Home Home of Largest Wu-tang Gallery, Wu Videos, Wu-Tang MP3, and fresh daily Wu-Tang news http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:26:12 +0000 en-gb Wu-Tang Clan’s The Saga Continues Tracklist http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3226:wu-tang-clans-the-saga-continues-tracklist&catid=2:wutang http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3226:wu-tang-clans-the-saga-continues-tracklist&catid=2:wutang  

1. “Wu-Tang the Saga Continues Intro” feat. RZA
2. “Lesson Learn’d” feat. Inspektah Deck and Redman
3. “Fast and Furious” feat. Hue Hef and Raekwon
4. “Famous Fighters” (Skit)
5. “If Time is Money (Fly Navigation)” feat. Method Man
6. “Frozen” feat. Method Man, Killa Priest, and Chris Rivers
7. “Berto and the Fiend” (Skit) feat. Ghostface Killah
8. “Pearl Harbor” feat. Ghostface Killah, Method Man, RZA, and Sean Price
9. “People Say” feat. Wu-Tang Clan and Redman
10. “Family” (Skit)
11. “Why Why Why” feat. RZA and Swnkah
12. “G’d Up” feat. Method Man, R-Mean, and Mzee Jones
13. “If What You Say is True” feat. Wu-Tang Clan and Streetlife
14. “Saga” (Skit) feat. RZA
15. “Hood Go Bang!” feat. Redman, Method Man
16. “My Only One” feat. Ghostface Killah, RZA, Cappadonna, and Steven Latorre
17. “Message”
18. “The Saga Continues Outro” feat. RZA


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NEW ALBUM: WU-TANG THE SAGA CONTINUES: 10/13/2017 http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3225:new-album-wu-tang-the-saga-continues-10132017&catid=2:wutang http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3225:new-album-wu-tang-the-saga-continues-10132017&catid=2:wutang ]]> windwalker@wuforever.com (windwalker) frontpage Mon, 28 Aug 2017 17:19:08 +0000 Martin Shkreli debuts secret Wu-Tang album after Trump win http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3223:martin-shkreli-debuts-secret-wu-tang-album-after-trump-win&catid=2:wutang http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3223:martin-shkreli-debuts-secret-wu-tang-album-after-trump-win&catid=2:wutang NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump’s victory Tuesday has prompted embattled pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli to publicly debut some songs off the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album he bought for $2 million last year.

Shkreli promised last month to release ‘‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’’ if the Republican took the White House. He made good on the plan early Wednesday by playing snippets of the album during a live Periscope video posted on Twitter. The video has since been deleted.

Shkreli won an auction for the sole copy of the album last year.

The former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO was vilified by many in 2014 for raising the price of a medication to treat HIV by 5,000 percent. He was also charged with securities fraud last year.

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windwalker@wuforever.com (windwalker) frontpage Wed, 09 Nov 2016 23:23:15 +0000
New WuTang Movie in the works http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3220:new-wutang-movie-in-the-works-&catid=2:wutang http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3220:new-wutang-movie-in-the-works-&catid=2:wutang

RZA has said that a Wu Tang Clan biopic is on the cards, following the success of NWA-based biopic Straight Outta Compton, saying the band's history "really an against the odds story."

The rapper's comments don't seem to suggest that the movie is imminent, but confirm that discussions are underway, despite difficulties.

Talking to Billboard.com, RZA said "Yes [there will be a Wu Tang Clan movie], but it's not easy. I've been having conversations with some people, so we'll see if that's something we can tie together." 

He continued "I think it would be a blessing for American culture. It is really an against the odds story. You're talking about guys with felonies on their records, you know what I mean? Not that that's something to brag about, but that's something to understand: When I was growing up they said that a black man in America would be dead or in jail by 25, especially if he doesn't have a high school diploma. But we didn't become the statistic. I think it’s important to understand that there is a way out; determination and focus can beat the odds."

RZA is one of the stars of new movie Mr Right, in which he plays a hitman, and is currently producing his own film entitled Coco, which will star Azealia Banks. He saysCoco is in post-production and will be out later in 2016. 

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The rapper also paid tribute to the current spate of hip-hop culture-inspired content on TV and in movies, saying:

"Hip-hop has been a big part of our culture. You got to think about how far we are from the '90s now, from the '80s. Hip-hop has been a dominant force in music for over 20 years. And you have stories of pioneers that the public may not know."

"It's just like if you watch Cadillac Records. I wasn't 100 percent knowledgeable about some of the early pioneers of rock'n'roll, and to find out what Etta James was like was amazing." 

