Entries tagged with: Wu-Tang Clan
Rock The Bells 2010? Um, awesome.
For the first time in the history of hip-hop entertainment, ROCK THE BELLS is slated to have headliners perform their most influential albums in their entirety. East-coast legends Wu-Tang Clan will perform Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers from beginning to end. Released in 1993, the group's debut album revived the New York rap scene and is widely-regarded as one of the greatest albums in hip-hop history. Considered one of the greatest MC's of all time, Rakim is set to perform 1987's, Paid In Full, his first full-length album with Eric B. Fellow Golden age, east coast rapper, Slick Rick will conquer The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. Released in 1989, this debut album became a certified-platinum classic topping the Billboard's Top R&B/ Hip Hop Albums charts. Highly regarded as the "THE TEACHER", KRS-One is a hip hop culture advocate, music producer, MC and published author. Hailed as one of the best live performers, KRS-One will perform [the Boogie Down Productions classic LP] Criminal Minded. The 1987 trend-setting album sampled music from various genres including rock, reggae and funk.In addition to that drooler of a hip hop lineup, Rock The Bells will also feature a rotating cast of also-awesomes, depending on where you lay your head. Lineups haven't been solidified by city but look for appearances from Street Sweeper Social Club, Murs and 9th Wonder, Wiz Khalifa, Clipse, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, Brother Ali, DJ Muggs and Ill Bill, Big Sean, Yelawolf, and more TBA (but not Lauryn Hill).
So far only four festival dates have been released, LA (8/21), San Fran (8/22), NYC at Governors Island (8/28), and DC (8/29). Ticket info is forthcoming.
Raekwon @ Irving Plaza (SANCHO PANZAA)
Backed only by DJ Symphony on turntables and Raekwon's brother Don P on vocals, the set could have used the energy of the other rappers who invade the album. Raekwon's set ran to 90 minutes, but it felt here and gone. It included the appearance of a huge cake in the shape of a purple cassette -- the original "Cuban Linx" album, from 1995, is commonly called the Purple Tape -- and an assortment of friends and business associates, either texting or appearing to smoke weed onstage. Two notable things happened, neither musical.That review come from Raekwon's show at Irving Plaza on Wednesday (12/16)
The songs came fast, one after another, without stagecraft or pacing. The set went back to early tracks by his old collective, the Wu-Tang Clan, touched on "Cuban Linx" Part 1 and settled in for stretches of the new album, including the scabrous, seedy "Gihad" and the imagistic, violent "Surgical Gloves."
There weren't as many Wu-Tang Clan cameos as might have been expected, aside from Cappadonna, who rapped verses on "Ice Cream." But halfway through, another member of the extended Wu family appeared: Cherry Jones, the mother of the Wu-Tang rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, who died in 2004. She and Raekwon hugged, without speaking, for nearly a minute. Raekwon praised Dirty and his mother and then performed "Ason Jones," a tribute to Dirty on the new CD, with some emotional difficulty, his movements creaky, as if he needed oil. (He stopped the song at one point, shaking his head in sorrow, swearing and then collecting himself.)
Near the end -- after the duo Capone-N-Noreaga briefly hijacked the set -- Busta Rhymes, a longtime Raekwon booster, came onstage to congratulate his friend. Busta Rhymes likes to talk. Ten minutes later he was still there, praising Raekwon's rhymes and metaphors. Raekwon slumped against the opposite wall, looking humble, grateful and worn out. [NY Times]
Speaking of Highline Ballroom, Clipse has been added an opener for for the previously-mentioned Jadakiss and Melanie Fiona show happening at the venue on Tuesday (12/22) ("Concert starts @ 10PM"). Tickets are on sale.
Also Tuesday (12/22), is a show at Southpaw in Brooklyn:
Masta Ace & Edo. G "A&E" Album Release PartyTickets are on sale.
**SPECIAL SURPRISE GUEST!!** / Sadat X / Jean Grae / Doitall (Lords of the Underground) / Torae w/ DJ E. Holla / Sha Stimuli
doors 8PM DOORS / 9PM SHOW 21+ with ID
$12 advance / $15 day of show
A video from Raekwon's show (including the CNN appearance) below...
