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Blog/Video: Wu Tang after party with Will Not Be Televised & In The Loop

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As with all things Wu related, you’re never quite sure what to expect when it comes to something which potentially should be the ‘Wu Tang after party hosted by Raekwon‘. Promoters Will Not Be Televised put Raekwon on at Antwerp Mansion around a year ago, where he came on a did a brief PA – to pull this off as well, to coincide with the full clan dropping into Manchester, is the typical sort of coup that WNBT specialise in. Back at the Mansion, we’d stuck Triumph on at the end when Rae was going off stage, and he nipped back on with a grin to run through a minute or so of it – I always said this entitles us to put Raekwon in brackets after our names now, but haven’t put this on flyers officially yet.

Here’s what happened last time (props to Nanny Banton, who manages to be at the front of both these videos – and in the RZA pics below, too):

“He disrespected me, and my man he punched him in his mouth.”

So yesterday DJ A-UP, mic don Bedos and myself (who all run Manchester hip hop night In The Loop) hooked up in town to have a good chat with Chalk and Aver of local outfit TNC (to find out more about Chalk’s about-to-drop debut album), to be followed at some point with a Raekwon interview. What actually followed was eight or nine hours waiting on Rae to give us a bell – eventually Masta Killa offered to join him, and we decided to hold off until the after show to conduct the interviews. Needless to say, this never happened. Man, I never even got my (or Air Adam‘s) albums signed things were so hectic.

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What did follow was pretty sick, though. Shouts to Pete Cannon first of all, who had to leave early and couldn’t spin for the Wu when they eventually hit the club at around half one. Myself and A-UP assumed this meant we were up, only for the RZA to enter the up-close-and-personal DJ space on the stage. ‘Hi,’ I managed, not quite sure what to do – were we doing Wustrumentals? Someone had just told me Raekwon wanted his new track. RZA, I slowly realised, was shouting ‘Gimme Kanye!’ in my ear – dude wanted some tracks from Yeezus. I nodded smugly, then started panicking when the Serato search box yielded no results. ‘Yeezus? I don’t have it, man. It’s on the other computer’.

Have you ever had the RZA raise his arms in despair at you and lock you with a dead stare, like ‘what the fuck?’. I did, last night, a good three times or so, and I thought that was my hip hop career ended there and then. I looked towards Bedos for reassurance, but he was pissing himself laughing.

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Bedos and Ghostface liven it up…

Meanwhile, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah (and intermittently, Cappadonna and Masta Killa) were stood on stage waiting for some music to start. Rapidly feeling like I was about to single handedly ruin a Wu Tang show, I managed to drag Ice Cream onto the deck and get the record cued for the Abbot. Over the next few minutes, RZA quickly learned to not ask me anything, as he just got a blank stare because I couldn’t hear a word he was saying – Gorilla is probably the loudest stage in the world.

Eventually we get into the flow with Slick Rick, and then it was A-UP’s turn to make sure the RZArector was okay on the wheels.  I think in total the Wu were up there around 45 minutes – Rae was all smiles and nods of appreciation, even asking our names, Ghost was a pillar of disinterest but perked up when Apollo Kids came on – at one point he stopped a record with his hand and RZA wagged his finger at him, like ‘No, man…’. Raekwon was a gent throughout, and it was pretty funny how he kept turning around to see just what Robert was up to on the turntables. Peep ten minutes or so of the party at the end of this post.

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The RZA's selections.
The RZA’s selections.

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RZA is a master of polite ignoring. One guy was jumping up and down next to him, and at one point shoved his wax in RZA’s face – a single finger held up ensured the man relented, as if a calm came over him. He even did the monk joined-hands and nod to another guy.

We did get a grin off the RZA when A-UP found some Dawn Penn (‘Have you got any reggae? Have you got ‘No, No, Noooo’? What about Sizzla?). Then we asked him for a pic together, he said ‘Sure,’ then walked off stage before we managed it.

So, massive thanks and shouts to my partners in loop, Bedos and DJ A-UP. These guys never stop. Shouts to Will Not Be Televised for pulling it off again (looking forward to next time), and shouts to all the crowd who were asking A-UP and Bedos for pictures afterwards. Shouts to Raekwon for making us feel welcome on the Wu stage. And that guy, did you ever get your record signed? ‘Cos I didn’t.

 

Reach: Raekwon hosts Wu Tang after party in Manchester // 25th July

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Proud to be spinning here with DJ A-UP and Bedos courtesy of Will Not Be Televised – plus Pete Cannon will be spinning a tribute set to 20 years of the Wu.

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Manchester heads don’t forget our night In The Loop is this Friday – £1 in before midnight and £50 rap prize.

