Entries tagged with: Ghostface Killah
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
We've never gotten the Tupac biopic that we probably deserve, though he has appeared as a character in Straight Outta Compton and Notorious. Now some people in China have taken it upon themselves to deliver the goods, as a trailer for an unauthorized Chinese Tupac biopic has recently surfaced online. It's called Until the End of Time and the trailer is pretty psychotic. It seems as though the film will involve a high school student doing a research project on Tupac that leads him to cross paths with Pac's ex-lover, or something along those lines. It's one of the better trailers I've seen in quite some time, and you can watch it below.
In related news, it angered many Tupac fans when Billboard recently published a list of the 10 greatest rappers of all time that omitted Tupac. (But hey, at least Macklemore wasn't involved.) I would note that the list in general shows a pretty strong east coast slant, with Biggie, Jay Z, Nas, Ghostface Killah and Rakim all showing up and Kendrick Lamar the sole west coast rapper recognized on the list. Rappers like T.I., Snoop Dogg and Scarface have taken to social media to express their disagreement with the list, although I would argue that Jay Electronica has perhaps the best take on the situation:
why is everyone so upset about the billboard list. upset over a top 10 list of rap greats written by these dudes? pic.twitter.com/cJDw3YJ6fi— سيف الله (@JayElectronica) November 17, 2015
And for you LA residents, there's also a new Tupac-centric "All Eyez On Me" exhibit at the Grammy Museum downtown.
Check out the trailer for Until The End of Time, along with some anti-Billboard social media posts below...
Ghostface Killah and DOOM have released a new DOOMSTARKS song, "Lively Hood," as part of the Adult Swim Singles Club. You can stream or download it below. The song will also be released as a 7" single via DOOM's Gasdrawls and Metalface/Nature Sounds.
Ghostface and DOOM claim they will released the much-delayed/anticipated DOOMSTARKS album this year. They will perform together at the III Points Festival in Miami (October 9-11) though it will be Ghostface in person while DOOM is coming from "the other side of time" and will be "transported Star Trek-style directly onto the III Points Festival stage." What exactly that means, we shall see.
The III Points Festival also features performances by Nicolas Jaar, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, The Field, King Krule, Warpaint, Toro Y Moi, AlunaGeorge, Empress Of and lots more. Full lineup is listed below.
photo: Joey Bada$$ in Central Park in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ghostface Killah has had quite the busy year. He has collaborative albums out with Adrian Younge and BADBADNOTGOOD and recently wrapped up a tour with Raekwon in support of the 20th anniversary of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Now he's teaming up with another fellow Wu-Tang member, GZA, for a free collaborative show in NYC on September 3 at House of Vans. Making it a very good double bill, Joey Bada$$ will open. RSVP is open now. Flyer below.
For Joey, that's the first date of a lengthy tour that hits Connecticut, Philly, Australia, the UK and more. All dates are listed below...
Canada's Polaris Prize has just announced it's 2015 Shortlist and these are the 10 records vying for it this year:
Viet Cong - S/TThe winner will be announced on September 21 at a gala in Toronto. Who do you think will take home the $50,000 Prize?
Buffy Sainte-Marie - Power in the Blood
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Jennifer Castle - Pink City
Caribou - Our Love
Braids - Deep in the Iris
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul
Alvvays - S/T
Ghostface Killah is having quite the prolific year. He already released a collaborative album with BADBADNOTGOOD, and this Friday (7/10) he releases a collaborative album with Adrian Younge, Twelve Reasons to Die II. (It's the followup/sequel to 2013's Twelve Reasons to Die.) The album features Ghostface's fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and RZA, neo-soul singer Bilal, the quickly-rising Vince Staples and more. You can stream the whole thing over at the NY Times. The song with Vince is also streaming below.
Ghostface isn't the only Wu-Tang member working with interesting collaborators lately. Inspectah Deck's collaborative project with underground Boston duo 7L & Esoteric, aka Czarface, released their second album this past June. It's called Every Hero Needs a Villain and features Wu-Tang pals Method Man and GZA, plus DOOM (who's also on the Ghostface/Badbadnotgood LP), Large Professor, R.A. the Rugged Man and Juju of The Beatnuts. It follows their 2013 self-titled debut, and to quote HipHopDx, it's "one of the rare sequels that matches the original in quality." You can listen to an Rdio stream of the whole album, and a Soundcloud stream of the DOOM-featuring single "Ka-Bang!" below.
