Ghostface Killah erected a webpage with a running countdown just to mark the dying minutes before his Ghostface Killahs project hits the shelves. As it stands, the meter sits at 26 days and a handful of minutes before takeoff, to convey a release date of August 30th, 2019. That's not all: GFK also Tweeted out the cover design, as well as the prospective tracklist for the project, bunched together in one convenient post.
1. Killah Intro
2. Me, Denny & Darryl (Ft. Method Man & Cappadonna)
3. Burner To Burner (Ft. Inspectah Deck & Cappadonna)
4. Flex (Ft. Harley)
5. News Report (Skit)
7. Fly Everything (Ft. Sun God & Shawn Wigs)
8. Party Over Here
9. Pistol Smoke (Ft. Solomon Childs)
10. Revolution (Skit)
11. New World (Ft. Eamon)
12. Waffles And Ice Cream (Ft. Cappadonna)
13. The Chase (Ft. Sub God)
14. Soursop (Ft. Masta Killa, Harley & Solomon Childs)
In recent time, Ghostface has quietly gone about his business, co-headlining the critically acclaimed Czarface Meets Ghostface project in February of this year. Shortly thereafter, Ghostface dropped down to anchor Wu-Tang's Mics and Men EP in the Springtime. As evidenced by the above tracklist, Ghostface Killahs will feature two previously enjoyed songs, "Conditioning" and ""Party Over Here," as well as contributions from the likes of Method Man, Cappadonna, the Rebel INS, and several other members of the Wu-Faithful.
Raekwon’s "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…" Continues To Age Gracefully
Raekwon’s timeless capsule of mafioso hip-hop celebrates another birthday.
Many are quick to associate the Wu-Tang Clan with their mysticism, but two of its most consistent members blessed the group with something far more dangerous. Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, known in some circles as The Chef and Iron Man, were not to be trifled with under any circumstances. RZA, ever-the mastermind, explained the process in bringing Rae’s solo music into the fold. “The real street n*ggas, the n*ggas we all were shying away from, we needed to hit them,” he recalls, speaking with XXL. Enter Raekwon, one of 36 Chambers’ standout performers, and to this day, one of hip-hop’s most innovative lyricists. Who better to craft a hood classic?
Though Rae was deemed the next prodigal child to bear the Wu-Tang banner, the loyal soldier found himself bringing his consigliere into the fold. A decision that would likely change hip-hop history in a variety of ripple-esque ways. Consider that today, many still view Cuban Linx… as one of the bonafide Wu masterpieces, and by proxy, an essential chapter of the hip-hop canon. While the project boasts immersive production, in which RZA blends the aforementioned mystical elements with the gritty aesthetic of Staten Island’s underbelly, it’s Rae’s lyricism that elevates Cuban Linx to the upper tier. Hood tales soaked in a delectable dab of stream-of-consciousness absurdism, slices of life pulled directly from one man’s innovative and occasionally twisted imagination.
In the same retrospective conversation with XXL celebrating the legacy of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, Ghost detailed his own energy during the recording process – one that certainly contributed to the project’s no-holds-barred approach. “We was in our prime. Back then I was punchin’ a lot of rap n*ggas in their face, and n*ggas was getting beat up in the clubs,” he recalls. “We were banned from everything. They wouldn’t even let me in the Tunnel. N***s was scared to death when I was out there wilding. I was fucking n***as up, robbing n***s, fucking a lot bitches, just doing dumb shit – and I’m rhyming.”
Formidable, fearsome, and brutally honest, Cuban Linx is far from an easy listen. Closer to snuff film than the stylized depiction of the New York crime syndicate, it remains an essential piece of the puzzle that is our beloved Golden Era. If you’re not up to code, fear not. Raekwon’s seminal masterpiece isn’t going anywhere. Happy birthday to one of the rawest albums of our time!
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RZA Labels A$AP Rocky A "Hostage," Voices Disappointment With Sweden
RZA voiced his concerns during the “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” press run,
While attending an event made out in his honor, RZA spoke to the Associated Press about A$AP Rocky’s custodial battle in Sweden. Let me preface this by stating that RZA was standing before an American crowd, without a coercive agenda, when he was asked to comment on the A$AP Rocky situation. Secondly, the event was staged in support of RZA’s Hulu series Wu-Tang: An American Saga, nothing else.
RZA described Rocky’s plight in Sweden as a veritable hostage situation (in so many words). He spoke of being “disappointed in Sweden,” his fleeting relationship with the Country (as a touring artist) notwithstanding.
The ad hoc leader Wu leader also expressed his disappointment in the judge overlooking Rocky’s case, or rather their inability to discern a violent offender from a passive threat, responding to extenuating circumstances. Swedish authorities seemingly believe that A$AP Rocky and his constituents were the aggressors in the attack, captured on film for all the public to see.
