Exclusive: Ghost Singer Papa Emeritus Identity Revealed To Be Rap Legend Bushwick Bill


For years, the biggest mystery in heavy metal has been the identity of Ghost vocalist Papa Emeritus.  Ghost burst upon the scene in 2010 to rave reviews from metal fans everywhere (including an endorsement from one-time Presidential candidate Sarah Palin).  However, up until this point the band has been highly guarded about their identity, never appearing without their trademark corpse paint and hoods in public and forcing interviewers to be blindfolded and driven seven hours to a cave in an undisclosed part of New Mexico to do interviews.

However, our staff of investigative reporters at Tyranny of Tradition have uncovered exclusive documents proving, without a shadow of a doubt, that Ghost’s enigmatic front man is actually former Geto Boys rap sensation Bushwick Bill.

The documents, which were passed to one of our reporters in an underground garage by a high level government official who went by the fictional name “John Holmes”, show tax returns filed by the band for the past two years along with handwriting samples from checks supposedly written by Papa Emeritus that, when analyzed by the CIA, appear to have been signed by Bushwick Bill.   Included with these documents was a DNA sample taken off of Papa Emeritus’ fake Pope hat by FBI agents while it was at a dry cleaners in Provo, Utah that is close to matching the DNA of the rapper.


The Jamaican born Bushwick Bill, whose real name is Dr. Wolfgang Von Bushwickin the Barbarian Mother Funky Stay High Dollar Billstir, has had a checkered past that included being shot in the eye by his girlfriend, nearly being deported for a drug arrest, and penning the script to Superbabies:  Baby Geniuses II.

He had all but disappeared from the public eye after a short tenure as the backup point guard for the Sacramento Kings during the 2008-09 season.  According to a source close to the band, it was about this time that Bill devised his plan to start the band Ghost.

Few people suspected the diminutive 3 foot 8 rapper of being the singer from Ghost because of his strongly held religious beliefs.  Bill became a born-again Christian back in 2006.  Ghost’s over-the-top satanic imagery and hedonistic lyrics seemed a poor match for the rapper’s monastic lifestyle.

Credible press reports had even surfaced that several other people were Papa Emeritus including actor Jonah Hill, former Knicks Center Patrick Ewing and Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen.  However, these reports were fabrications created by the band in order to throw the press off of Bushwick Bill’s trail.


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  1. #1 by Universe Number Five on May 20, 2013 - 6:45 AM

    This was really the poorest kept secret in metal though. I mean c’mon, the hiphop cadence during the hook on “Death Knell” was a total giveaway. Sometimes, you’ve just gotta Let A Ghost Be A Ghost.

  2. #2 by Heavy Metal Overload on May 20, 2013 - 7:18 AM

    Arrghhhh I felt sure it was Buck Dharma sitting on Eric Bloom’s shoulders (ala that guy in Mad Max 3: Beyond the Thunderdome.)

    • #3 by Keith Spillett on May 20, 2013 - 7:21 AM

      That image will be with me all day.

      • #4 by Heavy Metal Overload on May 20, 2013 - 7:31 AM

        It’s been haunting me for years… I was hoping one day the truth would be revealed, Scooby Doo style!

  3. #5 by mirkinfirkin on May 20, 2013 - 10:43 AM

    Isn’t he the guy responsible for all the “Man from Nantucket” rhymes that have been going around lately?

  4. #6 by BlubberMouthMetal on May 20, 2013 - 1:15 PM

    This is false news, which is almost as bad as false metal. Manowar are probably spinning over in their graves. Anyone with half a brain knows that the singer of Ghost is Weird Al.

  5. #7 by Kenneth on May 20, 2013 - 1:41 PM

    “Ghost’s over-the-top satanic imagery and hedonistic lyrics seemed a poor match for the rapper’s monastic lifestyle” lol they sound like a kindergarden choir

  6. #8 by stunt man mike on May 21, 2013 - 1:19 AM

    i call BULL$#T !! but if it is true what a disapointment to the METAL COMMUNITY \m/ \m/

  7. #9 by John Erickson on May 21, 2013 - 3:08 PM

    I think it’s way too obvious that a born-again Christian be writing Satanic verses. I’m a firm believer in the “he doth protest too much” concept. Then again, maybe this is a red herring. After all, residuals would’ve run out a short time ago for the 3 guys who played the droids in “Silent Running”……

  8. #10 by Joel on October 22, 2014 - 4:31 PM

    This is interesting, and I never would’ve guessed! (I always assumed it was Spice 1.)

    On a related note, do you know if there’s any truth to the rumor that the true identity of Cobra Commander is Steve “Zetro” Souza?

  9. #11 by Dave Norton on August 10, 2015 - 7:59 PM

    geto boys just played across the street from me bushwick is still with willie d and scarface doing old geto boys shit, this is a joke people.

    • #12 by Keith Spillett on August 11, 2015 - 5:57 AM

      That’s a fake Bushwick Bill. They got another guy who looks and sounds just like him.

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