Ghostface and Raekwon are kicking off a tour this week, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Rae's immortal Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. That hits NYC on July 20 & 21 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for both are still available. Ghost is also playing Slipknot's festival, and Wu-Tang are playing Riot Fest Toronto and Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest.
While you may not think a festival curated by Slipknot is a thing you wanted to attend, the lineup is actually pretty awesome for their annual Knotfest this year. They've got cool stuff like Judas Priest, Mastodon, GWAR, Corrosion of Confirmity, Clutch, Mobb Deep, Ghostface Killah, At the Gates, Suicidal Tendencies, Body Count, Cannibal Corpse, Helmet, Red Fang, The Sword, Goatwhore, Kataklysm, Dying Fetus, Inquisition, Abysmal Dawn and more. Early bird, VIP, and camping passes go on sale today (6/29) via the festival's website.
The fest happens October 24-25 at at the San Manuel Amphitheatre and festival grounds in San Bernardino, CA. Full day-by-day lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Vince Staples at 50 Kent this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Vince Staples' Hell Can Wait EP was one of the most promising releases from a young rapper we heard last year, so needless to say we've been highly anticipating his debut album. The album, titled Summertime '06, comes out next week (6/30) via Blacksmith, Artium and Def Jam, and it's now streaming in full. Parts of it recall Hell Can Wait, while other parts have him exploring new territory. There's excellent production -- mostly by No I.D., but Clams Casino, DJ Dahi, Christian Rich and Brian Kidd also contribute -- and some cool guest appearances, including Jhene Aiko, Daley, Joey Fatts, A$ton Matthews and some soulful vocals on "Might Be Wrong" from James Fauntleroy.
It's presented as a double album, with intro tracks ("Ramona Park Legend" parts 1 and 2) and outro tracks ("Summertime" and "'06") for each. (Though for reference, it's shorter in length than both Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky's new albums, which aren't double albums.) It's good stuff, and you can listen below via NPR.
In related news, Vince also appears on "Get the Money" off the new Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge album, Twelve Reasons to Die II. That song is out now too, and can be streamed below.
The long list for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Drake, The New Pornographers, Death From Above 1979, Caribou, Alvvays, White Lung, Viet Cong, METZ, Cold Specks, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld, Patrick Watson, Absolutely Free, Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah, Braids, Tobias Jesso Jr and more.
The shortlist will be announced July 16, and the winner will be announced September 21. Check out the full longlist below.
Raekwon and Ghostface Killah recently announced a 20th anniversary tour of Rae's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, which hits NYC on July 20 at Irving Plaza. That show hasn't sold out, but the pair now added a second show happening at the same venue (7/21) a day later. Both will be opened by Dillon Cooper. Tickets for both are on sale now.
Ghostface also has a free NYC show before the tour begins.
Updated dates are listed below...
While Ghostface Killah is set to go on a tour with his Wu-Tang Clan partner Raekwon celebrating the 20th anniversary of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx this summer, he'll play his own hometown NYC show ahead of that. It happens June 17 at The Good Room in Greenpoint (formerly Europa) with younger NYC rapper YC the Cynic and 2DopeBoyz' Meka on DJ duty. It's a 'Heineken Green Room' show and is free with RSVP. Even if you RSVP though, entry is first come first served.
The Only Built 4 Cuban Linx tour hits NYC on July 20 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still available. Updated Ghostface dates are listed, with the Good Room show flyer, below...
photo: Raekwon at NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Raekwon's timeless debut solo album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, turns 20 this summer. In celebration of that, he and fellow Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah (who's on almost every track of Cuban Linx) are going on a tour surrounding the anniversary. Opening the tour is Dillon Cooper.
Rae and Ghost will hit NYC on July 20 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are on VIP package and Citi cardmember presale now. Live Nation, Music Geeks, and Ticketmaster presales start Wednesday (5/13) at 10 AM, and the general on-sale begins Friday (5/15) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
The pair are also working on a documentary on the album called The Purple Tapes.
