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  • Classic Rotation: Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version"
    Classic Rotation: Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version"
    Mar 28, 2015 at 06:53 PM
    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
    RZA Speaks On The "Blurred Lines" Verdict
    Mar 21, 2015 at 07:57 PM
    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
    Wu-Tang Clan Release Official Statement Defending 88-Year Rule On Album
    Mar 5, 2015 at 08:20 PM
    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
    #TBT: MF DOOM
    Feb 12, 2015 at 02:53 PM
    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
    #TBT: Wu-Tang Clan's GZA
    Jan 29, 2015 at 03:00 PM
    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
    Wu-Tang Clan Plan To Auction Off "Once Upon A Time In Shaolin" Online
    Jan 7, 2015 at 06:07 PM
    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.
  • T.I., The Game, Tech N9ne, And More Sign On As Celebrity Judges For "One Shot"
    T.I., The Game, Tech N9ne, And More Sign On As Celebrity Judges For "One Shot"
    Dec 18, 2014 at 03:35 AM
    Earlier this Fall, rapper KXNG CROOKED (aka Crooked I) announced on Sway In the Morning that he'd be delivering a hip-hop competition series in 2015. Titled "One Shot," the show will follow Crooked as he travels to eight cities across the United States on the hunt for up-and-coming talent. The winner of the competition will take home a grand prize of $100,000 and a record deal with SMH Records.
  • Review: Ghostface Killah's "36 Seasons"
    Review: Ghostface Killah's "36 Seasons"
    Dec 9, 2014 at 04:05 PM
    Ghostface Killah’s new LP 36 Seasons comes to us just one week after the release of Wu-Tang Clan’s A Better Tomorrow. While the latter LP received lukewarm reviews due to questionably experimental tracks, 36 Seasons is the exact opposite. It is concise and precise, using that classic Wu sound to march along an incredible story line while The Revelations provide the production.
  • Review: Wu-Tang Clan's "A Better Tomorrow"
    Review: Wu-Tang Clan's "A Better Tomorrow"
    Dec 5, 2014 at 03:57 PM
    It's been seven years since the Wu-Tang Clan released their last proper album, 8 Diagrams, but of course, that doesn’t mean the members of rap’s greatest clan have been prepping for an early retirement. Not by a long shot.  Since 8 Diagrams, there have been a number of efforts from Clan members, most notably records by Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Method Man. While the three collaborated on 2010’s Wu-Massacre, they have also been involved in a variety of other projects.
  • 10 Classic, One-Producer Albums
    10 Classic, One-Producer Albums
    Dec 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM
    Many of hip-hop's most classic albums have one thing in common: they were all produced (mostly) by one man. Dr. Dre, J Dilla, the RZA, Kanye West, Madlib, and many more have all laced MCs with a collection of beats that create a cohesive aesthetic through which full LPs can thrive. Singles and one-offs are cool, but to compile 10+ tracks and keep it dope the whole way through makes you a master of hip-hop.
  • RZA Invested A Lot Of His Own Money In Wu-Tang Clan's "A Better Tomorrow"
    RZA Invested A Lot Of His Own Money In Wu-Tang Clan's "A Better Tomorrow"
    Nov 25, 2014 at 03:36 PM
    Wu-Tang Clan's reunion album, A Better Tomorrow, is still awaiting official release, meanwhile we've been fed gritty singles like "Necklace" and "Ruckus In B Minor." The entire group isn't going heavy on the promo route for this album though, so it's likely to impact relatively quietly.
  • Classic Rotation: Wu-Tang Clan's "Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers"
    Classic Rotation: Wu-Tang Clan's "Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers"
    Nov 9, 2014 at 05:46 PM
    In the late 80s, a few cousins got together to form a little rap crew in Brooklyn, New York. Robert Diggs, Gary Grice and Russel Jones, better known as Rza, Gza and Ol' Dirty Bastard respectively, had no idea what kind of world-changing journey they were about to embark on. They were simply teenagers who enjoyed kung fu, hip-hop and probably a little weed smoke. Fortunately for us, the All In Together Now Crew were the roots of what became the mighty Wu-Tang Clan, in all their profound glory and cringing controversy.