"So I think there should be more, I think there will be more. Straight Outta Compton was a great film to prove the marketability of it, the value of it. It wasn't just a film that was just for hip-hop, it also got an Oscar nomination, the box-office success was tremendous, and it actually made some noise internationally, where they thought hip-hop, or black films, weren't able to do so. Hip-hop is prime now."
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windwalker@wuforever.com (windwalker) frontpage Mon, 11 Apr 2016 03:27:14 +0000
TRACKLISTING FOR A BETTER TOMORROW! http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3217:tracklisting-for-a-better-tomorrow-&catid=2:wutang http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3217:tracklisting-for-a-better-tomorrow-&catid=2:wutang windwalker@wuforever.com (windwalker) frontpage Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:06:10 +0000 Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow Album In Stores Dec 2 http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3216:wu-tang-clan-a-better-tomorrow-album-in-stores-dec-2&catid=2:wutang http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3216:wu-tang-clan-a-better-tomorrow-album-in-stores-dec-2&catid=2:wutang ]]> windwalker@wuforever.com (windwalker) frontpage Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:08:22 +0000 Wu-Tang Forever Is it even possible to listen to everything the Wu has ever recorded? http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3214:wu-tang-forever-is-it-even-possible-to-listen-to-everything-the-wu-has-ever-recorded&catid=2:wutang http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3214:wu-tang-forever-is-it-even-possible-to-listen-to-everything-the-wu-has-ever-recorded&catid=2:wutang

The first time I heard Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers in its entirety, I was in ninth-grade study hall. It was early 1994. I remember the room, where I was sitting, what the Sony Discman I’d borrowed looked like (yellow, “Sports,” because nothing screams “take me jogging” like a CD player). I listened to it furtively and greedily, like someone was about to take it from me, which given the setting someone probably should have. I’d heard the group before, seen the videos for “Protect Ya Neck” and “C.R.E.A.M.” on TV at weird hours, but nothing could prepare me for that album. There was dialogue from movies that couldn’t possibly exist, rambling and yelling monologues, horrific and hilarious skits. (R.I.P. Shameek from 212.) And of course there was the music, 12 tracks that took every single thing I thought I knew about hip-hop and the world itself, laid them on a dresser, and banged them shits with a spiked fuckin’ bat. Blaaow.

That classroom encounter with the RZA, the GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah, and the M-E-T-H-O-D Man is not one of my earliest memories, but it’s one of the earliest in which the experience and the person having it feel entirely legible, in a way that many things before it don’t. 36 Chambers came out two months after I entered high school, and its follow-up, Wu-Tang Forever, came out the week that I graduated. In those four years, the Wu-Tang Clan went on a run of quality that brooks no real comparison, in rap or anywhere else: For all that has come after it, when we talk about the Wu-Tang Clan, this period is what we talk about.

The business model was RZA’s brainchild: assemble a murderers’ row of unknown all-stars, take the industry by storm. Nov. 9 marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, and as part of a “Completist” assignment for Slate I’ve spent the past weeks and months attempting to listen to every piece of music that falls under that big yellow W: every group album, every solo album, every odd compilation, every esoteric side project, every flash-in-the-pan mixtape. In the past 20 years, the nine MCs who made Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers have released more than 50 official albums’ worth of music, and that’s only the most conservative tally. The Clan have appeared in movies, television shows, video games, comic books, toy stores. They have gained countless new affiliates, and lost an original one.

Before going further I should say that I’ve failed in my endeavor. By that I don’t just mean that I haven’t (yet) listened to (all of) erstwhile Wu foot soldier 60 Second Assassin’s 2010 solo album Remarkable Timing, but also that attempting to tackle anything resembling the “complete” Wu-Tang Clan quickly provokes an ontological crisis. What exactly is all of Wu-Tang Clan? Should Method Man’s album-length collaborations with Redman count as Wu works? Sure, I decided, mostly because I enjoy them. But does Raekwon’s verse on Kanye West’s “Gorgeous” make that track a de facto Wu province? It’s great, but of this I’m less sure. And does Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s presence on Insane Clown Posse’s “Bitches” mean the same? God, I hope not, even if I’ve unfortunately listened to that too.

My failure is the Wu’s success: Two decades in, the Wu-Tang Clan stand as not just the greatest rap group of all time but the most consequential and far-reaching, so much so that it’s impossible to tell where the Wu-Tang Clan ends and the rest of the hip-hop universe begins. Long ago an interviewer at Maryland’s WPGC radio station asked the group to describe its goals in the music industry, to which Method Man famously replied, “Domination, baby.” Surveying the last 20 years, it’s difficult to argue that that mission wasn’t accomplished, even if today that domination is as rangy, speckled, and spiraling as a Killa Beez Wikipedia page.

In 1993 the suggestion that Ghostface would have the most prolific and consistently brilliant Wu solo career would have seemed unlikely. Like most things of consequence in American history, the Wu-Tang Clan started as a moneymaking scheme. Despite their unified front, by and large the Clan were a mercenary collection of seasoned pros, well-versed in the music business and its disappointments. The business model was RZA’s brainchild: assemble a murderers’ row of unknown all-stars, take the industry by storm, and then fragment into solo careers, all of which would continue to operate under the Wu-Tang shogunate. In 1992 the group released an independent single, “Protect Ya Neck,” produced by RZA; the track scorched through the New York underground and landed Wu-Tang a contract with Loud Records. With “Protect Ya Neck” now its lead single, Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers was released on Nov. 9, 1993.

