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Interview: Dhani Harrison talks 'Beautiful Creatures,' the RZA, and Abbey Road

Between promoting the latest album from his band thenewno2, scoring the movie version of the YA-lit hit Beautiful Creatures, and collaborating with the Wu-Tang Clan, Dhani Harrison has been a busy man lately. We caught up with the son of the Quiet Beatle to find out more about about what he’s been up to.

Speaking on the phone from Los Angeles, Harrison discussed everything from recording at Abbey Road and being in the studio with the RZA to remembering the late Ravi Shankar.

It’s probably the only interview namechecking Catfish Keith that you’ll read all day. Check out the full Q&A below:

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RZA's 'The Man with the Iron Fists' Soundtrack -- Hear it here

The trailer for the RZA-directed The Man with the Iron Fists poses a number of questions: What is happening? What is Russell Crowe doing in that mustache? Can we buy a ticket now? But one thing is for certain: the soundtrack is pretty badass.

RZA is the guy who produced Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) after all. So it’s no surprise that he called up a bunch of his friends — including Kanye, Pusha T, The Black Keys, and his Wu-Tang comrades, no big deal — and made what is likely to be one of the best hip-hop movie soundtracks this side of Menace II Society.

The record hits stores on Oct. 23, but it’s available now to stream online — check it out after the jump.

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Ol' Dirty Bastard biopic casting -- Tracy Morgan and Eddie Griffin reportedly vying for the role

You know the Wu-Tang rules, kids: C.R.E.A.M. (Casting Rules Everything Around Movies).

It may be that getting the Morgan — as in erstwhile comedian and 30 Rock star Tracy — will bring in maximum dollar dollar bills y’all; he’s the most famous name mentioned so far in the move to bring Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s life story to the big screen.

ODB’s cousin Raeshawn has penned the tale of the man born Russell Tyrone Jones’ rise to hip-hop legend before his 2004 death from a drug overdose just two days before his 36th birthday.

Eddie Griffin (Malcolm and Eddie, Undercover Brother) is also in the running, according to press reports, and he may be the most likely candidate; he actually knew Dirty, and has reportedly already signed a letter of intent to take on the role.

“Eddie Griffin is down,” surviving Wu-Tang Clan member RZA told XXL. “Me and Eddie talked about it, laughed about it. Tracy Morgan, he wanna do it [too]. I said ‘Ya’ll both kinda can do it…  [but] Eddie spent time with Dirty, they knew each other well.”

Readers, tell us what you think: who has sufficient amounts of grilled-out, Wu-growly shimmy shimmy ya to take on ODB in the cineplex — Morgan, Griffin, or someone else casting agents haven’t considered yet?

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Lauryn Hill, Nas, Erykah Badu and more set to hit Rock the Bells 2011 Festival stages

Last night the lineup for hip-hop’s premiere festival, Rock the Bells, hit the Internet. Once again, Lauryn Hill and Nas will hit the stage. And there’s a familiar twist: instead of performing a catalog-spanning slew of songs, they and several other icons will perform classic albums in their entirety.

Lauryn, of course, will perform The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. While Nas will drop gems from his debut set, Illmatic. Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Ghostface will run through Only Built for Cuban Linx. And Mobb Deep plans to crank out The Infamous.

Tickets for the shows go on sale June 4. Read after the jump for a list of some of the headliners, dates, and venue locations.

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Kanye West's remix of Justin Bieber's 'Runaway Love' surfaces online

kanye-bieberImage Credit: Kevin Knight/Retna Ltd; Scott Legato/FilmMagicLess than a month after it was first discussed over Twitter, Kanye West’s remix of Justin Bieber’s “Runaway Love” has leaked online in rough form. As previously reported, the remix also features Wu-Tang Clan rapper Raekwon, who told us it constituted “a historical moment for hip-hop.”