DOWNLOAD: Salvador Santana - "Keyboard City" f GZA (Dan Deacon Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mando Diao - "Dance With Somebody" (The Hood Internet Remix f GZA & Cadence Weapon) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Lips - "Drop I Hold" featuring GZA (MP3)
GZA & Black Lips at SXSW 2009 (photo by Bill Pearis)
Still no word on a Gucci Mane/Beirut collabo album, but Wu-Tanger GZA has been hard at work rocking remixes and dropping collabos a-plenty. After appearing on a remix of Mando Diao's "Dance With Somebody" w/ Cadence Weapon by The Hood Internet (get that above), GZA has also popped up on another Hood Internet remix, this time of Salvador Santana's "Keyboard City". That remix inspired a second (a re-remix?) this time with Mr Green Skull himself, Dan Deacon.
Originally, GZA was featured over a remix of the song "Keyboard City" done by The Hood Internet. Now, Dan Deacon took that remix and dissected it into this an awesome blend of Vocoder / electro madness.It's not the first time that the Genius has collabo'd with indie artists (he teamed up with Black Lips at SXSW, dropped mathematics on a Peter Bjorn & John's forthcoming Living Thing remix LP, and played with King Khan at FFF and elsewhere), and it won't be the last. So far we already know that Fucked Up and Devendra Banhart have contributed some original material for GZA, but now comes word that Health have remixed a track, Har Mar Superstar is on board and Kevin Barnes (Of Montreal) has also hooked up some science for GZA which will appear on his new album out in late spring of 2010. Look for it.
This collaboration was inspired by the idea of GZA and Dan Deacon working together and Salvador Santana a platform was set for more original material between the two in the future. GZA first caught wind of Dan Deacon earlier this fall and after a connection via their publicist, Dan ended up taking GZA and Salvador's remix and putting his own twist on it.
GZA appeared on the stupid dope Raekwon album Only Built For Cuban Linx Pt II, and now that the onslaught of praise has died down somewhat, that Staten Island representative is on a short tour to remind the haters why he rules faces. Count on support from Queensbridge representatives Capone n Noreaga (who aim to "blow holes in your Versace") as well as Queen Yonasda. The trio hits Irving Plaza on 12/16, tickets are still on sale.
Ruff Ryder, D-Block member and OB4CL2 contributor Jadakiss has also scheduled a show at Highline Ballroom on 12/22 with Melanie Fiona & special guests. Tickets are on sale. J-A-to-the-mwah dropped The Last Kiss earlier this year.
Make sure not to forget the previously discussed, Method Man / Ghostface appearance as part of the Hip Hop Legends series at BB Kings on Dec 23. The jawdopping lineup contains a veritable who's who of 80s-90s greats including Doug E Fresh, EPMD, Main Source/Large Professor, Onyx, Showbiz & AG, Masta Ace, Ed OG, "+ more TBA". Tickets are still available.
Dig on some videos below, including one of GZA with King Khan, as well as Raekwon tour dates...
photos by Tim Griffin
Nokia Theatre, October 2008
There hasn't been a shortage of Method Man and Redman shows at Nokia Theatre in NYC. They played there over the summer with Ghostface, and did a show there in October of 2008... which Tim took pictures of, but they never saw the light of day. Here they are.
Their next show at the Times Square venue happens tonight (10/29/2009). If you go, get there early because the coolest dude on the bill might just be the dude who plays first on the bill, and that dude is Devin the Dude. Snoop Dogg headlines the show. All dates and more pictures below...
The first of two Raekwon album release parties happened last night at a very packed Santos Party House in NYC (8/8). Not surprisingly, all advertised guests didn't show up. Talib Kweli was on the flyer, but I guess they forgot that Talib already had a scheduled gig for last night... with Mos Def... at House of Blues in Boston. Hilarity aside, Raekwon's new album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II is one of the best hip hop albums of the year, and there was craziness inside Santos last night. Some videos below...
On September 9, Raekwon The Chef of the Wu-Tang Clan is dropping the much-awaited sequel to his 1995 classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... a triumph of storytelling, technically proficient rhymes and gritty Shaolin-style production. Granted, he has kept to this formula since his debut with the Clan, but Part II will be his greatest triumph of the decade, with production by RZA as well as Dr. Dre, J. Dilla, Pete Rock, Marly Marl, Necro, The Alchemist and Allah Mathematics, with rhymes contributed by Slick Rick, Busta Rhymes, The Lox. Ghostface Killah will reprise his role as the secondary rapper on the album, and there will be also be multiple appearances by Wu-Tang stalwarts Method Man, GZA and Inspectah Deck.The amazing lineup for the Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II release party at Santos on September 8th includes (of course) Raekwon, as well as key collaborator Ghostface. Joining them at the Diddy-hosted show will be the likes of Beanie Sigel, Bustah Rhymes, Talib Kweli, Slick Rick, Lyfe Jennings and more. The full cast is below with the flyer. No word on tickets yet.