The album’s impact was so seismic that it reshifted the geography of rap. Mid-1990s New York hip-hop boasted an embarrassment of riches: The period between 1994 and 1996 alone saw the release of Gang Starr’s Hard to Earn, Nas’ Illmatic, Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die, Mobb Deep’s The Infamous, and Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt. But 36 Chambers came first, an avant-garde album in the most literal sense. In the early ’90s, rap had been dominated by LA, culminating with the release of Dr. Dre’s multiplatinum smash The Chronic in late 1992, which monopolized radio and MTV for much of the following year. Next to the P-Funk samples and ornate synths of The Chronic, RZA’s detuned pianos, spartan drum loops, and haunting ’60s soul drops seemed to come from another planet. The Chronic’s cover had boasted a regally framed photo of Dre; the cover of 36 Chambers featured a blurry image of a figure whose face was covered by a stocking, slinking menacingly toward the camera. And then there were the videos: Gone were the low-riders and sun-soaked barbecues of Los Angeles. The videos from 36 Chambers were resolutely bad-weather affairs, dilapidated rooftops and stairwells, hoodies, vests and rain gear, dark and chilly desolation.

Meth was the star of 36 Chambers, the most charismatic and electric MC on the album. 36 Chambers changed rap in countless ways, but among the most important was its explosion of a conventional and increasingly constrictive authenticity. The “gangsta rap” popularized by N.W.A. and its individual members had been an electrifying blend of fantasy and reality. But it had grown embattled since the 1992 LA riots, and a vicious feud between Dre and Eazy-E—which reached its nadir with the latter’s It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa EP in fall of 1993—had devolved into an idiotic referendum on which millionaire could claim to have murdered the most people the loudest. 36 Chambers didn’t insist on its reality but rather obsessively dismantled and reconstructed it: The endless aliases, the elaborate and ever-murky mythologies, the dizzying forays into pop-culture flotsam. “Method Man” opens with a discussion of stabbing tongues with rusty screwdrivers (among other, less printable acts) and then careens through four minutes of references to Dr. Seuss, Looney Tunes, Fat Albert, Hall and Oates, peanut butter brands. 36 Chambers made it safe for hardcore rap to once again be what it had always been first and foremost: a feat of miraculous artistry and imagination.

In a visionary stroke of confidence, when Wu-Tang signed with Loud, RZA had negotiated an arrangement in which individual group members would be permitted to sign solo deals with competing record labels. When 36 Chambers exploded, Wu-Tang Clan seamlessly morphed from rap group back to industry strategy. Between 1994 and 1996, Method Man released Tical on Def Jam, Ol’ Dirty Bastard released Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version on Elektra, Raekwon released Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… on Loud, GZA released Liquid Swords on Geffen, and Ghostface Killah released Ironman on Epic. All of these albums were produced by RZA; they would sell more than 4 million copies among them.

When Wu-Tang Forever dropped in June of 1997, it spanned 27 tracks and almost two hours in length. It debuted at No. 1 and sold (wouldn’t you know) 4 million copies. Wu-Tang Forever was excellent, but it was also unmistakably a “reunion” record, and in retrospect it felt like the end of something. Three years passed before the release of the next group album, 2000’s The W; it featured an unprecedented number of guest spots from non-Wu rappers and was stellar but disjointed, a bunch of famous dudes who enjoyed each other’s company but were primarily linked by the past. A year later the group reassembled for the half-baked Iron Flag, which was met with critical and commercial indifference. In 2007 Wu-Tang Clan released 8 Diagrams, the group’s first (and still only) full-length album since the death of Ol’ Dirty Bastard in 2004; it was better than Iron Flag but sold even worse, and was marred by interpersonal conflict.

Raekwon has been a guest-spot champ and a purveyor of outstanding mixtapes, but perfectionism has hampered his official solo output. Neither the Wu-Tang Clan as a group nor any of its individual members has ever made a better album than Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, but that’s almost the point: By remaking rap in its own design, 36 Chambers became the perfect version of itself. And as for those members? Twenty years ago the suggestion that Ghostface Killah would have far and away the most prolific and consistently brilliant Wu solo career would have seemed unlikely—his contributions to 36 Chambers, while outstanding, lacked the visceral and flamboyant newness of some of his colleagues—but particularly in the 21st century, Ghostface has separated himself from the pack. 2000’s phenomenal Supreme Clientele was the first Wu-Tang solo album that felt like it had completely stepped out from the shadow of 36 Chambers, with its shimmering, hook-laced productions and brilliant (if legally questionable) use of audio from the short-lived 1960s animated series The Marvel Super Heroes. In the years since, Ghostface has remained one of the most critically adored MCs in rap, one of the genre’s greatest storytellers, who arguably hit his zenith with Fishscale in 2006, one of the best albums of the last decade.

