There are many, many reasons why I love rap music. One of those reasons, I have learned, is this: At a young and formative age, I had my mind blown by superhero comics. Many rappers — most of the best rappers — present themselves as flesh-and-blood superheroes. (In this, rappers are like action-movie stars or … More »
You may not recognize Mark Ronson, but you’d definitely recognize at least one of the countless hits he’s worked on in the past 10 years. He began as a socialite DJ back in the ’90s, a New York cool kid who went from spinning at hip-hop clubs to high-fashion parties. Born in London in 1975, … More »
America’s audacious star child, Miley Cyrus, has unfurled her first arm, SHE IS COMING, of her forthcoming, three-part EP series, SHE IS MILEY CYRUS.
Riding sidecar for Cyrus’s new EP is a wrecking ball of a guest roster. With support arriving in the form of Swae Lee‘s inviting intimations on “Party Up The Street,” to Ghostface Killah’s cutting outro verse on “D.R.E.A.M.,” among a sundry of other iridescent industry icons, including RuPaul, Mark Ronson, and “23” collaborator, Mike WiLL Made-It. Cyrus’s not-so-surreptitious lyric on the EP’s “Cattitude:” “I love you, Nicki, but I listen to Cardi.” incited quite a frenzy following her recent live performance of the song at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend. Miley attempted to clip the contention in an interview with Roman Kemp, speaking highly of both Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, to whom the lyric alludes.
“They’re both queens,” she announced on Capital Breakfast.
The trilogy consists of EP installments entitled, SHE IS COMING, SHE IS HERE, and SHE IS EVERYTHING. The newly arrived EP is Cyrus’s first multi-track release since Younger Now of 2017. The two remaining extended plays are due for release before 2019’s end.
Remember when we thought Miley Cyrus was officially returning to her country roots with the release of her last album, Younger Now? Well, the joke is on us because Ms. Cyrus is ushering in yet another aesthetic and artistic change. She just dropped She Is Coming, a five-song EP which seems to … More »
Of Mics And Men, Showtime’s new four-part documentary about the history of the Wu-Tang Clan, is absolutely magical television, and it effectively makes the totally accurate case that the Wu-Tang Clan’s ascent is one of the great miracles in the history of American popular music. (At one point, Jim Jarmusch refers to Wu-Tang as “warriors … More »
The Wu-Tang Clan has never been anything “to fuck with (Tiger Style).” Now with the recognition by the City of New York, one can now change that to “nothing to be forgotten.” Their home borough of Staten Island officially named the intersection of Vanderbilt Ave. and Targee St. the Wu-Tang Clan District.
The collective of East Coast rappers is regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time. Since 1993 the Wu-Tang Clan embodied and built the hardcore hip-hop sound that represented and reflected the streets where their legacy was born. Now 25 years later they’ve got a street sign to mark that origin.
Regardless of weather Ghostface Killah and Raekwon were present at the sign’s unveiling ceremony along with Staten Island residents and Wu-Tang fans. Ghostface posted the moment of the unveiling on Instagram evoking comments of respect from Immortal Technique, members of De La Soul, Cypress Hill and more.
“It’s like a dream right now: Twenty-five years later to come back and to have district, a block named after your crew,” Ghostface Killah said. “First of all, people don’t get to make it 25 years later. To come from Staten Island, I wanna tell y’all anything is possible. I never saw this day coming. I knew that we were some ill MCs, but I didn’t know it would take it this far.”
Their legacy is one shrouded by a mist of activity. Each member has their own legacy and influence (even after life.) They’ve graced the silver screen, they’re activists, they’re still making music that has spanned across genres, and spreading the word. Even in subtle ways, they continue to change the face of music; Childish Gambino wouldn’t have his name if not for a Wu-Tang name generator.
Coming this May 10 some of the details of their truth, their influence, and their lives will come to light through the Showtime documentary series, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men.
Photo credit: Jonathan Weiner
For the past few years, Czarface have been on a mission to bring fantastically raw and guttural East Coast underground rap back into your life. The trio is already a bit of a supergroup, uniting Boston punchline lifers 7L & Esoteric with longtime Wu-Tang Clan representer Inspectah Deck. And lately, they’ve been on a collaborative … More »
We named Teyana Taylor’s Kanye West-produced album K.T.S.E. one of the 50 Best Albums Of The Year, and today the Harlem-bred artist has released a new remix of her track “Gonna Love Me” that features verses from not one, not two, but three Wu-Tang Clan members: Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and Raekwon. Their … More »
It’s such an oddly specific and low-stakes flex: “I’ve been on every podcast that I listen to.” It’s also, presumably, an entirely true statement. If you’ve ever heard Open Mike Eagle on a podcast, you already know that he’s an ideal podcast guest: funny, gregarious, open-hearted, interested, informed enough to speak with some credibility on … More »