Monday, October 22, 2018
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
After a decade of hyping up the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic How High, fans were less than impressed to discover Lil Yachty and DC Young Fly will star in it instead of Method Man and Redman. They were even more upset after learning the iconic duo wouldn’t be appearing in the film at all.
In the aftermath, Redman called into The Grass Routes Podcast to break down what went wrong.
“Me and Meth we’re not aware of the transaction of this movie,” Red confesses.
Funk Doc says they didn’t own the rights to the film, so a branch that exists under the Universal Pictures umbrella was able to move without the duo’s blessing.
“My thing is, you have the Red and Meth brand that [helped build] and create this … those are all our ideas,” he continues. “When the new deal came about, we weren’t involved in it.”
According to Redman, two writers were working on a version with him and Method Man. After an initial table read, they requested a few changes be made.
“As far as me and Meth know, we were waiting on a new script to read for How High 2,” he says.
Like fans, they were caught off guard by the Yachty announcement. Although they’ve been presented with an opportunity to be part of the sequel, Redman says it didn’t feel right due to the way things were handled.
“Yachty and DC have nothing to do with it,” he says. “It was just all business. I look at it like this man — when one door closes, another one opens and that just leaves room for [me] and Meth to do a whole new movie.”
He adds, “We got a dope idea movie we been sitting on for the longest that we might do … we had this idea like right after How High.“
Listen to the full interview above.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
The Wu-Tang Clan's legendary roots run deep, and even now, the names of the roster continue to ring bells in worthy circles. Fans know there's something unabashedly raw about the one and only Method Man, who previously won hearts through his self-titled 36 Chambers classic. Now, with a legendary career behind him, Tical has been steadily readying the torch for his disciples, as evidenced by his upcoming Meth Lab II album. Curated with an emphasis on local Staten Island emcees, The Meth Lab II was originally slated to drop on November 13th.
Now, a report from HipHopDx indicates that Meth heads will have to wait a little bit longer. Apparently, the publication got an email from Method Man's camp, explaining that the project would no longer be landing on its intended delivery date. As of now, a replacement has yet to be revealed, though it's entirely possible November is still in the cards.
Hopefully, we'll be bumping some new Method Man by year's end. Should you be fixing for more, check out the lead Meth Lab II single, "Grand Prix."
Sunday, October 14, 2018
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Here’s a reminder that even the mellowest individuals have their breaking points.
According to TMZ, RZA reportedly rushed to an emergency room Saturday, seeking medical treatment for his son. Though the details of his child’s condition have not been revealed, it sounds like the situation was pretty severe. The outlet reports the Wu-Tang rapper became increasingly angry over the level of care his son was receiving and eventually started screaming at the hospital staff.
Sources told TMZ that RZA’s temper became so aggressive that a supervisor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ended up calling the police. Authorities are said to have arrived shortly after; however, once they stepped onto the scene, RZA had reportedly calmed down. Los Angeles officers left the hospital without issuing a citation.
According to insiders, RZA and his son are still at the hospital.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Hulu has given a straight-to-series order to Wu-Tang: An American Saga, a scripted drama about the early days of Wu-Tang Clan, the iconic hip-hop group whose original lineup was composed of RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Masta Killa.
Based on The Wu-Tang Manual and The Tao of Wu, both of which were written by RZA, the New York in the 1990s-set An American Saga (which should have been called Clan: A Wu-Tang Story) shows “the Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs a.k.a. RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories,” according to a press release.
Method Man called the series a “major win for hip hop,” while Ghostface Killa added, “Ayo u know what it is, Wu-Tang is forever. We’re stepping into new chambers with Hulu and bringing our fans with us.” Producer Brian Grazer claimed he’s been a fan of the group since the mid-’90s, and he “recognized quickly how significant Wu-Tang and The RZA were to the world of hip-hop music and culture… Hulu is the perfect partner to bring this story to a global audience.” Feel free to imagine Grazer playing “As High as Wu-Tang Get” to his Imagine Entertainment co-founder Ron Howard. It’s fun.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Logic enlisted the surviving members of Wu-Tang Clan — GZA, Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, Method Man, Raekwon, RZA and U-God — for the cut “Wu-Tang Forever” from his Young Sinatra IV project. Consequently, the legendary Hip Hop crew has earned their first Billboard charting single in 16 years.