Kaytranada & Vic Mensa
Last year, Montreal producer Kaytranada signed to XL and said he'd be releasing an EP on the label. He since decided to turn that into a full album, and while details like a title and release date are still TBA, a new single came out not long ago featuring past collaborator Vic Mensa. It's called "Drive Me Crazy." You can listen, with previous single "Leave Me Alone" (ft. Shay Lia), below.
Kaytranda also has a bunch of tour dates coming up, including a few festival appearances. This month, he'll be at SXSW where he'll play the Ray-Ban/Boiler Room show which he curated. Aside from Kaytranada himself, the show also features sets from Madlib, Ghostface Killah, Rae Sremmurd, STWO, Shash'u and Badbadnotgood. No venue announced yet, but it goes down Wednesday (3/18) from 9 PM to 2 AM. Apply for a ticket here. Listen to the mix STWO made for the show, below.
Vic Mensa also plays SXSW, including the Chicagomade showcase with Twin Peaks and others.
photo: A$AP Ferg in Queens in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Late last year, A$AP Ferg returned with the new mixtape Ferg Forever, a nice tide-over while we wait for the followup to his excellent Trap Lord. In the past week, he's dropped videos for two of that mixtape's tracks. The first was for "Doe-Active," directed by Spike Jordan and featuring a cameo from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, and the second was for "Dope Walk," directed by Matt Starr and featuring appearances by Kanye West, Beyonce, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Haim, Rihanna and Justin Bieber. Watch both below.
In related news, this Sunday (3/1) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy will play a
free show presented by DXC/Dunkxchange. At the show, you can buy, sell and trade sneakers and apparel. There will also be performances by GRZLXMODE and GI Dara, and music by DJ Mpure and DJ Rob Cast. Unlike most BKNB shows this one is ticketed ($15 advance, $20 at the door) and the flyer is below.
Ferg also has shows coming up, mostly in Australia and New Zealand, but also a couple US festivals including Pitchfork. All dates are listed below.
A$AP Rocky's also on board for US festival BUKU Music + Art Project happening in New Orleans on March 13 & 14 with Passion Pit, TV on the Radio, Run the Jewels, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, DJ Windows 98, Die Antwoord, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Portugal. The Man, Hudson Mohawke, iLoveMakonnen, XXYYXX, Raury, Big Freedia and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale.
by Bill Pearis
Toronto instrumental trio BadBadNotGood have teamed with Ghostface Killah for a new album, Sour Soul, which will be out Feb 24 via Lex Records. The band provide all the music -- the LP is 100% sample-free -- and was inspired by music from the '60s and '70s. Their styles go together well, judging from the two tracks have been released from the album so far. One of them, "Ray Gun," features DOOM whom Ghostface is collaborating on the long-planned/delayed DOOMSTARKS project. You can stream "Ray Gun," as well as "Gunshowers," featuring Elzhi, below.
Ghostface is busy these days. He released the 36 Seasons solo album last year along with the new Wu-Tang Clan album, A Better Tomorrow, and he said in a recent Reddit AMA that the DOOMSTARKS album would see release in 2015. There's also the other Wu-Tang album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which they're only making one copy of which will be sold via auction, and that's supposed to happen this year as well. We'll see. He and Raekown are also playing Coachella together.
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
Earlier this week we started to hear rumblings of a super secret, giant Vice party taking place Friday night (tonight, 12/5) somewhere in Brooklyn. Many big names were rumored to be playing. Like the event they just threw in Toronto, it would be to celebrate the now-mega-company's 20 years of existence. Then last night Nick Zinner tweeted the above "Vice Confidential" memo which has the Yeah Yeahs guitarist playing as part of a house band which will be fronted by Karen O and a ton of other exciting guests, if it all comes true. Pussy Riot is even on there, as are a bunch of Vice Records artists, as you can see above.
The show is invite only, but apparently they'll at least be filming it all (for the benefit of those not in attendance, and for those who make it in but partake a bit too much in the open bar), and they gave away a few tickets.
It goes without saying that the timing of this, though surely coincidental, is just a bit unfortunate for everyone since the last time we used "Brooklyn", "Vice" and "party" in the same sentence, was to discuss the final night of Death By Audio less than two weeks ago (Glasslands closes on New Year's Eve).
For what it's worth, I don't think there's any crossover between the Vice lineup and who played the final month at DbA, though Hisham Bharoocha used to be in Lightning Bolt who played DbA's final night.
