Robert Diggs aka The RZA and head of the Wu-Tang Clan developed a strategy that would give launch the group's rise to fame, it is referred to as "The 5 Year Plan". It included the 1st 5 solo albums and 2 group albums (the 2nd being a double album) the majority of which were produced by the RZA.
"I used the bus as an analogy, I want all of y'all to get on this bus. And be passengers. And I'm the driver. And nobody can ask me where we going. I'm taking us to No. 1. Give me five years, and I promise that I'll get us there." -RZA
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Twenty-five-year-old Chicago MC Joey Purp first made waves when he dropped his sophomore mixtape iiiDrops in 2016. His buzz-worthy project balanced socially conscious, often braggy lyricism with gritty Windy City realism with a punchy delivery. The beat selection ranged from addicting dance rhythms to horn-laden production akin to an explosive early-2000s Just Blaze. And appearances by fellow Chi-town artists Chance The Rapper, Mick Jenkins, Vic Mensa, and Saba aided in Purp creating a name synonymous with Chicago. iiiDrops was the type of breakthrough success many rappers could only hope to achieve.
But Joey Purp seems to have solidified his undeniable Chicago charm with his recently-released debut LP, QUARTERTHING. Rather than only dabble with fellow Chi artists for his debut, Purp gathered some helping hands by reaching toward the east and tapping into the Wu-Tang Clan.
QUARTERTHING’s second track, “Godbody – Pt. 2,” features RZA spitting a dizzying set of boastful bars. He serves the song’s intro up before Purp demolishes the beat, rapping: “A billion data, bitcoins and microchips, Intel Pentium, silicon and biochips / Sitting on Oprah’s sofa, my drink is on a solid gold coaster / Cigars with the capio, a Rock & Roll’er, you still rock the Casio / Ace Of Spade, popped on the patio, Aston Martin, powder, Blue and Pistachio.” Purp takes the reigns as he hastily spits into the mic some verbal daggers to prove he’s worthy of some RZA support: “I don’t owe nobody nothing, everything come straight from me / Young ni**a go get your bread, only thing that’s bred in me / Some my ni**as still alive, they already dead to me.”
Perhaps the most surprising feature on QUARTERTHING comes from GZA, who delivers a Spoken Word poem as the album’s closer. The poem, titled “In the Morning,” 30 seconds of GZA delivering an acapella : “I wake to the sound of the alarm clock ringing / Squirrels leave the burrows, early birds are singing / Just coming out of a dream state / Awake, visions fade, I think new thoughts and meditate / I open the curtains and pull back the drapes / A beautiful blue sky reflecting off a lake / Eyes fixated on the amazing view / The windows to my soul I am gazing through / The sun has risen in the east.”
QUARTERTHING is a stellar release in the ’18 landscape, just as iiiDrops was two years prior. This year, we’ve already seen Purp’s Chicago rap contemporary Saba release his solid 2018 effort, CARE FOR ME(included in Ambrosia For Heads‘ mid-year list), while this past weekend saw Noname release her album, Room 25. Joey Purp joins them with his explosive record, shouting from the city’s rooftops: And you say Chi city…
Supreme unveiled a preview of their upcoming project with GZA today, which will serve as a nod to GZA’s debut album "Liquid Swords."
In the video clip posted on the Supreme IG account today, GZA is shown wearing the collaborative "Liquid Swords" tee shirt while describing the meaning of the name.
"Liquid Swords - sharp tongue. Swift, sharp tongue. You know, the tongue is symbolic to the sword. When in motion, it produces wind. That's why you hear that 'Wu, wu, wu wu, wu' sound when you're swinging a sword. Your tongue is a sword. A double-edged sword. And wisdom is symbolic to water, because of its flowing capability. So words flow off the mouth as water flows down the banks and the rivers, so this is why it's called a liquid sword - a sharp tongue."
Supreme has not yet revealed when their latest Wu-Tang collaboration will be available, but we expect more details in the near future following up today's announcement.
Logic’s upcoming album Young Sinatra IV is going to be a treat for Wu-Tang Clan fans. Although the LP’s tracklist hasn’t been unveiled yet, Logic has announced every Wu-Tang member will appear on the project.
“You know how sometimes you’re not supposed to give secrets about your album but then you tell everybody that you have the entire Wu-Tang Clan featured on your album,” he says in a video on social media.
Logic then begins to rattle off the names of the Wu-Tang members but doesn’t get very far. After naming GZA and RZA, the clip cuts off midway into mentioning Inspectah Deck’s name.
Young Sinatra IV is scheduled to drop on September 28. Logic originally announced the album in a freestyle over Method Man’s classic single “Bring The Pain.”
Logic’s upcoming LP is the fourth entry in his Young Sinatra series, but the first to be designated as a studio album. The previous three releases were mixtapes, which dropped in the years prior to his debut album Under Pressure.
This is a collection of 12 tracks of GZA remixes of his classic material behind heavy samples of classic and hard to find Ray Charles albums, with all production done by Gutter Water Music’s very own Dysposable Heroes. This is a concept remix project, with no ties to the artists or their respective labels, estates, etc. and is for promotional use only. Please burn this and give it to anyone you think might enjoy it!
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RZA and Ol’ Dirty Bastard weren’t just fellow members of the Wu-Tang Clan, they were also cousins. So, it’s only appropriate RZA would be instrumental in bringing ODB’s life story to the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a biopic about ODB is in development at Sony’s Columbia Pictures with RZA in the role of producer. Sources reportedly said the search for a director is currently underway.
NEW YORK, NY – Iconic streetwear brand Wu Wear first made a resurgence as a holiday capsule in winter 2017, followed by a full-scale Spring/Summer (2018) collection. Now, led by RZA, the Fall/Winter collection is here and consists of tees, long sleeve graphic shirts, sweaters, hoodies, pants, and jackets.
Emblazoned with the world-renowned Wu Wear logo, many of the pieces play off of timeless Wu-Tang imagery and lyrics, such as shirts with the lyrics for the intro from “Protect Ya Neck,” as well as new typographical treatments of the wordmark. There’s also a tracksuit that can best be summed up with the Fry “shut up and take my money” meme.
First launched in 1995 by RZA and Oliver Grant (better known as Power), Wu Wear was one of Hip Hop’s first clothing lines and was sold at major retailers like Macy’s. Remarkably, it stayed active until 2008, when it finally closed up shop. Riding the wave of streetwear brands making comebacks, it’s relaunch was brilliantly timed to coincide with the 25th year anniversary of the Clan.
Select items are sold at Barneys NY, Urban Outfitters, Zumiez, and WuWear.com. Check out images from the Fall/Winter lookbook, below.
After announcing the new project a few weeks ago with “Saigon Velour,” Ghostface returns with “Buckingham Palace,” which features Griselda Gang’s Benny The Butcher, KXNG Crooked and 38 Spesh. “Buckingham Palace” was exclusively premiered by XXL. “Benny and the entire Griselda camp definitely got the torch right now and his style is impeccable. Spesh and G Rap just dropped an album and any emcee that can go bar for bar with G Rap has my admiration” Ghost commented to XXL. “Crooked is one of those emcees that is universally respected and one of the west coast’s elite. Put it all together and you got a marvelous feast for your ears no doubt.”