While “Wu-Tang Forever” didn’t chart on Billboard’s Hot 100, it still hit No. 17 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales and No. 44 on the all-genre Digital Song Sales.
The track serves as their first group appearance on any Billboard chart since 2002. “Uzi (Pinky Ring)” made it to No. 16 on Hot Rap Songs in 2002 and claimed No. 93 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
According to Forbes, the Wu has two other singles that reached the Hot 100, which both come from 1993’s Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). “C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)” reached No. 60, while “Method Man” peaked at No. 69.
Logic’s Young Sinatra IV debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 this week, trailing behind Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V.
Revisit the song above.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Wu-Tang Clan member and New York rap legend Method Man has a message for the people over at Nike. He wants to see a retro release of the highly-coveted "Wu-Tang" Dunk High.
Meth appeared on Flight Club's Instagram story recently to deliver the message from the consignment shop's Los Angeles location. "I ain't gonna lie. My feelings is hurt," he said. "Being that it's the 25th anniversary of Wu-Tang, I thought you guys would be more than happy to re-issue a shoe, a limited shoe at that, that sold a lot of pairs."
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Wu-Tang Clan is celebrating the 25th-anniversary of its legendary debut next month. Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers set the stage for dozens upon dozens of releases to follow, from the nine founding members and more. Just last Friday, Ghostface Killah dropped The Lost Tapes. Method Man’s Meth Lab IIis arriving in November. U-God and Inspectah Deck dropped albums on the same day in the spring. However, hardcore Wu fans may know that defining albums from members were originally intended to sound quite different. Several floods forever affected solo members’ post-36 Chambers rollout, with hundreds of RZA tracks forever washed away.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018
(October 5), RZA was interviewed before a live audience during Atlanta, Georgia’s A3C Festival. Wu-Tang Clan’s Abbott spoke about his career, personal transformation, and the earliest days of his group to National Public Radio’s Rodney Carmichael. Ambrosia For Heads was in attendance for the revealing conversation featuring one of the architects of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). That monumental Loud/RCA Records LP is celebrating its 25th birthday next month, prompting a “WuTangATL” multi-day event at A3C.
A highlight in the discussion occurs with Rodney Carmichael asking RZA about a period in his life between 1990 and 1993. During this time, the Brooklyn, New York MC/producer/DJ was a struggling Rap artist with label frustrations. He was facing a felony for shooting a man while living in Steubenville, Ohio. It was during this same time that RZA was also expecting a child. Out of these circumstances the Wu-Tang was born.
Friday, October 5, 2018
Thursday, October 4, 2018
OUTER SPACE – Wu-Tang Clan are no strangers to pushing products, but the group’s latest campaign might their most bizarre and entertaining yet. GZA, Ghostface Killah and RZA are starring in a new web series called Wu-Tang In Space Eating Impossible Sliders.
While the series exists to promote White Castle’s addition of Impossible Foods’ plant-based burger to its menu, it barely comes across as an ad for the fast-food chain. Instead, the debut short is a Star Trek-inspired creation reminiscent of something from Adult Swim or Mystery Science Theater 3000.
“We knew we wanted to set an idea in space for our partnership with White Castle,” Impossible Foods’ Executive Creative Director Sasha Markova said. “At Impossible, we’ve become obsessed with the idea that it’s only when you go to space that you realize how beautiful earth is.
“Then we thought, who can we send up into space? Who are the people who most embody that philosophy? And, in the midst of a crazy time on planet earth, who are the people who might have the answers? We knew it immediately. The Wu-Tang Clan.”