At the grand opening of his Staten Island cafe, rapper Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan was honored by the New York City mayor.
Killah, real name Dennis Coles, was awarded a proclamation by Mayor Eric Adams during Killah Koffee Shop’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, naming May 9th (the rapper’s birthday) Ghostface Killah Day. The proclamation is in thanks for the famous rapper opening his business to reinvest in the Staten Island community, as well as his contributions to the music industry throughout his career, according to SILive.com.
He also received citations from Rep. Nicole Malliotakis and City Councilwoman Kamillah Hanks for his efforts.
Mayor Adams is a retired NYC police officer, which makes it all the more amusing that he is honoring the “Run” rapper with his own day, given that that song, in particular, gives advice to drug dealers who are about to be caught by police.
“Run if you sell drugs in the school zone. Run if you getting chased with no shoes on. Run, f-ck that, run, cops got guns. They givin’ out life, like, by the tons,” the lyrics of the song say.
Mayor Adams said during the ceremony, “There’s so many people coming out here seeing a performer, a young person who grew up here who lived in public housing and went to public school, and now is able to have a business out here; just coming back to the community. That’s what it’s all about.”
He went on to say, “So we just want to say, thank you. Thank you for reinvesting.”
Killah thanked everyone who attended the ribbon-cutting, telling them all, “I love each and every one of y’all for coming. … God bless.”