To many, Staten Island is known as the dump. To us hip-hop heads, it’s known as Shaolin, the home of the Wu-Tang Clan. Who would have thought a group of 9 rappers would have changed the game, but they definitely did. Nobody has ever done hip-hop like WTC and I’m pretty sure nobody ever will. While The Wu is one of the most respected and beloved group of all-time, a two hour tribute doesn’t seem long enough. That said, here is our tribute that should help remind you that Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F*ck Wit!
A pretty solid freestyle by Yung Raw and a good occasion to note that while 3-6 Mafia (and murky southern rap in general) is always sited as the biggest influence on Raider Clan, they’ve always showed a strong affinity for classic Wu as well. Which makes a ton of sense considering how dark, dusty and evil a lot of the first-wave RZA stuff sounds.
The best freestyler on the planet. The 2nd 3rd coming of Rakim. The future of hip-hop. He was anointed as them all, and yet as meteoric as Canibus’ rise was, his fall was just as swift. A mixtape phenom, he went from lacing Tony Touch and DJ Clue to collaborating almost exclusively with Myspace rappers on their latest internet-only projects. His career decisions and ultimate downfall may have been disappointing, but they do nothing to tarnish the heights of his apex. In his prime, Canibus was an undisputed animal on the mic. His scientific style, fueled by a swift delivery, made him the standout on almost any track he appeared on, much to the fascination of both fans and peers. Frequently he’d take over songs, rhyming for twice as long as everyone else with double the ferocity, and listeners loved every bar of it. (more…)
Remember Space Jam? Yes, you do. And before I go any further, yes, this is an article on Steady Bloggin about Space Jam. Because it was an instant classic to the 9 year old me, and the 24 year old me wants to tell you about it.
Well it’s the 15 year anniversary of Space Jam, and Austin Kent over at The Good Point (who, interestingly, I went to University with – shouts to Sam Joynt who I roomed with in third year and also writes for GP) decided it’d be pretty cool to celebrate the occasion by recasting The Monstars in 2011. I agree.
So educated reader, who might already know where this is going, basketball and rap music have gone hand-in-hand for the better half of two decades now. And for someone like me, that’s awesome since basketball and rap have long been interests number 1 and 1A, in no particular order. Naturally, including hip hop in films about basketball made sense, whether culturally within the movie itself, or accompanied by way of the soundtrack. For instance, White Man Can’t Jump had Cypress Hill and Queen Latifah, Hoop Dreams had Ice Cube, Above the Rim with Tupac, He Got Game had an entire soundtrack crafted by Public Enemy, and even a masterpiece like The 6th Man had Doug E. Fresh on a Stevie Wonder remix. But the cream of the crop, my friends, was The Monstars’ anthem known better as Hit’Em High.
Stealing the idea from Austin (it’s hip hop, we steal shit right?) and applying it to what Wikipedia suggests is “generally regarded as the greatest rap collaboration of all-time” (seriously, it says that), I thought it’d be thumbs up to figure out who could represent The Mean Team in the studio in 2011.
TheMathFiles.com is proud to present the long awaited â€œMade Menâ€ premiere. Originally intended to appear on Wu Massacre alongside â€œMirandaâ€, â€œDangerousâ€ & â€œMef vs. Chef IIâ€, 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 Mathâ€™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.
The album drops next week and you can pre-order for $10.99 @ Amazon. It won’t be a true album. Not many tracks where all three are together. After a few great tracks, the rest seems pretty thrown together. But I’m sure there will be some greatness on here. As for the video, hot bitches and Ricky Cordero kills it again! –Philaflava
1. Criminology 2.5 – Raekwon, Ghostface Killah & Method Man
2. Mef vs. Chef 2 – Method Man & Raekwon
3. Ya Moms Skit – Method Man & Raekwon
4. Smooth Sailing Remix – Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Solomon Childs & Streetlife
5. Our Dreams – Raekwon, Ghostface Killah & Method Man
6. Gunshowers – Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck & Sun God
7. Dangerous – Raekwon, Ghostface Killah & Method Man
8. Pimpin’ Chipp – Ghostface Killah
9. How To Pay Rent Skit feat. Tracy Morgan
10. Miranda – Raekwon, Ghostface Killah & Method Man
11. Youngstown Heist – Ghostface Killah, Trife, Sheek & Bully
12. It’s That Wu Sh*t – Ghostface Killah & Method Man
Episode 7 might sound more like Drink Champs cuz we were highly intoxicated while recording this, but the music, like always, is on point Phife. We don’t necessarily have a theme this show, but we do focus on MC's making dope music these days. It’s our passing of the torch episode, so-to-speak. We got joints […]