As part of a new Complex.com series called “The 1996 Project” rapper Consequence tells the story of a tense standoff between Ghostface Killah of The Wu-Tang Clan and Wish Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The Def Jam Christmas party was happening in the shadow of Tupac’s death in September of 1996 and bicoastal tensions were at a peak.
“Bone Thugs had been invited to the party via Violator and at this time, who also is smoking hot in the streets is the Wu-Tang Clan,” he says. “With these slightly combustable elements in the room there was actually a showdown, so to speak.”
According to Consequence, Ghostface saw Wish Bone being escorted through the party and reacted to him as if he was a West Coast artist because he was signed to Eazy E’s Ruthless Records.
“Ghost was dressed in a yellow Helly Hansen rain suit from head to toe with a hood on. I don’t know where he got a champagne bottle from, but it felt like it came out like a Spider-Man web and he throws it at Wish Bone!”
A fight breaks out, faces are cut and people have to be taken to the hospital. But on his way out Cons says he sees Ghostface in the garage.
“I turn to the left and Ghostface is taking off the Halle Hansen outfit and putting on a ninja suit, with three other guys doing the same thing! He really is about that Wu-Tang life.”
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In more somber moments from the series, Complex E-I-C Noah Callahan-Bever speaks to Alan Light, former Editor-In-Chief of Vibe magazine, Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, former Editor-In-Chief of The Source, Tina Davis, former A&R Executive at Def Jam, Roc-A-Fella A&R Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua and author Dan Charnas to recount the death of Tupac Shakur in 1996 and the impact it had on the music industry. To this day Vibe magazine is blamed by some for fanning the flames of the “East vs West” beef with that cover line being prominently featured on the issue with Biggie and Puff.
“I just want to point out that this was after ‘Hit Em Up’, this was after Dogg Pound did the ‘New York, New York,‘ video and stomped on the [buildings.] This is what everybody was talking about,” Light says in their defense. “I don’t know what people’s expectations are from journalism, but if that’s the thing all of your readers are talking about, the responsible thing is to cover that.”
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