Posts Tagged ‘Cappadonna’

Wu Tang & Killarmy & Jon Stewart On The Larry Sanders Show (1998)

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
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Had this stuck in my head ever since Wu’s widely ballyhooed appearance on The Daily Show. The Larry Sanders Show isn’t very widely remembered now but it was pretty big in ’98, and as I was an impressionable 18yo Wu-Stan at the time this particular episode stuck with me ever since.
 
The clip above is only a part of the episode, but it has all the salient points – the network brings on Jon Stewart to guest-host, Stewart turns out to be something of a wildcard and books the Wu, white awkwardness and concerns about scaring the Mid-West audiences ensue. The scene where co-host Hank meets The Clan (actually it’s RZA, Cappa and Killarmy) is a particular highlight.
 
This was great satire when it aired and remains a valuable time capsule of how rap and rappers were viewed by the mainstream media at the time. Watching it in 2014 also creates some poignant ‘then and now’ moments. The question of ODB’s absence resonates tragically in light of his storied legal troubles and untimely death. The absence of the other members also strikes an inadvertent chord about the group’s later fractured relationship and their notorious inability to get all the members in one room (granted they managed it for last week’s appearance.) On a lighter note, the brief off-hand reference to RZA doing a movie has become weirdly prophetic considering his forays into Hollywood, while the actual movie he was likely referring to in the clip has become a lost holy grail among his fans.
 
The main difference is of course in the music. In 2014 I am still a huge Wu fan, but even so I would have to admit that by now they have become something like a legacy act. They still make good music here and there, but there is an obvious difference between the medley performed in the clip, a combination of ‘And Justice For All‘ and ‘The Pillage‘, and the single they debuted on The Daily Show. The new song is not bad, the verses are actually rather nice, but the edge that made them a possibly dangerous unknown quantity for the Larry Sanders showrunners has clearly dulled.
 
I’m not too mad about that, it’s natural. People mellow out with age, they are not the same rappers they were back then, and I’m not the same Wu-Stan either. It’s good to see the group still doing things, good to see Stewart still supporting, and it’s cool that they can still come together at least in some measure. For the rest we will always have ’98.
 

Cappadonna – Cuban Link Kings

Sunday, September 25th, 2011
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NEW CAPPADONNA GET TREACHEROUS!!!!!
 
Like this more than about 85+% of all recent Wu related output
 
DOWNLOAD: Cappadonna – Cuban Link Kings

 

VIDEO: Ghostface, Tekitha and Cappadonna – All That I Got Is You (Live on BET, June 1997)

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
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Random find from the Wutang-corp board. Ghost looks like got very emotionally involved here, see around the 2.50 mark. Cappa in back, just happy to be there but not sure what to do with himself. Tekitha’s hair is a miracle of geometry.

Cappadonna – Freestyle 1997 (prod. by 4th Disciple)

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
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I found this on the Wu-Tang Corp forum, props to ANCIENTMANOFMYSTERY whoever that may be. According to him this was originally recorded at Firehouse studios in 1997, then pressed and leaked by an enterprising intern without Cappa’s involvement. If anybody has more info on the song’s origins please don’t hesitate to share it.

Download: Cappadonna – Freestyle 1997 (prod. by 4th Disciple)

Mathematics – Made Men feat Method Man, Raekwon, Cappadonna, Eyes Low and Bad Luck (left over from Wu Massacre)

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
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Mathematics himself leaked this one via his site http://themathfiles.com/. This was the accompanying description:

TheMathFiles.com is proud to present the long awaited “Made Men” premiere. Originally intended to appear on Wu Massacre alongside “Miranda”, “Dangerous” & “Mef vs. Chef II”, this Mathematics produced track is now the 1st single off his upcoming Made Men LP. Hitting the shelves at the same time will be Love & Loyalty, the debut LP from Math’s artist Eyes Low, who also appears on this track. Prepare for two albums worth of classic Mathematics bangers with plenty of surprises!

Now in all honesty, I didn’t think the track was that great overall. Not terrible, just meh (much like the Wu Massacre itself). The beat is alright but not too exciting, the Rae verse is recycled, Meth is good not great, I don’t know who the 2 other guys are but they failed to make much of an impression. It’s the kind of song that I don’t find offensive by any means, yet don’t see myself playing more than once. BUT…. Cappadonna kills it. Granted I’m a ‘Cappapologist’ and have been for some time, but you gotta give credit where it’s due. His verse on this is great. That’s actually why I’m posting the track at all. That and the graphic they came up with is cool.

DOWNLOAD: Mathematics – Made Men feat Method Man, Raekwon, Cappadonna, Eyes Low and Bad Luck

Incidentally, the original song that the Rae verse is taken from is better than the song above.

DOWNLOAD: Raekwon – Wu-Tang Stay Rhyming