The Red Bull Music Academy hit me up and asked me if I wanted to host a panel with the Wu-Tang Clan discussing their seminal debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The answer to that question was obvious and this Wednesday (9/28), I made the trip to Shaolin Land to moderate a lecture was part of RBMA’s Five Out of Five Tour that features artist from each NYC borough, performing and discussing their classic albums, hence Wu-Tang Clan and Staten Island.
There was some minor drama with some Wu members being unaware of the panel (the group performed at the venue, Eve Lounge in Staten Island, that night), which led to the discussion’s focus shifting to Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… since all the members on hand—Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa and also Cappadonna—participated in creating the masterful album. The conversation was lively and many jewels were dropped.
Red Bull will be posting the lecture in its entirety but AllHipHop was on hand and already has a bunch of videos from the event up. Some choice moments include Wu-Tang revealing they too watch soap operas and Raekwon speaking on playing A&R for Nas as well as the creation of “Incarcerated Scarfaces” (above). There was also a portion where Ghostface recounted hitting a “grandfather deer” in New Jersey while listening to Cuban Linx for the first time that was hilarious, but isn’t up yet. God bless that deer.
BLATANT SELF-PROMOTION: A lot of this info and much more can be found in my book, The Wu-Tang Clan & RZA: A Trip Through Hip Hop’s 36 Chambers. Shout out to Allah Mathematics who was also on stage.
Ghostface Killah on “All My Children” and His Favorite Wu Album
Raekwon and Ghostface on the Importance of RZA
Raekwon on Nas and “Verbal Intercourse”
Cappadonna “’97 Mentality” off that Wu-Tang Killa Bees compilation. This joint was always ill. Still is.
Produced by the RZA, ya know, the Wu-Tang Clan Abbot that Raekwon tells Vibe will not be contributing to his Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang, due in September. Sigh.
Born is 9, and God is 7. You’re welcome if you never figured that out before.
That’s the most I’ve seen Cappadonna talk on any Wu-Tang Clan related trailer. Ahh, now it makes sense; it’s starring Cappadonna. See the cover below.
Certainly not the first Wu-Tang documentary. But the Clan is so deep—not to mention the recent success of Raekwon—that there are always going to be more stories to tell. The Wu-Tang Saga is due out February 25. [Peeped at Eskay's Spot]