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WU-TANG AFFILIATED SUPERGROUP, ALMIGHTY, UNVEIL JULY 22nd DEBUT ORIGINAL S.I.N. (STRENGTH IN NUMBERS) ON BABYGRANDE RECORDS

WU-TANG AFFILIATED SUPERGROUP, ALMIGHTY, UNVEIL JULY 22nd DEBUT “ORIGINAL S.I.N. (STRENGTH IN NUMBERS)” ON BABYGRANDE RECORDS

Almighty, the Wu-Tang Clan affiliated supergroup consisting of Wu-Tang affiliates Killah Priest, Bronze Nazareth, C-Rayz Walz, Son One, M-80 & 5-Star, offer their debut collaborative effort: “Original S.I.N.
(Strength in Numbers)” on July 22nd on Babygrande Records.

Featuring appearances from Canibus, Keith Murray, Planet Asia, Warcloud (Holocaust), 60 Second Assassin (of Sunz of Man) and more, along with production by Bronze Nazareth (the RZA) among others, Almighty’s “Original S.I.N.” boasts a talented collective of independent emcees promising to rival such supergroup independent smashes as Army of the Pharaohs, Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture & many more.

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WU-TANG AFFILIATES HELL RAZAH AND SHABAZZ TEAM UP AS T.H.U.G. ANGELZ FOR THE JULY 8th BOW OF WELCOME TO RED HOOK HOUSES ON BABYGRANDE RECORDS

WU-TANG AFFILIATES HELL RAZAH AND SHABAZZ TEAM UP AS T.H.U.G. ANGELZ FOR THE JULY 8th BOW OF WELCOME TO RED HOOK HOUSES ON BABYGRANDE RECORDS

Veteran New York-based and Wu-Tang Clan affiliated emcees Hell Razah and Shabazz the Disciple have teamed up under the “T.H.U.G. Angelz” moniker to unveil their July 8th debut release “Welcome To Red Hook Houses” on renowned indie Babygrande Records.

Best known for their deeply rooted history with The Wu-Tang Clan, including their membership in the seminal Wu-affiliated Sunz of Man, Razah and Shabazz have since appeared on RZA’s classic Gravediggaz LP while 2007 saw Razah’s solo debut with the critically acclaimed “Renaissance Child.”

Now, assuming the roles of tour guides, Razah and Shabazz commit to shining a light on the Red Hook housing projects that served as a creative breeding ground for them and many other independent emcees, and in so doing, the duo illuminate the significance of Brooklyn’s
famed Red Hook Houses in the development of early/mid nineties’ “golden age” hip-hop.

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RZA – You Can’t Stop Me Now / Drama video trailer

RZA – You Can’t Stop Me Now / Drama video trailer

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WU LATINO TO RELEASE FREE MEDIA DOWNLOAD CARDS FEATURING BOBBY DIGITAL (RZA) AND RAEKWON

WU LATINO TO RELEASE FREE MEDIA DOWNLOAD CARDS FEATURING BOBBY DIGITAL (RZA) AND RAEKWON

New York, NY. If you haven’t heard of the Wu-Tang counterpart Wu Latino, you will want to know more right about now. After a few months of deliberations, Wu-Tang Latino [an Urban Latin record label out of NY/LA] has come up with the hottest idea to hit the music scene. On April 25th, the label will be releasing media cards that will be available to an exclusive audience.

The media cards will feature artists from the label’s roster, Fly and Polzino and Rameses for the mainstream lovers, Mangani for the fans of the raw Wu-Tang street spice, exclusive material from our newly formed partnerships with Boyz del Barrio with a fresh Latin R&B sound, and Team Deuce Entertainment artist BURG BRIGANTE. Although just the topping of a huge “cake”, new material from Bobby Digital [The RZA] and Raekwon will also be appearing on the media cards as a bonus download. An additional surprise celebrity guest will be featured on the anticipated download cards and will be announced the last week of April when the label’s first compilation album will also be released.

If you are a huge fan of Wu-Tang, have a passion for Latin flavor, or just cannot wait to hear the fresh new sound of Wu Latino, make sure to cop the album releasing through all major download portals starting April 29th, 08’ and have your eyes open for the free media download cards! “We are about to set a lot of fires with this movement!” Said Rayroq Acosta [owner of the label] Keep your eyes on your computer screens and your ears ready. Wu-Tang Latino is one week away from blowing your mind!

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Various Artists – The Wu Chronicles review

Various Artists – The Wu Chronicles

Various Artists - The Wu Chronicles reviewSince 1993’s ‘Enter The Wu,’ it’s been hard to buy a hip hop album without some kind of Wu-Tang involvement. With a group as diverse as the Wu, the various members have been on tracks with everyone from AZ to Xzibit. So what would be more obvious than a compilation of Wu guest appearances, with a few album cuts and a couple of new joints on there. This, essentially, is what is the Wu Chronicles.

