The Saga Continues

Monday, July 16, 2018

Inspectah Deck Teases Czarface Vs. Ghostface Killah Project

It appears Wu-Tang Clan fans won’t need to wait for the group’s next album to hear Inspectah Deck and Ghostface Killah collaborating again.

Fresh off a collaborative LP with DOOM, Deck revealed his Czarface trio — comprised of him, 7L and Esoteric — have a project in the works with Ghostface on Saturday (July 14).

“If you was feelin #czarfacemeetsmetalface just wait til u get that #Czarface vs @realghostfacekillah you might nut out ya ear… stay tuned!!!” he wrote on Instagram.

[via HipHopDX]

Friday, July 13, 2018

Prince Paul Explains Why He’s Bothered By 1 Important Gravediggaz Credit

Prince Paul was a founding member of The Gravediggaz. At a time when he was still very active in producing De La Soul records, the Long Island, New Yorker assembled a quartet with Stetsasonic band-mate Frukwan (aka “The Gatekeeper”), as well as onetime Tommy Boy Records label-mate Poetic (aka “The Grym Reaper”) and Wu-Tang Clan’s Abbott, The RZA (aka “The RZArector”). Paul assumed the alias “The Undataker” and would eventually help the horrorcore act land a deal with Gee Street Records and find success.

Members of The Gravediggaz have been off and on for more than 20 years. Sadly, member Poetic passed away in 2001. However, the crew is best known for its original lineup, and 1994 debut 6 Feet Deep. Although it was recorded first, the LP was released less than a year after Wu-Tang’s Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). It entered in the Top 40 and became a hallmark of the horror-core sub-genre. In its history the group had one song enter the charts, “Diary Of A Madman” (embedded below), with production credited to RZA, Prince Paul, and RNS. In a new interview, Prince Paul corrects history.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

GZA Compares Gun Violence In Hip Hop To Wildfire: "Put Them Out Or They Spread"

GZA: "hip-hop started (initially) to stop violence."

GZA understands the paradigm shift we are undergoing, and the weight it carries on our musical choices as artists. The founder member Wu-Tang sat down with the Miami New Times for an exclusive interview where the discussed the evolutionary path of hip hop. What differentiates GZA's account of current day, from say.. the words of Rakim or some other Generation Xer, is an understanding of material consequences.

When asked if he thought we were living through a golden age for rap, GZA laughed in the face of his correspondent, well not exactly, it was phone interview, and the person who asked was merely probing for a sensational response. Once GZA regained his composure he said, “Nowhere near, it’s not even the silver or the bronze age (right now)."

GZA has noticed an infinite regression in lyricism. He broke it down like this: "I’m not knocking producers or the artists nowadays. Some of the stuff sounds good and some doesn’t, but it’s just my opinion. But I think, lyrically, there’s been a regression."

The legendary chessboxer reserved his greatest concern for the violent state of alarm in the hip hop community. The interviewer cited the deaths of Jimmy Wopo and XXXTentacion as examples of this perceived state of unrest, to which GZA issued a warning in the form of an analogy."Hopefully, it’ll (violence) cease to exist at some point," GZA agreed. "Of course it has the potential to escalate, it’s a fire. And what happens with fires? Either you put them out or they spread."

Monday, July 9, 2018

Wheelchair athlete sneaks a ton of Wu-Tang lyrics into on-air interview

Dylan Alcott is a celebrated wheelchair tennis player who just pulled home his fourth-straight Australian Open title. Recently he was invited onto the Australian public access program Q&A to be part of a panel on disabilities, and he did what any right-minded individual would do in that situation and shoehorned in as many references to the Wu-Tang Clan as he possibly could. Marvel as he describes growing up with a disability as “rough and tough like leather,” or laments the “short arms and deep pockets” of those in power. If there was any doubt, he throws up the W at the end.

Alcott also serves as a host on the radio station Triple J, and he spoke a little more about the moment there. “It was a serious [issue] that I’m really passionate about,” he said on-air. “But I thought, ‘You know what? I want to take the Triple J listeners along for the ride with me and try to slip in some references.’” Alcott’s accomplishment one-ups those of Atlanta broadcasters Fred Blankenship and Mark Arum, who have worked timely references to Rakim, Phife, and Notorious B.I.G. into their on-air banter. You’ve gotta give Alcott the nod, though, for being able to work his rap references in extemporaneously while answering questions about an issue he cares deeply about.

The only option is for someone to attempt to one-up him. The gauntlet is thrown, panelists of the world.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Wu-Art Thursday #303

Wu-Tang Clan-Inspired Climate Change Mural Unveiled In Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Local-area artist Cody Prez has brought a literal storm to Staten Island with his 2,000 sq. ft., Wu-Tang Clan-inspired mural, “Climate Change Ain’t Nuttin To Mess With.”

Taking its name from the Wu-Tang Clan classic, “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta Fuck Wit,” Prez initially designed the mural during Hurricane Maria and presented a similar, scaled-down version of the final mural on his Instagram page.

Prez then teamed up with Staten Island Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs to place a large-scale version of the mural on the building of the Richmond Hood Company. Richmond Hood, a Staten Island-based clothing atelier, is located in the famed “Artist Alley” district.