West laid Bieber’s “Runaway Love” vocals over a reworked version of the beat from the Wu-Tang Clan’s immortal “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F— Wit.” That song, incidentally, came out a year before Justin Bieber was born. The remix also features a quick verse from West (“Last name West and my teeth diamonds/She said, ‘What’s your occupation, crazy rhyming?’”), plus two verses from Raekwon. As promised, Rae kept his lyrics PG.

The only version of the remix that’s out there is smothered in “exclusive” DJ tags, and it may or may not be the final version intended for release. A Bieber rep says his label is trying to get it pulled from YouTube right now. In the meantime, have you heard this remix? Did it live up to your expectations? Will hip-hop ever be the same?

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Justin Bieber and Kanye West: Raekwon tells us all about their unlikely collab, plus the 'uncommon brilliance' of Kanye's next album

raekwon-kanye-bieberImage Credit: C Flanigan/FilmMagic; Kevin Knight/Retna Ltd; Scott Legato/FilmMagicThe Justin Bieber-Kanye West team-up that began with a Twitter conversation this week has become a reality. Take it from the Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon, who flew to NYC yesterday at West’s invitation to add a verse to West’s remix of Bieber’s “Runaway Love.” “This is definitely taking place,” Raekwon tells the Music Mix. “It’s a historical moment for hip-hop.”

Raekwon and West have been meaning to work together for years. But the Staten Island rapper was as surprised as anyone to see his name come up in West’s tweets with Bieber last weekend. “Justin being a young cat, he probably wasn’t even really there when I was doing my thing [in the '90s],” he says. “But he recognizes the Wu-Tang legacy.” Indeed, Bieber wasn’t even born until four months after the Wu-Tang Clan’s classic debut dropped.

The Staten Island rapper arrived at the historic Electric Lady Studios yesterday to find West hard at work on assorted projects with a handful of other stars. “He had Mos Def there, just chilling on the side. Akon was there. Charlie Wilson, the legendary soul singer. Everybody was running through this studio. Kanye is running around doing him. We’re having drinks, we’re vibing, great music is being made. It felt good to be there, man.” Bieber, sadly, was not present. “I’ll get a chance to see shorty sooner or later,” Raekwon laughs. “We’ll discuss it over a glass of water or something.” READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber and Kanye West possibly to record together: Good idea?

kanye-bieberImage Credit: Kevin Knight/Retna Ltd; Scott Legato/FilmMagicJustin Bieber. Kanye West. Raekwon the Chef. Those might not be three names you ever expected to read in the same sentence. Thanks to Twitter, they seem to be well on their way to forming one of the strangest supergroups in recent memory.

MTV News has a good run-down of how the teen-pop whiz, the cutting-edge rap genius, and the rugged Wu-Tang Clan vet linked up. It all started when Kanye voiced his appreciation for Bieber’s “Runaway Love” on Twitter this past Sunday. Mr. Biebs was duly psyched about this shout-out, and said as much. “So bugged out me and @JustinBieber are tweeting at the same time,” West then reflected. “Social networking is pretty awesome.” West followed this thought with a boldly random suggestion: “Maybe we can do something together. Me, You and Raekwon.” Bieber’s reply: “me, u, and the chef 2gether on a song = EPIC. haha.”

Celeb lovefests on Twitter are a dime a dozen, but Raekwon told XXL last night that a real plan for the trio to record together was already in motion. “It’s definitely gonna happen,” promised Rae. “Yeezy called me and we gon’ make it pop.” Mere minutes ago, Raekwon elaborated on his own Twitter account: “On my way to the airport to nyc to get up wit my legendary @kanyewest! Yall asked for it now we’re gonna deliver!”

We’ll update you as soon as any more solid info emerges. ‘Til then, is this a collaboration you’d like to hear? Are there any people out there who consider themselves fans of both Justin Bieber and Raekwon?

