Wu-Tang Affiliate Cuts Off Penis, Jumps From Balcony In Suicide Attempt [Update: Rapper Is Stable]
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.
Russell Crowe Reportedly Kicks Azealia Banks Out Of His Hotel Suite
A hotel suite confrontation between Russell Crowe and Azealia Banks reportedly culminated in Crowe physically removing Banks from the room when she became increasingly hostile and threatened to stab his guests.
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.
RZA Says Raekwon Is Holding Up Wu-Tang's New Album & Rae Responds On Twitter [Update: RZA Further Explains Situation w/ Raekwon]
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.
RZA Refutes Azealia Banks' Claim That Russell Crowe Attacked Her
Azealia Banks accused Hollywood actor Russell Crowe of assaulting her earlier this week, claiming that Crowe choked her, spat on her, and called her the N-word.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Review: Wu-Tang Clan's "A Better Tomorrow"
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.
Azealia Banks Backs Out Of Deal With RZA Over Russell Crowe Incident
Last week, Azealia Banks announced via Facebook, now her primary social media channel, that she would be signing a deal with RZA. "He and I have an excellent work chemistry," she wrote. "Filming coco with him was loads of fun!! Now I get to make music with him!!!Business and Pleasure is imminent."
T.I., The Game, Tech N9ne, And More Sign On As Celebrity Judges For "One Shot"
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
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.
10 Classic, One-Producer Albums
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 Says Nobody Else In Wu-Tang Clan Has Heard "Once Upon A Time In Shaolin"
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 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.
Azealia Banks Fires Back At "Cornball" RZA
RZA's statement on the Russell Crowe-Azealia Banks situation seemingly sounded the death knell for Banks' side of the story.
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.
RZA Reveals He's Received $5 Million Offer For Singular Copy Of "The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin"
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
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.