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...
Regis has a new sports-themed TV show named Crowd Goes Wild and that was the setting for a visit from none other than Ghostface Killah & Raekwon. Watch them name Regis as "the new ODB" and play "That's A Rap" below.
Last night, Drake talked with Elliott Wilson for his next edition of the CRWN series and confirmed the Wu-Tang collab/remix to "Wu-Tang Forever" that was revealed last week as a possibility. We can also expect the "Hold On, We're Going Home" video this week on top of the album's release, of course, tomorrow.
UPDATE: Drake had this to add about Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse (h/t 2db). Pt. 1 (of 3) of Drake x CRWN will be presented by MySpace and air on MySpace.com on Wednesday.
“That verse was a moment to talk about. Are you listening to it now, though? He didn’t come in there on some wild, ‘I’m in New York, fuck everybody.’ I almost wish he had come in there on that shit because I kind of lost a little bit of respect for the sentiment of the verse. If it’s really ‘fuck everybody’ then it needs to be ‘fuck everybody’. It can’t just be halfway”
Plus, more new music is on the way as Drake expresses through MEME on Instagram (tagging Hit-Boy as well). I wholeheartedly support artists revealing news this way.
More laughs can be had with one look at Drake's new sweatshirt.
"They wanted us to remix it and get on there [so] you gon’ probably hear another one with us on it. Meth did his verse—we all did our verses. I wrote my rhyme in probably 15, 20 minutes. We were moving so fast we only had about four hours of studio time. If I had some time to really sit down and get juicy with it, I probably could've got juicier with it. But I still do a nice one, I still do a real banger."
So far, the Wu has shown support for Drake's new track, except for Inspectah Deck (see: below). So we'll see if this remix materializes, and with whom exactly? I know I, as well as pretty much everyone, would be excited for whatever remix comes of it.
Labor Day Weekend marked the 4th annual North Coast Music Festival at Union Park as Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were all packed with a mix of primarily EDM artists and DJs with some of hip hop's most established names, and up and comers in both genres. Let's get right into the highlights...
This was the one day I couldn't attend, but Maks G & Justin Escalona were there taking some of the photos above and bouncing around the three stages checking out act after act. Two of the night's headliners stood out: Mac Miller & Passion Pit, with the latter drawing more rave reviews from Maks & Justin.
Maks and I made it for the night's main acts: Nas, Big Gigantic, and Afrojack. First (of course) Nas, who returned to the North Coast stage after last performing at the debut edition of the festival with Damian Marley in 2010. Nas kept it simple: it was him, a drummer, and a DJ. He ran through classic after classic, only pausing to rile up the crowd for the next one. My only wish was if he dropped the beat completely at times through the set to only further showcase his flawless live delivery. I'm just a fan of a capellas in a live rap show, and if I recall correctly, I think Nas had more of those last time I saw him at North Coast. Sure enough, however, Nas provided the most chilling moment of my weekend when he came back out for an encore of "One Mic", with each verse building up upon the previous. It culminated with Nas whispering into the mic (my desired a capella of sorts) and the crowd waiting for one more intense chorus. Enter: chills. He left Chicago with these short but sweet words, "You have a voice. Be heard."
The scene on a cloudy night at North Coast for Nas
Saturday continued with a couple of big EDM/DJ acts as Big Gigantic first impressed with their live saxophone on top of recognizable remixes like the fitting Kanye West "Jesus Walks". Then we walked over a stage to Afrojack, who I liked even more as he had more of a fast, upbeat flow of songs coming one after another and ending on a premiere that I instantly liked that features some female vocals. I'll be sure to point it out when it drops. All in all, the three acts made for a great Saturday night, as Nas was Nas and Big Gigantic and Afrojack took me out of my comfort zone that proved to be a fun experience.
Justin and I got our money's worth Sunday as we got to the Fest on the early side to first catch DJs Datsik, A-Trak, and Madeon. I especially liked the latter two as A-Trak mixed in some hip hop into his upbeat set while showcasing his live skills as well, and the young Madeon (he's 18, looks like he's 13), keeping the crowd going with just enough recognizable tunes to get the crowd singing (from The Killers to Kanye's "Black Skinhead").
