Thursday, June 22, 2017
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Although it was far from the first, some of the most iconic Hip-Hop merchandise and apparel is Wu-Wear. Spearheaded by Wu-Tang executive producer Oliver “Power” Grant, the mid-1990s Killa Beez swarm to the mainstream included fashion that kept fans laced.
The popular brand has transformed over the last 20 years. Wu-Wear opened several national stores (starting in Shaolin aka Staten Island), and inspired an entire generation of Hip-Hop merch’ moguls to follow suit. From Outkast to Eminem to G-Unit to Odd Future, apparel has evolved to a leading revenue stream for top artists.
In the prime of the Clan’s line, The RZA promoted the brand at the highest level care of 1996’s High School High soundtrack on “Wu-Wear: The Garment Renaissance,” featuring Method Man and Cappadonna. In the video, the MCs were sporting some of their latest line.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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In 2002, GZA was fast at work on his fourth solo album (the third since the ’93 sonic-boom of the Wu-Tang Clan). At the time, 1995’s Liquid Swords was well on its way to eventual platinum status, while 1999’s Beneath The Surface was his second consecutive Top 10 release, grabbing gold. The Genius’ label, MCA/Geffen Records was restructuring, and the lyrical shogun within the Clan followed Nas, as he did with Stillmatic, as one of the artists willing to re-visit his classic catalog in moving forward. The Legend Of The Liquid Sword is not a definitive sequel album per se. But in the minds of faithful Clan fans, it made a big wager, simply by using the hallowed name.
RZA, who put down some of his finest drum programming and filthiest sampling back in ’95, would contribute just “Rough Cut.” In his place, Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs (who eventually collaborated with GZA at an album level), Roc-A-Fella’s Bink!, and Jay Z mentor Jaz-O stepped in. The Genius even slid behind the boards for a cut too.
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Friday, June 16, 2017
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In April, AZ released a powerful collaboration alongside Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon and Mobb Deep’s Prodigy. “Save Them” was guttural East Coast Rap, produced by D.I.T.C. member Buckwild. These three MCs proved that they’ve been able to stay sharp, make incredible product, and never compromise from who they said they were when each burst on the scene in the early 1990s. With Minister Louis Farrakhan speaking on the chorus, the song deals with life, death, and the pursuit of dope rhymes. As Doe Or Die 2lingers on the horizon, there may be an over-arching message here.
Now comes the video. Like the message of the song itself, the visual is about keeping it simple. Three artists who have become brands for their class clap the verses at the camera. Meanwhile, AZ walks around the community in New York City showing how he touches the people through more than just insightful bars.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
For their Fall 2017 collection, Opening Ceremony designers and founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim returned to their native Los Angeles roots. The comeback was in part a love letter to their L.A. store, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in the location of Charlie Chaplin’s former dance studio.
Their new collection, “A Modern Western,” shares an affection for the “west” in many ways too: The fashion show, which took place during Made L.A. on Friday night, was set in a theatrical indoor desert of cartoonish cacti.
Models paraded along the perimeter of the cacti in studded western wear, ruched skirts and pants, asymmetrical knits, velour tracksuits, and thigh-high pink velvet boots that could flag legs at a city block’s distance. The styles were infused with western elements, yes, but punk, goth, and sportswear styles could not go unnoticed.
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Monday, June 12, 2017
Official 247HH exclusive interview with Harlem, New York City based artist Dame Grease where you’ll hear about how he made made "Move Back" with Ol' Dirty Bastard & what he learned from the legendary Jay Z
Friday, June 9, 2017
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Rapper and Wu-Tang Clan legend Raekwon Da Chef is known for his skills in the kitchen, as well as the hip-hop classic "Ice Cream" from his 1995 debut, "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx ...". In this episode of SITW, Rae and Sean link up with frozen-treats wizard Nick Morgenstern of Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream to sample some of the parlor's most outlandish flavors, and taste-test two original sundaes inspired by Wu-Tang lyrics. Will Raekwon give the Chocolate Deluxe his seal of approval? Watch to find out.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Monday, June 5, 2017
Method Man is one of the founding members of the Wu Tang Clan, the co-host of the new TBS TV show, "Drop The Mic," and played himself on the Netflix Marvel series, "Luke Cage." He's got the 411 on all that! Plus, stories from Wu Tang's early days, how he got his name, meeting Eazy-E, TuPac's murder, and hanging with Biggie. You'll hear Method's take on the whole East Coast vs West Coast rap rivalry! And he's a huge pro-wrestling fan (since childhood), and he's got a real good reason why Rowdy Roddy Piper is "his guy."
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Wu-Tang Forever is the second studio album of American hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, released June 3, 1997, on Loud/RCA Records in the United States. Pressed as a double album, it was released after a long run of successful solo projects from various members of the group, and serves as the follow-up to their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Forever features several guest appearances from Wu-Tang affiliates Cappadonna, Streetlife, 4th Disciple, True Master, and Tekitha. The original run of compact discs featured an "Enhanced CD" which allowed users to walk around the "Wu Mansion" and access additional content.
Despite limited radio/TV airplay, and a lead single that famously clocked at nearly six minutes with no chorus, Wu-Tang Forever debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 612,000 copies sold in its first week.The album was certified 4× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on October 15, 1997 (each disc in the double album counted as separate unit for certification purpose),and has sold over 2 million copies in the United States. It is the group's highest selling album to date. Upon its release, Wu-Tang Forever received favorable reviews from most music critics, while it also earned the group a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album at the 40th Grammy Awards in 1998.
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SZA is finally ready to let loose her official debut studio album CTRL.
After prepping fans with the S and Z projects, the songstress will release her LP on June 9.
Top Dawg Entertainment tapped the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA to help announce the album is coming.
“It’s my honor to drop this lesson. It’s my honor to give this blessing,” says the legendary producer in a video posted on social media.
SZA’s CTRL will be the second album from the TDE label in 2017, following Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.