Dope record and dope video from Shyheim.
“Bond” is the second of a two-part video series, following the “Yeah Yeah” music video that dropped two weeks ago. Both tracks are off Shyheim’s latest album “Disrespectfully Speaking,” independently released by Bottom Up Records. Part One after the jump.
Starting the year off with a Raekwon mixtape. Found this over at 2 Dope Boyz and after his great 2009, I sincerely hope that he does not make us wait another 10 years for another classic. DJ Whoo Kid and DJ Scream link up for a new mixtape featuring a collection of The Chef’s 2009 freestyles.
via HHC Digital
Pretty Toney might not have impressed the PopBitch massive with his London gig, but there’s still time to catch him and his Theodore roadies in the UK when they bring the ruckus to theirremaining UK gigs.
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak preview from HHC Digital’s interview with Ghost Deini that’ll be appearing in full in the next issue…
“A tour’s about having fun, doing what you gotta do, get to your destination safe, get back safe and just rocking the people, man. We had a lotta fun, a lotta things you can’t even talk about… But I remember one time we was in the hotel when we was younger – me, Method Man and all of us, we’d play tricks on each other. We took the fire extinguisher while he was asleep, went to his room, put it under his door, and just let the whole fire extinguisher out in his room!
“So he started choking though, but that wasn’t good. We was young, we could’a kilt him! He was breathing all of that in, and he came out the door, coughing, and his whole head was white! That was one of the moments from back then that you remember that was kinda like crazy, but you learn from that.”
I knew it was something in the air, I been listening to early Ghost all week, then I been catching some new fever courtesy of Raekwon, now this. They can f*ck around and salvage the summer if they execute this campaign with precision. Plus I see they got the RZA back in the mix, it needs to be a Shaolin revolution this summer.
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Rae has been going the f*ck in as of lately, representing that rare link to the past, present and future of where the game can still go. His brand of “reflection” rap has been refreshing in this market cluttered with nonsense not rooted in any slice of “reality.” To top it off I been listening strictly to early Ghostface and Nas circa The Lost Tapes and appreciating what N.Y. rap was good for…slick talk sprinkled with street knowledge.
All In Together Now Raw: A Tribute To The Ol’ Dirty Bastard, is set to hit shelves next month. The 10-track disc features appearances from The Rza, Masta Killa, Killah Army, 4th Disciple and Brooklyn Zu, among others.
Yet the disc was an afterthought to the film, according to Raison Allah, ODB’s cousin and Brooklyn Zu MC who is responsible for both projects. “Years ago I promised to keep Dirty’s legacy alive so we formed Zu Films and started filming a documentary which tells his life story,” he said in a press release. “But with all the footage and interviews I still felt like something was missing; Dirty was all about the music. When word got out that we were working on a documentary, Wu fam started sending me so many tracks. We had so many dope tracks that we didn’t want to wait until the soundtrack until the DVD to put them out.” Read more…
Raekwon ft. AZ
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Rae & A go back and forth on two predominant topics in Hip Hop right now, whips & kicks. Rae adds that late 80′s/early 90′s flavor that only he can, while AZ follows up with his paintbrush and adds his throwback visuals.
For the obvious reasons, this is legendary to say the least. It’s never too late to bury hatchets!
Raekwon-LETTER TO B.I.G.
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Props to the homie Doggie Diamonds for sending this over. And get that Forbez DVD in the streets now.
After making his mark in the music industry, Rza is ready to put Hollywood in a choke hold. XXLmag.com caught up with the rap renaissance man to find out about his directorial debut, The Man With The Iron Fist and how he sought Quentin Tarantino’s blessing before jumping behind the camera.
Rza, who has already put in work as a film composer, by scoring several cult classics – Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai and Kill Bill – and actor - American Gangster –is now ready to direct his own film. But first he had to get approval from his friend, director extraordinaire Quentin Tarantino.
“He been my mentor for the last 6 years,” Rza told XXL. “[Let’s start from the beginning] the way this film came about, I wrote it and my buddy Eli Roth had got a chance to read it…he heard me talk about it first and he had got a big movie deal at the studio.”
“[So] he was like ‘Rza I wanna make your movie,’” he continued. “I sent the script over and he when he read it he was like ‘Yo, I definitely want to make this movie. But we gotta go back to the teacher to see if the teacher thinks you’re ready to make it.’ So basically before I could go tell Eli yes I had to go back to Quentin Tarantino and sit down like, ‘Look, do you think I’m ready to do my first film or do I need to wait another year or two.’ And he said ‘I think you’re ready yo.’ And so I was like ‘thank you master (laughs)’ I’m out there in the world ready to show my talent now.” Read more…
via WIRED by way of Nahright
Below is a noble attempt by a reporter from WIRE magazine to turn his interview into a rhyme. Even though the end product is kind of wack, he gets an “E” for effort
RZAVIEW by MC Paul Barman
As prepared for delivery, WFMU, Thursday June 19, 2008.
Rza, pronounced riz’-uh, is a composer for film and TV. He began as a rapper. His career had a growth spurt. From flowed words to producer, Wu-Tang Clan founder and father, Rza is also an actor and author.
We met in New York after he drove his kids to the airport.
He held court in his hotel room, exhausted, a good sport.
“I’m a composer,” Rza rose his voice. Knows the choice.
Stay in hip-hop ghetto or let go of noise.
“Stand still and stagnate in a bad state.”
Weakness is revealed by brags, hate.
Rza’s first soundtrack was for Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog.
Perhaps Rza at his most prog. Created a sound.
