52-Minute Tim Westwood Freestyle (1997)
Tim Westwood is sitting on an epic vault of unreleased radio freestyles from the past 25 years. It's a trove so rich it could be the centerpiece of National Treasure III. This week, Yung Westwood unleashes a 52-minute freestyle from the Wu-Tang Clan that originally aired in 1997. That's right. 52 MINUTES. Westwood has released several radio freestyles from different individual members of the Wu, but never one with many of them together. This particular freestyle features Ol Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Masta Killa, and U-God, with RZA manning the 1s and 2s.
Walshy Fire Feat. Raekwon & Kabaka Pyramid
Didn’t see this collab coming, but we’re glad it happened! Major Lazer DJ Walshy Fire brought together Raekwon and Jamaican reggae artist Kabaka Pyramid for the soundtrack to a freestyle ski film he is currently curating. Can’t make these details up. “Be Inspired” features a funky, distorted guitar riff throughout with some brass instrumentation peppered in. Raekwon and Kabaka Pyramid take turns flowing over the beat, and their two very different styles work nicely together. The Jamaican emcee handles the hook.
Obey Me (Unreleased) (Shash'U Remix)
Ol' Dirty Bastard
A little throwback Wednesday for my internet peoples. Last year you may recall that RZA and the Wu dropped a limited edition Boombotix speaker, which contained some exclusive records from Wu-Tang, that you could only hear through purchasing the speaker. He's teaming up with the speaker company once again, this time blessing old (and new) hip-hop heads with some exclusive Ol Dirty Bastard music.
Napoleon Feat. Ghostface Killah
Napoleon is a member of the Wu-Syndicate, and this week marks the release of his new album, Ring of Power. Featured on the project are collaborations with Jim Jones, KXNG CROOKED, Pusha T, Killah Priest and GHostface Killah, the last of which hops on a particularly incendiary track called "Game."
She Ain’t Nothin To F Wit (Remix)
Ron Browz Feat. Raekwon
It's one thing to remix or freestyle over a classic track, it's another to do so with a member of the original group on board. That's exactly what Ron Browz has done on his new track "She Ain’t Nothin To F Wit," quite obviously a remix of Wu-Tang Clan's "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nothin To Fuck Wit," as Raekwon contributes a fresh verse on the front of the track. Outfitting the original song's sample with more modern production, Browz truly does remix the song, rather than just singing over the classic RZA instrumental.
Sex Money Murder
Tony Yayo Feat. Thirst Mulah & Sose
We've heard freestyles from Jadakiss and Jim Jones today, and now Tony Yayo joins the ranks of his NY veteran comrades with a not-quite-freestyle over Raekwon's "Ice Cream" (the beat is altered enough to elevate this a bit above a standard freestyle). Assisted by Thirst Mulah and Sose, the G-Unit member gives us a dope update on the classic.
Honey & War
We live in a world filled with Wu-Tang affiliates, you're probably looking at one right now. But while the pool of rapper's who claim to be down with the Wu grows exponentially with every passing second, there can only be one true, original Wu-Tang affiliate, and that's Cappadonna. Cap had a verse on "Triumph"(!) before he was inducted as an official member of the Clan on 8 Diagrams, working hard for his status as a part of one of the most important rap groups of all time, and we're pretty sure no other rapper is going to be able to achieve that feat.
A Better Tomorrow
Wu-Tang Clan said on twitter we'd be receiving the title track for their upcoming album today, and it arrives as promised, although it's a bit earlier than we expected. The new single comes fresh off their performance on David Letterman last night, where they performed an earlier leak, "Ruckus In B Minor." "A Better Tomorrow," produced by RZA, is on that feel-good tip, but with grown-up vibes.
Wu-Tang Clan kicked things off with the first leak off A Better Tomorrow, "Ruckus In B-Minor," at the beginning of the month. They offer up another taste of the album today with "Necklace," with assistance from Cappadonna, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and GZA.
Ruckus In B Minor
Next month, Wu-Tang Clan will celebrate their 20-year-anniversary with the release of their new album A Better Tomorrow. After recently sharing the album's artwork, the legendary rap crew decided to come through tonight and give Funk Flex the green light to premiere their newest leak "Ruckus In B Minor".
