Wu-Tang member, Masta Killa reveals his new video for single “OGs Told Me” from his upcoming album Loyalty Is Royalty. As usual, Masta Killa delivers razor-sharp lyrical wisdom over dusty, soulful production. The track was produced by Dame Grease and features Philly rapper Boy Backs and Harlem’s Moe Roc. Loyalty… is Killa’s first solo album in 5 years. His last album, following 2012’s Selling My Soul.
Fresh off of their collaboration with Marvel Comics, Czarface has not only delivered a new audio adventure complete with narration, it has given us an extra-large, full color, action-packed 24 page comic book with it, housed in a beautiful gatefold jacket! In the spirit of the highly sought after Power Records series from the 70’s, you can read along with the comic and hear the story come to life on vinyl with this Record Store Day release. Now the group has unveiled pages from the Gilberto Aguirre Mata-illustrated comic.
The first weapon drawn in a conflict is language, but the first weapon drawn for Czarface is the music. Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck & Esoteric carved a niche for Czarface with venomous vocals, but the musical production is their super power. Powered by the trademark sound of The Czar-Keys, a sound that’s been developed since Czarface’s first LP in 2013, “First Weapon Drawn” serves as the soundtrack to Czarface’s mysterious origin. Look for “First Weapon Drawn” as part of Record Store Day on April 22nd.
We were just going to leave this right here but that wouldn’t be giving Raekwon enough respect. The Wu-Tang Clan member unveiled the cover art for his next album The Wild, dropping 3/24/17 on ICEH20/EMPIRE.
Czarface (Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck & 7L & Esoteric) is back! Fresh off the heels of their “All In Together Now” collaboration with Marvel Comics the trio continues to combine music and art with their latest release A Fistful of Peril, which will be released on 11-4-2016.
The back story of this album begins in the summer while Deck and Esoteric were in the studio recording some new Czarface material. During this time Marvel Comics had reached out to Czarface wanting some music to soundtrack their Black Panther web series, promoting their breakout comic of the same name. This Marvel meeting spawned the lead track “All In Together Now” and served as the primary inspiration for a fleshed-out album that nobody saw coming. The group camped out in the studio playing beats, talking comics, video games, and pop culture….what came about was A Fistful of Peril.
Starting the album off with the ARP keyboard odyssey of “Electric Level 1” is like entering the vortex of color and light in Kubrick’s 2001. The aptly titled “Two in The Chest” showcases Deck & Eso’s ability to deliver punchlines and pop culture references with ease over an exceptional bass and guitar combo. “Czar Wars” has the two sparring back and forth bringing that ‘X-Men/Danger Room’ mentality that Deck often to refers to when in Czar-mode. Psycho Les of The Beatnuts steps in on “Dust” while “Lizard City” introduces ‘Czarface Pajamas’. Yes, you read that correctly. The off-kilter “Steranko” has Meyhem Lauren and graffiti legend Rast RFC joining forces with Czarface as they weave their way through a mind-bending array of varying beats. Other features on the album include Conway The Machine on “Machine, Man & Monster” and AOTP’s Blacastan on “Tarantulas.” Another one of the album’s highlights is “Dare Iz A Darkseid” (inspired by Deck’s in-studio stories of being on the road with Red & Meth) which along with “Talk That Talk” is the perfect balance of wit and humor that make up the core of Czarface.
Chicago’s ProbCause is talented with more than just his words- the multi-faceted emcee is also a Graffiti artist-turned-graphic designer and animator. Today he’s sharing “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” an animation based on the infamous Martin Shkreli‘s $2 million-dollar purchase of the coveted Wu-Tang album. “The characters were all people who were actually involved in this very bizarre story,” explains ProbCause, who collaborated with Elijah Alvarado on the video. “It seemed like every day we were working on this there was a new twist on the plot. We also threw Donald Trump in the mix just ’cause that phone call to Method Man was too funny not to animate!”
Listen to ProbCause’s Drifters album here:
More than twenty years has passed since one of hip-hop’s most seminal groups Wu-Tang Clan dropped their debut album. Seven years after their last album and in the face of a myriad of challenges, RZA, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, Ghostface Killah, Cappadonna and a posthumous Ol’ Dirty Bastard return for their highly-anticipated new album, A Better Tomorrow, which is available for download at http://smarturl.it/abettertomorrow.
