Earl Sweatshirt-Doris (Full Album Stream)

For a release that was highly anticipated around a year or so ago, it has to be said that the buzz for it doesn’t quite seem at the fever pitch many would have expected. Nonetheless, Earl’s talent is undeniable, and the lack of furore surrounding it might allow the LP to be absorbed for the breakout rap album it could very well become.

His Odd Future teammates are along for the ride, with Frank Ocean, Tyler, The Creator and Domo Genesis appearing alongside frequent OF collaborators Vince Staples and Casey Veggies, whilst Mac Miller and RZA also tag along for the ride. Undoubtedly though, this one’s all about Earl for most listeners, and whilst those features are a nice bonus, there’s a ton of expectation on Earl given the glimpses of ability we’ve been allowed to see thus far. Fingers crossed, this LP holds up and we’ve got another young talent to add to hip-hop’s growing roster. Stream below.

Earl Sweatshirt-Doris

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Kid Cudi-Indicud Artwork and Tracklist

Those who have watched his recent videos will be familiar with Cudi’s glamorous framing, a visual style he’s applied to his artwork here. The centrepiece of the artwork is certainly unique, with the explosiveness potentially representing Cudi pressing the reset button on his work, to some extent, or is quite simply just a massive fireball thrown in for a striking visual impact. It’s probably both, though the title of the opening track would probably suggest a lean to the former.

In any case, it’s definitely original enough to turn some heads on shop shelves (excuse me HMV, people still buy CDs right?). Whilst the artwork might be somewhat ambiguous, the tracklist is not: the features are incredibly diverse, with a collection of well-known and unexpected acts representing a multitude of genres, whilst there are several tracks many expected to be included (such as the three solo efforts he’s released most recently), along with some nice continuations of his Man on the Moon theme. Check it out below, and look out for the LP’s release on 23rd April (probably the 22nd over here).

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The Man With The Iron Fists Soundtrack (Full Album Stream)

One of the most buzzed-about film soundtracks in quite some time, RZA’s massive all-star lineup has really upped the hype for what actually looks to be a decent film regardless. We’ve caught various individual releases from this, including the throwback stylings of Kanye West’s White Dress and a punchy collaboration between Joell Ortiz, Pusha T and Raekwon, whilst many others have dripped out too.

Wait no longer for the rest, as you can stream and buy it right now. With the rest of the OST including the likes of The Black Keys, Wiz Khalifa, Idle Warship, Corinne Bailey Rae and of course the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan, there’s undoubtedly a great mix of genres here to suit all. Stream and purchase the entire thing right here, right now.

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Kanye West-White Dress

The tracklist for RZA’s upcoming The Man With The Iron Fists film garnered plenty of attention, and this was definitely one of the standout tracks on first glance of that list.

For the hip-hop heads who’ve lost interest in Kanye since his College Dropout days, this will certainly be of interest. RZA’s worked up an easygoing, soulful production that feels like the J Dilla-style which heavily influenced Kanye’s work back around the time of his debut, combining a simple and short vocal sample with light percussion and soft synths to great effect. Undboutedly, ‘Ye’s raps have developed greatly since those days and hence hearing his stronger lyrical abilities on a throwback beat is pretty difficult to dislike, and is frankly what most hip-hop fans have wanted from him for the last year or so. Pre-order the OST below.

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Colin Munroe-Unsung Hero (Album)

It’s been a long time since we had a new project from Colin, and whilst he’s released small bits of material over the last couple of years, it’s great to have him back dropping off something full-length.

Arguably, he didn’t quite capitalise on his huge buzz back in 2009-10, but that doesn’t seem to have hindered his reputation within the industry; features on this include RZA, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Pusha T, Cassie and more. His relative inactivity has seemingly led to his sound being a little less unique, given the slew of eclectic artists who’ve broken out in recent years, but a quick listen to this tape shows that few have the same level of command over all of the genres he tries to cover. A man who has a great talent for melodies, here’s to hoping this tape revives his career, and that there’s more to come. Download and/or stream below.

Colin Munroe-Unsung Hero
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RZA's The Man With The Iron Fists Soundtrack Tracklist

Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With The Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director, co-writer and leading man, RZA—alongside an exciting international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu—tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-takes-all battle for a fortune in gold. The film arrives on November 2, 2012.

