This weekend, we were all shook at the tragic passing of actor Paul Walker. As a huge fan of the Fast & The Furious movies and Paul's chief role, I was pretty distraught myself and following all of the stories on the accident, celebrity reactions, etc.
One celebrity reaction came from none other than RZA. I'll let him take it away:
This song, entitled "Destiny Bends" was written last night after hearing the tragic news of the loss of a good man named Paul Walker. I met Paul on the set of the film Brick Mansion, where we talked, laughed, and exchanged ideas of life and fatherhood. I only knew him personally for less than a year, but we knew each other through our work and art. We saw in each other a kindred spirit of men coming from unlikely circumstances, and rising to be the light and beacon of our family and loved ones. Men who learned the joy and pains of love in life, and success, while coming to realize that nothing is more important than family, friendship, and the brotherhood of humanity. Millions of people get to know an artist or movie star through their work, but few are allowed to cross each others' paths and see through the veil of stardom and find the common denominator that we share. As all physical things will decay and wither away, film, art, and music remain longer than the vessel that delivered them. In this vein, the one thing we can't take away or give back is time. So, thus, time is the most precious gift. I dedicated my time to compose this song with my two sons and new friend Will Wells, who was kind enough to sing and perform it for me. We dedicate it to Paul Walker. A good man. We had plans to continue working with each other in the future. It seemed destined, but "destiny bends".
(how well-said is this?)
The harmonies and melodies are on point and really capture the solemn mood. It's touching, and I'm able to think positively because of that overarching theme.
And I'd like to also echo everyone's sentiments with an R.I.P. to Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas. I can't help but feel the heartbreak that Tyrese personified when he visited the accident scene yesterday. Truly truly heartbreaking. R.I.P.
Any news on a Wu-Tang album being closer to completion is good news. RZA talks about wanting to finish the album in 45 days and still needs the verses from Raekwon. Here are the quotables via the AP.
"He hasn’t turned in his verses yet. I don’t know if he’s still trying to find the vibe of the music. We have to talk about it before it becomes too late. But he hasn’t come to the table yet... [On the possibility of Raekwon being left off the album] Well, you know what, that’s something that I would take a vote on with the rest of the crew. I’m not a dictator about that. Raekwon is a valuable energy to the Wu-Tang, his voice, his lyrics, his approach. Rae is a master lyricist." - RZA
Here's hoping that Raekwon turns those verses in! It ain't a true Wu-Tang album without him, and as a fan, he's probably my favorite of the group when it comes to lyrics and emceeing. Hopefully some more positive updates in the near future...
Masta Killa, Method Man and Ghostface Killah all deliver verses on the slick 1st single off the upcoming 20-year reunion album for the Wu-Tang called A Better Tomorrow. The only thing that detracts from the single so far is the "Yes!" chants in the chorus, just because I thought that it was a pop up ad somewhere when I first played it. But I like those chants and think that I'll get used to those. All in all, it's more of what we like from Wu and an instant *Tibs Fav.
Radio rip for now, with Peter Rosenberg unveiling the track on Hot 97 first (06.04.13).
Longtime visitors, I mean longtime visitors from the Jabbify, pre-ChicagoNow GWHH days, may remember this weekly feature spotlighting an old school track, video, and/or rarity in hip hop every Sunday. This was almost always inspired by some event throughout the week, from nationally to personally, and was a fun segment that I'd like to bring back after the aforementioned MTV Jams session I had last night.
There was a Wu-Tang stretch of videos that we enjoyed with the likes of Raekwon's "Catalina" and Ghostface Killah's "Motherless Child" (had to bring that gem back below as well). Naturally, the light bulb went on. There's got to be a Wu-Tang post. But what else can I add to it? How about Bill Murray?
One of the all-time great comedians joined GZA and RZA in this clip from 2002's "Coffee & Cigarettes" as the Wu members school the "Groundhog Day, Ghostbustin' ass Bill Murray" on, well, coffee and cigarrettes. Fans of dry humor and/or all parties involved should give this a watch if you've never seen it. Very enjoyable to see Bill Murray involved with hip hop, let alone GZA & RZA.
Be on the lookout next Sunday for another installment of Old School Sundays, brought to you by our team and I. In fact, wouldn't you say it's quite old school to bring back Old School Sundays?! (I know, mind blown.)
There's a lot to love about this new track off Prisoner Of Consciousness. Talib Kweli rips through two verses, kicking off the song with a stellar set of intelligent wordplay and a smooth flow to match. Busta's verse in between is equally poignant with his diction and flow, and last but not least, RZA puts down a grimy, yet soulful production, complete with subtle changes to add to the replay value of this one. An instant *Tibs Fav. and must-listen to get you fired up for Prisoner Of Consciousness due out May 7th.
RZA was one of Carson Daly's newest guests the other day and the busy Wu-member joined the late night host to discuss The Man With The Iron Fists (which I've heard is good and still have to see), working with Tarentino, and Kung-Fu movies in general. RZA's always an interesting interview and I've really grown to On Call's presentation style so this segment is a good one to watch if you've missed it.
Wu-Tang! In this new interview with MTV News, Ghostface shares the intel that RZA wants to release a Wu-Tang album this November to mark the 20 year anniversary of the influential (and that's an understatement) rap group. Who's upset about this?! Let's hope it comes to fruition.