At 8pm on the release date, Santos Party House will be holding the concert and celebration, which promises to be flat out the best real hip-hop event the city has seen in a long time.
Two nights later, S.O.B.'s hosts its own Raekwon release show with Raekwon & Ghostface Killah. If there will be more special guests at that show too, they aren't announced. Tickets for the September 10th show are on sale.
Ghostface's own new record, The Wizard of Poetry, is due on September 29th on Def Jam. He's got his own show coming up at BB King's in November. "Baby," the first video from that new disc, is posted below.
Raekwon appeared on the bill of this year's Rock the Bells tour. Videos from his Boston and Jones Beach appearances are below...
by Black Bubblegum
Ghost & Rae @ Rock The Bells 2008 (more by villageslum.com)
The Wallaby Champ aka Ghostface Killah will join forces with fellow miscreants and Wu-affiliates (loosely and not) Method Man & Redman to play an "All Points West Kick Off Party" on July 30th at Nokia Theater. Tickets are on AMEX pre-sale starting at noon on 6/11, with gen-pop getting theirs at noon on 6/13. Get 'em here. The show is one of a string of dates dubbed as "The Footprints In Hip Hop Tour", and although full details are sketch, all known tour dates are below.
Meanwhile, Raekwon is still touting August 11th as the release date for Only Built For Cuban Linx 2, and in an act of good faith, released the Blood On Chef's Apron mixtape. Cop that here. Raekwon was recently interviewed by Allhiphop.com and dropped a video for "New Wu" featuring Ghost and Meth, which is viewable below. Raekwon is hitting the road with Rock The Bells this summer.
Red & Meth are touring off of their recent LP Blackout 2!, and I am guessing, building hype for their upcoming monolithic celluloid masterpiece How High 2. Not a joke.
Dates & videos below...
by Black Bubblegum
El Michels Affair
They sound vaguely familiar, but it's not the same. That's the beauty of the El Michels Affair's covers of classics by Wu-Tang Clan - tracks like "Bring Da Ruckus" and "C.R.E.A.M." maintain the essence, but go off into a different realm. Both of the above tracks come from El Michel's Affair's sophmore album Return to the 37th Chamber (get it?), due on April 21st via the mighty Fat Beats Records.
Led by saxophonist/organist Leon Michels and producer/engineer Jeff Silverman, El Michels Affair began as a loose collaboration of session musicians (including members of top-selling acts Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, The Budos Band, and Antibalas) ...[and led to their] 2005 debut album Sounding Out the City, which earned critical acclaim and acted as the inaugural full-length release for Michels and Silverman's burgeoning label Truth & Soul (also the moniker for the duo as a production team).Both "C.R.E.A.M" and "Bring Da Ruckus" were initially featured on a Truth & Soul 7"s which have since sold out.
In related news but more in the "i'll believe it when I see it" category, Raekwon's forever "coming soon" LP Only Built For Cuban Linx 2 is set to hit the store shelves this summer. So far, the new single "The New Wu" featuring Method Man & Ghostface is getting burn from mixtape DJs, and their publicist has released the following list of collaborators for the follow up to the 1995 Wu classic: The RZA, Dr. Dre, J Dilla, The Wu-Tang Clan, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, Bun B and The Game, among others. Dilla Dog and The Chef? Sign me up, yo.
Check out the below videos for more on the El Michels Affair, including a cover if the Wu classic "Can It Be All So Simple", and live videos with Raekwon including the Cuban Link classic "Criminology"!
photos by Zach Dilgard
"Somewhere around 10 p.m. (give or take 5-7 minutes) the Wu Tang Clan finally takes the stage. Pretty much everyone who I could recognize (Method Man, Ghostface Killah, etc.) was there, though I don't know what each and every member looks like, so I can't say for sure that every key member made the show.Actually that recap is slightly wrong - Ghost wasn't there, but pretty much everyone else was - even RZA. There was also GZA (Genius), U-God, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killah, Cappadonna, Allah Mathematics, and Raekwon. More pictures and another review from last night's show (12/23), and a Christmas video featuring RZA, below...