The format works well. Ol’ Dirty is represented well on the Alkaholik’s ‘Hip Hop Drunkies,’ Raekwon fits in well with the Cocoa Brovaz on ‘Black Trump,’ and Method Man trades tales with the late Biggie Smalls on ‘The What.’ And if you want some real Wu-Tang flavour, check out ‘4th Chamber’ from GZA’s album or ‘Wu-Gambinos’ from ‘Only Built…’ to see the Wu doing what the Wu do best: Dope posse cuts. Even the Wu-fam do a Wu-esque track when Killarmy and Sunz of Man hook up for the song ‘Wake Up.’ Although there are no tracks on the level of ‘Triumph’ or ‘Protect Ya Neck’ in terms of the amount of emcees, it does have some of the best tracks from the Wu solo albums.

Of most interest to real Wu fans though will be two previously unreleased songs. RZA, Cappadonna and Dirty are all on the demo ’96 Recreation,’ which although it features a great performance from RZA falls down due to bare production. Fairly new affiliates the Wu-Syndicates contribute ‘Latunza Hit,’ which isn’t particularly good but isn’t really bad either. However, it pales in comparison to some of the compilation’s finer tracks.

The album does have it’s low points though. AZ sounds unimpressive as ever on ‘Whatever Happened (The Birth)’, which doesn’t benefit much from an average RZA contribution. And Ras Kass’ ‘The End’ has quite possibly the worst verse I’ve ever heard from RZA. Plus, some of the better Wu tracks from the past are conspicuous by their absence (No Meth/Redman collaboration? None of Inspektah Deck’s last few guest appearances ?).

To be honest, the compilation is worth it for it’s better moments, such as the ‘Cold World’ remix and ‘Semi Automatic: Full Rap Metal Jacket,’ which some casual wu fans may not have. And if you’re a big enough Wu fan to have all of the previously released material on this CD, you’ll probably buy it for the unreleased tracks whatever I say.

If you take a look at the track listing and see what you’ve got and what you haven’t, you can probably work it out for yourself if it’s worth a purchase. But for most people, you should at least check this one out.

Various Artists – The Wu Chronicles review

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Wu Tang Clan’s Greatest Hits review

Wu Tang Clan’s Greatest Hits review

Wu Tang Clan's Greatest Hits reviewSort of hard to believe that it has been over 10 years since they struck with “36 Chambers” or even 7 years since they hit us with “Wu-Tang Forever.” Almost silently (and amid hosts of solo rumors, group reunion rumors, etc.), Wu-Tang Clan became one of the biggest phenomenons of hip-hop music before dissipating into nothing more than a group of has-beens or already-tried (as in, “Didn’t they already try “Iron Flag” when they made “The W?”)

Still, it is quite hard to envision the world of hip-hop without the RZA, the GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Masta Killa, Ghostface, and Method Man (whew, did I get all 9?!). And, if “Legend of the Wu-Tang: Wu-Tang’s Greatest Hits” provides anything, it offers up the question: “Did these guys really have the ability to produce a greatest hits album based mainly around only 2 albums?”

From their smash-through single “C.R.E.A.M.” to the more recent clubbish-sounding “Protect Ya Neck (The Jump-Off),” Wu-Tang established themselves as one of the few groups to combine 9 separate personalities and successfully have fans skipping from one verse to the next with ease.

Whether it was ODB opining on his next dirty, doggish deed or GZA closing out a track from the anchor position and taking the baton across the finish line, Wu-Tang Clan embraced the culture and embodied the group cipher that so many other hip-hop groups have notably failed out at. Quite frankly, nine emcees within any one group is bound to have problems sooner or later – luckily, the Wu delivered four albums before facing the harsh reality of disagreements and group disharmony.

“Legend of the Wu-Tang Clan” serves as the culmination of the success of the Wu-Tang Clan with their original debut track, “Protect Ya Neck,” sounding just as dirty as ever. “Can It All Be So Simple,” “Shame On A N—a,” and “Triumph,” the ultimate posse cut, all appear in their original formats as well.

And while the “rare” cuts (“Sucker M.C.’s,” “Diesel”) add little to enrich the mystique and aura that surrounds the tradition of the Wu-Tang Clan, they certainly make the disc more appeasing to the middle-ground Wu fan that may not have caught wind of either yet.

More anthologies and series of greatest hit albums are sure to follow in the steps of the Wu-Tang Clan (solo cuts, soundtrack songs, etc.), but for now, “Legend of the Wu-Tang” stands alone as the definition of what made the Clan so effective and popular throughout both hip-hop and the popular music culture. Specially tailored to play as an introduction to the younger hip-hop fans or an accurate tracklisting of great Wu hits for the diehards, “Legend” serves a purpose aside from just keeping the Wu-Tang name alive.

