Pras Michel, Ja Rule, Jason Statham, Vondie Curtis-Hall. Mya) Song. 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. Pras Michel was born on October 19, 1972 as Prakazrel Samuel Michel. 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". Todd (VO): Okay, there was this [trailer for...] Warren Beatty movie that came out that year called Bulworth. It was also featured on the soundtrack for the 1998 film Bulworth. I mean, he was on those songs too, and he... Todd (VO): ...had his own hit? Ghetto Tacos. She is on some next-level shit compared to the two guys. Ghetto Sushi Bar. [Pause] And when are we gonna get another Fugees album, goddammit? Movie. 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. Stephen Marley: No Woman, No Cry, The Greatest Moments in BET Awards History. Ghetto Superstar (feat. Product/Service. We're Entertaining, Italian-Style, with Actress Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos! Todd: And it's not surprising if you listen to anything he ever recorded. Todd (VO): Yes, rather than record that second album, he basically dropped music altogether and instead went to film. 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. Restaurant. Ghetto Stories and Shottas. 90's vs 00's vs 10's, Pras Feat. Ghetto Stories Vines. Todd (VO): Or at least it would be a spoiler if anyone could ever make sense of what ODB was ever saying. 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. It stars Pras, Ja Rule, Faith Evans, and, no joke, a pre-Transporter Jason Statham. What if they have more hits in other countries? Musician/Band. believe it or not. Todd (VO): She made her debut here and became a big name for a few years, at least. Todd (VO): Yeah, it works in reverse too. Todd plays "Ghetto Supastar" on the piano. Todd (VO): And re-listening to The Score, this was correct. Movie. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Movie & Music Store. Directed by Robert Adetuyi. Todd (VO): But they never recorded a second song. Todd: What about Pras himself? But ignore the plot. Todd (VO): Just like Bulworth tied itself to the song, the song takes most of its themes from Bulworth. PRAS ft. Mya & Ol' Dirty Bastard - GHETTO SUPASTAR (THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE)A one-hit wonder retrospective. "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): 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. You never heard it, and rightly so. Parts of Ghetto Superstar read like a Disney movie, which truly does not do it for me when reading an urban tale. ", THE END"Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" is owned by Interscope RecordsThis video is owned by me. I get the feeling he didn't really wanna be solo at all because, and I can't emphasize enough, if you were trying to make your own name and you were trying not to be overshadowed... Todd: ...you would not be working with Ol' Dirty Bastard. Ghetto Superstar Cycle Center. So it was renamed Turn It Up. Todd: Now that I think about it, is this really a solo track from Pras? The album was released by Ruffhouse Records. Billboard says it only placed as high as #15, but Billboard's charts in the late 90s are completely unreliable anyway. 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. Movie. In the 90s, that act was the Fugees. Todd (VO): You know how in some acts, there's that [picture of Hall & Oates with John Oates circled, album cover of Wham! But even people who say "no" might make an exception here. [Clip of "We Trying to Stay Alive"] For example, he showed up on one of Wyclef's biggest hits. 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. Todd (VO): Pras is not bad on this track by any means, but compare ODB's rhymes to his... Todd: "Peak like Dante"? 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. I've watched basically none of these movies, but I feel like I've seen this a billion times. Because he had the money, the power, the respect, the women, the impunity against the law. And I don't mean regular ol' rapper crimes like having guns or getting in fights. total of 20 tracks. ... Ghetto Superstar Cycle Center. 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". Well, I don't know. Ghetto supper star. 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. There are, like, four different interludes of random celebrities telling him how awesome he is and how they all wanna work with him. Ghetto stories lil boosie and webbie. 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. Movies. Pras Michel was born on October 19, 1972 as Prakazrel Samuel Michel. Movie. 'Ghetto Supastar'includes the title hit & the single 'Blue Angels'. Movie. Closing tag song: Weird Al Yankovic - "Polka Power! Pras: Roxanne '97 (Puff Daddy Remix), Fugees Feat. But for the time being, they're still on good terms, and most of everything Pras released was related to Wyclef. Ghetto suprême la suprématie dans le micro. Geez. Hell yes. GHETTO SUPERSTAR single (from BULWORTH). He let his music career go to the wayside so that he could focus on acting. 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. An item that is used but still in very good condition. Todd (VO): He also released another single that didn't go anywhere either, "What'cha Wanna Do". 230 movie search results for ghetto superstar . 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. Ol' Dirty Bastard & Mya: Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are), Sting & The Police Feat. Food Truck. 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