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Wu-Tang Clan, Slick Rick, and more to perform full albums on Rock the Bells tour

WuTang-Slick-RickImage Credit: Scott Harrison/Retna Ltd; Isaac Brekken/Getty ImagesThe ongoing trend of artists re-creating their most beloved albums in concert shows no signs of abating. The latest example is the lineup for this year’s 4-date Rock the Bells touring festival. The Wu-Tang Clan will headline with a start-to-finish performance of their 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). They’ll be joined by Slick Rick, performing 1988′s The Great Adventures of Slick Rick; Rakim, performing his and Eric B’s 1987 Paid in Full; and KRS-One, performing Boogie Down Productions’ 1987 Criminal Minded.

That list right there is a handy summary of why a certain era of NY hip-hop has been referred to as a golden age. Each of those albums is a classic. Seeing not one but four such records performed as it originally appeared on wax? Yeah, that’s pretty cool. It even might make up for the fact that Lauryn Hill’s rumored involvement in this year’s Rock the Bells seems to have been a tall tale.

Head over to Rock the Bells’ site to check out the concert dates and full list of performers. Are you interested in seeing any of these shows? Which album would you be most psyched to see performed in its entirety?

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Raekwon and Ghostface Killah bring 'Wu-Massacre' to NYC's Nokia Theater

Wu-Massacre, the album that Method Man, Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah are dropping March 30, whittles down the Wu-Tang Clan to three of its finest. Last night, that line-up was pared further to just Raekwon and Ghostface, for what was billed as an early Wu-Massacre release celebration at the Nokia Theater in NYC’s Times Square. There was some sense in making the trio a duo. Rae and Ghost, in particular, have often felt like a group within a group on the Clan’s releases. These guys go together like peanut butter and jelly, or pasta and tomato sauce — speaking of which, they collaborate often enough to have come up with the acronym R.A.G.U. (for “Rae and Ghost United”) to identify their joint efforts.

The concert began with a string of unimpeachable cuts from 1995′s classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… — technically Raekwon’s solo debut, but one to which Ghostface contributed heavily, earning prominent billing on the album’s cover. Their undiminished chemistry was evident in the show-opening string of “Criminology,” “Incarcerated Scarfaces,” “Ice Cream,” and “Verbal Intercourse.” Both rappers are essentially storytellers, Ghostface narrating crime sagas with a jumpy urgency, Raekwon doing the same in gravelly and matter-of-fact tones. Together they strode the stage like giants, joining in on one another’s lyrics at key points for emphasis.

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Aziz Ansari screams at rappers: RAAAAAAAANDY is hilariously 'AAAAAAAANGRY'

You know who else wishes Kanye West would release some new music already? Aziz Ansari. Or, rather, the Parks & Recreation comedian’s foul-mouthed alter ego RAAAAAAAANDY. (That’s eight A’s, and don’t you forget it.) The deluded character made his public debut in last summer’s Funny People, as well as three web-only promo clips that were way funnier than the movie itself. Now Ansari — err, RAAAAAAAANDY — is putting together a mixtape in collaboration with, randomly, TV on the Radio‘s Dave Sitek. On “AAAAAAAANGRY,” a track that Ansari just posted for free download on his Tumblr, RAAAAAAAANDY claims that Kanye and other rappers including Jay-Z, Eminem, Drake, Dr. Dre, Kid Cudi, and more are all late in delivering promised guest verses for the mixtape.

Got all that backstory? Actually, you don’t need to. Just head over to Aziz’s site to enjoy hearing RAAAAAAAANDY yell furiously at all the rappers who have allegedly left him in the lurch. (Beware, lots and lots of NSFW language.) For example: “Kanye! What is taking you so long?! You know how you like to sample soul songs and speed them up? Why don’t you speed up the process of you getting your verses back to us?” And: “Jay-Z! You’re supposed to drop a verse. Where’s your s—, bro? Did Coldplay have to wait this long?” Also: “This is for the whole Wu-Tang Clan, especially RZA and GZA. Where y’all at, man? You know how many times I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and refurnished my bathroom since we sent you those beats? I’ve went through floor mats, fool!” Genius.

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