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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.

 

Preview: OL’ DIRTY // Return to the 36 Chambers Deluxe Reissue

101. Intro
102. Shimmy Shimmy Ya
103. Baby C’mon
104. Brooklyn Zoo
105. Hippa To Da Hoppa
106. Raw Hide
107. Damage
108. Don’t U Know
109. The Stomp
110. Goin’ Down
111. Drunk Game (Sweet Sugar Pie)
112. Snakes
113. Brooklyn Zoo II (Tiger Cane)
114. Proteck Ya Neck II The Zoo
115. Cuttin’ Headz
116. Dirty Dancin’
117. Harlem World DISC TWO
201. Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Extended Version)
202. Don’t You Know Part II
203. Brooklyn Zoo (Lord Digga Remix)
204. Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Studio Ton Remix)
205. Give It To Ya Raw (SD50 Remix)
206. Brooklyn Zoo (Instrumental)
207. Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Extended Instrumental)
208. Brooklyn Zoo (Lord Digga Remix Instrumental)
209. Raw Hide (Instrumental)
210. Don’t You Know (Instrumental)
211. Baby C’mon (Instrumental)
212. Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Extended A Capella)
213. Ol’ Dirty’s Back (LP Version)

Video: WU TANG x ZOO YORK ft METH, CAPPADONNA, TRIFE DIESEL // Diesel Fluid

Another track from new WU TANG project Legendary Weapons hits the net in the form of a collaboration with skate brand Zoo York. The video is directed by R.B. Umali, who’s done every Zoo York Skate video since ’95.

The album’s available now on CD and as a download, peep a listen at another track from our earlier preview.

 

Track listing:

 

01.START THE SHOW feat REAKWON & RZA

02.LACED CHEEBA feat GHOSTFACE, SEAN PRICE & TRIFE DIESEL

03.DIESEL FLUID feat METHOD MAN, TRIFE DIESEL & CAPPADONNA

04.THE BLACK DIAMONDS feat GHOSTFACE, ROC MARCIANO & KILLAH SIN

05.PLAYED BY THE GAME [INTERLUDE]

06.LEGENDARY WEAPONS feat GHOSTFACE, AZ & M.O.P

07.NEVER FEEL THIS PAIN feat INSPECTAH DECK, U GOD, & TRE WILLIAMS

08.DRUNK TONGUE feat KILLA SIN

09.THE BUSINESS [INTERLUDE]

10.225 ROUNDS feat U GOD, CAPPADONNA, BRONZE NAZARETH & RZA

11.METEOR HAMMER feat GHOSTFACE, ACTION BRONSON & TERMINOLOGY

12.LIVE THROUGH DEATH [INTERLUDE]

13.ONLY THE RUGGED SURVIVE feat RZA

14.OUTRO

Preview: WU TANG // Legendary Weapons

Not the new full WU-TANG album many were hoping for following their recent ‘Rebirth’ UK and Europe tour (as you should guess from the lack of ‘Clan’ on the sleeve – come now, stay sharp), but featuring all the members bar GZA, Legendary Weapons is available this coming Tuesday 26th July.

RZA’s WuWednesday initiative lets you stream , but not download, a new track featuring the great Roc Marciano plus Killa Sin.

If you’re missing GZA, check my crappy iPhone footage below of a freestyle he threw down at a sneaky little Manchester afterparty a couple of months back.

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The Black Diamonds, feat. Ghostface Killah, Roc Marciano & Killa Sin by RZAWU

 

Order on iTunes

 

Preview: GAB GOTCHA // Timeless

Being of Latino blood over here at Groovement towers (hey, we wrote the CYPRESS HILL sleeve notes for their last compilation, natch) we love our Latino rappers, so it’s top to see one jump on board the good ship WU TANG.

Gab Gotcha is the newest signing to the Wu-Tang Corporation, a fat Latino rapper from Queens in an industry quickly losing its credible fat Latino rappers.
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Buy TIMELESS here

Gab Gotcha – Humility

Humility, by Gab Gotcha by RZAWU

Reach: METH X REDMAN X MYSTRO // London


DJ 279’s Anniversary Party
Flava Of The Month Presents: Method Man, Redman, Mystro & Special Guests.

Sunday 7th November at the HMV Forum, Kentish Town.

In celebration of 18 years on Choice FM with the ‘Friday Nite Flava’s Rap Show’, DJ 279 invites you to join the Hip Hop party of the year alongside Rap’s tag team Method Man & Redman with hosting duties courtesy of Mystro.

Friday Nite Flava’s is radio’s longest running Rap show in the UK and re-launches the renowned and much loved ‘Flava Of The Month’ Hip Hop nights.

Back in ‘93 DJ 279 launched Flava Of The Month, a monthly Hip Hop party @ The Borderline Club. The night provided a platform for numerous UK artists such as Fallacy, Blak Twang, Estelle, Skinnyman, MCD, David J and Funky DL, as well as UK DJ legends, Steve Wren, Cutmaster Swift, Big Ted & Baby K on regular turntable duties.

Flava Of The Month was also responsible for bringing Mad Skillz, Dead Prez, Big L, O.C, Canibus, DJ Cash Money, Tony Touch, Big L, Big Daddy Kane and Master Ace to the UK, and those are just a few names on a very illustrious list.

After a 2 year hiatus, Method Man & Redman return to the UK to perform on this very special night, with cameo appearances from the UK’s Hip Hop elite – a night not to be missed for all the Real Hip Hop fans!

Venue: HMV Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 1JY
Doors: 7.00pm
Tickets: £27.50 + booking fee, which can be purchased in advance from: www.ticketmaster.co.uk or can be bought in person from the HMV Forum or Jazz Café Box Office.
24 hour Ticketline: 0844 847 2405

Gig: METHOD MAN/ONRA (Nantes)

Bigness indeed – it’s in France, so get your plane tickets sorted. Unless you are already there obviously.

Onra’s new LP is out this year on All City.

Meth may or may not be signing to Manchester based PR firm Shuriken, who are handling the Furious 5. Details are murky, but if this holds water then I’m sure we’ll be seeing Meth hit the UK and Manchester soon time.