Conversely, the Wu member whose career in 1993 seemed most destined for legend—Method Man—has had likely the most disappointing solo career, if only because the expectations were once so rightfully high. Meth was the star of 36 Chambers, the most charismatic and electric MC on the album: “Method Man,” first released as the B-side to “Protect Ya Neck,” was the LP’s lone solo showcase and remains one of the great displays of rhyming dexterity in rap. But after a knockout solo debut and a taste of pop stardom from his smash duet with Mary J. Blige, “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By,” Meth fell into a pattern of diminishing returns. Tical 2000: Judgment Day was 28 tracks of meandering bloat, and Tical 0: The Prequel might be the worst Wu solo album to date. (Unless you’re Led Zeppelin, using the same album title three times is rarely a good sign). On the bright side, his aforementioned collaborations with Redman have been consistent bright spots, and his turn as Cheese Wagstaff on The Wire (almost) absolves all other sins.

GZA’s 1995 release Liquid Swords is widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop records ever made. Between the overachieving greatness of Ghostface and the underachievement of Method Man, the rest of the solo careers are remarkably diffuse. Raekwon has been a major presence in rap, a guest-spot champ and a purveyor of outstanding mixtapes, but a notorious perfectionism has hampered his official solo output. In the 18 years since Rae and Ghostface hooked up for Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, a pinnacle of the Wu catalogue, Ghost has released 10 official albums, the Chef a mere three. He’s also repeatedly and publicly squabbled with RZA, and at times has seemed to bristle the most at his link to the Wu-Tang industrial complex. Inspectah Deck was a formidable force on 36 Chambers, but after a terrific solo debut, the long-delayed Uncontrolled Substance, his outings have been lackluster, though his recent Czarface collaboration with 7L & Esoteric showed some welcome signs of life.

GZA was the only Wu member who’d released a full-length solo album prior to 36 Chambers, 1992’s Words From the Genius, and when the Clan broke through, his lyrical gifts were already fully formed, and peerless. His 1995 release Liquid Swords is widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop records ever made, and his work since has been mostly excellent, particularly 1999’s Beneath the Surface and 2008’s Pro Tools, even if his sales numbers have rarely exceeded the cultish. In recent years he’s taken to performing Liquid Swords in its entirety at live shows, a crowd-pleasing move that suggests a resigned awareness of where his bread is buttered. U-God and Masta Killa were bit players on 36 Chambers and have found only modest solo success, although the latter’s No Said Date is among the most underrated Wu solo efforts, and I would absolutely recommend the former’s The Keynote Speaker (released just this past July) to anyone trying to listen to every single Wu-Tang Clan album.

ODB’s unhinged mania was as crucial an ingredient to the original Wu mystique as RZA’s beats. As the sonic architect and beating heart of the Wu, RZA is one of the most influential musicians of the past 20 years, and his off-kilter, speed-shifting sampling techniques can be heard in the work of luminaries ranging from the late J Dilla to Kanye West. But perhaps his most underappreciated genius is that he’s never seemed to care much about being a star, seemingly content to sit with his record crates and mixing boards and march to the beat of his own unquantized drummer. His awesomely eclectic solo career has found him moving from the bizarro experimentalism of his first post-36 Chambers solo project, Bobby Digital in Stereo, to an increasingly immense array of film scores (Kill Bill; Blade: Trinity) to acting roles in films by directors ranging from Jim Jarmusch to Judd Apatow, to his latest calling, kung fu flick auteur. Through all of it, he has remained one of the most sought-after producers in hip-hop.

Twenty years ago the idea that Ol’ Dirty Bastard would be the last man mentioned in any Wu-Tang assessment would have been unthinkable. By the time he died, the demons had long since devoured the talent, but there was once a time when ODB’s was among the most thrilling voices in rap, and his cultural footprint still looms so large it’s easy to forget that he only made two albums. In a way, ODB’s unhinged mania was as crucial an ingredient to the original Wu mystique as RZA’s beats, his presence so outlandishly unbelievable that it made all the other crazy bullshit seem totally reasonable by comparison. His raps bore only a glancing relationship to conventions of rhyme and meter, full of stutters, bellows, and unhinged onomatopoeia; no rapper ever wielded the word fuck and all its variants more effectively. His debut solo single, “Brooklyn Zoo,” is one of the most indelible tracks in the Wu catalogue, and “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” isn’t far behind.

The story of the Wu-Tang Clan is a story of the messiness and magic of collaboration, of ups and downs and accumulation and loss. Even by Wu-Tang Forever, his decline was apparent (he appears on only six tracks, often relegated to intros or choruses), and listening to something like 20 years of Wu-Tang, it’s unclear the Clan ever recovered from his loss. There are many potential reasons for this, starting with the fact that ODB was RZA and GZA’s cousin; for two of the collective’s most crucial members, this was something far more painful than just the death of a co-worker. But something even more intangible was lost, something that speaks to the beauty of 36 Chambers and what made those early years so extraordinary. The Wu-Tang Clan may have been a business arrangement deliberately calibrated as something larger than itself, but it somehow exceeded even that: The mythic collective was supposed to service the individuals, but along the way the myth became real. And any cartoon-loving kid of a certain age knows, you can’t form like Voltron if you’re missing a lion. In some sense I’m not sure the “complete” Wu-Tang Clan has been locatable since 2000, the last time a living ODB was heard on a Wu-Tang Clan album.

