Posts Tagged ‘RZA

09
Sep
09

The Purple Print

Purple Print

My blog familia Hurricane Ivan at HHIR cooked up this unique blend of Jay-Z’s vocals from the original Blueprint over 90’s production from the almighty RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan.

I thought it was an extremely dope idea, though I haven’t listened yet to hear the final product so I can’t give my opinion just yet.

What do y’all think?

Shouts to Hurricane I for conceptualizing this project, Enjoy!

Download: Jay-Z – Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix

Track List:

1. Jay-Z – The Ruler’s Back (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (4:06)
2. Jay-Z – Takeover (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (4:50)
3. Jay-Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A.) (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (3:38)
4. Jay-Z – Girls, Girls, Girls (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (5:00)
5. Jay-Z – Jigga That Nigga (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (3:33)
6. Jay-Z – U Don’t Know (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (3:22)
7. Jay-Z – Hola’ Hovito (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (3:58)
8. Jay-Z – Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love) (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (3:20)
9. Jay-Z – Never Change (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (5:35)
10. Jay-Z – Song Cry (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (3:38)
11. Jay-Z – All I Need (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (4:16)
12. Jay-Z – Blueprint (Momma Loves Me) (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (3:03)
13. Jay-Z – Girls, Girls, Girls (Pt. 2) (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Rakeemix) (5:44)

07
Aug
09

12 Albums You Should Look Forward To More Than Thank Me Later

Ouch!

Unless you’re sleeping under a Dwayne Johnson [II], you’ve caught wind that Toronto, Canada’s golden boy Weak Knees Drake is buzzin’ more than his Martian-like mentor before going, well, anywhere.

With the extravagant amount of jock-riding coverage dedicated to Wheelchair Jimmy, one might be under the impression that his album was the only upcoming release that mattered. Fret not, hip-hoppers, there’s plenty of illness to look forward in the remainder of ’09 to if Auto-crooning makes your ears bleed.

Here’s a list of 12 upcoming albums beyond what Young Money fan-boys and Stan-girls would want you to think. You’ll Thank Me Later.

(In alphabetical order)

Big Boi

Big Boi – Sir Luscious Left Foot

Scheduled Release Date: Sometime in the 4th Quarter

The world flipped upside-down when OutKast released Speakerboxxx/A Love Below in ’03 as two completely unique individual projects by Big Boi and Andre 3000 packaged together, eventually going platinum (though that’s open to debate). Late in ’08, the ATLiens promised a solo LP each plus a ‘Kast disc – high aspirations for two cats we haven’t heard much from in years. Sir Luscious Left Foot will be the first of the three projects, yet it doesn’t have a definitive release scheduled. Critics have mixed feelings about the leaked tracks – “Ringtone” is a Autotune-infected flop while “Royal Flush” featuring 3 Stacks & Raekwon and the snippet of smokers anthem “For Your Sorrows” are wet dreams for purists. I’d still rather listen to Big Boi on an off day than be subjected to the torture of “Best I Ever Had” repeatedly on a certain New York radio station.

Sneak Peak: For Your Sorrows (Snippet)

Bobby Ray

Bobby Ray (B.o.B.) – The Adventures of Bobby Ray

Scheduled Release Date: Sometime in the 4th Quarter

Name change aside, Decatur’s Bobby Ray is at the top of the freshman class essentially due to his versatility. Not only is dude capable of spitting relentlessly unconventional rhymes, he plays multiple instruments and isn’t afraid to go way outside the box, drawing comparisons to fellow ATLien Andre 3000. Boasting a solid mixtape effort in B.o.B. vs Bobby Ray that was as much neo-soul and rock as it was hip-hop plus entertaining on-stage theatrics, Bobby will draw the attention of OG heads and hipsters alike to his debut The Adventures of Bobby Ray. The only question that remains is when we’ll actually hear it.

Sneak Peak: Put Me On

Us

Brother Ali – Us

Scheduled Release Date: September 22nd

If you don’t know about Minneapolis’ Brother Ali, you’re truly missing out one of the industry’s most naturally-gifted MCs. Rhymesayers Entertainment signee Ali has been hard at work for almost a decade telling personal stories of discrimination, coming-of-age difficulties, societal setbacks and spirituality, making it clear that staying true to yourself is the only real definition of real. His The Truth Is Here EP was better than most rappers’ full-length efforts this year plus he pleasantly surprised fans last week by announcing the details his fourth disc US. Teaming up with soul-hop producer Ant (of Atmosphere fame) and enlisting Chuck D, Freeway and Joell Ortiz for guest spots, Ali is setting us up for a disc that could be ranked among the year’s elite projects. Close-minded listeners need not apply.

Sneak Peak: Us produced by Ant

Clipse

Clipse – Till The Casket Drops

Scheduled Release Date: October 20th

Malice & Pusha T are no strangers to struggle. From hustling white girl growing up in Virginia, grinding their way up the food chain and fighting various record labels before releasing a tepid sophomore album back in ’06, the Thornton Brothers are long overdue to begin anew. Some would complain that the duo has always been a critics’ favorite but has failed to register widespread recognition due to lack of support from their previous labels. Till The Casket Drops will be backed by Columbia and the brothers’ own Re-Up Gang Records, showcasing a top-notch production cast including The Neptunes, Rick Rubin, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and DJ Khalil. Let’s hope the lackluster “Eyes On Me” featuring Keri Hilson doesn’t make the cut and lead single “I’m Good” with Pharrell generates the type of hype that Clipse deserves. Yughck!

