RZA News

  • 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 11:15am
    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.
  • RZA Says Raekwon Is Holding Up Wu-Tang's New Album & Rae Responds On Twitter [Update: RZA Further Explains Situation w/ Raekwon]
    RZA Says Raekwon Is Holding Up Wu-Tang's New Album & Rae Responds On Twitter [Update: RZA Further Explains Situation w/ Raekwon]
    Nov 14, 2013 at 10:44am
    Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the Wu-Tang Clan's rap opus Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, and Grantland had an in-depth interview with RZA who said he's been trying to orchestrate the Wu's next project, but some members have not been cooperating or putting in the work.  The famed Wu producer even named Ghostface Killah and Raekwon as the two who have been the least cooperative. 
  • 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 08:20pm
    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.
  • 10 Drumless Hip-Hop Tracks
    10 Drumless Hip-Hop Tracks
    May 16, 2015 at 01:38pm
    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.
  • Review: Wu-Tang Clan's "A Better Tomorrow"
    Review: Wu-Tang Clan's "A Better Tomorrow"
    Dec 5, 2014 at 03:57pm
    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.
  • 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 03:35am
    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.
  • RZA Responds To Wu-Tang Affiliate's Suicide Attempt
    RZA Responds To Wu-Tang Affiliate's Suicide Attempt
    Apr 18, 2014 at 07:53pm
    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.
  • 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 05:41pm
    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
  • 10 Classic, One-Producer Albums
    10 Classic, One-Producer Albums
    Dec 5, 2014 at 11:51am
    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 Reveals He's Received $5 Million Offer For Singular Copy Of "The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin"
    RZA Reveals He's Received $5 Million Offer For Singular Copy Of "The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin"
    Apr 2, 2014 at 03:26pm
    As we reported on last week, Wu-Tang Clan are taking Jay Z's #newrules hashtag to new levels (in the words of Meek Mill, there are levels to this shit), with the release of a singular copy of an album recorded in complete secrecy, The Wu- Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.
  • RZA Speaks On The "Blurred Lines" Verdict
    RZA Speaks On The "Blurred Lines" Verdict
    Mar 21, 2015 at 07:57pm
    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. 
  • Crew Love: Wu-Tang Clan
    Crew Love: Wu-Tang Clan
    Jun 9, 2014 at 12:23pm
    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 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 01:17am
     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,
  • 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 02:11pm
    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.
  • 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 03:36pm
    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.
  • #TBT: MF DOOM
    #TBT: MF DOOM
    Feb 12, 2015 at 02:53pm
    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).
  • 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 01:53pm
    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.
  • #TBT: Wu-Tang Clan's GZA
    #TBT: Wu-Tang Clan's GZA
    Jan 29, 2015 at 03:00pm
    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 06:07pm
    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.
  • Review: Ghostface Killah's "36 Seasons"
    Review: Ghostface Killah's "36 Seasons"
    Dec 9, 2014 at 04:05pm
    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.
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