Wu made sure to perform a bunch of their most well-known hits, including "C.R.E.A.M.," "Method Man," and "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F' Wit."
As I heard he tends to do, Method Man made sure to crowd-surf for a while.
The group also shouted out Old Dirty Bastard. And ODB's mom was at the show and came on stage, saying hello to the crowd for a second. They also did a bit of "Shimmy Shimmy Ya."..." [Inside Hoops]
Raekwon & Ghosface @ Rock the Bells (more)
Wu-Tang Clan are going on tour at the end of November. Tickets are now on sale for holiday time shows at Starland and Hammerstein Ballroom. All dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
Q-Tip with A Tribe Called Quest at Rock The Bells, 8/3/08 (villageslum.com)
"Mos Def was joined by Talib Kweli for a series of Black Star songs including "Definition," "Respiration" and "Brown Skin Lady."......with Pharoahe Monch joining former label-mates on stage for a boisterous performance of "Simon Says."
....Slick Rick joined his Def Jam proteges [ED: Method Man & Redman] briefly for a partial performance of "La Di Da Di,"....... After Raekwon, who performed earlier with Ghostface returned to the stage, EPMD followed, performing "Strictly Business" and "So What Cha Saying." Washington DC's DJ Kool entered the set, performing "Let Me Clear My Throat,"...... Upon the set closing, Keith Murray completed the Def Squad triad with a performance, without Sermon at the time, of "Rapper's Delight."
.....the largest crowd reaction came from Nas speaking to the crowd about how he needs to "breathe." Repeating the word, DJ Green Lantern played the instrumental to "Success," prompting a Yankee-cap tucked low Jay-Z to rush on the stage.... and perform his first verse..... the two then performed "Black Republicans."
Zaaaaam. Luckily, we have some photos (courtesy of Village Slum) and a video of that "Black Republicans" performance down below.....
GZA has a new album called "Pro Tools" coming out this year and he'll be perorming songs from that as well as "Liquid Swords" in its entirety (again) on a North American tour that includes a show at Irving Plaza in NYC on September 12th. He's also playing a couple of random shows with RZA in July. Those shows are part of the tour RZA is doing in support of his new album. RZA's NYC show is at Webster Hall on July 5th. All GZA tour dates below....
RZA is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of his infamous Bobby Digital persona this year. "Digi Snax" marks the third release for the Bobby Digital character on RZA's quest for "Sex & Sci-fi." The master producer, emcee, composer, and actor is also scheduled for a full Bobby Digital tour surrounding the release - the first in many years. Accompanying him on stage will will be west-coast Soul/Funk live band Stone Mecca, who is also a major contributor to the album. More details on "Digi Snax" including track-listing, special guests, etc. to unfold in the next week or so.Tickets for a July 5th show at Webster Hall go on sale at noon. Some other shows on the tour are on sale already. All dates below.....
Wu-Tang Clan are playing a special show at Irving Plaza in NYC on April 16th - a venue much smaller than their usual Hammerstein Ballroom. $55 tickets go on sale Thursday March 6th at 10am. Tickets are on sale now for shows in Allentown, Rochester and Atlantic City. All dates below.....
* The Academy Awards
* W.A.S.P is playing Irving Plaza
* The Magnetic Fields are @ Town Hall
* Chrisette Michele is at Highline Ballroom
* Headlights & Evangelicals are @ Mercury Lounge
* Wye Oak, Pontiak & The Selmanaires are playing Cake Shop
* Super Furry Animals & Times New Viking are playing Bowery
* Dalek, Russian Circles, & Young Widows are playing Maxwell's
* Atlas Sound, White Rainbow & Valet @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Demetri Martin, Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis @ Radio City Music Hall
For a Sunday there are a lot of good shows going on, not to mention the Oscars. Given all the competition, I'm guessing the Cake Shop show featuring one of Merge Records' latest signings unfortunately won't be getting much attention. More Wye Oak tour dates below.
Sorry for taking a few days off of "What's going on" posts. What else?
GZA @ Studio B, NYC - Feb 1, 2008 (Chris La Putt)
OMG YES!!! BEST SHOW OF THE YEAR SO FAR AND MAYBE BEST SHOW OF LAST YEAR ALSO. HOLY SHIT JUST UNREAL. DJ'S AND GZA AND BUSY P. I MEAN YOU CANNOT PUT TOGETHER A BETTER LINEUP.Spank Rock never showed up to that show. Check out the heated comments section for more like the quote above.