  • Wu-Tang Clan Will Release New Music On A Portable Speaker
    Wu-Tang Clan Will Release New Music On A Portable Speaker
    Oct 1, 2014 at 02:11 PM
    Earlier this year, Wu-Tang Clan made headlines all over the place when they announced that only one copy of their album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin would be released, and while we don't have any more news on that, the Clan have announced another unique release strategy, this time for their other new album, A Better Tomorrow.
  • Crew Love: Wu-Tang Clan
    Crew Love: Wu-Tang Clan
    Jun 9, 2014 at 12:23 PM
    Few can disagree that Wu-Tang Clan has made a huge impact on rap music. The Clan, built up of it's main members RZA, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Method Man, Raekwon, Masta Killa, Ghostface Killah, U-God and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard were successful not only as a supergroup but also in many of their respective solo careers. 
  • RZA & Raekwon Call Truce, Raekwon To Record Verses For "A Better Tomorrow"
    RZA & Raekwon Call Truce, Raekwon To Record Verses For "A Better Tomorrow"
    May 12, 2014 at 04:32 PM
    RZA and Raekwon have had their differences in the past, often expressing their opinions about one another to the public before speaking in person. It seems that after many interviews suggesting the two would never work things out, they've gotten together and come to an agreement. As a new update on the Wu-Tang Clan's website reveals, the two rappers have called a truce, and Raekwon has agreed to record his verses for the upcoming album, "A Better Tomorrow".
  • RZA Says Nobody Else In Wu-Tang Clan Has Heard "Once Upon A Time In Shaolin"
    RZA Says Nobody Else In Wu-Tang Clan Has Heard "Once Upon A Time In Shaolin"
    Apr 25, 2014 at 05:41 PM
    The Wu-Tang Clan's RZA has been in the news a lot lately, whether for his dispute with Raekwon, response to Andre Johnson's suicide attempt, appearance in the film "Brick Mansions," or the
  • RZA Says Raekwon Dispute Has 30 Days Before Final Decision On Wu-Tang Clan Album Is Made
    RZA Says Raekwon Dispute Has 30 Days Before Final Decision On Wu-Tang Clan Album Is Made
    Apr 24, 2014 at 01:17 AM
     This back and forth conflict between Raekwon and RZA will come to an end here soon, regardless of outcome. Sitting down with SI Now, RZA gave Raekwon approximately 30 days to resolve his issues and get in his verses, OR risk not being on the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan album, A Better Tomorrow, altogether. RZA tells SI host Maggie Gray,
  • RZA Responds To Wu-Tang Affiliate's Suicide Attempt
    RZA Responds To Wu-Tang Affiliate's Suicide Attempt
    Apr 18, 2014 at 07:53 PM
    Earlier this week, we reported the disturbing story of Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper Andre Johnson (AKA Christ Bearer) cutting off his own penis and jumping from a second story balcony in an apparent suicide attempt.
  • Raekwon Says There's A '2 Out Of 10' Chance He'll Be On The Wu-Tang Album
    Raekwon Says There's A '2 Out Of 10' Chance He'll Be On The Wu-Tang Album
    Apr 17, 2014 at 01:53 PM
    It's no secret that Raekwon and RZA have not seen eye to eye on the direction of the Wu-Tang Clan for a while now. However, it seems that the rift between the two rappers has only deepened with time, with talk of Raekwon's alleged opposition to the new album contributing to its setbacks.
  • Wu-Tang Affiliate Cuts Off Penis, Jumps From Balcony In Suicide Attempt [Update: Rapper Is Stable]
    Wu-Tang Affiliate Cuts Off Penis, Jumps From Balcony In Suicide Attempt [Update: Rapper Is Stable]
    Apr 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM
    Andre Johnson, an L.A. based rapper and Wu Tang affiliate, is reported to have attempted suicide today. Johnson, who also goes by Christ Bearer, is said to have cut off his own penis before jumping from his second story balcony last night around 1 AM. The rapper was rushed to hospital, where he's currently being treated, says TMZ.
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