Posts Tagged ‘Wu-Tang Clan’

Take It Personal Podcast (Ep 4: Wu-Tang Tribute)

Thursday, January 12th, 2017
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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!

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Take It Personal Podcast (Episode 1)

Sunday, November 6th, 2016
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On November 2, 2016 The “Take It Personal” Podcast was launched as the Golden Era and boom-bap-focused podcast to beat all Podcasts. Broadcasting all the way live from Del Boca Vista and brought to you by the Philaflava crew, who founded one of Complex Magazine’s “Top 10 Most Influential Hip-Hop Message Boards,” well as authoritative subject matter blogs, T.R.O.Y and Steady Bloggin‘, the show and its brand of witty nuance and authentic reverence is here to fill the nostalgia void in your heart, and, as Chino XL once said, “Here To Save You All.” Come to where Exit 33 meets Memory Lane at the Honeycomb Hideout, as DJ 360 and co-hosts Jason Gloss and Kevlar take you on a sonic voyage from past to present and back again!

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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.
 

STREAM: Ghostface Killah & Apollo Brown – Twelve Reasons To Die: The Brown Tape

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
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Wherein Soul Temple decides to get their shit together and make the mysterious Brown Tape version of 12 Reasons To Die conveniently available in its entirety for streaming and purchase via bandcamp, instead of casting it as a mythical object of cassette fetishism.
 

 

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – Twelve Reasons To Die (FULL ALBUM STREAM)

Monday, April 8th, 2013
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You already know.
 

 

VIDEO: Killah Priest – The Winged People

Friday, March 8th, 2013
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Imma need a video like this for every song from Priest’s awesomely entertaining album pls.