Now it's RZA's turn to play Studio B......this Friday, and it's free...
Wu-Tang (Method Man) @ Hammerstein Ballroom - Jan 12, 2008 (Dutch Damasta)
Without the RZA onstage with them, the crew was without a clear leader, and so Method Man stepped into the role. Meth was usually somewhere near front-center last night, and he was definitely the only guy in the group who kept moving (dancing on the barricade, executing a perfect front-flip stagedive, making me proud when he scolded the crowd for not being more like Baltimore). But he didn't play frontman so much as some weird coach/cheerleader hybrid. When someone else was rapping, he'd stand beside the guy, egging him on. [Village Voice]Wu-Tang Clan played Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC (twice). Dutch Lab USA has pictures from January 17th and January 12th. U-God was at the shows even though he's also suing them.
Ghostface made a skateboard. Don't do drugs while riding it though....
No RZA! Nothing from 8 Diagrams! As Ghostface and Raekwon took the stage Saturday night at Chicago's Metro to the strains of "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin Ta F' Wit", the leaders of the potential secession from the ranks of their ramshackle crew made two things pretty clear: the Wu-Tang Clan we'd all been fucking with for a decade and a half were in the building, and that weird new "hip-hop hippie" shit had no place on that stage. [Pitchfork]Wu-Tang Clan recently added a 2nd NYC show at Hammerstein Ballroom. RZA has a solo show coming up. All tour dates below....
GZA finished strong as Killah Priest did Liquid’s spiritual anthem “B.I.B.L.E.” and GZA did the crowd favorite “I Gotcha Back.” Some classic moments with legendary material definitely took place though and GZA showcased real upper echelon rhyme skills. He may have benefited had he actually performed Liquid Swords in its entirety but the tribute to his best work and arguably the Wu’s strongest solo platter came off dope nonetheless. The cult of Liquid Swords wouldn’t have it any other way. [AllHipHop]
RZA is performing a full live set at Hiro Ballroom in NYC on December 29th. $10 tickets are on sale.
GZA plays his first of two NYC "Liquid Swords" shows at Knitting Factory tonight. Will it be a good show? Not according to the Guardian reviewer who saw it recently in London....
The decision to give a hip-hop album, namely Genius/GZA's 1995 masterpiece Liquid Swords, the Don't Look Back treatment raises an interesting question: how will a concept that involves faithfully re-creating a classic album fare in the field of live hip-hop, where rappers struggle to faithfully re-create a single song? The answer comes within minutes: it won't. [Guardian]GZA also recently performed just performed Liquid Swords at ATP (where Portishead also played).
We don't have many releases left to look forward to in 2007 (hence the appearance of so many end-of-year lists), but in the world of on-the-indie-rock-radar hip hop, there are actually two potentially (I haven't heard the leaks) awesome albums still coming out (and one of them is not the new Daft Punk). They are: Ghostface Killah's The Big Doe Rehab (out Dec 4), and Lupe Fiasco's The Cool (out Dec 18).
Vampire Weekend added a 2nd NYC show at Bowery Ballroom (Jan 30). Tickets go on sale Friday. The first one (Jan 29 - the same day their new album comes out) is almost sold out. Wu-Tang Clan (and more VW) tour dates HERE. Info on Lupe's upcoming NYC show, HERE.
ODB passed away exactly 3 years and 2 weeks ago. RIP.
Vampire Weekend's new video for "Mansard Roof", and all tour dates, below too...
DOWNLOAD: Wu-Tang Clan - Watch Your Mouth (MP3)
It was unfortunate that GZA cancelled the 'Liquid Swords' show that was supposed to happen at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn on Saturday September 15th, but the fact that he's now doing it at the much smaller Knitting Factory - TWICE - kind of makes up for it. Tickets are on sale for the show on December 13th, and the one the next day on December 14th. (thx Hiro)
In other news
* Snoop & Dogg Wu Tang Clan enrage yachting community w/ profanity
* Ghostface Killah playing free shows at colleges
* Undisputed Wes interviewed Masta Killa
* Wu-Tang Listening Sessions Generate Favorable Reviews
* Wu-Tang Plan 8 Diagrams