To Be Real Or Not To Be: GhostLaFa Talks About the Power to Remain Real in the Music Industry

The music industry is one of the most rewarding industries to be in but what do you do to remain relevant? Do you clean yourself up, tattoo your face, be unauthentic? Or, do you keep it 1000? Either way, you have to create your own lane and your own voice. You have to tell your story the best way. This describes none other than GhostLaFa. Texas-born, Miami living rapper is one who uses his platform to speak his truth and be 100% authentic. With his debut album Ivana’s Brother being released, he continues to prove why he is as real as it gets.

What inspired your love for music?

I was able to feel the moods of my mom and grandmother. When they would listen to music, I could feel it. I grew up heavily with women in my life. Not to say that my dad wasn’t around, but even with him, when he’d come to get me, we would listen to good music in the car. I got to know him through music. I could go to each person in my family and listen to the different types of music they played. It’s how I got to connect with my family and with the universe.

Tell me about the story behind the creation of Ivana’s Brother. What inspired this debut album?

Honestly, the passion for my sister. Of course, her name is Ivana. A lot of my life, I’ve been chasing these dreams and these goals, and my sister was my biggest fan. My nephew knows all my music (laughs). Even though I was away for a long time, the times I got to see my sister, she was always supportive. People always knew me as Ivana’s brother or JB’s brother. When she was in the hospital, I would sit with her and we’d talk, and she’d tell me what she liked and didn’t like. She would tell me what I could work on and who she saw me being. I took that and I ran with it. She was one of the first people who told me no matter how old I get to focus and fin