Earlier this year the Wu-Tang Clan dropped a killer comeback single, “Family Reunion”; RZA’s now trying to herd those surviving lions into one more album-length formation, and it’s recently gotten rocky. But it’ll happen and it’ll probably be great, even if it’ll never quite be like it was. The story of 20 years of the Wu-Tang Clan is a story of the messiness and magic of collaboration, of ups and downs and accumulation and loss. It’s pretty much the story of music itself, which is good and fitting because music has had no better representatives. After a lifetime of listening, I’m no closer to knowing what the “complete” Wu-Tang Clan is, I just know that it’s an absolutely staggering achievement.

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By Lauren Cortez, MStars News
'Wu-Tang Clan'
Almost 20 years since their inauguration into the hip hop scene with their debut album 'Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers,' all 8 living members of the legendary 'Wu-Tang Clan' have reunited on the group's first collective studio album in nearly six years: 'A Better Tomorrow.'
It has recently been announced in a UK press release that the latest album from the east coast rappers, RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Masta Killa, will drop in July of 2013. The press release also revealed a few July tour dates when the "greatest hip hop group of all time" will perform in the UK, reports Pitchfork.
The Clan's performance at Coachella 2013 this Sunday night (4/14) marks the group's first stop on their "short tour" that will hit the road this summer (see all announced TOUR DATES below). The tour will feature "all living members from the influential group performing on stage together," states the release, as 'Wu Tang Clan' celebrates their 20th anniversary this year.
Last fall, Wu-Tang Clan's "de facto leader" RZA (Robert Diggs) hinted at the possibility of a reunion when he told New York Times last fall that the group "could give the world one more record, maybe."
"There's one last job Wu-Tang clan must do," RZA said. "The 20th anniversary [of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)] is next year. And we need to, one time, completely, efficiently, properly represent our brand." In order for that to happen, he said he needed permission to fully take the reins and stressed that this time around, the group needs to be "on time for press and for concerts and studio."
"I already got some heat put together for the boys," he continued. "This is our 20th anniversary, so it's not only for us, I think it's especially for the hip-hop fans out there and for the people that supported the culture and what we do. It's not a lot of us that can say '20 years.'"
The last album that Wu-Tang put out was 8 Diagrams in 2007, reports Spin, which was supposed to be their final album.
According to Hiphop-N-More, their forthcoming album, "A Better Tomorrow" title is named after the song of the same name on the "Wu-Tang Forever" LP that was released in 1997.
The late "Ol' Dirty Bastard," aka Russell Jones, was the ninth member of 'Wu-Tang Clan' and an original founder, but the rapper reportedly died of a heart attack back in November 2004.
Wu-Tang Clan Tour Dates & Locations:
04-14 Indio, CA - Coachella
04-21 Indiao, CA - Coachella
05-26 Paris, France - Le Zenith
06-13-16 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
07-05-06 Des Moines, IA - 80/35 Festival
07-07 Ottawa, Ontario - RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
07-12-14 Frauenfeld, Switzerland - Openair Frauenfeld
07-18 Biarritz, France - Big Festival
07-25 Manchester, England - O2 Apollo
07-26 London, England - O2 Academy
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windwalker@wuforever.com (windwalker) frontpage Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:43:00 +0000
Planet X records Hell/Heaven Razah interview http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3204:planet-x-records-hellheaven-razah-interview&catid=31:interviews http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3204:planet-x-records-hellheaven-razah-interview&catid=31:interviews props to vegax]]> windwalker@wuforever.com (windwalker) frontpage Thu, 21 Feb 2013 00:29:18 +0000 Download/Listen to new mixtape bt Raysun The One feat Stumik of Ice Water http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3203:downloadlisten-to-new-mixtape-bt-raysun-the-one-feat-stumik-of-ice-water&catid=12:wu-familia http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3203:downloadlisten-to-new-mixtape-bt-raysun-the-one-feat-stumik-of-ice-water&catid=12:wu-familia

 

Staten All Stars ft. Donny Cacsh, Stumik, Nina The Coroner
By: Raysun The One

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windwalker@wuforever.com (windwalker) frontpage Fri, 25 May 2012 13:22:54 +0000
Ghostface Killah Is a New York Times Crossword Puzzle Answer http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3202:ghostface-killah-is-a-new-york-times-crossword-puzzle-answer&catid=8:ghostfacekillah http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3202:ghostface-killah-is-a-new-york-times-crossword-puzzle-answer&catid=8:ghostfacekillah New York Times crossword puzzle devotees got hit in the head with Ghostface Killah this morning as the Wu-Tang Clan member's name was used in the New York Times crossword puzzle!

