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John Woo’s The Killer Goes Blu-Ray

John Woo’s Hong Kong cinema classic The Killer, starring the legendary Chow Yun-Fat, gets an official Blu-Ray release on March 30, 2010. That said, going to play Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… off of g.p. It’s time you retired that old VHS or DVD bootleg copy of the flick anyway.

Interestingly, Woo dedicated the film to Martin Scorcese. Suspect trailer above (just seems “off” without the kitschy English overdubs in the version of the film many saw first stateside), but a thorough clip that condenses the  dialogue RZA swiped for Raekwon’s masterpiece below, including “Rainy Dayz” (1:36) and ‘Wu-Gambinos” (0:13).

February 26, 2010 Posted by | Films, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Video: Vampire Weekend x RZA x Lil Jon

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Can’t say indie rockers Vampire Weekend is ever on any of my playlists, but I’m posting their “Giving Up the Gun” video since the RZA is in the clip.

Yep, Wu-Tang Clan’s the RZA as a chair umpire, dressed like a Matrix extra, at a tennis match. Why not? Jake Gyllenhaal and Lil Jon make cameos too. Wu-Tang branded tennis rackets anyone? [Spotted at Spinner]

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Of RZA and Nut Huggers [The Rap Up]

February 19, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

VIDEO: The Wu-Tang Saga Trailer

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]

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Films, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Wu-Massacre Trailer Part II + RZA x Supreme

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Above, Part Deux of the Wu-Massacre trinity of trailers. Starks!

Below, RZA gets interviewed by Supreme and drops some science. Check Supreme’s site for a few more interview snippets.

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The Wu-Massacre Trailer Part I

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Hip-Hop | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Wu-Massacre Trailer Part I

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How can you be mad at this? All the talk of Method Man, Raekwon and Ghostface recording a joint album is coming to a fruition (even the RZA wants in). Looks like it’s due in stores December 22nd and director du jour Rik Cordero put together a trio trailers inspired by Se7en.

The first trailer is above, and “Wu Ooh” “New Wu” from Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II is below. Tical!

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Hip-Hop | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Who?: Sir Ibu (of Divine Force)

"Holy War (Live)"/"Somethin Different" Jamak-ka Record (1987)

"Holy War (Live)"/"Somethin Different" Yamak-ka Record (1987)

So one of my peeps hits me up like, and I quote, “Alvin, if you can find “Holy Wars” (1988?) by Sir Ibu, Supreme and Nefertiti in downloadable form, I’ll name my first born after you.” No need for all that since aiding others in the name of fresh Hip-Hop is part of my Personal Legend a la The Alchemist (not the rapper/producer).

Well, after some savvy Internet searching I have found the track (above) in question; it is truly a rare Golden Age of Rap gem. The name Sir Ibu will befuddle neophyte rap fans. Q-Tip gives him a name drop in his “Renaissance Rap” video (why it didn’t get its own track on his great The Renaissance album is still perplexing), but here is a little background… [continued after video]

Sir Ibu is one of the MCs in Divine Force, a rap outfit so obscure that the only substantial info I could find on them was usually around and about Ego Trip’s The Big Playback album [ahem, which I have on vinyl, sealed]. The aforementioned album is essentially the companion audio to the through Ego Trip’s Book of Rap Lists.

According to my findings—it was just a Google search…I’m saying, Lexis-Nexis is expensive—Divine Force originally consisted of Master Shykwan, Supreme M.C. and Ice Tee. Eventually Sir Ibu would replace Shykwan, who dipped to join the military, and Jizer got down as the group’s DJ. With the team now set, the group would release “Holy War” on Yamak-Ka Records in 1987. Interestingly, Yamak-Ka’s president was Melquan, who would shortly thereafter manage the Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA. Melquan subsequently secured record deals for the GZA and the RZA at Cold Chillin’ and Tommy Boy Records, respectively.

Sir Ibu would drop a joint called “I’m the Peacemaker” in ’89 via 4th & Broadway Records (the same label that released Eric B & Rakim’s Paid In Full). I can’t find much on Ibu after that. Another example of this almost forgotten MCs influence is on Ghostface’s “Mighty Healthy.” Mr. Starks interpolated some of Ibu’s bars on this early Supreme Clientele heater. Seems like Ibu did get a check for that tribute, though. (below)

March 13, 2009 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop | , , , , , , , | 21 Comments