I then made my way across the fields for my most abrupt change in music and scenery. It felt surreal to go from a crowd jumping up and down to EDM and dance to a chill crowd hanging on every word and guitar solo from the soulful Gary Clark Jr.. There was only minor chit chat in the crowd for Gary Clark, whose live sound (especially his guitar) translated well to the festival. The moment he ended, I heard the dark sounds begin from the stage next to us, courtesy of Purity Ring (another abrupt change.)
That's one of the beauties of North Coast: all of the sets are precisely scheduled and never run late, giving the fans a unique experience of the thrilling conclusion of one artist and then the rush to see the beginning of the next artist, who almost always is a completely different genre. It's safe to say Madeon to Gary Clark Jr. to Purity Ring is about as different as you can get.
To speak on Purity Ring real quick, I became a fan of the duo with "Odebear", and now even moreso after seeing what I saw on Carson Daly earlier this summer replicated and more polished in person. The duo can transform your mood in an instant as lantern banging, light shining, and piercing vocals all combine for a very fresh and edgy sound. Look these guys up when you get a chance.
Finally, and if you read this far you won't be disappointed, Wu-Tang Clan closed out the festival like only they would. And that's with a raw mix of songs from their debut album, 36 Chambers. They naturally began with "Bring Da Ruckus" as an endless sea of people threw their "W's" up. Seriously, this was the biggest crowd of the three nights for sure. The group had the crowd going the whole time and kept it moving with no breaks between songs, save for a tribute to Ol' Dirty Bastard. They tried to fit as many songs as possible in before an impending thunderstorm was threatening to cut the performance short. That unfortunately came to fruition 40 minutes in and ending Wu-Tang's set prematurely without a fitting conclusion. The crowd was naturally upset that the set ended 15 minutes before it should have while it was only drizzling at the time, but considering it was drizzling at the start, I'm happy we got that far. Plus, the performance and my savvy to hold the record button combined for my favorite Vine ever. I don't think I can end it better than this...
Great times at North Coast all weekend long! Shoutout to React Presents for putting it all together and be sure to scroll through the slideshow (hit the arrows) for more photos: all taken by either Maks G, Justin Escalona, or myself. Until next Labor Day weekend...!
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).
New Wu-Tang. You already know what to do. All parties involved do their thing on what's said to be the first preview of their upcoming album, A Better Tomorrow. This one's not so much a pump up banger, as it is just a straight-forward, dope record. RZA's verse was my favorite.
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.
Kid Cudi and Ice Cube brought the house down at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. The Boost Mobile sponsored event traveled to three cities with the last one on Saturday, August 25th. A line of of 40 artists brought in a mixed bag of legends and rising stars. Both new and seasoned acts were featured.
Saturday's line-up featured performers such as Ice Cube, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty by Nature, DMX, and tastes of the Wu-Tang Clan. Sunday followed with more legends such as Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Nas, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
New generation artists included Tyga, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller and Yelawolf. The time warp line up of artist gave concert go-ers an up front and personal view of where hip hop is going today (hehe pun intended). Two-day passes were the only tickets sold filtering out those not committed to the line up. With a 20,000+ expected audience, 11 hours, and two stages that party was bumping all weekend long.
Veterans stepped up there game. Naughty by Nature performed such hits including the pioneering hit "O.P.P.", while Salt-N-Pepa brought back more hits and kept the cown Push(ing)-it.
However, mixed feelings towards the new comers such as Mac Miller and Yelawolf whose performances left the crowd feeling a bit lack luster. Did they get cold feel amongst their hip hop idols. Do we even dare to compare them to the legends of the art.
The night was topped off by a fantastic performce from Kid Cudi, with a mindblowing sound to seal the deal mixing hip hop and countless other genres. There is hope for more pioneers of the game.