*Talk about catch me if you can.
DMX is avoiding foreclosure, yet he’s not exactly hiding since he’s going on tour soon.
It’s unknown how, but the bank hasn’t been able to seal the deal on closing the foreclosure on DMX’s Arizona home.
*Wu Tang Clan member RZA continues padding his acting resume with a major role in Fox’s upcoming summer drama, “Gang Related.”
As previously reported, the series follows members of the LAPD’s Gang Task Force as they track three of the city’s most notorious gangs. One of them, the Acosta family, has deep ties to a cop in the Task Force – RZA’s partner Ryan Lopez (Ramon Rodriguez) .
“I play a D.A. agent out of New York City who’s brought in to help bring down the Acosta family,” RZA told us in January at the show’s TCA panel in Pasadena.
RZA describes his character, Cassius Green, as a “good guy’ with street smarts.
*Twenty years of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Think about that for a second – the Clan’s been around longer than every college freshman’s been alive. Makes us all feel old, right?
Anyways, anniversaries are a time for celebration, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do here. There never was a group like Wu-Tang before, and it’s pretty hard to see one coming along together again.
They are a curious and creative bunch, that Wu-Tang Clan, and completely insane in a totally captivating way. The whole kung fu / Shaloin theme that gave the band its name also gave it a strange edge, something mystical and fantastical that was missing from the rest of hip hop at the time; comparisons to Led Zeppelin (who got a lot of mileage out of their fantasy / Lord of the Rings obsession) really aren’t all that farfetched.
Of course, the real stars of Wu-Tang were its members, those rap gods with the fantastic nicknames. RZA, the studio wizard who’s developed into a credible actor, director and screenwriter. Method Man, the burgeoning superstar who went on to star in The Wire. The veteran flows of GZA and Masta Killa, and the awesome rhymes of Inspectah Deck and Raekwon. U-God … well, we don’t really remember too much about him. Of course, there was Cappadonna, never an official member (or was he?), but always there to add more layers to their creations. Oh, and how could we forget ODB, that gloriously crazy man who took his kids in a limo to pick up a welfare check, rushed the stage at the Grammys, bounced in and out of prison and created some genuinely great music in-between his insanity?
They only had five studio albums, but Wu-Tang’s influence lasted for an entire generation. It’s impossible to understate just how cool they were throughout the mid-nineties and well into the 2000s; sadly, we just don’t seem to have any hip-hop group on their level operating today. It’s not all bad news, though – we’ve all received a little present from the group. You can check out some unheard tracks from the great ODB right here; that’s a great way to celebrate this fantastic anniversary.
*Just like the headline says, this page/board is where you can discuss the stuff that we didn’t cover in today’s issue. (It’s sort of like feedback with a twist) Remember, NO name calling, racial taunting, graphic sex talk and vulgarity in general, PLEASE.
EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
Never be afraid to sit awhile and think. – Lorraine Hansberry
Oct. 11: Rapper U-God of Wu-Tang Clan is 43. Rapper MC Lyte is 42.
Oct. 11, 1887: The elevator as well as safety devices for elevators where invented by Alexander Miles, Patent # 371,207
*The hip-hop festival Rock the Bells kicked off its 10th anniversary run in San Bernardino, Calif. Saturday with two performances from beyond the grave.
The late rappers Eazy-E and Ol’ Dirty Bastard materialized in hologram-like form at San Manuel Amphitheater, joining a lineup of more than 60 acts on a bill that included veterans and newcomers such as Common, Jurassic 5, J. Cole and Kid Cudi, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The hologram performances introduced the two revered greats — Eazy-E from N.W.A. fame, ODB from the Wu Tang Clan — to a new generation of rap fans. The younger concertgoers stood next to the older brothers and fathers who introduced them to the genre, the Times reported.
Per the Los Angeles Times:
As the lights dimmed midway through Cleveland rap posse Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s set Saturday, a lighting rig lowered onto the stage and, to the tune of 1988′s “We Want Eazy,” the rap legend was beamed onto a well-hidden screen set up on an elevated platform in the middle of the stage.
Clad in his signature Dickies and Compton hat, Eazy shuffled through “Straight Outta Compton” and “Boyz in Da Hood” and was joined by Bone Thugs for “Foe Tha Love of $.”
“What’s up, my thugs,” Eazy asked, albeit much more profanely, as the audience was aglow with thousands of smartphones documenting the moment. Many people appeared awestruck at the “ghost” that sauntered slowly across stage, often stopping to address the audience with prerecorded banter.
Meanwhile, the new technology didn’t work so well during Wu-Tang Clan’s headlining set Sunday night. Their peformance was plagued with sound problems, according to a review from website Fuse.tv :
When two minutes of no music became five, the [Method Man] became agitated. “Two more minutes and I’m walking out of here, hologram or not,” he said. “I’m tired of this sh-t. This sh-t doesn’t happen at rock and roll concerts.” It didn’t help that every other member stood around and didn’t offer to freestyle, ad lib or kick an a cappella of one of hundreds of Wu songs.
After 10 excruciating, awkward minutes, the sound returned and Wu-Tang gamely tried to move forward. But 30 seconds into the next song, the group, and crowd, realized the tempos were off and the vibe soured irrevocably. “I’m f-ckin’ done with this speeding up and slowing down sh-t. This some bullsh-t, Chang,” said Method Man, calling out Rock the Bells founder Chang Weisberg.
RZA tried to pacify the situation, invoking the spirit of ODB and telling Meth, and the crowd, “It don’t got nothing to do with Chang.” With DJ Mathematics scrambling to solve the sound issue, workers hustled to set up the hologram, presumably meant for the end of the set. What was supposed to be the centerpiece of the festival after months of hype and curiosity was now being prepped as a virtual seat-filler.
With the riser cleared and ready for virtual ODB to perform, RZA was forced to ad lib while technicians tried to activate the hologram. After leading repeated chants of “Ol Dirty Bastard,” RZA announced, “That sound loud, Chang. I think they want to do it, eh?” He sounded like an elementary school drama teacher salvaging a play after a kid accidentally knocked down all the scenery. By the time the ODB hologram appears to perform Wu-Tang’s “Shame on a N-gga,” it was the hip hop equivalent of Spinal Tap’s Stonehenge incident.
With ODB’s and Eazy-E’s “appearances,” festival organizers were taking cues from last year’s Coachella, where Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg performed with a video projection of slain West Coast superstar Tupac Shakur.
*A sign language interpreter at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee last Friday is now an Internet sensation thanks to her signing theatrics while working the Wu Tang Clan’s performance.
The interpreter, who has been identified as Holly, can be seen in this YouTube video signing along at the Wu-Tang show with aplomb, even as the hip-hop maestros began spouting quick rhymes.
“This is the greatest thing I have ever seen,” wrote one poster in appreciation after watching the YouTube clip.
Music news website Stereogum, which listed the ASL interpreter as one of the “9 best things at Bonnaroo” this year, noted that Holly “didn’t just sign every word, but put back into it.”
Holly also worked R. Kelly’s Bonnaroo set…