For fear of “preaching to the choir” I implore those who haven’t seen the footage (of the alleged attack), to do so immediately before forming an opinion. Regardless of such, RZA is open to Trump finding a solution, but he’s not exactly hedging his bets on the President-elect. “That’d be a beautiful thing,” he commented before trudging along with the Q&A.
Watch The New Trailer For "Wu-Tang: An American Saga," Upcoming Hulu Series
Hulu’s new Series, “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” comes through with a new trailer.
Earlier this year, we announced that Dave East had joined the cast of Wu-Tang: An American Saga, which is set to debut on September 4th East would be playing the role of Method Man, which he’s previously shown pictures of himself on the set as. 3 months after that announcement, at the start of last month, it was also announced that Brooklyn rapper, Joey Bada$$, had joined Angie Martinez on Power 105, to reveal that he would also be joining the upcoming Hulu series, taking on the role of Inspectah Deck. And now, the drama series, which will be created and penned by Alex Tse and NY musician, actor, and director, RZA; has previewed its new trailer.
The series will be based on both The Wu-Tang Manual and Tao of Wu, and will be set in early ’90s New York during the infamous crack-cocaine epidemic, retelling the famed story of the iconic group’s emergence. During Hulu’s official announcement of the project’s straight-to-series order back in October, RZA said “I’m delighted to be partnering with Hulu and Imagine to explore the vast story of the Wuniverse. “Wu-Tang through our music has always strove to inspire as we entertain. This opportunity to continue the Wu – Saga in a 10-episode series will exponentially increase our inspirational style of entertainment. In the immortal words of ODB, ‘Wu-Tang is for the Children.'” Method Man, who is also credited as an executive producer on the project, said in his own statement at the time that the series would be marking a huge victory for hip-hop as a whole. “Imagine, Hulu, and Wu-Tang—I’m thrilled with this collaboration,” he said. “This is a major win for hip hop.” The series’ September debut will kick of with a three-episode release, followed bya single episode drop every Wednesday throughout the whole first season. Check out the dope trailer below!
Wu-Tang Clan & Clarks Join Forces On The Iconic Wallabee: Release Info
The Wallabee is iconic in hip-hop culture.
When you think about some of the shoes that are iconic in the realm of hip-hop, Jordans are probably the first thing that comes to mind. While it may be true that rappers do love their Jordans, it’s also true that they have a wide taste in sneakers. Perhaps the most unlikely hero in hip-hop sneaker culture is the Clarks Originals Wallabee. The shoe has a very interesting silhouette that is much different than what most people are used to. Regardless, it’s stood the test of time and the brand continues to release new models and colorways.
This Saturday, July 20th, Clarks is coming out with a brand new collaboration featuring the Wu-Tang Clan who just came off the 25th anniversary of their first album. This collab will include three colorways of the classic Wallabee which will be Brown, Maple, and Navy. These sneakers will be made of suede and have a plethora of fine details that will appeal to the biggest of Wu-Tang fans.
If you’re looking to cop these, they will be available on ClarksUSA.com as of tomorrow in both men’s and women’s sizes.
Lil Yachty Hopes To Form The Wu-Tang Clan 2.0 With "Bout 8 Yung Fly N—-z"
Lil Yachty isn't going to let old mistakes get in the way of his Wu-Tang ambitions.
Lil Yachty aptly demonstrated that he unmistakably has it in him, to be an "old head" when the opportunity arises. His overture towards the Wu-Tang Clan counterbalances some of the damage incurred by his portrayal of "Roger" in How High 2, a sequel Wu-Heads deemed completely reprehensible before giving it a proper look.
"I am most excited to watch this wu-tang saga on Hulu..." Yachty overshared before committing himself to a "night in" with TV privileges. The 21-year old savant would resurface the very next morning, to report on lesson learned during the telecast, prompting him to outline his vision for a new generation Wu-Tang collective comprised of him and about 7 other "yung fly n----z" as he put it, verbatim.
As XXL pointed out, Lil Yachty is no stranger to the "league of nations" dynamic, as evidenced by the Sailing Team initiative he tried in earnest to set in motion (back in 2016). Comprised of Kodie Shane, Jban$2Turnt, Byou, BIGBRUTHACHUBBA, K$upreme, Burberry Perry, and producer Earl The Pearl fell short of resembling a Wu-like collective by any stretch of the imagination. During a recent interview, Yachty blamed the group's laziness, himself included, for the project's failure to get off the ground. Hopefully, his 2nd attempt is more triumphant.
Method Man Surprises Wu-Tang Fan Battling A Life-Threatening Illness In Hospital
Method Man visits a fan who has been fighting for his life at the Staten Island University Hospital for the past three months.
Method Man‘s been in the game for over two decades at this point. While he started off as a rapper, he continued to maintain a presence in the public eye as his career shifted from rapper to actor. However, as they say, Wu-Tang is forever, and their fanbase continues to grow every day. One fan, 26-year-old Bryson, has been hospitalized for the past three months due to a life-threatening illness that he’s been battling. After hearing about Bryson’s condition, Method Man decided to surprise the fan and hang out with him for a bit, according to SILive.
