“Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)” is a song by former Fugees member and American rapper Pras, featuring vocals from Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Mýa. It was released in June 1998 as the lead single from the soundtrack album of the Warren Beatty’s film “Bulworth.” The song is known for its catchy chorus and sample of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s “Islands in the Stream.” The track’s title and lyrics celebrate individuality and self-confidence, with the term “ghetto superstar” referring to someone who rises above their circumstances and achieves success despite humble beginnings. It encourages listeners to be proud of their roots and to embrace their unique qualities. Upon its release, “Ghetto Supastar” received critical acclaim and became a commercial success. The song reached the top ten on various music charts, including #2 in the UK, and #15 the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and earned widespread airplay on radio stations and music channels. It also reached the top of European Hot 100 singes chart. The song also appears on Pras’ debut solo album, “Ghetto Supastar”.
The music video for “Ghetto Supastar” features Pras, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Mýa performing the song in various urban and glamorous settings, intercut with scenes from the “Bulworth” film. The video’s stylish visuals complement the song’s upbeat and positive message.
Pras, whose full name is Prakazrel Samuel Michel, is known for his work as a member of the hip-hop group The Fugees. “Ghetto Supastar” became one of his most successful solo singles, helping to establish his solo career. Ol’ Dirty Bastard (often abbreviated as ODB), whose real name is Russell Tyrone Jones, was a prominent member of the Wu-Tang Clan. His distinctive and sometimes outrageous style made him a memorable figure in the hip-hop community. Mýa, whose full name is Mýa Marie Harrison, is an R&B singer known for her soulful vocals and successful solo career. “Bulworth,” the film for which “Ghetto Supastar” was featured on the soundtrack, is a political satire that starred Warren Beatty. The film’s soundtrack, which featured “Ghetto Supastar,” earned acclaim for its mix of hip-hop and R&B songs.
“Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)” remains a classic and nostalgic track from the late ’90s, capturing the essence of the era’s hip-hop and R&B sound. Its catchy chorus and positive message continue to resonate with audiences, making it a favorite among fans of ’90s music and hip-hop culture.