"ummm ..... can i borrow 16 million ?"M.I.A.'s message to Madonna, after the NFL demanded an additional $15.1 million in restitution from her over the 2012 Super Bowl middle finger incident (Twitter)."There was a lot of whining in rock at that time. By nature, we're extroverts. So that's what came a ... More >>
DJ Kevin Montague, aka Kevvy Kev, has been spreading his hip-hop gospel since the moment he set foot down in California over three decades ago to attend Stanford University. As the host of KZSU's The Drum starting in 1984, he was the main voice behind the world's longest running hip-hop show until i ... More >>
The rap game -- well, any game -- could use more people with the ambition of the RZA and the ability to make good on it. The man born Robert Diggs is more than an MC, a producer, and an actor. His resume also includes "DICTATOR" in big, bold letters: When the Wu-Tang Clan was just a bunch of young b ... More >>
What did we do on Christmas after we'd eaten a mountain of food and watched a giant stack of movies? Looked for actors in music videos, of course! Here are six of the weirdest cameos big-name actors have made in music videos. 6. Christopher Walken in Fatboy Slim's "Weapon Of Choice" Up until t ... More >>
Nothing to fuck with.YES: the Wu-Tang Clan (R.I.P. O.D.B.) is bringing its Shaolin magic on the road next month, and San Francisco lies in the path of destruction. (This less than a month after Ghostface Killah's show at Slim's next week.) So boom-bap to that! Come this way for details.
The trend of rappers shifting into acting is nothing new, and in theory it makes sense. Both roles focus on emotive storytelling, right? Unfortunately, that transition isn't always a smooth one--a point hammered home repeatedly by the new film Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah and Common. It's 100 ... More >>
While year-end, catch-all wrap-ups are common to every musical genre, in no other style of music do they turn into the hand-wringing, "state of the game" examinations that hip-hop seems to provoke. (I've certainly written a few.) We worry because we care, of course. But at some point, like a thirty- ... More >>
If you thought chess was a game for old dudes with goiters, Market Street hustlers, and nerdy four-eyes kids, think again. The South Bay-based Hip Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) has completely redefined the image chess by making it a kid-friendly, urban art form emphasizing life skills. Thanks to the H ... More >>
Is it just our imagination, or has Wu-Tang producer the RZA become even more prolific since leaving the slums of Shaolin for La-La land? Having freed himself from the burdens of making gritty yet epic tracks for the likes of 60 Second Assassin and U-God, Bobby Digital's creative rebirth -- call it a ... More >>
Wu-Tang doesn't lie when they say, "Cash rules everything around me." In the wake of U-God suing his own Wu brethren over royalties owed, Wu producer and main gambino the RZA has decided not to go on tour with the Clan for reasons concerning the paper, according to Raekwon. The Chef says, “We deep ... More >>
In true last minute hip hop style — the Wu just called dibs in Ruby Skye on the second day of Kwanzaa. Tickets are $50 and went on sale yesterday. Here's a link to the online-only WuTangSF purchase site. (Bullshit!) Here's a link to recent articles on the RZA, Ghostface, and an analysis of Wu lyri ... More >>
(Tori, tori, tori | Photos By Ariel Soto) Ok, we are officially in the Holiday Spirit. We've found our drinking rhythm and today we're not nearly as hungover as at the Pre-Party. We even went so far as to tip the Bayshore tree lot guy $10 on a $40 tree, because we were high. On spirit. Now this fa ... More >>
Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams (Loud/SRC/Universal) Wu-Tang Clan's fifth album, 8 Diagrams, comes at a time of group strife. Raekwon has called Wu ringleader and beatmaker RZA a "hip-hop hippie" and says the beats on the new album are too cerebral. And it's true: While the minimalist production and movie ... More >>
8 Diagrams (Loud/SRC/Universal)
Wu-Tang producer RZA's balancing act
Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams (Loud/SRC/Universal) By Ben Westhoff The long awaited fifth Wu-Tang Clan album, 8 Diagrams, just leaked, and it’s fucking solid. After just a few listens, it’s already in my 2007 top ten, and it will surely battle Graduation for supremacy on hip hop critics’ year-end l ... More >>
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