I saw the trailer for this a little while back and frankly, it looks epic. Normally projects like this can be pretty shoddy, but RZA’s clearly surrounded himself with the right people and properly committed to this, and the sheer scale of the names involved in both the film and the soundtrack suggests he’ll pull this off with considerable success. The tracklist features a fantastic roster, including Kanye West, Pusha T and of course the Wu-Tang Clan; click below for the full list, where you can also grab a free download from the OST.
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R&B Fridays: Episode 144

Hurry, we forgot to put this out!

Quick! Stop reading this!

(One to catch up on: newcomer Jade Alston’s excellent Searching)

Go go go.
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The LOX, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon-Wu Block (Prod. RZA)

Hip-hop. That’s what (I hope) we’re all here for right? Well it don’t get no better than this. Wu and The LOX come through with their first offering from their upcoming collaborative album Wu-Block. RZA crafts driving horns yet thankfully mixes things up sporadically throughout tailoring things perfectly for each emcees to drop those characteristically heavy bars. Now this is some Supreme Clientele Ghostface. Top stuff.

The LOX, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon-Wu Block (Prod. RZA) 

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Kendrick Lamar-Ronald Reagan Era (Prod. RZA)

Latest drop from Kendrick’s anticipated Section 80. This effort sees him teaming up with Wu-revolutionist The RZA who crafts a carefully tailored snare-driven instrumental which really suits Kendrick’s style. For me, the jury’s still very much out on K. Dot but I guess we’ll wait to see what he brings to the table with the impending Section 80 which hits stores on July 2nd.

Kendrick Lamar-Ronald Reagan Era (Prod. RZA)

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RZA-You Don’t Own Me


‘This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.’ Plato”

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Travis Barker, RZA, Raekwon and Tom Morello-Carry It Video

A bright and energetic video for Travis’ latest single from Give The Drummer Some.

Featuring two of the Wu’s finest, it’s impressive just how well RZA and Raekwon adjust to this rock-rap production and really make it their own. Their equally comfortable in the video, with RZA in particular being really magnetic. Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and Travis come through with typically intense performance on the drums and guitar respectively, delivering a video that enhances the track immeasurably.

Audio is here.

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Travis Barker, RZA, Raekwon and Tom Morello-Carry It

Looking forward to Give The Drummer Some, which is set for release sometime this month. This is the next single, with Travis grabbing two of Wu’s finest to lay down a few bars.

I’m on the fence with the production as it sounds very stuck in the 1999-2001 rap-rock style, a sound I was hoping would be modernised and tweaked for this album. It is a nice listen from a retro perspective, naturally enhanced by the features, but as a longtime Travis fan this isn’t quite as dynamic as I’d hoped for. Worth a look nonetheless, as it is strong material in comparison to most of the tripe out there, just not quite up to Travis’ lofty standards.

Travis Barker-Carry It ft. Tom Morello, RZA and Raekwon

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Weekly Roundups

For this week’s Wu Wednesdays RZA brings back the Gravediggaz for a joint which sounds straight out of their 1994 debut. If you’re not familiar with Gravediggaz I honestly don’t have the strength to bother explain it to you so you are advised to visit here.

Secondly, we’ve got that new Crooked HHWR with Crook going in over Jay-Z and Usher’s Hot Toddy.

Gravediggaz – 2 More Cups Of Blood

Crooked I – Hip Hop Weekly Reloaded: Part 12 (Hot Toddy)

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The Kickdrums and RZA-Perfect World

RZA keeps the left-field collabs coming, this time hooking up with The Kickdrums for a new single. I’ve not heard from The Kickdrums in quite a while, but do really enjoy their alternative sound.

This is definitely one more for the indie/alt-rock fans, as it’s a guitar-driven, edgy bit of music that is a refreshing change of pace to the alternative music being banded about at the moment. Not sure whether RZA quite fits in with the track unfortunately, it seems as though the feature is just to reel in the hip-hop fans familiar with their name from the remixes. Maybe his feature will grow on me though.

The Kickdrums-Perfect World ft. RZA

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RZA, Justin Nozuka and Kobra Khan-Gone

Now we’re getting #WuWednesdays. Seriously, what’s happening?! Can artists only release music on certain days? Not to sound ungrateful though, as who doesn’t want new Wu?!

The features are definitely unusual, not just because they’re both quite unknown, but Nozuka is primarily an acoustic/folk artist too. My only previous exposure to Nozuka was a positive one though, with 2007′s Down In A Dirty Cold Well being a decent track. This is pretty good stuff too, with a sombre, soulful production complimenting some introspective rhymes from the RZA, and a haunting hook from Nozuka rounding off the track appropriately. Decent verse from Kobra too. Fans of the darker Joe Budden material (Indi) will really enjoy this.

