Cher will appear on two tracks off of Wu-Tang’s upcoming “secret album” The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. (Hear a snippet here).
I imagine the conversation that led to this decision went something like this: READ FULL STORY
Who would you bet had the bigger vocabulary: Drake or Ghostface Killah? What about Common or Ludacris?
A coder and designer named Matt Daniels put together a data analysis of rap lyrics to see which rappers had the biggest vocabularies and some of the results are surprising. Ghostface blows Drake out of the water when it comes to diversity of vocabulary: The Wu-Tang Clan member uses 5,774 unique words in his lyrics, while Drake only uses 3,522. In Common v. Ludacris, meanwhile, it’s almost a tie — Common uses 4,974, but Luda is close behind with 4,806. READ FULL STORY
There is a lot going down in the land of the Wu-Tang Clan right now. They have their one-copy-only album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin currently up for auction, plus a proper album called A Better Tomorrow that has been in the works for about a year. But the release of A Better Tomorrow may be in jeopardy now that Raekwon has declared himself “on strike” from the Wu.
That does not sit will with Wu leader the RZA, who sat down with our friends over at Sports Illustrated for a conversation about his turn in the new film Brick Mansions and the upcoming Wu projects.
All is not well in Wu-Land.
The legendary hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, which recently announced its zany scheme to release just one single (very expensive) copy of their new album, is now beset by some internal strife, prompting Raekwon to more or less protest the new music.
When asked about it in a video interview, fellow Wu leader RZA said, “I would say that maybe creatively we on different paths.”
Sure, the forthcoming Wu-Tang Clan album The Wu: Once Upon A Time In Shaolin… will only be available to one person and is “presented in a hand carved nickel-silver box designed by the British Moroccan artist Yahy,” but how does this one of a kind musical artifact stack up against some of the other, crazier box sets in music history? (Or even the Wu-Tang bike?)
Check out some of the most extreme (and extremely expensive) box sets in history:
When Wu-Tang Clan does something, they do it all the way. Case in point: The group’s crazy secret new album strategy that the world learned about yesterday in an extensive Forbes story.
As the product’s official website indicates, the legendary rap team’s stealthy new record is called The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. There’ll only be one copy of the album… like, ever. It’ll be grandly “presented in a hand carved nickel-silver box designed by the British Moroccan artist Yahya,” and yes, it looks as fancy as it sounds. Before that one copy is sold, though, civilians can listen to the album when it embarks on an ambitious tour of museums, galleries, festivals, and other such happenings around the world. Then after that, the item will go up for sale, with an expected price range somewhere in the multi-millions.
Deep breath, guys:
Among those affected by Paul Walker’s death is Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA, who late last night released a tribute song to his friend and former coworker.
Titled “Destiny Bends,” the song was written shortly after word of Walker’s passing went public, RZA explains in the SoundCloud post.
“I met Paul on the set of the film Brick Mansion, where we talked, laughed, and exchanged ideas of life and fatherhood,” he wrote. “I only knew him personally for less than a year, but we knew each other through our work and art. We saw in each other a kindred spirit of men coming from unlikely circumstances, and rising to be the light and beacon of our family and loved ones.”
RZA, who has been sidelining in films for a while now, said that he and Walker “had plans to continue working with each other in the future. … It seemed destined, but ‘destiny bends.'”
The track was composed by RZA and his two sons, with vocals by Will Wells. The post ended with the following note: “This song is not for criticism, it’s just a sketch demo. Please enjoy and reflect.”
Even though Mumford and Sons announced today that they’ll be canceling their Bonnaroo headlining gig while bassist Ted Dwane recovers from a blood clot on his brain – Jack Johnson will step in to replace them – there are still approximately 97,000 bands, solo artists, comedians, and collective super jams to see over the next three days.
But if you’re not among the 80,000 attendees testing the limits of their capacity for mud, music, and psychoactive substances in Manchester, Tennessee this weekend, you can still enjoy the show from the warm, dry comfort of your laptop.
To watch Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bjork, Wilco, R. Kelly, Wu-Tang, the National, the Lumineers, Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis, Beach House, Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Solange, Schoolboy Q, Cat Power, ZZ Top, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Tame Impala, Jim James, A$AP Rocky, Japandroids and many many more in real time, go to Ustream.tv/bonnaroo. Homemade living-room mudpit (and of course, clothing) optional.
Get ready for a summer full of H.W.A: Holograms With Attitude.
The touring hip-hop festival Rock the Bells announced its 10th-annual lineup, and a cursory perusal indicates it’s in line with previous iterations, with a mix of exciting new players (Earl Sweatshirt, Black Hippy, Flatbush Zombies) and venerable veterans (Jurassic 5, Common, Rakim).
That’s until get to the bottom of the list, however, and see that this year’s Rock the Bells will include not one but two holograms — Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E, to be specific. Way to bury the lede, Rock the Bells!
Billed as “special guests,” the resurrected late greats will offer up “original virtual performances,” whatever that means. ODB — also known as Big Baby Jesus and Dirt McGirt, among other names — will be hitting the stage with the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan, who are in the festival’s lineup. He died of a drug overdose in 2004. Eazy-E, was originally a member of gangsta-rap pioneers N.W.A., but he’ll be joining his mentees Bone Thugs N Harmony. That group’s 1996 hit “The Crossroads” was written in honor of Eazy-E, who died of complications from AIDS in 1995.
So, where can you catch these rapping apparitions? Rock the Bells will be taking place at the following dates:
“Hurricane Wu just hit,” cracked one of the members of the Wu-Tang Clan, amidst a savage sand storm that shellacked Coachella on Sunday night. If you looked up into the sky, you could see two things: gusts of swirling dirt and thousands of audience members throwing “W” hand gestures in the air.
Maybe Coachella was the perfect setting for the Wu-Tang clan. Celebrating their 20th year in operation, the New York rappers are ostensibly the antithesis of the stereotypical Coachella performer. Their music is frequently dark, violent, and cold—a product of inner-city poverty, grime, and cracked genius. Yet there were few more anticipated acts of the weekend.