So, who's on the list?
photos by Mimi Hong
Jamie xx / Ghostface Killah at NYU Skirball Center - 9/3/14
Jamie xx wrapped up a North American tour at Hopscotch this past weekend (9/6) after hitting NYC's Electric Zoo the weekend prior. In between, he returned to NYC for NYU's annual mystery concert at the Skirball Center on September 3 with hip hop veteran Ghostface Killah and hip hop newcomers Ratking. We've got a set of pictures of all three artists from the show.
Jamie will be back in NYC in November when The xx play the Guggenheim International Gala benefit.
More pictures from the NYU show, below...
Jamie xx w/ The xx in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The annual NYU Mystery Concert takes place this Wednesday (9/3) at the Skirball Center, and the lineup is secret no more. It includes Jamie xx, Ghostface Killah and Ratking. The show starts at 7 PM and tickets will be available for free day-of via NYU Ticket Central on a first come, first served basis. The show is only open to NYU students.
Ratking and Ghostface are locals, but for Jamie xx, the show is part of a few other remaining US dates he has leading up to Hopscotch this weekend. He also played the first day of Electric Zoo this past weekend before it was shut down. All dates are listed below. He'll be back with The xx to play the Guggenheim International Gala benefit in November.
Ratking were also just announced as a support act on Run the Jewels' upcoming tour.
Raekwon, in a controversial new interview with Rollling Stone, explains what he thinks of "Keep Watch" off the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan release:
I hate it. I hate it. I don't hate shit, but I hate that fuckin' record. It ain't the gunpowder that my brothers are spitting; it's the production. And I ain't shitting on the producer because he's one of our soldiers. But if it ain't where it need to be... It's 20 years later. We talkin 'bout a whole new generation is sitting here representin' and making fiery shit and you telling me that we comin out with some mediocre shit? That ain't part of our plan.He goes on to say that there is a very small chance he'll even appear on the new album. RZA says he just thinks creatively they are on different paths (watch an interview at VladTV).
Ghostface plays Vassar College on April 26.
And speaking of Wu-Tang soldiers, one of them recently allegedly cut off his own penis and jumped off a building. TMZ has since pointed out that Christ Bearer "is remarkably in stable condition" but permanently without penis.
Australian beatmaker Flume recently announced some dates surrounding appearances at Coachella and the South American Lollapaloozas, including a NYC show happening on April 14 at Highline Ballroom. That show quickly sold out, but Flume's since expanded his tour and added another big NYC show happening on July 18 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/19) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.
Flume is also giving the deluxe edition of his 2012 self-titled debut a vinyl release on April 15. The deluxe edition features collaborations with Freddie Gibbs, Ghostface Killah, Autre Ne Veut, Killer Mike, Twin Shadow, How To Dress Well, Stalley, and more, and Flume's just made a video for "Space Cadet" which features Ghostface and Autre Ne Veut. The animated video was directed by Jay Howell (Bob's Burgers) and Jim Dirschberger, who works with Jay on the Nickelodeon cartoon Sanjay and Craig. You can watch that video, with the list of tour dates, below...
Ghostface (center) with Wu-Tang Clan at Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The show is one of two NYC dates for the Wu-Tang MC, who will also play Gramercy Theater on May 13 (tickets) as part of a tour in celebration of his new LP Twelve Reasons to Die, a collaboration with Adrian Younge (stream it). All dates are listed, along with the giallo-inspired video for "Rise of the Ghostface Killah."