 

New York Times crossword puzzle devotees got hit in the head with Ghostface Killah this morning as the Wu-Tang Clan member's name was used in the New York Times crossword puzzle! The clue was "Rapper who came to prominence as a member of the Wu-Tang Clan," and there were so many boxes that you could fit most of the rest of the Clan in there (RZA, GZA, U-God, ODB).

The puzzle, written by Brown University junior Guy Tabachnick, was scrutinzed by Rex Parker, a popular crossword puzzle blogger, who thinks that older people won't understand the clue: "I do, however, feel for the tens of thousands of regular crossword solvers who will never have heard of Ghostface Killah. That's a lot of grid territory to concede to someone who is gonna be virtually unknown to (I'm just guessing here) *most* crossword solvers over 50. Just a guess. I'll be thrilled to be wrong. I've been on the other side of this musical / pop cultural equation, and it's not always pleasant. I hope that at least the sheer wackiness of the guy's name brings you at least some measure of happiness."

Old people aren't the only ones caught on the other side of a "musical / pop cultural equation." This kid, who appeared on Teen Jeopardy on May 3, just became a footnote in the musical ignorance history books.

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windwalker@wuforever.com (windwalker) frontpage Tue, 08 May 2012 15:57:42 +0000
Q&A with Cappadonna of the Wu-Tang Clan (Interview by Examiner.com) http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3200:qaa-with-cappadonna-of-the-wu-tang-clan-interview-by-examinercom&catid=25:wu-familia http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3200:qaa-with-cappadonna-of-the-wu-tang-clan-interview-by-examinercom&catid=25:wu-familia Q&A with Cappadonna of the Wu-Tang Clan  by http://www.examiner.com/hip-hop-music-in-national/q-a-with-cappadonna-of-the-wu-tang-clan

 

Cappadonna, the official tenth member of the Wu-Tang Clan is quite the character. I’ve heard stories about Cappa mysteriously disappearing with strangers for hours at a time and returning just in time to rock shows with the Clan. A few years ago Cappa dipped from the rap world and drove a cab in the streets of Baltimore—not a glamorous gig for a rap star.

Cappadonna’s rhyme style mirrors his life. On Ghostface’s Wu Banga 101 Cap seemed out of place and off-beat alongside his Wu brethren, while on the Wu-Tang Clan’s The Jump Off he quietly spits fire:

“You might see me in a 6, that’s not my style/You might see me with a bitch that’s not my child/I’ll be in the Benzo, keep a low profile/Dead serious, takes flicks and don’t smile/Trying to get money, y’all cats are wild/I pose for the clothes, make a song like, wow/I’m a chip off the board game, got sword game/Live life to the fullest, still want more fame/Darts on layaway, beats on stand by/Outfits pressed up, ready for anti.”

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Cappadonna is currently on the road headlining the Black Cloud tour for the month of March. Cappa is joined by Block McCloud, Kromeatose, King Magnetic, and GQ Nothin’ Pretty on the Black Cloud tour. Edo G and Sean Price are scheduled to perform on select dates.

I spoke with Cappadonna about some of his most famous verses, his latest album The Pilgrimage, the upcoming Wu-Block album, and about the Black Cloud tour.

SS: Why’d you name the album The Pilgrimage?

Cappadonna: I named the album The Pilgrimage because pilgrimage means journey. That’s the journey that I’ve been taking all of my life in Hip-Hop—even journey’s within journeys. In order to get something you never had you gotta do something you never did. Within that journey you meet people that get us to that next level; it might be a publicist, a manager or a producer. It’s not a whole project that I created myself. It’s about the all in all and all of the experiences that I’ve experienced in my life to get me to where I’m trying to get to--that’s what The Pilgrimage is about. It’s just like the yellow brick road, big boy! You got Toto and Dorothy and all of them. They was on that yellow brick road searching and searching. They all was searching for something, lord. Even when they got to the Wizard they find out that he ain’t even who he say he was! At the end of the day it helped him get home. They got home but they had to fight a couple of witches and a couple of flying monkeys and all of that, but in the end they got tighter with each other. They accomplished what they were trying to accomplish but what they found out was what they were searching for all of the while they already had inside of them all along.

SS: The Pilgrimage seemed to have more spiritual lyrics than your past rhymes. Why’d you decide to take that route for this album?

Cappadonna: Everything is based upon a spirit, man. Even the word, that’s why they say the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit. In the beginning was the word, but then all of these things are in the word. That’s what gives you the feeling and that’s the spark of energy and the word that keeps everybody together. That’s why music is a universal language. They don’t even call it a sound all the time, they consider it a language. This is how I speak to the masses. Even the beat gets them sometimes. They can tell by the flow of the words if it’s aggressive, kind, or if there is a statement being made. They can almost feel within their spirit the message and the way it touches their soul. That’s why they say music soothes the soul of the savage beast in you. You just gotta find out what that is and what kind of frequency you’re on that’s going to be able to allow you to obtain that kind of ability to achieve that greater success, which is happiness.

SS: How’d you come up with the story for Cuban Link Kings?