Credit: Staten Island University Hospital
With the help of Staten Island non-profit organization Have a Heart, Bryson was able to hang out with one of his favorite rappers during a trying time in his life. Staten Island University Hospital spokesperson Christian Preston said the hospital staff put together a “week of surprises” for Bryson which resulted in a visit from the Staten Island legend.
“The staff at Staten Island University Hospital put together a ‘Week of Surprises’ for the patient, some of which included a special dinner from the chef and a chocolate cake. After finding out the patient was a hip-hop fan, they purchased a speaker system for him to listen to his favorite music,” Preston said. “Then, they reached out to one of his favorite rappers, Method Man from the supergroup The Wu Tang Clan and his foundation Have a Heart NY.”
The hospital didn’t disclose any details surrounding Bryson’s health conditions due to privacy laws. However, they did say that the condition is possibly fatal and that he’s been fighting for his life for the past three months.
Peep footage of Meth’s visit to Bryson below.
Dave East & Joey Bada$$ Revealed In "Wu-Tang: An American Saga" Trailer
Behold the first trailer for “Wu-Tang: An American Saga.”
The Wu-Tang Clan‘s legendary origin story has been explored through their music and the 2004 Wu-Tang Manual, but now, we’re about to see it unfold like never before. Wu-Tang: An American Saga is set to arrive on September 4th, airing exclusively on Hulu, and the first trailer has officially been unveiled. Though brief, it’s enough to give glimpses of actors Joey Bada$$ and Dave East, playing Inspectah Deck and Method Man, respectively. In fact, the teaser highlights each member of The Clan, which bodes well for those fearing the screentime of their favorite member.
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It’s difficult to say how the final series will play out, but the trailer certainly proves effective in piquing interest. It appears to be solid on a visual front, and it doesn’t seem likely to shy away from some of the violence and sexuality you might expect in such a raw coming-of-age tale. Perhaps it’s too early to tell, but Badmon appears to be bringing a quiet vulnerability to Deck, which bodes well for those championing his acting chops. We also get our first look at Tical, and all things considered, it should be interesting to see what Dave East brings to the table.
Check out the trailer below, and sound off. Will you be tuning into Wu-Tang: An American Saga?
Wu-Tang Clan Is First Hip-Hop Act To Headline Legendary Country Music Venue
Wu-Tang makes history.
Sunday night, the Wu-Tang Clan made history as the first hip-hop act to ever headline Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
The venue is originally known as the Grand Ole Opry, dubbed the Mother Church of Country Music and in its over a century-long history, it has never had a hip-hop act top its bill.
“It’s just not intuitive to have necessarily a hip-hop show at the Ryman,” Nashville concert promoter and Belmont University professor Eric Holt told NPR of the venue’s history with the hip-hop genre prior to Wu-Tang’s show. “It’s going to be interesting. I mean, the energy, I think is going to be different.”
The venue’s former general manager, Pam Matthews went on to tell NPR that it was not for lack of trying as she previously reached out to the likes of 50 Cent and Insane Clown Posse to headline Ryman.
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Matthews adds that the venue’s set up, a 2300-person capacity theater with bolted down pews, could be a part of hip-hop’s shying away from Ryman in the past, citing acts wanting their fans to be able to move around.
“You know, the Ryman has had to grow up too, and had to grow up into what the city is,” adds Shannon Sanders, a Grammy-winning musician and record producer in Nashville. “You know, the Wu-Tang is ready for the Ryman, but also the Ryman is ready for the Wu-Tang.”
Joey Bada$$ Will Play Inspectah Deck In "Wu-Tang: An American Saga"
That’s two New York rappers in the cast for Hulu’s “Wu-Tang: An American Saga.”
Joey Bada$$ appears to be getting into his acting bag these days. The Brooklyn rapper joined Angie Martinez earlier today on Power 105 where he revealed that he’ll be getting in on the action for Hulu’s upcoming Wu-Tang series. The rapper told Angie that he’ll be taking on the role of Inspectah Deck. “Me and Dave East is in Wu-Tang,” he said. “I’m Inspectah Deck.”
Earlier this year, it was announced that Dave East joined the cast of Wu-Tang: An American Saga which is set to debut earlier this year. If you’ve been following the Harlem rapper, he’s shown pictures of himself on the set as he takes on the role of Method Man.
Angie then asked how it’s coming along and if the details are up to par. “It’s pretty on point from what I’ve seen, like just from the scenes that I’ve been apart of,” Badass said. “I like what they’re doing. I like how they’re doing it. The only thing with TV is it ain’t a music video. You can’t, like, [say] ‘Can I see playback?’ Ain’t none of that… You just have to trust. You have to give your best performance and hope they pick the right take.”
Joey Bada$$ is no stranger to the acting world. The rapper’s had reoccurring roles on Mr. Robot and BET’s Boomerang.