Every few years, a major national publication will publish an overview of the Christian music industry. This week, Kelefa Sanneh has a good one in The New Yorker. Sanneh’s history of Christian rock and pop begins way back in the 1950s, with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s advice-column exhortation that gospel and the devil’s … 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 »
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.
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The whole saga of Once Upon A Time In Shaolin gets more complicated all the time. It was weird enough when the Wu-Tang Clan decided to sell the one and only copy of the album for millions. It was weirder still when pharma price-gouging vampire Martin Shkreli bought the one and only copy. And it … More »
Though the start of festival season is still some months away, lineups announcements have begun in earnest.. From the recent additions of Alesso and Alison Wonderland to this year’s Tomorrowland lineup, to the announcement of REZZ’s headliner status at Shambhala Festival, 2018 is easily rounding out to showcase the brightest acts within the music industry.
Adding onto the anticipated list of high-profile events, Movement Festival unveiled an unprecedentedly packed and diverse 2018 lineup. Following the pursuit of festivals utilizing a variety of genres to pique attendees’ interests, this year’s headliners include Dirtybird founder Claude Vonstroke, an exclusive b2b set between Loco Dice and The Martinez Brothers, and the venerable Wu-Tang Clan called upon to close out the event.
Not only marking a special 20th anniversary of Paxahau, the mastermind behind Detroit’s electronic music bookings, the landmark event has shown true to their techno roots by boasting acts like Dubfire, Seth Troxler and, Tiga amongst a handful of other performances.
Taking place over May 26-28, weekend GA and VIP passes are available for purchase online.
Now that the year’s over, it’s time to go over a list of the 10 best covers to emerge from the various corners of the music world over the past 12 months. I mean, it’s time for a lot of things, many of which are more important, per se, and say a lot more about … More »
Federal officials are forcing Martin Shkreli to give up the rights to his exclusive $2 million dollar Wu Tang album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
In August, Shkreli was convicted on two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. The convictions were found in connection with Shkreli’s biotech company, as well as two hedge funds that the thirty-four-year-old ran.
Shkreli is currently being held on $5 million bail at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Correctional Center awaiting his appearance in court. CNBC reports that Shkreli’s attorney, Ben Brafman, says he’ll “vigorously oppose the government motion.”
“Our position is clear,” said Brafman in a prepared statement on Friday. “None of the investors lost any money and Martin did not personally benefit from any of the counts of conviction. Accordingly, forfeiture of any assets is not an appropriate remedy.”
Prosecutors, on the other hand, believe that Shkreli gained access to “funds he would not have had but for his criminal offenses.”
Prosecutors have tallied $3 million for fraud at the hedge fund MSMB Capital, $3.4 million at MSMB Healthcare, and $960,000 for Shkreli’s conviction on conspiracy to commit securities fraud. “These funds were, in essence, the life blood that fueled the fraud scheme,” prosecutors wrote.
Shkreli’s efforts to sell the album as a piece of art, rather than simply release it to the public, were near-universally reviled by the music community, especially considering Shkreli’s dubious moral background.
Shkreli is scheduled to be sentenced on January 16th, 2018. Considering the evidence, he might want to protect his neck.
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After losing his freedom, Martin Shkreli might also lose his Wu-Tang Clan album. On Thursday, prosecutors asked Brooklyn Federal Court Judge Kiyo Matsumoto to seize $7.4 million in assets from the pharmaceutical CEO-turned-convict. The assets include Lil Wayne’s unreleased album Tha Carter V, an Enigma machine from World War II, and the world’s only copy … More »
Björk’s new album, Utopia, is out today. In a new interview with FACT, she talked about some rumored recording sessions that happened with the Wu-Tang Clan back around the time Homogenic was released 20 years ago. “We wrote a couple of songs together. And I just felt… sometimes when you … More »