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Wu-Tang original member & exponent of Kool G Raps Mafiosa genre Considered one of the best to ever do it…Raekwon the chef returns to Willnotbe Televised for the 2nd time in 12 months. This time @ GORILLA.

Rae will host the event, dedicated to the 20th anniversary since the release of seminal album;ENTER THE WU TANG (36chambers) after the full WU show at the Manchester’s Apollo.

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Recent collab with US heavyweight Guilty Simpson, producer of Dirty Dike new album, Reality Check with Lunar C loitering around half a million views on YouTube and upcoming High Focus mixtape.

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Residents: DJ A-UP (NOUGOLD) // AGENT J (GROOVEMENT)

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Download: GROOVEMENT 29MAR11 ft TEEBS X JEREMIAH JAE / DJ SYMPHONY (Raekwon) / STRATEGY (BROKE’N’£NGLISH)

A packed show, frankly. New music from Manchester producer Frameworks, who’s currently working with One Self’s Blu Rum 13, as well as Shad, Belleruche and From The Kites Of San Quentin. Couple of classics from EPMD and Lords Of The Underground and loads more inbetween, fading out with a standout track from a standout new LP by DELS.

Conversations with a number of people this week, most prominently Brainfeeder’s TEEBS and JEREMIAH JAE as a sequel of sorts to last time’s chat with Daedelus and Tokimonsta. They’re on their first world tour and stopped off in Manchester for Now Wave and Hoya Hoya.

DJ SYMPHONY runs a dedicated hip hop site pushing new artists and holds down the decks for RAEKWON across the world. STRATEGY represents Manc hip hoppers BROKE’N’£NGLISH, and held down the pre-show with KONNY KON when Rae hit MCR for promoters Juicy. Then we spoke to some drunk people about the show…

Download: GROOVEMENT 29MAR11 224kbps

Grab the full interview with JJ and Teebs here… (a shortened verison is on the show)

Download: Jeremiah Jae x Teebs Interview Groovement March 2011

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GROOVEMENT X GHOSTFACE KILLAH
GROOVEMENT X FLYING LOTUS X GASLAMP KILLER
GROOVEMENT X DAEDELUS X TOKiMONSTA

Download: GROOVEMENT // 15MAR11 ft DAEDELUS and TOKiMONSTA

Download // 15MAR11 DAEDELUS X TOKI

A veritable feast of new music this week. Kicking off with Dels and Raekwon on the rap side of things, lots of instrumental beats, a little jazz and some 8-bit shenanigans to round us off later on.

Towards the end of the show Groovement catches up with Tokimonsta and Daedelus, currently touring their magic beat show around Europe. We chat about chicken and more whilst someone screams in the background.

(Apologies to Juicy, for some reason I said Juicy and Now Wave are presenting Raekwon this Thursday – it’s just Juicy’s gig.)

DELS – Moonshining
RAEKWON X GHOSTFACE – Silver Rings
DAEDELUS ft MILOSH – Tailor-Made (Floating Points Remix)
JACQUES GREENE – Another Girl
RISE – Prayer For Love
APOLLO BROWN – Shoot the Heart
BLU – Amnesia (Remind)
KATALYST ft STEPHANIE MCKAY – Day Into Night
DEPAKOTE – One For Dibiase
UNKNOWN SHAPES – Moon Surfer
DJ A-UP – A Flower Is Born Groovement Mixtape Snippets
I-TONE – Will You Cry
7EVEN SUN – I Count The Stars
JEREMIAH JAE – The Dirt Collector Pt 1
JEREMIAH JAE – Kings Bop
MATTHEW DAVID – All You’ll Ever Know
ILLUM SPHERE – Supercharged
DANNY DRIVE THRU X CHIMA ANYA – So Emotional
SHAKKA – Spaceship
GROUNDISLAVA – Pregaming the Rapture
EPROM – Ghost Hunter
DAEDELUS X TOKIMONSTA – Interview
TOKIMONSTA X LUNICE X –
DAEDELUS ft Kelela Mizanekristos – In Tatters

Thanks for your ears.

What is BLACKROC?

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The recently released album BLAKROC hooks up duo THE BLACK KEYS with a plethora of rap talent rounded up by Damon Dash (hence the Roc in the title) and spearheaded by Jim Jones. All the tunes are recorded in a traditional ‘band’ format (i.e. as opposed to beats and samples) while lyricists come and do their thing.

This would’ve been nice to discuss with Jneiro Jarel in our recent interview as all sorts of issues of identity etc are thrown up by a project like this. Have a look at the Esquire link below or some of the to-ing and fro-ing on the YouTube comments. Put all the videos together though and you get an insightful documentary into some rapper’s thought processes, and it’s nice to see some slip ups/improvements made as recordings goes on.

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Check the official BlackRoc word over on the Facebook here or the website.

Esquire magazine article