RZA ART RELEASE TO INCLUDE 36 ‘HIDDEN ARTIFACTS’ Blue to give away microphone signed by the RZA

RZA ART RELEASE TO INCLUDE 36 ‘HIDDEN ARTIFACTS’ Blue to give away microphone signed by the RZA

Information is beginning to be made public regarding Victory Or Death, the highly limited art release conceptualized by multiplatinum recording artist RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. Equal parts self-portrait and historical reworking, Victory will contain an array of hidden elements throughout the piece that could take collectors years to discover. In total, 36 hidden artifacts and messages are strategically hidden within the Victory visual allowing the piece’s meaning to be uncovered over time.

In commemoration of this release, Blue is generously offering six of its high-end microphones for an exclusive giveaway. Anyone who enters their email address at www.whenartimitateslife.com is automatically in the running to win one of five Snowball microphones, which record straight into a desktop computer while retaining studio-quality sound. Contestants will also have a chance to win one super high-end Baby Bottle microphone signed by the RZA himself.

The Victory Or Death project began as an idea between two old friends: the RZA and King Tech, hip-hop statesman and joint creator of the Wake Up Show along with MTV personality Sway. Fans and collectors of the old-school hip-hop posters which featured the likes of Big Daddy Kane and Run-DMC, RZA and Tech talked about the idea of expanding upon the straightforward, classic format by asking the subject to conceptualize a piece that exemplifies his artistic spirit, then bringing in professional artists and photographers to lay the vision to canvas. The only limits are one’s own imagination, and the result has not only taken hip-hop into the realm of fine art, but has immortalized a legend in the process.

Weeks later, Victory Or Death was a reality. 360 high-quality, massive canvas prints have been made, each to be personalized by the RZA. On January 1, 2010, they will be made available to the public. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.whenartimitateslife.com to sign up for exclusive information on The RZA’s Victory or Death as it develops, as well as a chance to preview the piece before January 1.

EXCLUSIVE | The RZA announces Victory Or Death | A series of self-designed limited-edition high art pieces | 01.01.10

“VICTORY OR DEATH” A CREATIVE FIRST FOR HIP-HOP LEGEND
The RZA marks his twentieth year in music with an epic fine art release.

STAPLETON PROJECTS, STATEN ISLAND. Arguably the most infamous housing project of New York City’s ‘forgotten borough’, known best at the time for being Earth’s largest landfill. A young Robert Diggs is hunched over a drum machine, working on his debut release, the Ooh We Love You Rakeem EP. The weather is a brutal kind of cold. The year is 1990.
Twenty years later, Robert is the RZA, musical visionary and mastermind behind one of the most revolutionary movements in the history of popular culture – and the world is a very different place. The Wu-Tang Clan rewrote the rules in every arena it entered, blazing trails in the record business and singlehandedly giving hip-hop its Renaissance period, during which it took the genre to artistic heights that remain unmatched. Kill Bill made RZA a composer. The Wu-Tang Manual made him an author. American Gangster made him an actor. And on January 1, 2010, WAIL (When Art Imitates Life) commemorates twenty years of the RZA with the unveiling of Victory Or Death, a highly limited fine art release worthy of a living legend.

Details about Victory or Death remain mum as does the conceptual behind The RZA’s release. What has been promised is a “reworking” of history onto massive canvas that focuses on the concept of “hearing the call” and revolution in an inspiring and provocative way. In total, 360 prints will be available to the public on the January 1, 2010 release date. When discussing the upcoming release, The RZA states, “It didn’t begin 20 years ago…more like 200 years ago. And when you see the piece we’re making right here, you’re going to know what I’m talking about. We’re about to rewrite and change history.”

The origins of Victory Or Death began earlier this year as RZA started conceptualizing with When Art Imitates Life, a company focused on creating fine art with musical visionaries at the helm of the creative. When Art Imitates Life (WAIL) is owned by legendary hip-hop statesmen Sway and King Tech of The World Famous Wake Up Show along with notorious Los Angeles creativity house SceneFour. Victory or Death is the first release under the WAIL art label.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.whenartimitateslife.com to sign up for exclusive information on The RZA’s Victory or Death as it develops, as well as a chance to preview the piece before January 1.

Victory Or Death web trailer

RZA on G4tv’s Attack of the Show

Legendary Wu-Tang Clan member RZA stops by the AOTS studios to talk about his new book on spiritual philosophy, ‘The Tao of Wu’. Get ready, fans, because you’ll have to read–not listen–for guidance, entertainment and inspiration.

