Tony Starks is heading overseas for some European action.
If you don't consider Ghostface Killah one of the most innovative, imaginative writers in hip-hop, you might need to do some self-evaluation. Long has the Supreme Clientele legend held it down on the mic, bringing forth an extensive collection of high quality material to the game. His mere presence in the Wu-Tang Clan is enough to cement his legacy, but Ghost's solo output has brought in into the upper echelon of rap penmanship.
Now, it would appear that Tony Starks will be taking his show on the road, heading overseas for a fifteen-date European tour. Throughout the journey, he'll be joined by longtime associate Killah Priest; together they will hit stops in Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, The United Kingdom, Switzerland, Hungary and more. For a full list of dates, check out the itinerary below.
Unfortunately, there's no news of any North American tour, so local Ghostface fans will have to keep patient. In the meantime, revisit one of his classics and catch up on one of the game's most brilliant contributors.
5/30 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands 5/31 - Copenhagen, Denmark 6/1 - Borlange, Sweden 6/2 - Aarau, Switzerland 6/7 - Norwich, United Kingdom 6/8 - Hull, United Kingdom 6/9 - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom 6/10 - Ticino, Switzerland 6/11 - Newcastle, United Kingdom 6/12 - Glasgow, United Kingdom 6/13 - Bristol, United Kingdom 6/14 - Manchester, United Kingdom 6/15 - Leeds, United Kingdom 6/16 - Budapest, Hungary 6/17 - Vienna Austria
"Rewind The Scenes" takes you behind the scenes to look back at some of the biggest videos Myster DL has directed. The mini documentaries contain insight on the production and un released/un edited footage. Expect to see weekly episodes..
As part of the Red Bull Music Academy World Tour in 2012, five hip-hop legends – each representing one of the five boroughs of New York, the birthplace of hip-hop – took the couch over five days, and each lecture was followed by a show in their own neighborhood.
In this session, hosted by the author Alvin Blanco (The Wu-Tang Clan And RZA), Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Cappadonna, Allah Mathematics and Masta Killa sat down to discuss the making of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Wu slang, and more.
0:44 – The ’80s
4:21 – “Protect Ya Neck” and Staten Island
14:00 – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
40:22 – Collaborations with other rappers
46:11 – RZA and the flood
49:56 – Knowledge of self, Wu slang, and songwriting
19:57 – Raekwon – “Striving for Perfection” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7scK...22:13 – Raekwon – “Glaciers of Ice” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewakm...28:07 – Raekwon – “Glaciers of Ice intro” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewakm...
Method Man chimes in on Kanye's recent controversies.
Kanye West has stirred up a whole lot of controversy lately. While the majority of people have taken it at face value, there's also been conspiracy theories pertaining to his behavior. Many suggest this is all part of the role out for his forthcoming album while other people have said that this is part of a performance art piece. Method Man recently chimed in on the conversation and suggested the former. The Wu-Tang rapper explained that people shouldn't be feeding into it the way they have been.
Method Man joined the Cruz Show on Power 106 to speak on Drop The Mic season 2 and more. The conversation led to Cruz asking Meth on his take on Kanye's recent comments and actions. He explained that he sees the fact that 'Ye has some music on the way so there's a good chance his recent controversial takes have something to do with that.
"I think 'Ye got some music coming out so I'm seeing the angle there." He said, "Nobody just comes out and starts blurting this stuff out randomly. 'Cause we haven't heard from Kanye in months and all of a sudden there's all this stuff. You know, I could respect his opinion from afar. Very afar but c'mon man. He got some music coming out. Don't take this stuff seriously. Social media is the devil."
Meth comes across much more concerned for Kanye than he is offended by anything he's said in recent times.
"I just don't want Kanye to alienate himself from people that really love him." He said. "That's why people are reaching out. I mean regardless of how they're doing it with memes and stuff like that it's because we care... I don't think he's crazy. Shout out to Kanye. We love you, brotha. Come home."
GZA's performance at the Tiny Desk was a rare appearance for the legendary Wu-Tang Clan emcee, in part because he's notoriously introverted, and because he brought along The Soul Rebels, an eight-piece New Orleans brass ensemble. Once they stepped behind the desk they got right down to business, opening with the sparkling "Living In The World Today," from GZA's 1995 solo album Liquid Swords. These 23-year old lyrics and metaphors felt timeless.
GZA continued his onslaught of poetic precision with another beauty from Liquid Swords, "Duel of the Iron Mic." "I ain't particular," he spat, starting to break into a sweat behind the desk. "I bang like vehicular/Homicides on July 4th in Bed-Stuy." At one point, GZA even channeled his cousin, the late great Ol' Dirty Bastard, who provided the hook on the original version of the track.
The Wu-Tang Clan's decision to only sell one copy of their ultra-rare album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, took a bizarre turn when Martin Shkreli bought it for $2 million. Now that Shkreli is in jail, the album is in the hands of the U.S. government, and RZA recently revealed that at one point he tried to buy the album back himself. He wasn't always happy with the outcome of the experiment, but he does say he thinks the whole thing could be turned into a movie.
Magic was in the air when Method Man and Redman descended on the Red Rocks Amphitheater crowd in Morrison, Colorado last Thursday (April 19). The revered Hip Hop duo was billed as part of the annual 420 On The Rocks event headlined by 311.
Backstage, dubious amounts of pot smoke filled the air as Red celebrated his 48th birthday, which had fallen two days before. As people sang “Happy Birthday,” Meth — his ever faithful sidekick — was drying off from the electric set they’d just finished. Covered in sweat, the Wu-Tang Clan vet makes it clear they pour their heart and soul into every performance. But Meth didn’t always deliver a polished set.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Kendrick Lamar would become the first Hip Hop artist to receive a Pulitzer Prize for his much-heralded album DAMN. In a recent interview, founder of the iconic Wu-Tang Clan, RZA, shared his congratulations — and excitement that the culture was finally being recognized by such a high-minded institution.
“I’m glad that in today’s society Kendrick Lamar, who has got to be considered one of the best and most poignant lyricists out there, can win that prize,” RZA said in a conversation with TimeOut Miami. According to The Abbott, he’s always felt writing in itself was a large component, and that many classics in the pantheon of Hip Hop have been deserving of the same honor.
“When I go back and see some of the lyrics that GZA wrote on Liquid Swords, and Beneath the Surface, some of the writing he did was well-deserving,” he says. “Take a song like ‘Fame,’ where every verse and every line is somebody’s name. Everything he did to me was at a genius level of writing.”
Wu-Tang Clan is a diverse collective. In addition to an assembly of MCs from different sections of New York City, the Wu brothers signed to different labels and reached varying levels of success. The members of the Clan also split their money differently. When it comes to touring and other revenue, there is an internal pay scale that favors some members more than others.
In addition, the Tical album creator spoke on the breaking down of race and gender barriers in Hip Hop. Meth also addressed modern male Hip Hop stars - like Atlanta's Young Thug- embracing androgyny.
"It’s cool when one person is doing it, and you say, 'OK, that’s his thing,' but then when it becomes a trend…They’re basically doing what rock ‘n’ rollers did with the fingernail-painting, the long hair, jumpin’ in the crowd—they want to be rock stars now. Be that, but don’t call it hip-hop. I think it’s different, but it has its place," said the 47-year-old.
Meth continued, "Would I rather sit there and listen to Rakim at a concert? Probably. I would love to listen to Rakim all day on my radio. But nowadays, if I’m at a concert, I’m gonna see Kendrick, I’m gonna see Rae Sremmurd, I’m gonna see these artists that turn up the way I would be doing if I was makin’ that kind of music."