Elated, he’d found Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev.
Assign instrument to each character–borrowed the concept.
As long as you move, you can’t make a wrong step.
Here is the official cover to the upcoming graphic novel “Method Man” written by Meth himself and drawn by famed comic book artist Sanford Greene. The much anticipated graphic novel finally comes out July 23rd as both Method Man and Mr. Greene will be taking part in promotional efforts for the book as well. WoooHah.com has a look at early sketches of Meth and we also have heard rumblings of movie pitches based on the plot as well. Read the entire plot line after the jump…
An ancient evil of unfathomable power plots the unspeakable–the destruction of the mortal realm and beyond. Man’s only hope lies in Peerless Poe, a hard-luck private eye with a taste for booze and a magnetic attraction to danger. A former member of the clandestine Order of the Sacred Method, Poe must forge an uneasy alliance with those who exploited him against enemy bent on global annihilation. This unholy threat wears a woman’s face and wields dark energies capable of destroying normal men. But Poe hasn’t been normal in years. The Order saw to that. Poe is scarred. Poe is transformed. Poe is . . . Method Man.
Talk about synchronicity! I ran into my man J Ronin at the DJ Khaled video shoot earlier this evening and he was telling me about his upcoming project with one of my favorite MC’s Killah Priest. Then I get home and presto! there is a new vid by the homie that is visually captivating due to its gritty realism. Past this one around- “Hood Nursery” off of that Through Stained Glass LP.
Just in time for the summer and a welcome addition as compared to the fake Prada looking joints.
Fila is stepping up their game following the tradition of its competition. Here is the “SILO SERIES” which is aimed at collectors and urban fashionistas.
The “White Line” is extremely limited, and the Rialt, Swagger low, and Tattoo low will also be released in somewhat limited numbers.
We can see the street level direction from the perforation, straps, and tattoo motif embroidery Fila has opted to use. Following its Wu Tang collabo, we hope to see more in the future.
For the second year in a row Wu Tang’s Abbot The RZA will be headlining The 2nd Annual Hip Hop Chess Federation’s “Mind Over Matter” exhibition that will feature the masterminds in chess and martial arts. There will be grappling demonstrations and symposiums on how to utilize martial arts as a pathway to “non-violence.” RZA took honors home last year as the reigning champ.
This year he will be joined by Rakka of Dilated People, Casual of Hieroglyphics, Paris, Prince Ali and founder Adisa Banjoko. The theme is “Using chess, music and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and non-violence.” For our chess masterminds that want to display their skills the event will go down on the 12th of April in Menlo Park, Cali. CLICK HERE if you wanna get involved.
image from Illustrashaw.
Th estate of Russell Jones is now open for business. A new site boasting new official merch with the likeness of ODB has surfaced, with t-shirts and sweatshirts in colorful pastel designs. This seems to be a company with no direct connect to any Wu-Tang ventures, which seem to be in turmoil after the soft-launch and much delayed video from the 8 Diagrams debacle that was released late last year. Buy your ODB merch here..
Journey with Street Knowledge as we bring you the Return of the Wu…Wu Tang Clan invades Hammerstein Ballroom on the New York City leg of their 8 Diagram Tour minus the Abbot(RZA). Get a front row invite to the hottest ticket in town as the Clan forms like Voltron and delivers some of their most classic hits from their 15+ year career. Then get a Backstage Pass as we interview Raekwon the Chef, Ghostface Killah and Inspectah Deck with guest appearances by Theodore Unit’s Trife, Ice Water’s Polite & Erykah Badu. Witness the Clansmen perform in rare form then hear them speak on the latest developments like the much anticipated Cuban Links 2 from Raekwon, another Ghostface album and being signed to Def Jam and Aftermath.
The night of January 12th will forever go down in the annals of Hip Hop history as a packed NY crowd bore witness to the Return of the Wu. The Hammerstein Ballroom played host to the New York leg of the 8 Diagrams Tour. Minus the Abbot, the rest of the Clan arrived fashionably late to unleash an all-out assault on the restless concertgoers who were eagerly awaiting the Shaolin Swordsmen. Greeted by the chants of “Wu Tang!” the Clansmen flooded the stage with a 50 man strong entourage and got right into the thick of things by running through some of their riotous classics like “Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit” and “Bring Da Ruckus.” Method Man prowled the stage like a rabid pit-bull ready to attack, while Ghost floated from one end to another with the grace of a ghost. His partner-in-rhyme Raekwon played his post sizing up the crowd, bottle of bubbly in hand while the man with the golden arms, U-God popped in and out to spit his bars. Cappadonna traded verses with his brother Lounge Lo and Street Life played his part alongside Meth. GZA and Inspectah Deck held their own on a stage that was filled to the brim with Wu affiliates. Whereas a packed stage would normally distract from other artist’s stage show the Wu is notoriously known for their swelling numbers and they work the energy exchange from their entourage and the crowd into their routine. Method brought his A-Game with him this particular night, leaving nothing behind! When he wasn’t stage diving he was giving top notch renditions of “M-E-T-H-O-D Man” “RockWilder” “Bring Da Pain” and “What The BloodClot.” On his last joint instead of diving he actually stood on-top of the crowd, towering like a GOD while he nonchalantly spit his bars. Rae & Ghost dug into their bag of hits and showered the crowd with “Criminology” ”Incarcerated Scarfaces” and “Fish.” GZA didn’t disappoint either as he served up “Liquid Swords” and the classical “4th Chamber.” Unflammable. Read more…