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 »
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 trailer for Jim Jarmusch’s musician-filled new zombie movie, The Dead Don’t Die, is out today. The stacked cast includes a number of musical artists — Iggy Pop, RZA, Tom Waits, Selena Gomez — plus Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Sara … More »
Jim Jarmusch’s new zombie movie has just been announced. It hits theaters on 6/14 via Focus Features, as Variety reports. Jarmusch wrote and directed The Dead Don’t Die, which boasts an all-star cast including Iggy Pop, RZA, Tom Waits, Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry … More »
The young Chicago rapper Joey Purp is a human energy-bomb, an urgent and galvanizing live performer. Last night, he got a chance to show it. Purp released his new album QUARTERTHING last month. And last night, he and Wu-Tang Clan abbot RZA performed the album track “Godbody Pt. 2” on The Tonight Show. More »
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 »
In recent years, the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA has turned his sights to filmmaking. His 2012 directorial debut The Man With The Iron Fists was an homage to classic martial arts films, while last year’s 8 Mile-inspired Love Beats Rhymes starred Azealia Banks as a young aspiring rapper. His next movie, the gritty heist film … More »
Wu-Tang Clan is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their landmark debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), in the best fashion possible. Not only is the group touring the album in full this year, they’ve just announced that new music is in the works. In a new interview with Billboard, Wu-Tang divulged on the Ghostface Killah-helmed project, which will be their sixth studio album following last year’s The Saga Continues.
Inspectah Deck spoke with Billboard about the sound of the new record:
“He just gives it a new outlook and a fresh coat of eyes and ears. Ghost has taken it upon himself to say, ‘I want to get the beats, I want to hear some things that’s happening here,’ so we’re trusting him the same we trusted RZA in the beginning. Why not, man? Ghost has been successful in his solo endeavors. It’s a change of pace. Hopefully we get another banger, another Wu classic out of this project as well, in the 25th anniversary.”
While there’s no official word or further details on the project, it has been confirmed that RZA is supervising the record. Still in the early stages of production, Wu-Tang’s GZA said:
“RZA’s a deep thinker. His subject matter ranges, I think, broader than all of ours. Ghost is definitely a soulful type brother and has a deep consciousness, but he’s more direct to what Wu-Tang is. Wu-Tang was beats and rhymes. Ghost picks the harder beats. He has songs like ‘Camay,’ so he’s not gonna skip the women. There’s going to be a lot more variety of harder stuff. RZA comes up with deep concepts, but Ghost brings it just a little bit harder.”
Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)‘s 25th anniversary is November 9, so the Wu’s yet-to-be-named sixth studio album will likely coincide with the group’s seminal debut’s reissue. Better protect ya neck.
H/T: Hype Beast
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 »