Rockie Fresh @ SXSW 2013 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Heliotropes @ MHOW, February 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Tribeca Film Fest
* Ideal Bread @ Barbes
* Rhye @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Furthur @ The Capitol Theatre
* Burning Genitals @ The Stone
* Sky White Tiger @ Manhattan Inn
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* TNGHT, Roc Marciano @ Webster Hall
* Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
* Martha Wainwright, Doveman @ City Winery
* Jerry Seinfeld, Colin Quinn @ The Theater at MSG
* Hunter Hunted, Canon Logic, Silas Fermoy @ Maxwell's
* Esben and The Witch, Heliotropes, Dead Stars @ Europa
* METZ, Odonis Odonis, The Soupcans @ Bowery Ballroom
* Rasa Rasa, Futurist, I'll Be John Brown, Dorsia @ Spike Hill
* Gerald Fletcher Memorial Grindcore Explosion @ The Stone
* Acid Mothers Temple, Tjutjuna, Eric Colin @ Knitting Factory
* Rockie Fresh, World's Fair, Julian Malone@ Public Assembly
* Lil Kids, Desert Lips, Sofa Club, Hand Job Academy @ Big Snow
* Eleven Pond, Ice Choir, Tiers, Frankie Teardrop (DJ) @ Glasslands
* New Myths, Cultfever, Black Light Dinner Party, AM to AM @ Pianos
* The Joy Formidable, Blood Red Shoes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* "Special Guest," Sleep Over, Prince Rama, Teams, Splash @ 285 Kent
* Neg Fi, Lea Bertucci, Love Layers, This is My Condition @ Silent Barn
* Luke Rathborne, Indian Rebound, Water Liars, Mainland @ Shea Stadium
* CX Kidtronik, Moonbounce, VHVL, Josh Hey, Fresh Daily @ Cameo Gallery
* Dru Cutler and the Heart & Hand Band, Modest Mida, Donna Missal @ Cake Shop
* The Hebrew Ladies, The New York Fowl Harmonic, The Othermen, Jan @ Bowery Electric
* Madison LST, Najee the 1 & Ski Beatz, Quincy Vidal, NatNaiel, Wati Heru, Carl Sherron, Bagir Ba @ Mercury Lounge
The 2013 Tribeca Film Festial begins tonight, and the invite-only opening gala features a screening of The National tour documentary Mistaken for Strangers (directed by singer Matt Berninger' brother, Tom). The National will perform a short set at the afterparty..
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Ghostface Killah, who just performed with the Wu-Tang Clan at Coachella, released a new video for "Rise of the Ghostface Killah." It's from his new album, Twelve Reasons To Die, and the clip's got a definite Italian horror/giallo vibe to it and you can watch it below.
Sub Pop 1000, the Record Store Day compilation with tracks from Peaking Lights, Iron Lung, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Starred, My Disco, and others that we recommended in our RSD2013 guide, is streaming now on Pitchfork.
by Andrew Sacher
Ghostface Killah is teaming up with composer/producer Adrian Younge (who scored Black Dynamite) for a collaborative album, Twelve Reasons to Die, which was executively produced by RZA, and is due out on April 16. The album is reportedly influenced by 36 Chambers-era RZA, Portishead, and Ennio Morricone. If that doesn't sound enough like a Tarantino soundtrack to you, one of the tracks, "Enemies," also features The Delfonics, who were prominently featured in Jackie Brown. You can listen to that track, along with two other album cuts, "The Rise of the Ghostface Killah" and "The Sure Shot [Parts 1 and 2]," below, and download them for free at bandcamp. Ghostface has been doing a good amount of collaborations lately, and so far this is sounding like some of his most inspired stuff in a while.
Ghostface and Adrian (and his band, Venice Dawn) kicked off a tour in support of the new album at SXSW, and that tour will hit NYC later this year on May 13 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Twelve Reasons to Die is one of two albums that Adrian Younge is doing this year, the second being Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics (out now via Wax Poetics), which is technically the first new Delfonics album since 1999. The only original member remaining is lead vocalist/founder William Hart, whose falsetto is very much still in tact and he sounds great throughout the whole album. Not that the '60s/'70s soul pioneers need an introduction, but if you're not familiar with their music -- big hits include "La-La (Means I Love You)" and "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" -- then you've probably heard them sampled by Wu-Tang, Fugees, Nas, Biggie, Deltron 3030 and lots of other hip hop artists. Listen to the whole album over at NPR and watch the video for its opening track, "Stop And Look (And You Have Found Love)," below.
All Ghostface/Adrian Younge dates are listed, along with all streams and videos, below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Gretchen Robinette has contritued her thoughts on favorite photos that she took in 2012, leaving us with shots of Ghostface, Janelle Monae, The Walkmen and more. Check out more shots from the uber-talented Robinette below.
Her set of favorite contributions joins fellow photographers Caroline Harrison, Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya, Fred Pessaro // BBG, Chris La Putt and Ryan Muir.
More photos are below.