First Week Sales For The Wu-Tang Clan & Mary J. Blige's New Albums
Last week, the two biggest albums to be released in the hip-hop/R&B sphere came from NYC-based '90s heavyweights. First off, Mary J. Blige dropped her invigorating, British-themed project The London Sessions, and then The Wu-Tang Clan finally freed their first album since 2007's 8 Diagrams, A Better Tomorrow, and now we have the first week sales for both.
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.
Skrillex Shuts Down Reports That He Bought $5 Million Wu-Tang Album
Two things you should never count on in life are forum users and Wu-Tang affiliates, both of which were involved in a recent report that Skrillex had purchased the Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon A Time In Shaolin for $5 Million. This of course created a scenario with two unreliable narrators, and if you've seen Gone Girl, you know that never goes well.
Stream Wu-Tang Clan's "A Better Tomorrow"
Wu-Tang Clan released the thought-provoking title track "A Better Tomorrow" yesterday, and slightly less than a week before the album is expected to drop, Warner (the Germany branch of the label, for whatever reason) has released an official album stream for it.
RZA Invested A Lot Of His Own Money In Wu-Tang Clan's "A Better Tomorrow"
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.
Ghostface Killah Announces New Album "36 Seasons" With Tracklist [Update: Listen To Album Snippets]
Wu-Tang Clan have finally locked in a release date for A Better Tomorrow, all the while Ghostface Killah has been silently working on a solo album of his own. Ghostface just announced the new album today, which he'll be dropping in close proximity to A Better Tomorrow.
Classic Rotation: Wu-Tang Clan's "Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers"
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.
Samples Of The Week: November 6
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey". This week, see who Nas, Wu-Tang Clan and Rockie Fresh sampled on their recent tracks, all of which can be found on HNHH.
Wu-Tang Clan Reveal Cover Art For "A Better Tomorrow" [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
It's been a long wait for Wu-Tang Clan's reunion album A Better Tomorrow. The album, which was missing Raekwon verses for quite some time, finally locked in a release date at the beginning of October. A Better Tomorrow is slated to drop on December 2nd, and it looks like things are on track, as we've received the official animated cover art for the album today.
Ghostface Killah Is Working On "Supreme Clientele 2"
For Ghostfac Killah fans, the "best album" debate is a heated one. There's the charismatic debut, Ironman, the return-to-form Fishscale, and I've even heard some boom-bap die-hards pull for last year's 12 Reasons To Die in the argument -- but Supreme Clientele, released in 2000, is usually the winner. That's why fans of Tony Starks ' solo work should rejoice in this news: Supreme Clientele 2 is in the works.
Wu-Tang Clan Explain What Happened To Their Remix Of Drake's "Wu-Tang Forever"
Last September, right around the time when Drake's acclaimed album Nothing Was The Same was dropping, Wu-Tang Clan's U-God announced that he and his crew had recorded a remix of Drizzy's track "Wu-Tang Forever." A year has passed, and we still have no sign of that posse cut, so what happened?
Wu-Tang Clan Sign New Deal With Warner Bros, Announce "A Better Tomorrow" Release Date
Wu-Tang Clan may be a veteran rap crew, but they continue to make moves in the present day. The rapper collective are attempting some unique marketing with their new commercial album, A Better Tomorrow, as we learned earlier this week. They're planning to drop a string of records off the new album via a limited edition Boombotix portable speaker.
Wu-Tang Clan Will Release New Music On A Portable Speaker
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.
The Source Taps Wu-Tang Clan, Lil Kim, Dipset & More For SOURCE360 Concert
The Source are putting the spotlight on New York with the announcement of their very first annual SOURCE360 concert. Today the initial line-up for the upcoming concert was revealed, with NYC vets Wu-Tang Clan set to headline.
Wu-Tang Affiliate Shyheim Arrested For Killing Man In Hit-And-Run [Update: Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter]
A Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Shyheim is in some hot water, after allegedly leaving the scene of a car crash on New Years day around 5 AM, which resulted in the death of another person.
Crew Love: Wu-Tang Clan
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.
Rebirth Pt. 1: The Evolution Of A Rap Group
Let’s face it. Real rap groups today are a rarity in hip-hop. You can play it off to say crews represent the group concept, but that doesn't necessarily cut it. When we once had a plethora of groups like Wu-Tang Clan, Roots, OutKast, L.O.X., Mobb Deep, we now have the likes of MMG, TDE, YMCMB, OVO in their place. The aesthetic and make-up of a 'rap group' has definitely evolved. Is it for better or for worse, though? We investigate this in one of three editorials; which will also look at how collaborations and individual MCs have evolved.
RZA & Raekwon Call Truce, Raekwon To Record Verses For "A Better Tomorrow"
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".
Study Shows That Wu-Tang Clan And Aesop Rock Have The Largest Vocabularies In Hip Hop
Hip-hop isn't necessarily a contest to see who knows the most words, but having a large vocabulary at your disposal can certainly aide your lyricism and ability to stay fresh after bars and bars of rapping.
15 Of The Best Rapper Capsule Collections
Theres no way to deny it, we are currently living in a time in which streetwear reigns supreme. Through recent years streetwear has evolved, not only taking a more fashion-forward approach but opening up doors for musicians, especially rappers, to slide through, leaving an imprint not only musically but aesthetically.