Following a late night performance on Letterman of “Ruckus In B Minor”, re-energizing fans with their noir “Necklace,” and releasing the title track “A Better Tomorrow” inspired by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ “Wake Up Everybody” in addition to recent U.S. and world events, Wu-Tang Clan have dropped an album trailer to celebrate the release of the new record.
Emerging in 1993, the Staten Island, NY-based Wu-Tang Clan proved to be the most revolutionary rap group of the mid-’90s releasing five group and 19 compliation albums totaling over 6 platinum records and over 40 million sold. Turning the standard concept of a hip-hop crew inside out, the Wu-Tang Clan were assembled as a loose congregation of nine MCs who harnessed a group dynamic as a set-up for a number of solo albums now considered classics.
Warner Bros. Records (WBR) announced that it has signed a global recording contract with legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan, including RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna. As a group, Wu-Tang has sold over 6.5 million records in the US, while they’ve sold nearly 40 million records worldwide, including individual members’ album sales as well as group sales collectively. The group’s first release on the label will be the highly-anticipated 20 anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow, which will be available December 2.
Venice Dawn took to the stage first and warmed up the crowd before the Ghostface Killah arrived. Adrian Younge and his band opened up easing the already anxious crowd with some of their signature soul-deep sounds. They definitely won the crowd over and held down their appetite just long enough until Ghostface made his appearance.
Eventually the time came to unveil the story of the Ghostface Killah…
Twelve Reasons to Die tells the tale of Ghostface Killah who joins the DeLuca crime syndicate. Soon after joining he falls for a girl who sets him up, a set-up chick! Ghost hit the stage and represented for the hungry crowd. I have to say being to many Ghost shows in my life, there was this an energy in this one I never felt before. TRTD is an album that will be spoken about for a long time, a rebirth of Ghost!
“No matter how loud they get, though they growl and spit, clutch they fists, and throw up signs like a Crip and throw all types of fits I leave ’em split” – Killah Priest took to the stage with Ghost and dropped those gems we all love!!!
The Delucas would eventually catch up with Ghostface after his girl set him up – they would throw Ghost into a vat of vinyl and press twelve albums out of the vinyl. Little did they know that the Ghostface Killah would be reborn anytime they played those albums…this is his story, this is his revenge!!!
The show was an authentic Wu-Tang offering, with special appearances by Masta Killa, RZA, Sheek Louch and special guest appearance by William Hart of the legendary Delphonics. Be on the lookout for the next Ghetto Blaster Magazine featuring an exclusive feature on Adrian Younge. Twelve Reasons to Die is available now, look for it, but be careful of the Ghostface Killaaahhhhh…..
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The Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack and score will be released on October 23 via Soul Temple Records/STAX/RED Distribution. In addition to making his debut as a big-screen director, co-writer and leading man for the action-adventure, RZA also acted as executive producer for the soundtrack and score albums along with Quentin Tarantino and others. RZA enlisted The Wu-Tang Clan, Kanye West, The Black Keys, Corrine Bailey Rae, Pusha T and more for the soundtrack.
RZA recently discussed the making of the film’s unique score at Comic-Con 2012, explaining: “We went and got some of The Wu-Tang original songs…we took out a lot of stuff that was in it, and we re-orchestrated it.” “STAX also came on board to help us out, and they gave me about 10 of their famous STAX cues, songs from William Bell, from Isaac Hayes, from Mable John.” “So you’re going to have a great time listening to this movie as a soundtrack.” RZA chose to launch the soundtrack and score albums via his latest music industry venture, Soul Temple Records.
The Man With The Iron Fists Track Listing –subject to change
1. The Black Keys / RZA “The Baddest Man Alive”
2. Ghostface Killah / M.O.P / Pharoahe Monch “Black Out”
3. Kanye West “White Dress”
4. The Revelations feat. Tre Williams “I Forgot To Be Your Lover”
5. Talib Kweli / RES “Get Your Way (Sex as a Weapon)”
6. Raekwon / Ghostface Killah / Kool G. Rap “Rivers of Blood”
7. Method Man / Freddie Gibbs / StreetLife “Built for This”
8. 24 Carat Black “Poverty’s Paradise”
9. Killa Sin “The Archer”
10. RZA / Flatbush Zombies “Just Blowin’ In The Wind”
12. Corrine Bailey Rae “Chains”
13. Pusha T / Raekwon “Tick Tock”
14. Frances Yip “Green is the Mountain”
15. The Wu-Tang Clan “Six Directions of Boxing”
16. Mabel John “Your Good Thing Is About To End”
The film arrives in theaters on November 2, 2012.