12 years ago, previous to “36 Chambers” dropping, few hip-hop heads or musical heads overall thought of a “band” or group as consisting of 9 equal and talented members. But, 1993 and the Wu-Tang Clan changed all of that. Over 10 years later, that thought is alive again: no hip-hop group will ever exist again with this amount of numbers. And even if they try, Wu-Tang is a hard act to follow – or so the “Legend” says.

Wu Tang Clan’s Greatest Hits review

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Wu-Tang Clan (ODB Tribute Tour) at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN live review

Wu-Tang Clan (ODB Tribute Tour) @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

“Wu- Tang, Wu-Tang”. For what seemed like hours after the opening act (I-self-divine) left the stage, a hot and muggy crowd of diversity chanted for their hip hop heroes as they connected thumbs to signal the “W,” perhaps as a way of drawing the Clan to materialize on the stage. The rumors of the Wu-Tang Clan showing up to venues with one or two members missing was beginning to become more likely in my blood-shot but wide-open eyes as every minute passed. A packed house full of sweating chanters and on-lookers were waiting in anticipation for the eight living original members of perhaps the greatest collection of MC’s ever assembled. At that moment I was not yet aware that we were about to become the willing victims of an amazing attack of energy and lyrical brilliance.

The roaring crowd erupted when the legendary emcees started arriving on the stage at 11:10 p.m. just minutes after they were expected. They spilled onto the stage one at a time performing around one minute per emcee of tracks from solo efforts with the best performance coming from Ghostface of “Be This Way” off of his classic The Pretty Toney Album. Slowly the Clan was beginning to assemble piece by piece. After ten minutes of solo performances that introduced each emcee, U-God, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, RZA, Raekwon, GZA, Ghostface Killah, and Method Man were suddenly all standing on stage together. Despite humors that they often don’t show up to a city with all the members in action they had made it to Minneapolis fully assembled and fully ready to perform at their best.
They played all the crowd favorites and more. “Triumph”, “Can It All Be So Simple” and “C.R.E.A.M”. Some songs were only performed for half the song such as “C.R.E.A.M” which ended after Raekwon”s verse. The positions of each member was becoming more clear the longer they performed. Most people would probably say that Method Man controlled the stage and the crowd with his energy and perhaps popularity while yelling cliché emcee performance tactics such as “The same energy you give us, were gonna give it back to you”.

However, the RZA was the master and commander of the show. Though he was often in the back or on the side of the stage when not rapping he seemed to be carefully analyzing the crowds energy and responses. And when he saw something he wanted to change he would come to the front and get the crowd more hyped. Ghostface, who many “heads” including myself believe is the greatest of all these amazing emcees seemed somewhat disappointed or shocked at the crowds response to his verses along with Raekwon for his. Perhaps Ghostface gets much more love from a crowd in New York that might better appreciate his brilliantly honest style. I wanted to hear much more from the critically acclaimed emcee but he was often interrupted by Method Man when he began to speak to the crowd. What impressed me was his calm attitude when this would occur. He would still back up Method Man immediately after being interrupted by him. Around 1:00 a.m. or so I was becoming surprisingly sober and the heat left me in desperate need of another beer but I couldn’t leave the front of the stage where the Clan continued to kick the crowd’s ass.

Towards the end of the show it seemed the crowd could barely take it anymore. Eight great emcees performing at their best was almost to much for the tired crowd to value and keep up with. Nevertheless, the crowd was giving all the energy they had left to the Clan. Method Man insisted that the crowd calmed down long enough to pay tribute to the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard. They performed O.D.B.’s classic “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” as well as a part of “Brooklyn Zoo”. All in all, the tribute was a short, sweet and a sincere honor to the most controversial and outspoken late member of the Clan.
As the show ended the crowd was nearly drained of energy during which RZA stood in the front of the stage promoting all of members solo or collaborative projects one by one. While promoting a kung fu movie that he composed a score for, he asked the crowd if they liked kung fu movies and the crowd erupted with an unusually agreeing reaction. A refreshingly honest Ghostface then stated “lying ass ni**as”. The members of the Clan were filing off the stage just as the crowd was filing out of the venue like mindless sheep. First Ave was nearly half empty when the RZA started to freestyle by himself yelling, “As long as there’s an emcee on stage, the show ain’t over!” At around 2:00 a.m. the RZA had finally left the stage and I felt like I’d just got my ass kicked, mentally and physically. The show was amazing and packed with energy. They all showed up and proved that their intense skill exists on stage as well as in the studio. If the greatest collection of emcee/poets/philosophers of our time are coming to your town buy a f***in’ ticket!