Cappadonna: Cuban Link Kings is based upon a true story. The Cuban link chain represents the strength and unity of the brothers. It’s supposed to be the strongest link—the unbreakable chain. That’s the ideology and the foundation of the chain. The sexiest and most expensive elements was always the better choice and the better look for it. At the same time that link is the link that I’m using to get a hold of everybody, especially the young knuckleheads out there. We’re kings, we’ve been tight for so long in the eyes of the public and also with each other. We’ve been friends since kindergarten. That gives everybody a clear picture and a view of why we’re kings at being Cuban links. That’s the same energy that brought us together with Queens. I talk about Nas on there and Mobb Deep, we just went on a tour with them for a month recently tearing it down. After that we were out with Sheek Louch and them and we did something with them called Wu-Block. You see how the links keep connecting to each brother? We’re the kings of showing unity that’s why we’re those teachers and front-line generals that’s out there that’s chosen, tested, tried, and denied over and over again that we shall overcome and keep giving y’all these virtuals so you that y’all can go head and get through these funky obstacles in life, you dig?

SS: I dig, man. You mentioned Wu-Block, when can fans expect to hear that album?

Cappadonna: For more information on that go to WuWorld.com, GhostfaceKillah.com, or WuTang-Corp.com. We got half of the project done then it was a halt. I haven’t really gotten any more information on that. It was definitely being worked on, we was definitely together, setting it off, and getting ready for this 2012 onslaught.

SS: Meth and Deck both said that you taught them to rhyme. Explain exactly how you taught them to spit.

Cappadonna: My single on the album is A-Alike, B-Alike, C-Alike and I made that in reference to how we associate ourselves with one another. We A-Alike because we’re moving on that same path, we B-Alike because we have that ability to build with each other, and we C-Alike because we agree on the majority of things in life. They might feel like I taught them but we’ve been teaching each other all along. By them giving me the ability and the strength to be able to produce these sermons to them and give them some knowledge of what I know that they might not have had before, they’re giving me the chance to discover something even greater than me giving them pointers on how to hold the mic, build up their steam, or approach the crowd. As you get older you lose value and relevancy in the world. The blessing is being able to pass that on and being able to have the next man behind you saying, “Yo, he taught me this,” I don’t take any credit for that. That’s almighty God that gave me the ability, power, grace, and mercy so I can be able to pass on what he passed on to me so I can pass it to the next man. Those is merits and treasures un-measurable. That’s the money that you can stack up that you can’t spend. You dig? Save a life, it’s better than saving a dollar.

SS: You have some memorable verses on songs like Winter Warz and '97 Mentality. Take me into your mind state when you spit those rhymes.

Cappadonna: It was the mentality itself. Winter Warz represented a cold winter. You know what they say, work when the weather is good so when it’s cold you can do what you could. That’s a season of the vick because a lot of people were trying to get what they needed to get at that time. It was back to school and when you were a kid and winter time came you had your little summertime money to look fresh for the new year. The wolves come out and they wait for you at the stores with your little check to get your new clothes and they take that. That’s what the winter war is about. Everybody is trying to get up out of that cold. It was a good period of time, too because I was just getting out of the cold myself. I was just getting out of jail which is a cold ass world. My mind was fresh, free, and I was flowing. That was one of the greatest 80 bars that I ever threw on any kind of track. The world felt it. They felt it in me and they felt it in themselves. That’s what made it a success, it wasn’t just me. It was the many people that got touched by it that made it an official winter war, the same with the ‘97 Mentality. That was like the best year of our lives. We were just coming into success and creating entities and corporations out of our homegrown made from scratch style of rhyming, way of living, culture, and reality. We brought it all into one thing and put God in the midst of all of it. He approved of it, got behind it and pushed with us. There you have it, yo, another child is born.

SS: You’re currently on the road on the Black cloud tour. The term “Black Cloud” has a negative connotation, why name the tour the Black Cloud tour?

Cappadonna: Yeah, I thought about that, too. I thought about the black cloud and its negative connotation but the black cloud is only there so we can understand the value of the morning to come—the new day, the new light. Everything that was great came out of the dark. The dark existed first. Out of that darkness spun numerous amounts of clusters of light. Not for nothing, I’m a Virgo and the first cluster is called the Virgo cluster. How about that? It formed many galaxies and clusters of light. Every thought, every vision, and everything that exists in the world today came out of the dark. Deep in the depths of the mind the simplest thing like a top, a can opener, a jar, a speaker, a wheel, a car, a tire, a fan, or a thumb tack are created. The mind created the computer but the computer is controlling the mind now. That’s how fragile the mind can be. When you download something you think you’re really getting information from the computer but the computer is an outlet that attaches everyone’s mind together. That’s what creates the one world order. Now you can just download any question or anything and you’re not just getting the answer from your man. Now you don’t have to go anywhere, ask your man or read a book. You can get the answer there by pressing go and that thing will go out into the u-n-i-verse. It might hit somebody on Mars, you don’t even know if an alien answered your question.