RZA PERFORMS AND GUESTS ON THE LATE LATE SHOW TOMORROW / NEW ALBUM OUT THIS WEEK

To celebrate the highly anticipated release of Afro Samurai: Resurrection, The RZA will be appearing on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson [CBS 12:35 ET/PT] both as the lead panel guest and the music guest tomorrow evening on the album’s release date, Tuesday January 27th. LA based future-soul band and collaborators, Stone Mecca, will back RZA up as his live band to perform the “Afro Season II Open Theme” from the soundtrack followed by a transition directly into, “You Can’t Stop Me Now”, off the critically acclaimed RZA/Bobby Digital album, Digi Snacks, out now.

Afro Samurai: Resurrection is the soundtrack to season two of Spike TV’s critically lauded animated television show and DVD featuring the voice of Samuel L Jackson. The soundtrack hits stores just two days after the series premier, which aired last night, January 25th, and will be quickly followed by a broadcast edition, special 2 disc bonus edition, and director’s cut blu-ray edition DVDs. Also available on January 27th is an Afro Samurai video game for PS3 and Xbox 360 which hit gold status based on pre-orders alone. Each includes the exclusive soundtrack musically produced entirely by Wu Tang Clan’s The RZA who has produced a number of albums for the Wu Tang Clan, its affiliates, and other A list artists that have lead to sales in the millions. He has a successful movie career and as appeared in films with Bill Murray (Coffee & Cigarettes), Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe (American Gangster), Angela Bassett (Gospel Hill), Jude Law & Forest Whitaker (Repossession Mambo), Clive Owens (Derailed). RZA’s also created soundtracks for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Afro Samurai, the cult-classic Ghostdog: The Way Of The Samurai and the up and coming Judd Apatow / Seth Rogen flick (Funny People). He’s revolutionized the hip-hop world while simultaneously creating an empire upon it.

RZA’s latest single “Whar” features Ghostface, Kool G Rap, Tash and Mahagony and is already one of the most talked about tracks of the year since hitting digital stores this month. Check out “Whar” and other tracks from the album at WuMusicGroup.com.

RAS KASS PREPS INSTITUTIONALIZED VOL. II FOR AUGUST 5th RELEASE ON BABYGRANDE RECORDS

RAS KASS PREPS “INSTITUTIONALIZED VOL. II” FOR AUGUST 5th RELEASE ON BABYGRANDE RECORDS

One of the most critically acclaimed West Coast emcees of all time, Ras Kass is renowned for his complex lyricism, sharp battle rhymes and witty punchlines.

1996’s debut “Soul On Ice” established Ras as one of the front-runners of the post West Coast gangsta rap movement pioneered by seminal acts such as N.W.A. and nationally popularized by modern day icons Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg & more.

Marrying a hardcore street sensibility with his signature witty wordplay, Ras built a loyal underground core with subsequent albums including 1998’s “Rasassination,” featuring guest appearances by Dr. Dre, Xzibit, Twista & RZA (of Wu-Tang) as well as multiple mixtape releases.

Currently serving time, Ras Kass’ ambition in the face of adversity is on full display with the August 5th bow of “Institutionalized Vol. II.”

Sure to satisfy Ras’ loyal constituency and beyond, “Institutionalized Vol. 2” is a testament to both Ras’ resilience and the raw skill that underlies his longevity within the ever-changing hip-hop landscape.

WU-TANG AFFILIATES HELL RAZAH AND SHABAZZ: THE HISTORY OF RED HOOK-PART 1 OF A MULTI-PART SERIES

WU-TANG AFFILIATES HELL RAZAH AND SHABAZZ: THE HISTORY OF RED HOOK-PART 1 OF A MULTI-PART SERIES

Sunz of Man members and deeply rooted affiliates of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, Hell Razah and Shabazz the Disciple are no strangers to the game.

With the July 8th release of “T.H.U.G. Angelz: Welcome To Red Hook Houses,” Razah and Shabazz expose their personal journeys, from their upbringings in the Red Hook housing projects and its significance as a breeding ground for “golden age” hip-hop, to the meetings with RZA, the ensuing Sunz of Man days, up to and through modern day.

Acting as tour guides, part 1 in this candid, multi-part webisode series literally walks us through the projects that Razah & Shabazz called home, rekindling the pain, struggle, ambition and solidarity of this
defining period in hip-hop history.

Watch Part 1 now.