Wu-Tang Clan (ODB Tribute Tour) at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN live review

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Various Artists – RZA Hits

Various Artists - RZA HitsWu-Tang clan has been a giant force in hip-hop. Both of their group albums have gone platinum and all of their solo works have gone at least gold. Wu-Tang has the greatest following in the music world right now that anything that shares the Clan name sells. Every one in affiliation with Wu has had extreme success. Many have credited this following success and following to their main producer, RZA. He has worked on just about every Wu release to this date. This album isn’t exactly RZA’s greatest performances but his best beats.

Don’t expect any new material on this CD, there’s is nothing new here. The album serves as a taste of Wu-Tang’s flavor with 2 joints from ’36 chambers’ and the most popular songs from the Wu solo cd’s. ODB is featured with maybe the 2 best joints from his LP ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’ and ‘Brooklyn Zoo.’

RZA’s Greatest Hits contains popular posse cuts from solo lps/soundtracks for example, Ghostface’s ‘Winterwarz’ and Raekwon’s ‘Ice Cream.’ RZA is rarely featured on his own wax. He only appears on 3 songs out of the 18.

This CD only really fails because their isn’t any new material at all. It will only really be beneficial to new fans of Wu-Tang. Every song on this disc is dope and are classics in my book.

If you would like Wu-Tang’s best spend 15 dollars and cop this. It would not be fair to call this RZA’s greatest hits when in fact it’s more of a Wu-Tang hit collection. Still a nice release for Wu collectors.

Various Artists – RZA Hits

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RZA interview with DJ Semtex

BBC 1xtra’s Dj Semtex interviews the Rza. The Rza talks about:

*How the Clan came together.
*The 8 Diagrams, the new album.
*Being hated on by the South.
*HipHop vs Hollywood. The difference betwen producing albums and producing for films.

*Keeping the Clan focused.
*Ghost’s reluctance to be on the 8 Diagrams.
*Raekwon’s comments about the Rza and the album.
*Working with Danni Harrison, Erykah Badu, dude from the Red Hot Chili Pepers on the Heart Gently Weeps.
*Why the Marley Marl joint didnt make the album.
*Sampling on the SP 1200

*How he got away with the Wu-tang tattoo in American Gangster.
*Bar Brawls with Russell Crowe.

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Check out the official Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams Mixtape 8 Diagrams album in stores December 11, 2007!!

Check out the official Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams Mixtape 8 Diagrams album in stores December 11, 2007!!

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Wu-Tang Clan “8 Diagrams” Mixtape, Download Here on Loud.com!

Loud.com and the Wu-Tang Clan are whetting appetites for the Wu’s upcoming release with the “8 Diagrams” Mixtape and official mixtape widget.

The legendary Wu-Tang Clan will release their last album “8 Diagrams” on December 11th, 2007 through Loud/SRC Records. The “8 Diagrams” mixtape is available for FREE download exclusively through Loud.com. It features 29 tracks of new and unreleased Wu-Tang material. You can stream the full mixtape using the Loud.com “8 Diagrams” widget (which fans can embed into their MySpace page or personal blog, free to pass along to other hip hop heads). If you’d prefer to bypass the widget, click this link and download the full mixtape for free from Loud.com.

And in case you missed it, check out RZA as he talks “The Heart Gently Weeps” here.

Mixtape Tracklisting:
1) Intro feat. Method Man
2) Watch Ur Mouf (Wu-Tang Exclusive)
3) State Of Grace (Raekwon Exclusive)
4) Break That Break (Unreleased)
5) Wu Banga 101 Remix (Unreleased)
6) My Corner (Raekwon Exclusive)
7) Stick Me 4 My Riches (Wu-Tang Exclusive)
8) Thug World (Wu-Tang Exclusive)
9) Maxine Remix (Unreleased)
10) King Toast Queen (Unreleased)
11) Strawberries & Cream Remix
12) Weak Spot (Wu-Tang Exclusive)
13) Intoxicated feat Macy Gray (ODB Exclusive)
14) Crooklyn Dodgers (Ghostface Exclusive)
15) The “W” Remix (Unreleased)
16) Real Nillaz
17) Ghost Is Back
18) Don’t Go Breaking My Heart ODB feat Macy Gray
19) Violent Skit
20) Life Changes (Wu-Tang Exclusive)
21) Treez (Unreleased)
22) The Abduction
23) John 3:16
24) Good
25) Da Destroyer (Raekwon Freestyle)
26) Iron God Chamber
27) 4:20
28) Wise (Unreleased)
29) Presidential M.C. (Bonus Track – The Heart Gently Weeps)

Stay Tuned for info about “8 Diagrams” The Album
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