After all nine living members showed up to "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" last night to perform a new song, The Wu-Tang Clan have now shared the official version of "Ron O'Neal." Taken from their upcoming album A Better Tomorrow, the song features verses from Method Man, Ghostface Killah, RZA and a sung hook (most likely by their frequent collaborator Nathaniel).
They Even Talked About Jesus (Freestyle)
G-Unit's renaissance has reached the point where they can freestyle over a decades-old Wu-Tang Clan track, and days later other rappers will be jumping on the beat. On Monday, 50 Cent and Co. dropped "They Talked About Jesus," which had them going in over a souped-up version of the Wu's "Tearz," and now Ransom has released some bars over the same beat.
They Talked About Jesus
G-Unit have been unleashing plenty of new material since their reunion at Summer Jam 2014, freestyling over recent tracks like HS87's "Grindin' My Whole Life" and Drake's "0 To 100". Today, they take it back a bit, going in over RZA's instrumental for the Wu Tang Clan's classic track, "Tearz". The result is a very New York endeavor, with the Unit passing 16s much like the Wu did in their heyday.
Wu-Tang Clan Feat. Nathaniel
The Wu lives on. The legendary rap group decided to debut their new single tonight titled “Keep Watch”, which serves as the first release off their forthcoming A Better Tomorrow LP. The DJ Mathematics-produced single features 20 year old singer Nathaniel, and can be yours by purchasing it through their website Wu Music Group. Stream the new single below, and let us know what ya think!
The Worst (Ted Smooth Remix)
Jhene Aiko Feat. Raekwon
Ted Smooth has taken Jhene Aiko's hit "The Worst" and completely reinvented it. Flipping a sample of The Fugees "Ready Or Not" for a 90s rap version of the track. Sticking with that theme, he recruits Raekwon for a new 16, and the Wu-Tang rapper sounds right at home over the beat. "The Worst" is definitely a popular song to remix, particualarly from rappers. So far we've heard Skeme, Cap 1, and Jaden Smith take on the track.
Late Night Bluff
J-Love Feat. Method Man
Stream Late Night Bluff, the newest drop from J-Love which features Method Man. The cut was released on Sunday, November 10th, 2013. Things are looking better for J-Love with each new release, which Late Night Bluff has proven yet again. It's worthy addition to the impressive body of work J-Love has been developing over the years. We're looking forward to hearing what's next.
True Master Feat. Ghostface Killah & Inspectah Deck
Check out Strong Arm, the latest from True Master which features a guest appearance from Ghostface & Inspectah Deck on the assist. The track was released on Sunday, October 6th, 2013. True Master 's chances in this game are improving with each new release, and Strong Arm is no exception - quite the opposite, in fact. It's a nice addition to the impressive catalogue True Master has been building over the years. We're definitely anticipating the next move. Check out True Master's profile page for the most recent info, news, songs, and mixtapes.
L.A. The Darkman Feat. Black Thought
Bump Rap Politicians , the latest cut from L.A. The Darkman featuring Black Thought on the assist. It was released on Sunday, September 15th, 2013. Things are improving for L.A. The Darkman with each new offering, and Rap Politicians is certainly no exception. It's a worthy addition to the L.A. The Darkman's catalogue, which has seen much evolution as of late. We're definitely anticipating the next step.
Listen to Breezeblocks (Remix), the latest track from RZA. The cut dropped on Sunday, September 8th, 2013. RZA's future brightens with every new release, and Breezeblocks (Remix) certainly isn't an exception. It's a fitting addition to a solid catalogue that RZA has been developing since stepping foot in the game. We're excited to hear more.
U-God Feat. Inspectah Deck & Elzhi
Check out Mount Everest, the latest track from U-God, featuring Inspectah Deck & Elzhi which dropped on Saturday, July 13th, 2013. U-God's movement grows stronger with each new release, and Mount Everest has further strengthened that fact. It's a solid addition to the commendable body of work U-God has been creating since stepping foot in the rap game, and we're definitely looking forward to what U-God has on deck.