Throwback Thursday ‘Ghetto Supastar’ by Pras feat. Mya and Ol Dirty Bastard (1998)
"Ghetto Supastar" was the jam back in the day. School dances got pretty crazy when this song came on.
"Ghetto Supastar" came out in 1998 and was featured on Pras' solo album entitled, Ghetto Superstar. The song was also featured on the Bulworth soundtrack.
Pras was one third of The Fugees along with Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill. "Ghetto Supastar" was actually produced by Wyclef and he was featured in the music video.
The song samples "Islands in the Stream" by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. The song was actually written by the Gibb brothers better known as The Bee Gees. The Bee Gees actually covered "Ghetto Supastar," According to Wikipedia, "The Bee Gees recorded a version of "Islands in the Stream" with the chorus of "Ghetto Supastar" replacing the final chorus for their retrospective 2001 compilation Their Greatest Hits: The Record. It also appeared on their 2004 Number Ones and on the 2010 Mythology box set."
The song was originally just a duet between Pras and Mya, but Ol Dirty Bastard AKA ODB from Wu-Tang, happened to be in the same recording studio at the time and asked to be a part of the song. The rest is history.
The music video features actors from the movie, Bulworth, including Halle Barry, Warren Beatty, Oliver Platt, and Joshua Malina.
The music video garnered a lot of attention. According to Wikipedia, "It was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video and Best Video from a Film. Another three nominations on the 1998 Billboard Video Music Awards for Best New Artist Clip (Pop), Best New Artist Clip (Rap), and Best New Artist Clip (R&B). It won an 8th Annual MVPA Award in 1999."
"Ghetto Supastar" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, #8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and #2 on the Rhythmic chart.