The Wu-Tang Clan’s New Hulu Show Is Beautiful Mythmaking

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Wu-Tang-An-American-SagaThere 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 »

Ol’ Dirty Bastard Biopic In The Works

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Ol’ Dirty Bastard is coming to the big screen. A biopic about the Wu-Tang Clan rapper is in development at Sony’s Columbia Pictures with Wu-Tang leader RZA attached to produce. The studio had no comment on the project. O.D.B. (born Russell Tyrone Jones) was a founding member of the Staten Island rap collective with cousins … More »

Soy Bomb, ODB, Aretha, & The Craziest Grammys Ever: An Oral History Of The 1998 Grammys

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The 1998 Grammys were the most action-packed ceremony in the show’s soon-to-be-60-year history. Aretha Franklin pinch-hit for Luciano Pavarotti at the last minute on a performance of aria “Nessun Dorma,” often ranked among the greatest in award-show history. Shawn Colvin saw her song of the year win interrupted by a just-snubbed Ol’ Dirty Bastard, memorably … More »