Staten Island Photographer Mike Shane recently took some snaps of Hanz & Co. at our event at Edgewater Hall. There are some great shots of Hanz, Method Man, Cappadonna, and lots of other Hanz On Fam. Take a look.
The mixtape will be commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Tical which was Meth’s solo debut album which was released in 1994. The anticipation, and excitement has not only stirred up from his fans, but also from various Hip-Hop magazines and bloggers. Please see below for links to websites talking about The Meth Lab.
New Years Eve in Denver Colorado, Hannibal The Great will be opening up for Raekwon, Method Man, and Ghostface Killah during Yolo Rum Presents WU-YEARS Eve at Cervantes’ Masterpiece.
Wu-Years Eve Denver, Colorado
When the clock strikes 12, and the ball has dropped Denver, Colorado will officially bring an end to the medical marijuana prohibition. A small dispensary shop in Central City Colorado, Annie’s Central City Dispensary, has made history by becoming the first store to receive their license for the sale of recreational “Ganja”. With this being the only shop available to sell the drug without having a medical marijuana card, the state is at a worry that it will not be able to supply and demand.
On June 22nd, 2013 Hanz, Buddha Monk, Chedda Bang, and other Wu-affiliates joined Wu Tang’s Cappadonna at the official launch party of Outbreak Skateboard and Clothing’s 2013 summer line. Here’s some more info:
Wu-Tang Clan’s Cappadonna has joined forces with Outbreak Boards to release “The Killa Bee” line. The collection will showcase his iconic “Killa Bee” logo on various designs.
The Connecticut-based skate board manufacturer embraced Cappadonna’s vision to bring the Wu legacy to the sport and culture of skating. Their skate decks will be made of Canadian Maple wood; other items in the partnership include sticker decals, custom designed clothing, hats and accessories.
“I wanted to give an alternative for young people to do besides drugs and guns, especially in hoods across the nation,”Cappadonna said in a press release. “I believe skating and Hip Hop go hand in hand, as both are independently free.”
When you mention the year 1995 to any hip-hop fan in their late 20s or above, you might be susceptible to them pining for a lost era, the so-called last “golden age” before the signing of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that changed radio and popular music, especially hip-hop, forever. If you’re not old enough to remember the mid-1990s and what it symbolizes in the eyes of older hip-hop fans, it might come off as a bit of “baby-boomer-mad-that-it’s-not-the-1960s” whining.
But trust the older folks. They kind of have a point. It’s one of the last eras where rap was fine being just rap and didn’t have to collaborate with outside forces or care about said outside forces in order to be successful. It was one of the last eras in which a hip-hop artist could be willfully unique, dark and impenetrable musically and still move masses of people willing to go along with the creator’s journey. It’s not that it doesn’t happen now, it’s that it doesn’t happen on a bigger scale anymore. That’s what makes GZA’S “Liquid Swords” a remarkable album, and it’s why it deserves to be part of Get On Down’s Masters Series. After the success of several Wu-Tang Clan solo albums (Raekwon’s “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx,” Method Man’s “Tical” and Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Return to the 36 Chambers”), “Liquid Swords” might have bested them all. While Raekwon brought the aggression, Method Man brought the vibe and Dirty brought the sideshow, GZA (with help from RZA on the production boards) brought the vibe, the aggression and the skills that pulled listeners in and didn’t let them go until the final track faded out. Among many hip-hop heads, “Liquid Swords” is considered the best Wu-Tang solo album not named “Supreme Clientele.” While “Liquid Swords” didn’t have the massive hits that the previous three Wu solo outputs had, it was the most put-together album. That’s why Get On Down decided to lionize this LP with a box set that includes the original album remastered, a separate disc for instrumentals (available for the first time), 20 pages of liner notes that include an interview with GZA about the making of the album and a fantastic chess set with miniature pieces and a board printed onto the inner lining of the box that the set comes in. The instrumentals were remastered from original source tapes and give the listener a chance to imagine what the genius was feeling when he wrote his rhymes—or maybe even inspire the listener to write some. With the chess set, whether you were introduced to chess through the Wu-Tang Clan’s “Da Art of Shadowboxing” music video or are just a chess player who happens to be a Wu fan, the addition makes the box set a must-have. After the success of ODB’s “Return to the 36 Chambers” wallet/ID card reissue last year, Get On Down proves they know their audience again with this celebration of yet another Wu-related LP. “Liquid Swords” is a must-own.
My experience with Raekwon has been limited I will admit. I’m a huge fan of Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”, and I have listened to his last album “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II” only a handful of times. Other than that “Shaolin vs Wu-Tang” is kind of my first true experience with Raekwon. The album starts out with the classic audio clips from old Wu-Tang karate movies, a little thrill ride to get your blood pumping for the rest of the tracks. Method Man and Ghostface Killah are the first two appearances made and they make the first half of this album for me. They both are artists with true skill in my book and what they bring to Shaolin vs Wu-Tang is invaluable to it’s success (Method Man appears on “Every Soldier in the Hood” and “From The Hills”, and Ghostface on “Silver Rings”, “Rock N Roll”, and “Molasses”. Continue reading →
If someone ever sets out to list the most important names in hip hop, it is difficult to imagine that their list would not include Wu-Tang Clan. This super group has released some of the biggest hip hop songs that the industry has known, proving amazing staying power in a difficult game. Wu-Tang Clan mixtapes have helped inspire an entire generation of DJs and artists.
Like many other groups, mixtapes are the way that these rappers first got their music out to the fans. In 1993, they released the independent single “Protect Ya Neck,” which became a huge underground hit in the hip hop community. It even led to a tour with superstars Cypress Hill, which helped them get the attention they needed.
Once the offers started coming in for major record deals, the group had trouble finding a label that would sign them as a group but allow the members to create independent rap mixtapes. Finally, they made an agreement with RCA Records and got to work on their first major release. Their debut album, “Enter The Wu-Tang” was a huge hit and set the tone for their amazing career.
In the years that followed, Wu-Tang Clan became one of the most influential groups in all of hip hop music. Wu-Tang Clan mixtapes became a favorite for DJs who wanted to show off their style with some truly amazing rap. They were named the fifth best hip hop group of all time by MTV, and have topped similar lists by other publications.
Wu-Tang Clan mixtapes helped to set off their amazing career, and have helped them to stay in the public eye over many years. Without them, they may not have been able to have the amazing impact that they have had on the rap industry. Regardless of who else may come onto the scene in the future, nobody will be able to touch the legacy of Wu-Tang Clan.
Wu-Tang Clan is a gritty American rap group founded in, and mostly hailing from, Staten Island, New York. The group is comprised of nine original members from the New York City boroughs of Staten Island, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
Wu-Tang Clan’s original members are: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Quasi-member Cappadonna is sometimes included as a founding member. Continue reading →