Doomtree’s (the Minneapolis hip-hop collective and label) Kyle Smith, aka Cecil Otter, and Andrew Lund, aka Swiss Andy, have teamed up to release Wugazi: 13 Chambers, a mash-up project that combines Wu-Tang Clan acapellas with samples culled from tracks by indie band Fugazi. These two skilled musicians got their creative juices flowing after listening to Danger Mouse’s influential mash-up collection, The Grey Album. With their combined love for Fugazi and Wu-Tang Clan, what started as a side projected turned into a several year production.
Veteran hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan is preparing to drop a new album titled Legendary Weapons, scheduled to release on June 28th via E1. It's been nearly four years since the entirety of the multi-platinum rap collective Wu-Tang Clan joined forces on one record. Since then there have been several solo efforts and multi-member side ventures, but this collaborative release is the most anticipated project thus far.
When the first revealed track, "Only the Rugged Survive," exclusively featuring RZA on the mic, dropped last month, the crew launched an epic event that was years in the making -resulting in Legendary Weapons. RZA will reign as exectuive producer, with beats provided by Brooklyn-based band The Revelations, alongside Andrew Kelly, Fizzy Womack, and Noah Rubin (also known as Lil Flame). In addition to the core Wu members, the album also features cameos by M.O.P., Sean Price, AZ, and others. The next single to release from the album will be "225 Rounds," with U-God, Cappadonna, Bronze Nazareth, and RZA.
This year's Rock The Bells 2011 lineup is absolutely ridiculous, in the best sense of the word. From seminal artists like Lauryn Hill, Nas, Raekwon, Cypress Hill, and Ghostface, to up-and-coming heads like Mac Miller, this epic lineup is inducing permanent goosebumps. This four-city run festival may just be the greatest hip-hop festival of the year.
Last summer Rock The Bells featured several headliner artists who performed their most legendary albums in their entirety for the first time in the history of hip-hop entertainment. Such artists included Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, and the Wu-Tang Clan. This year the traditional will continue with Ms. Lauryn Hill performing her multi-platinum, multi-Grammy winning album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Nas performing his iconic debut album Illmatic with special guests AZ, Pete Rock, and DJ Premier. That act alone will be far and beyond mind blowing. Want more? You got it. Also set to perform full album sets are Cypress Hill, Mos Def & Talib Kweli (Black Star), and Raekwon & Ghostface. Summer madness has officially commenced.
One of the most influential hip-hop performers of all time, Raekwon, will be performing at the El Ray Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on April 30th.
Raekwon is most recognized as a leader in the early 90’s rap movement, joining the likes of RZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, ODB, and more to form the Wu-Tang Clan.
His most recent solo album, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang, was released on March 7th, 2011 and debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard chart, selling approximately 29,000 copies in its first week. It has been received fairly well by critics.
Tickets for the show will be $22-$44 and can be purchased from livenation.com.
Rapper/artist CanKoone sits next to his personal manager Jeff Jacobs. They are an intriguing pair; two years of working together has cultivated a close friendship between the Bronx native and the young, savvy manager from the Upper East Side. The 27 year old rap artist wears different shades of black, a bandana around his neck and a beanie.
CanKoone's skills are not only as a rapper, but as a songwriter and a businessman, one that, with the help of Jacobs, is plotting a launch on the music industry that’s been years in the making.
Here they come ! Those naughty folks are once again ready to burn LA stage. I think Wu-Tang guys have always knew how to stay fresh and always bring something new. This is probably because they all had the freedom to go on solo and then come back to the crew with fresh ideas.
Anyway, all I'm saying is that they were among the best MCs, and still are. So get ready to witness the great performance of RZA, Raekwon, GZA, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, UGod, Method Man, Masta Killah, and the recent Cappadonna.
Wu-Tan Clan live at Club Nokia on December 5
Tickets here !
Can posh South Beach handle hip-hop and R&B infusions from SRC Records and its kingpin, legendary CEO Steve Rifkind? The former Loud Records mogul thinks Miami is ripe for his imposing lineup of diversified artists and could be the next epicenter of the music world.
Rifkind, the man responsible for breaking in the Wu-Tang Clan, Big Pun and Mobb Deep, continues to impose his will on the industry with current megastars like the ubiquitous Akon and suburbanite rapper Asher Roth.
He may only be 22 years old, but Jesse Marco is already well-established as one of New York City's most talented and sought-after DJs. His signature style and flair for mixing cross-genre classics, like Led Zeppelin and Jay Z or Michael Jackson and Nirvana, has caught the attention of some of the industry's biggest names, including Tom Ford, Russel Simmons, and Kanye West. Since he started spinning on his first turntables at the age of 12, his passion, talent, and dedication has taken him to the top, with a little help from DJ legends Mark Ronson and DJ AM. Don't miss your chance to get in on the action with Jesse Marco at Joonbug's Fashion Week Gala. Oh, and did we mention that he's also a model? How appropriate.
Pralazrel "Pras" Michel is probably best known for his involvement in the infamous group The Fugees. Not only was Pras a lead vocalist in the group, he also met and introduced Lauryn Hill to fellow hip-hop sensation, Wyclef Jean. Pras' other artistic interests led to appearances in several feature films, including his own documentary, Skid Row. Through his music and film projects, Pras has been able to accomplish his main goal-to make others aware of the important social and humanitarian causes while maintaining constant originality. You go Pras! And off he goes-pariculary by continuing his goal with his new group AXIXS. AXIXS, represents a fresh hip-hop mix with electro funk, alternative rock, and reggae. Selina Carrera (originally a poet) and singer Stefi Nova complete the distinctiveness of the group and add to the lyrical originality and stellar vocals of AXIXS.
It's the same damn thing every week. I'm enjoying my paper, drinking black coffee, reading every snarky article with glee, and then I get to the the concert listings. Well Goddammit, I think. Goddamn them for coming on tour, that week, this the week I am completely broke. And as I say this every week, I think to myself, if I had those photographs, I would totally be able to extort Bill Gates. Yes, ruining that man's successful life would I'd never have to worry about money, or actually earning money, ever again. And that, my friends, that is my beautiful dream.
IF I COULD BLACKMAIL BILL GATES...