]]> windwalker@wuforever.com (windwalker) frontpage Thu, 08 Mar 2012 21:02:20 +0000 Method Man Talks Wu-Tang & Odd Future Comparisons, New Music & Acting http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3199:method-man-talks-wu-tang-a-odd-future-comparisons-new-music-a-acting-&catid=5:method-man http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3199:method-man-talks-wu-tang-a-odd-future-comparisons-new-music-a-acting-&catid=5:method-man Odd Future and Wu-Tang Clan both have crowded family trees with many members, but Method Man doesn’t think comparisons between the groups make any sense.

“Only idiots do [make comparisons between Wu-Tang and Odd Future],” Meth recently told Global Grind. “I think it just makes it easier for people to comprehend if they can compare it to something else.”

The two groups will be performing at the Paid Dues Festival on April 7 in San Bernardino, California. Also scheduled to perform at the venue are former XXL Freshmen Crooked I, Mac Miller and Kendrick Lamar in addition to Three-6 Mafia and DJ Quik.

However, news of Wu-Tang even being there, caught Meth off guard.

“The what tour?” Meth asked GlobalGrind. “I’m always the last to know about these things.”

During the same interview, Johnny Blaze also mentioned that he’s working on a new album, although he doesn’t know what label the project will be on.

“Right now, I’m working on my mix CD and my album,” Meth continued. “I don’t know what label it’s going to be on. I think me and Def Jam — I don’t know what they doing over there.”

In related news, the independent film, The Mortician, in which Meth plays the lead role, was released on DVD last week. Of course, Meth’s film credits include co-starring with his rhyme partner in crime Redman in the 2001 stoner comedy, How High, and alongside Snoop Dogg in Soul Plane (2004). The Mortician also stars Dash Mihok, who appeared in The Day After Tomorrow and I Am Legend.—Nicholas Sella

source: http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2012/02/method-man-talks-wu-tang-odd-future-comparisons-new-music-acting/

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windwalker@wuforever.com (windwalker) frontpage Mon, 27 Feb 2012 01:58:51 +0000
Kofi Black - I Love Your Crazy Feat. Raekwon http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3196:kofi-black-i-love-your-crazy-feat-raekwon&catid=10:raekwon http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3196:kofi-black-i-love-your-crazy-feat-raekwon&catid=10:raekwon
Music by Singersroom.com

Album: Love Sick (Mixtape)

Label: Ice H20 Records

"I Love You Crazy" is the brand new single from rapper Raekwon's new R&B artist Kofi Black. The female dedication record, which also feature a solid lyrical jumpstart from the Wu-Tang Clan veteran, boast a warm instrumentation and catchy lyrics; just in time for Valentine's day.

"You got an attitude, you be pushing my buttons making me mad at you, wouldn't trade you for anything in this world, you crazy as hell but I still love you girl," Kofi sings of his special lady.

26-year-old Kofi Black is a self trained singer, songwriter and producer (completely self-taught on the piano, drums and bass guitar). He will release his introduction mixtape, 'Love Sick,' on March 5th.

"I just want people to know that I gave it my all. This is me. This is the real me. I'm not faking it to make it. This is the real Kofi Black," he states.

Source: singersroom.com

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windwalker@wuforever.com (windwalker) frontpage Fri, 10 Feb 2012 04:55:49 +0000
So You Think You Can Rap? http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3195:hannibal-tha-general&catid=30:downloads&Itemid=6 http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3195:hannibal-tha-general&catid=30:downloads&Itemid=6

So You Think You Can Rap! | Mixed by DJ Don Ace

Music by Artists featured on The Beatz&Rhymez Show on Wu-World Radio: Tre Dot, Homebase feat. Azon Blaze & Shadow Star Boxer, V Dot Nam, Nyraine & Infinite7Mind, Jermz Black, Chi-King feat. Hannibal Tha General, The Fatboy, Mizta Greene, Ki Grip feat. Jadakiss, Christon D'or & Nathaniel, No Phear, Csavi & Varsity, Wise Intelligent, Big Sinn, E-Truth, John John, Mugshot One, Fame Labs, Tha Greenhouse Projeks, Quadir, Popa Chief

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okwillock@gmail.com (Hannibal Tha General) frontpage Wed, 08 Feb 2012 06:47:34 +0000
Raekwon ft. JD Era - Just A Toast (Official Video) http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3193:hannibal-tha-general&catid=32:videos&Itemid=96 http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3193:hannibal-tha-general&catid=32:videos&Itemid=96 ]]> okwillock@gmail.com (Hannibal Tha General) frontpage Mon, 06 Feb 2012 00:06:36 +0000 Cappadonna - Cuban Link Kings (Official Video) http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3192:hannibal-tha-general&catid=32:videos&Itemid=96 http://wuforever.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3192:hannibal-tha-general&catid=32:videos&Itemid=96 ]]> okwillock@gmail.com (Hannibal Tha General) frontpage Sun, 05 Feb 2012 23:38:08 +0000