RZA & Interpol's Paul Banks Announce Joint Album "Anything But Words"
Hip-hop legend RZA and indie rock god Paul Banks are coming together as 'Banks & Steelz' for a joint effort, which by the sounds of it, probably won't be their only album under that moniker. They announced the album, Anything But Words, in a press release this morning, alongside a tracklist and tour dates. The project will feature a few other rap OGs, namely, Kool Keith, Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Masta Killa, as well as one other indie rock artist-- Florence Welch.
RZA Says Ol' Dirty Bastard Biopic Is "In Motion"
Rap biopics are all the rage these days. The success of "Straight Outta Compton" opened the door for films like that Tupac biopic, previously stuck in production purgatory, to get green lit. Even Boosie Badazz is apparently planning his own biopic. Now, according to RZA, a biopic on Ol' Dirty Bastard is "in motion."
RZA Responds To Backlash Over His Police Brutality Comments
RZA's recent interview with Bloomberg resulted in an uproar on social media, with many taking issue with what sounded like an argument for black men to "clean up" their look in order to avoid harassment. An excerpt from the rapper's statement can be found below.
Wu-Tang Clan Gave Bill Murray Permission To Steal Their $2 Million LP
As we learned yesterday, the winning bidder on the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang album Once Upon A Time in Shaolin was none other than mega-douche pharaceutical villain Martin Shkreli. Sold for $2 million, the album came with a 174-page leatherbound book of lyrics and liner notes.
Two Men Stabbed At RZA's New Jersey Home
Police are investigating a double stabbing that occurred at RZA's home in Millstone, New Jersey earlier this morning, reports NJ.com. It is still unknown if RZA was at the home when the stabbings took place.
Review: Raury's "All We Need"
“Love is all we need.” This lyric off the opening track “All We Need” could summarize the message Raury is trying to convey with his music. Like Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, and John Lennon before him, Raury wants to see the world become a better place.
RZA To Direct Upcoming Action-Thriller "Breakout"
Revered Wu-Tang producer, actor, and acclaimed filmmaker RZA has another upcoming on-screen project on his radar. Variety reports that RZA will direct an upcoming action-thriller titled "Breakout," which will begin filming in early 2016. The film's plot will focus on a young photographer who has been falsely arrested in Bangladesh on charges of drug trafficking as well as the ensuing rescue mission conducted by his father.
Classic Rotation: Raekwon "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx"
Throughout the 90s, the Wu-Tang Clan had an all-star run of releases, both as a group and as solo artists. Jumpstarted by 36 Chambers and followed by Method Man’s Tical and Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers, Raekwon’s collaborative Only Built 4 Cuban Linx was primed for greatness.
Review: Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge's "12 Reasons To Die II"
The members of Wu-Tang Clan have always made songs that sort of play out like the soundtrack for some NYC-meets-Tokyo urban Kung Fu flick, but with 12 Reasons To Die II, Ghostface and company take the concept record route to develop a fine-tuned project.
Inspectah Deck Lost An Entire Album When RZA's Apartment Flooded
Inspectah Deck might be the unluckiest dude in the rap game. In a new interview with VladTV, Deck told the story of how his debut solo album Uncontrolled Substance got completely wiped out by a flood in RZA's apartment.
10 Best Hip-Hop Crews Of All Time
The hip hop crew is an essential part of success. Whether big or small, every rapper has an entourage. Sometimes it's full of rappers, and other times it's just his buddies from back in the day, nonetheless, weak links in a crew can water down the crew as a whole-- something we took into consideration when crafting this list. You have the multimedia approach that Odd Future takes, and also the full-on lyrical assault that Wu-Tang Clan makes. Both are great crews, but who would comprise a list of the best rap crews of all time?
Azealia Banks To Star In RZA-Directed Film "Coco"
While Azealia Banks currently works on her sophomore album Business And Pleasure, which she says is already half-way done, the Harlem emcee is also starting a new acting career as well.
Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge Share "12 Reasons To Die II" Tracklist
Yesterday, the power duo of Wu-Tang veteran Ghostface Killah and retro-soul maestro Adrian Younge shared the fiery "Return of the Savage," the first track we'd heard from their upcoming sequel to 2013's Twelve Reasons To Die. Today, they come back with the tracklist for the July 10th release.
10 Drumless Hip-Hop Tracks
What's that? Hip hop without the drums? Does that exist? Is it even possible? Well, it does exist in some form. While hip hop is almost defined by its drums, there are instances where rapping takes place over an absence of drums. Whether it's Nas kicking off his Untitled album or Outkast getting galactic on ATLiens, some cool tracks have been created without that classic boom-bap rhythm.
Classic Rotation: Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version"
Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version turns 20 today. Rap music’s most eccentric figure isn’t here to celebrate the occasion, but he did leave behind a phenomenal LP during his time here on earth. Produced in large part by the RZA, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version elaborates on the rugged and raw Wu-Tang style they displayed on their famous LP Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
RZA Speaks On The "Blurred Lines" Verdict
After Pharrell and Robin Thicke were forced to pay a $7.3 million sum to Marvin Gaye's family for copyright infringement, many producers, Pharrell included, are worried about what the verdict means for hip-hop's future. A keynote speaker at SXSW, RZA recently shared his thoughts on the "Blurred Lines" verdict and provided a solution that might curb a potentially slippery slope.
Wu-Tang Clan Release Official Statement Defending 88-Year Rule On Album
The one copy idea behind the Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon A Time In Shaolin seemed insane at first, but the more recent development that it could not be shared for at least 88 years brought it to a whole new level. Not only were fans not pleased that they would not be ale to hear the LP in their lifetime, Method Man actually spoke out about the decision, denouncing it as "stupid," and insisting that the music would be "played out" by then.
#TBT: MF DOOM
MF DOOM is one of the most interesting figures in rap music. The metal-masked villain has remained prominent in the underground rap world for over 20 years now, and his unique brand of flavor is enjoyed by critics, MCs and fans alike. He is one of the greatest producer/MCs in the game, producing his own albums in entirety long before anyone knew who Mr. West was. He's collaborated with Danger Mouse, Madlib, RZA, Flying Lotus and most recently Bishop Nehru (although we don't consider that last one too much of a throwback).
#TBT: Wu-Tang Clan's GZA
GZA will be 50 next year, and while the MC might spend more time working on his chess game than writing rhymes, he certainly paid his dues while releasing tons of classic material. GZA is the only Wu-Tang Clan member to have released an album before 36 Chambers dropped. Always ahead of the curve, he doesn't get the nickname 'The Genius' for nothing. He spits straight knowledge on his beats, and never succumbs to the ignorance we see in modern rap (or even occasionally in ODB's rhymes!).
Wu-Tang Clan Plan To Auction Off "Once Upon A Time In Shaolin" Online
It's been a while since we've gotten an update on The Wu-Tang Clan's purportedly one-of-a-kind album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, but now that the buzz from December's A Better Tomorrow has died down, it looks like the crew have rethought the strategy by which they'll release the new project.