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VIDEO: GZA’s Wu-Tang Clan Documentary Trailer

There are a number of Wu-Tang Clan documentaries both unofficial and official out there and in the works. It’s a safe bet that GZA’s Wu-Tang Revealed will probably be the best. Ten years in the making means the Genius has no doubt been stacking and sitting on some revealing footage. Ghostface and Raekwon are particularly animated while keeping it 100 in the trailer above while U-God is angry. As usual.

The GZA/Genius is no slouch behind the camera. He directed a number of early Wu-Tang videos including Ghostface’s “Motherless Child” and his own “Shadowboxin’/4th Chamber.” Which gives me good enough reason to post them below. [Checked at Hypebeast]

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August 18, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II – The Videos

Originally due in 2005, but not released until September 8, 2009, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II, managed to live up to the hype. A loud minority cried foul at Raekwon rehashing the coke fueled tales of wanton criminality steeped in copious amounts slang that made the original a classic. Well duh, it was a sequel.

The Chef is releasing a Gold Deluxe Edition of OB4CL2 with six new songs and remixes, via iTunes, on August 17. You should have been playing the album already, anyway.

“New Wu” (OG video) — Produced by the RZA

“New Wu”

“Walk Wit’ Me” – Produced by Scram Jones

“Pyrex Vision”

“Surgical Gloves” – Produced by The Alchemist

“Canal Street” — Produced by Ice Water Productions

“Catalina” — Produced by Dr. Dre & Mark Batson

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August 15, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , | 1 Comment

VIDEO: Ghostface Killah x Frank Dukes

Toronto based producer Frank Dukes won the Red Bull Big Tune 2009 contest and his prize was picking an A-list MC to work with of his choice. Naturally, he chose the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah.

Ghostface is also interviewed in these clips and unwittingly drops hilarious gems. A choice quote from the video below is when comparing beats to women he says, “Beats is like women, because you have to pick ’em…and you pick the ones that right for you…but now it’s how you ride that.” Or, “…he might be a good MC but at the music he chose…his girls is messed up.” Makes complete sense.

Also, Ghostface is rocking a rugby that says “Ghost” across the back. He won. [Spotted at Nah Right]

August 4, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , | 2 Comments

Cappadonna “’97 Mentality”

The Source Magazine - June 1997

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.

July 19, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News, Scans | , , , , , | 2 Comments

The ‘Lo Lifestyle x Vintage Hip-Hop Videos

Taz best not give out his address…

“When I go bury me with the ‘Lo on.”—Raekwon “Iron Maiden” (Ghostface Killah’s Ironman)

The homie Dallas Penn dropped a post last week regarding Vado and his suspect Polo homage “Polo” [side note: dallaspenn.com is down and according to DP he is currently “unemployed by the internets,” this must be corrected, stat.]. I gotta agree with DP’s sentiment, I can’t rock with cats shilling for ‘Lo in rhyme form when you can tell the appreciation for the nuance of the Polo lifestyle just isn’t there. Really, any MC suddenly repping like they’re serious ‘Lo heads reeks of gimmickry unless they’re certified ‘Lo connossieurs; like say Thirstin Howl III, Meyhem Lauren or that kid Shakespeare the Great. ‘Nuff respect due to official Lo Life members past and present too.

But the point of my post is that I was reminded of a couple of OG Hip-Hop videos that truly repped the ‘Lo lifestyle: Zhigge’s “Rakin’ in the Dough” and “Toss It Up” (both produced by Salaam Remi) as well as KRS-1’s “Outta Here” (produced by DJ Premier). A special nod must be given to Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” because—as the homie Rob Markman pointed out—Raekwon rocking the Snow Beach Polo jacket was truly epic.

I’m not going to even front like my ‘Lo pieces are that hardbody—I do got a few gems in the stash, though—but I’m an appreciator of the lifestyle. There’s something to be said when ‘Lo heads check each other’s gear and give appreciative head nods—pause—out of respect. It’s a mutual understanding that hearkens back to an era when the quality of your gear was first and foremost (think: Coca-Cola gear, North Face shells with Gore-Tex, Vasque boots, etc.). Pandering to the Hip-Hop generation with baggy cuts and too loud logos? Nah, hold that. We’ll keep gravitating to fly fashion that probably wasn’t intended for us to begin with, flip it, and have the establishment racing to catch up. It’s the Hip-Hop way.

And I’ll always have more ‘Lo than my bro-hims Vaughn C and DJ Maestro, mentally.

Zhigge “Toss It Up” Quality (image wise) of the vid is wack but (Added a better version) some classic pieces are seen in there.


Zhigge “Rakin’ In the Dough” – “…but did you know, the mall was closed/So I spin into Macy’s and get some Guess and Polo…” True.

Had to add the “Uptown Bounce” version, which is better quality anyway.

KRS-One “Outta Here” – Sun (sic) with the green rugby was winning.

Wu-Tang Clan “Can It Be All So Simple”

BONUS

Grand Puba Ft Mary J Blige – “Whats The 411 (Live)” – “Polo the top gear…” raps Puba. The Alpine Polo rugby is timeless. Mary J’s Cross Colours outfit, not so much.

The Baby Polo Mansion Pt. 1 – When your pops is Thirstin Howl III your Polo game is proper since birth, literally.

June 29, 2010 Posted by | Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, Rare Joints | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

DOWNLOAD: Raekwon – Cocainism Vol 2 Mixtape

Shallah Raekwon hooked up with XXLMag.com and cooked up a new mixtape called Brinks Boyz Presents: Cocainism Vol 2. The Chef’s next proper solo, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang is due in September. Hmm, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang was the title of the RZA-less album Rae and Ghostface mentioned when chastising 8 Diagram’s production a few years back. Guess that’s water under the bridge.

Beats courtesy of Alchemist, DJ Scratch, EZ Elpee and Ultimate Beats & Breaks. Coke rap for everybody.

DOWNLOAD: Raekwon Brinks Boyz Presents: Cocainism Vol 2 | Mediafire

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May 28, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

VIDEO: Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA on Beats x iDrum

The Abbot of the Wu-Tang Clan speaks on the iDrum, the iPhone app he’s endorsing, and offers insight into his production techniques in general. Yeah, he started as a DJ.

Shouts to my panin Martin Berrios for the find. My fav RZA beat, of the moment, “Ice Water” from Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…

April 12, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , | 7 Comments

All The Wu-Massacre Collector’s Edition Covers

Swift notarizer, Wu-Tang, all up in the high-riser...

All three covers have been revealed. The Wu-Massacre drops on March 30th. Though, Meth is already copping pleas. No shots.

Ghostface and Meth’s covers below. [Spotted at Rap Radar]

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March 15, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Video: Vampire Weekend x RZA x Lil Jon

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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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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