Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)"
Single by Pras Michel featuring Mýa and Ol' Dirty Bastard
from the album Ghetto Supastar and Bulworth O.S.T.
Released June 6, 1998 (1998-06-06)
Format CD single, Cassette single
Recorded 1997
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 4:26
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Wyclef Jean, Russell Jones, Pras
Producer(s) Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis, Wyclef Jean
Pras Michel singles chronology
"Ghetto Supastar"
"Blue Angels"
Mýa singles chronology
"It's All About Me"
"Ghetto Supastar"
"Movin' On"
Ol' Dirty Bastard singles chronology
"Come Over To My Place"
"Ghetto Supastar"
"Got's Like Come On Thru"

"Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" is a 1998 hip hop song by American rapper Pras, featuring rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard and R&B singer Mýa. The track was produced by Wyclef Jean and Jerry 'Wonda" Duplessis for Pras' debut solo studio album, Ghetto Supastar. It was also featured on the soundtrack for the motion picture Bulworth. "Weird Al" Yankovic also included the song in his polka medley "Polka Power!" from his 1999 album Running with Scissors.


The song was written by Prakazrel Michel, Wyclef Jean, Russell Jones, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, and Maurice Gibb. The song was released on June 6, 1998 in the United States. The single was a commercial success; it peaked at number fifteen for 5 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and number eight on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs. The single was certified platinum in the United States by Recording Industry Association of America. "Ghetto Supastar" was a critical and commercial success worldwide, peaking at number two in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Australia, number four in Spain, number nine in Canada, as well as topping the charts in eight countries. The chorus is a reworking of the chorus of the 1983 Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton hit "Islands in the Stream", written by the Bee Gees. In 1999, the song received a nomination for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 41st Grammy Awards. There was a non-album remix version of the song that was performed live many times with Canibus.

Music video[edit]

Francis Lawrence directed the video, which features actress Halle Berry and actors Warren Beatty, Oliver Platt, and Joshua Malina. In a play on the theme of the film, which is a prominent white politician acting like a Black American, Bulworth in the music video actually begins to stretch his mouth, pulling his face off to show it's really a mask, and revealing himself to be Pras, who is really the first African-American U.S. president in disguise. Shortly after Pras gets pushed in an elevator, he takes off his suit and performs. Wyclef Jean also appears on the set playing the bass guitar riff at the end of the song. 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.

Bee Gees' recorded version[edit]

The Bee Gees recorded a new 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, with solo vocal by Robin Gibb. It also appeared on their 2004 Number Ones and on the 2010 Mythology box set.[1] The Bee Gees "live" version of the song appears on their One Night Only album as well as the compilation Love Songs.


  • German CD single[2]
  1. "Ghetto Supastar" (Main Version) - 4:26
  2. "Ghetto Supastar" (Instrumental) - 4:26
  3. "Ghetto Supastar" (Acapella) - 4:08
  4. "Don't Be Afraid" (performed by Mýa) - 4:48
  • UK CD single[3]
  1. "Ghetto Supastar" (Main Version) - 4:26
  2. "Ghetto Supastar" (Instrumental) - 4:26
  3. "Don't Be Afraid" (performed by Mýa) - 4:48
  1. "Ghetto Supastar" (Main Version) - 4:26
  2. "Ghetto Supastar" (TV Mix) - 4:26
  3. "Ghetto Supastar" (Instrumental) - 4:26
  4. "Ghetto Supastar" (Acapella) - 4:08


  • Written by P. Michel, W. Jean, B. Gibb, M. Gibb, R. Gibb, J. Brown, B. Byrd, R. Lenhoff
  • Contains a sample from "The Dream Shatterer" by Big Punisher
  • Contains an interpolation of "Islands In The Stream" by the Bee Gees and samples "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved" by James Brown
  • Taken from the soundtrack of Bulworth
  • Engineered by Chris Theis and Phil Blackman
  • Soundtrack executive producer: Karyn Rachtman
  • Original sound recordings owned by Interscope Records
  • Universal Music (UK) Ltd. are exclusive licensees for the United Kingdom
  • Distributed by BMG Records (UK) Ltd.
  • Pras appears courtesy of Refugee Camp Entertainment / RuffHouse / Columbia Records
  • ODB appears courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
  • Mýa appears courtesy of University Music Entertainment / Interscope


Chart (1998) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[8] 4
Canada (RPM)[9] 4
Denmark (IFPI) 1
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 1
France (SNEP)[10] 15
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[11] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 1
Ireland (IRMA) 1
Italy (FIMI) 3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[16] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 1
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 15
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 8
U.S. Billboard Rap Songs 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1998 Billboard Hot 100[19] 70


Country (Provider) Certifications
Australia (ARIA) Platinum[20]
Austria (IFPI) Platinum[21]
Belgium (BEA) Platinum[22]
Germany (IFPI) Platinum[23]
Netherlands (NVPI) Gold[24]
Norway (IFPI) Platinum[25]
United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum[26]


  1. ^ "Gibb Songs : 2001". 
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ " – Pras Michel feat. ODB & Intr Mya – Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ " – Pras Michel feat. ODB & Intr Mya – Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ " – Pras Michel feat. ODB & Intr Mya – Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ " – Pras Michel feat. ODB & Intr Mya – Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 
  10. ^ " – Pras Michel feat. ODB & Intr Mya – Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ "Pras Michel feat. ODB & Intr Mya: Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  12. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Pras Michel feat. ODB & Mya > Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are) –" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Pras Michel feat. ODB & Intr Mya search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  14. ^ " – Pras Michel feat. ODB & Intr Mya – Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ " – Pras Michel feat. ODB & Intr Mya – Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)". VG-lista.
  16. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  17. ^ " – Pras Michel feat. ODB & Intr Mya – Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)". Singles Top 60.
  18. ^ " – Pras Michel feat. ODB & Intr Mya – Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)". Swiss Singles Chart.
  19. ^ "Longbored Surfer". 
  20. ^ "ARIA 1998 singles accreditations". 
  21. ^ IFPI Austria certifications
  22. ^ "Award 1998". Belgian Entertainment Association. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Ghetto+Supastar')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  24. ^ ""Ghetto Supastar" NVPI platinum certification". 
  25. ^ IFPI Norway certification database
  26. ^

External links[edit]