RZA-Gone ft. Justin Nozuka and Kobra Khan

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Random Music News

-The official remix to Chris Brown’s Deuces will feature Fabolous, T.I., Drake, Kanye West, and Andre 3000.

-Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante is working on a collaboration with RZA.

-Mos Def has signed with G.O.O.D. Music

-Nick Cannon has challenged Eminem to a boxing match

-Kanye’s album is set to be released on November 23rd

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Kanye West, RZA, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz and Cyhi the Prynce-So Appalled

Friday has come and gone, and that means one thing-new Kanye. A short snippet of a rough version of this track leaked many moons ago, and the final version is another great hip-hop effort from ‘Ye.

From the lineup, the most intriguing features by far are RZA and Cyhi: for those who don’t know, Cyhi the Prynce signed to GOOD around the same time as Pusha T, and this marks my first taste of his music. His verse is decent, if unspectacular, but you have to appreciate his range of flows. Best verse probably goes to Jay-Z, as he comes through with some memorable lines (including a great Dark Knight reference).

Kanye West-So Appalled ft. RZA, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz and Cyhi the Prynce

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Quick Blast: RZA, KRS-One and True Master

Quick blast for a quick track, clocking in at just under 3 minutes. From KRS and True Master’s upcoming collaborative album, RZA provides a guest verse for a vintage sounding track that will keep hip-hop heads happy.

KRS-One & True Master-1, 2, Here’s What We Gonna Do ft. RZA

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Sunday's Classic Collabo: Sway & King Tech - The Anthem

The very definition of classic collaboration right here, this infamous track features: RZA, Tech N9ne, Eminem, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Jayo Felony, Chino XL & KRS-One. Kind of forgot about Classic Collabo this week, so hope this makes up for it! Amazing that this amount of stars came through and did this track, let alone a video! Check out the crazy visuals, and grab this vintage track below.

Sway & King Tech – The Anthem ft. RZA, Tech N9ne, Eminem, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Jayo Felony, Chino XL & KRS-One

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Throwback Thursdays Vol 33

The Gravediggaz are credited as one of the most influential horrorcore groups hip-hop has seen. In 1994, with their acclaimed 6 Feet Deep album, they laid the foundations for artists to come such as Big L, Eminem and Necro.

After widespread success, Prince Paul found himself between a rock and a hard place with regard to his label. To vent this frustration, Prince started to create a new, heavier sound but needed a crew to aid him. This is where he enlisted Wu-Tang’s RZA, fellow Stetsasonic MC; Frukwan, and Too Poetic to complete his quartet.

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Throwback Thursdays Vol 25

Unfortunately I now find myself embroiled within my finals so the next three TT’s may be slightly more on the shorter side. That doesn’t mean for one second I’m going to skimp on the audio side of things though.

As promised from last week, today I’ve got a very clever track from GZA’s critically acclaimed sophomore Liquid Swords (contrary to popular belief, his debut was in fact Words From The Genius in 1991).

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Quick Blast: Kanye West's New Album 'News'

A few news outlets are reporting that Kanye’s next album will feature production/assistance from RZA, Pete Rock and Q-Tip. There’s been a lot of talk that it’s going to be a ‘real rap’ album, and hopefully it’s true. The rumoured artists above add to that belief, and I’m looking forward to hearing some new stuff from it.

My prediction? Look for the first single/leak to drop by the summer.

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Meth, Ghost and Rae-Our Dreams Video

It makes me laugh how the eclecticism of Monday has been completely wiped away by a barrage of hip-hop releases today. Crazy.

Visuals for the great RZA-produced track from their collaborative Wu-Massacre album (released next week). Haven’t watched this yet, but I expect them to deliver as the track itself is pretty good.

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2010 Wake Up Show Anthem

I literally have no idea what the ‘Wake Up Show’ is, but this is one mega collabo. Some pretty big names involved in this one as you’ll see below, although the track isn’t amazing to be honest. Expected a lot more with some of the talent on show here, but still probably one worth checking out.

Locksmith, Kam Moye, Crooked I, Tech N9ne, Tajai, RZA, Ras Kass, B-Real and DJ Revolution-2010 Wake Up Show Anthem

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Random Funnies: Questlove, RZA, Parks and Recreation and more.

Being from the UK, I don’t really know much about Parks & Rec besides the fact it’s supposed to be hilarious, and the extremely funny Aziz Ansari is in it.

However, this video needs no background knowledge. A little while back, Questlove called the show ‘the Wu Tang of comedy’, and well…just watch!

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