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.
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.
Wu-Tang Clan To Release Only One Copy Of Top Secret Album
Wu-Tang Clan have been working on a new album for some time now, we first found out about the reunion album a year ago, when the title was announced as A Better Tomorrow. Since then plenty more rumors have developed, including some conflicts about Raekwon not hitting the studio to lay down his verses.
Samples Of The Week: March 20
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".
15 Superhero References In Hip-Hop
The inspiration rappers have drawn from comic book characters over the years is undeniable, whether it be superheroes, villains or relatively normal protagonists who happen to find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Some have even created comic books based on fictionalized versions of themselves, most notably the Wu-Tang Clan as a whole as well as individual members Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, RZA and GZA.
RZA Hoping To Finish Wu-Tang Clan Album In Six Weeks, Still Missing Raekwon Verses
We've got more updates for you on the impending Wu-Tang Clan 20th anniversary album, rumored to be titled A Better Tomorrow. Once more, RZA has spoken on the status of the LP with the Associated Press, revealing he'd like to finish it within the next 42 days-- however he's still missing a key element-- Raekwon.
Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck To Release Lost "C.R.E.A.M." Verse
In a new interview with HHDX, Inspectah Deck of the Wu-Tang Clan revealed the existence of a lost "C.R.E.A.M." verse that he eventually plans to drop. "C.R.E.A.M." was a lead single from the the group's 1993 debut album Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.
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.
Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz & More Discuss The Wu-Tang Clan's "Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers"
It's hard to believe, but the Wu-Tang Clan's classic debut album Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers dropped 20 years ago today, on November 9th, 1993. It reached platinum status in 1995, and in 2003, was ranked #386 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. As a means of commemorating the project, MTV spoke with multiple artists about the influence it had on them.
Raekwon Will Record A Verse For Drake's "Wu-Tang Forever," Says The Track Is "All Love" [Update: Wu-Tang Speak On Remix Delay]
Drake's "Wu-Tang Forever" has made a considerable impact since it's release, mainly with members of the Clan themselves.
Drake Confirms Wu-Tang Collaboration, Reveals "Pound Cake" Was Meant For Jay Z's Album
Drake joined RapRadar's Elliott Wilson at NYU for his CRWN interview series earlier tonight, and while the footage of the hour long discussion has yet to surface, we've been able to piece together much the interview through the consistent live tweeting of press attendees. Drake spoke of his rumored collaboration with the Wu-Tang clan, confirming that he had recorded a song with the group, and that it will see release soon. He also shared portions of a conversation he had with Ghostface Killah.
Wu-Tang Clan Responds To Drake's "Wu-Tang Forever" [Update: Wu-Tang Have Recorded A Remix]
Drake shook up the internet as per usual when his track "Wu-Tang Forever" leaked. The record, which you'll receive with the pre-order of Nothing Was The Same, is produced by Noah '40' Shebib and samples Wu's "It's Yourz." A lot of comments in regards to the track have been mixed with confusion as well as hate, perhaps because Wu-Tang isn't the point of discussion in the record-- it's a Drizzy song straight up, as he discusses his girls and artistry.
GZA's Record Label Sues U-God's Promotion Team Over Leaked Song
Th Wu Tang Clan is reportedly working on a new record, but while the members are on good terms, their representation is not. Babygrande Records, GZA's current label, is suing U-God's promotional team over a GZA-featured song they argue belonged on the Genius' upcoming album.
Raekwon On Kendrick Lamar's "King Of New York" Claim: "He Can Never Wear That Crown"
Raekwon is certainly among New York's rap royalty, so it only seems right that his opinion is considered in the "King Of New York" discussion. In a recent interview, the Wu rapper weighed in on Kendrick Lamar's hot topic "Control" verse, as well as his claim of being "king" of the city.
Ol' Dirty Bastard Set To Appear On Wu-Tang Clan Reunion Album
The possibility of a Wu-Tang Clan reunion album has been in the talks for a long time, and it's finally coming to fruition in November (if all goes as planned). Fans will be happy to hear that even though Ol' Dirty Bastard passed away in 2004, he'll still be featured on the album, with previously unheard material.
Ghostface Killah Endorses NJ Congress Candidate Roy Cho
It seems Wu-Tang Clan veteran Ghostface Killah may be foraying into politics, openly voicing his support for Hackensack, New Jersey 5th District congressional candidate Roy Cho. Cho is both a corporate lawyer and a board member for New Jersey Needs You, a program that "prepares low-income, first-generation college students to realize their college and career potential by pairing them one-to-one with mentor coaches." Ghost has a home in Jersey, and has taken to Twitter to provide fans with information concerning Cho's policies.
Lyrics Of The Week: May 17-23
There's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific lyrics tend to get overlooked (with the exception of Yeezus' scriptures). This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say. We encourage your opinions.
Ghostface Killah Says He Doesn't Want To Rush Wu-Tang Album, His Half Of DOOM Project Is Done
Ghostface may have just released a full length project with Adrian Younge with 12 Reasons To Die, but the Wu rapper has no shortage of material in the pipeline. Between the sequel to his classic Supreme Clientele, his long-rumored collaborative project with DOOM, and the upcoming Wu reunion album, Ghost has a lot on his plate, but made sure to suplly updates on all his musical ventures in an interview with TheNEHipHop.
North Coast Music Festival Performers Include Wu-Tang, Nas, Mac Miller, Afrojack & More
This year's North Coast Music Festival, which takes place in Chicago at Union Park from August 30th to September 1st, features quite a few hip-hop names.
Rumor: Wu-Tang Reunion Compromised By Managers
Things were really starting to look good for the Wu-Tang reunion. The Clan recently announced the title of their planned 20th Anniversary LP, A Better Tomorrow, which was set for a July release.