Sneak Peak: I’m Good ft. Pharrell

BP3

Jay-ZBlueprint 3

Scheduled Release Date: September 11th

There’s not much I need to say about why the best rapper alive Shawn Carter’s third and final Blueprint installment should be highly-anticipated, it speaks for itself. Regardless of your opinion, “Death of Autotune (D.O.A.)” was the most hyped song out of New York in the past few years. Hov’s live performance of the album’s intro taking shots at various personas piqued interest and a semi-decent radio single “Run This Town” with Rihanna and Kanye West will hold us over until we get more leakage. With ‘Yeezy & No-ID primarily handling production duties and limited guest appearances (only Nas, Kid Cudi & Mr. Hudson plus the aforementioned), it will be interesting to hear the direction Hov takes sans Auto-tune and independent, as BP3 will be newly-established imprint Roc Nation’s first release. I pray “History” makes the cut, but seeing the track list, I doubt it. Either way, Hov is a living legend that your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper looks up to. How could you not be excited?

Sneak Peak: Run This Town ft. Rihanna & Kanye West

Melanie Fiona

Melanie Fiona – The Bridge

Scheduled Release Date: August 18th but Amazon says September 22nd. Also, I think it came out overseas already.. Confusing? Yea, I know.

Regardless of what genre you place songstress Melanie Fiona in, there’s no doubt girl can sang better than her light-skinded, caterpillar-eye browed T-Dot brethren. The 26-year old possesses star qualities –  she’s already toured alongside Kanye West in Europe and her single “Give It To Me Right” has been in heavy rotation, at least in the Tri-State, which is an extremely difficult market to please. Expect Fiona to showcase her multiple-octave vocal ability plus a spellbinding knowledge of R&B, soul, reggae and hip-hop on The Bridge well beyond her years. Don’t believe me? Check out her mixtape with Roots drummer ?uestlove for a small taste of what’s to come.

Sneak Peak: Ay Yo

Kamaal

Q-Tip – Kamaal The Abstract

Scheduled Release Date: September 15th

Tribe frontman Q-Tip led a team of talented musicians back in 2001 for Kamaal The Abstract, a cornucopia of jazz-hop grooves and organic pop tunes that has yet to see the light of day.. Until now. A lucky few have already heard a rough copy before the Abstract’s suffered from industry rule #4080, so all heads should be excited that Battery Records is publishing the final version later this summer. For the impatient, any bootlegger seasoned internet technician should be able to get their hands on it. I still say cop this when it drops next month.

Sneak Peak: Abstractions featuring Kenny Garrett a.k.a. Truth (Link coming soon, Word Press buggin’ right now)

7th Seal

Rakim – The 7th Seal

Scheduled Release Date: September 22nd

Arguably the best MC of all time, Rakim Allah’s third solo effort competes with Detox with respect to giving hip-hop fans blue balls, year in and year out. A decade after The Master, Rakim will craft The 7th Seal utilizing his spirituality (“G” is the 7th letter, stands for God, 7 continents, etc.) and veteran microphone mastery. Lead single “Holy Are You” dropped last month, giving hope to those of us who’ve been waiting since Kanye dropped out of college and Fitty was calling out wankstas rather than being a video prankster that the R would reclaim his throne from a bunch of fradulent characters (I’m looking at YOU Weezy. Best rapper alive? You must be joking.).

Sneak Peak: Holy Are You

OB4CL2

Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2

Scheduled Release Date: September 8th

Once again, this is a prime example of a long-delayed album. Sharp-tongued Wu-Tang Clan representative will finally drop the sequel to mid-90’s classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx to a generation of anxious admirers. If the leaked material is any indication, we may be witnessing history. “New Wu,” “Criminology ’09” and the J Dilla-produced “House of Flying Daggers” are all rawer than George Jung’s product not to mention Rae’s mixtape Blood On The Chef’s Apron is better than most rappers’ albums. Combine legendary producers RZA, Dr. Dre, Pete Rock, and Marley Marl with the Chef’s mafioso rhymes alongside Wu-Tang clansmen plus Slick Rick, Busta Rhymes, Beanie Sigel, Jadakiss and Styles P, and we may be witnessing history, people. That’s today’s mathematics, knowledge God!

Sneak Peak: House of Flying Daggers ft. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface & Method Man

The Roots

The Roots – How I Got Over

Scheduled Release Date: October 15th

Sneak Peak: How I Got Over

The hardest working band in hip-hop, if not all genres, is finding time between Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and their residency at Highline Ballroom to record their ninth studio album. Black Thought describes the LP as “more positive” than Rising Down and Game Theory, paralleling America’s shifting political atmosphere. Though it’s difficult to replicate The Roots’ energetic live shows in the studio, lead single “How I Got Over” is still a soulful ode to overcoming life’s toughest obstacles. Implementing original instrumentation courtesy of ?uestlove, Captain Kirk Franklin, Kamal Gray and the rest plus featuring talented lyricists like Pharaohe Monch, Phonte and Blu, How I Got Over should be an intriguing listen. I’m particularly excited to hear the crew cover eclectic composer Frank Zappa’s instrumental jam “Peaches en Regalia.” Just don’t count on Def Jam to promote this disc, as they have more important things to worry about.

Slaughterhouse

Slaughterhouse – Slaughterhouse

Scheduled Release Date: August 11th

At this point, including this is merely a formality as most of you have probably heard it already, multiple times if you’re anything like me. Billed as a supergroup, Slaughterhouse may be the closest thing we have to a modern-day A Tribe Called Quest or De La Soul – as my homie Rizoh points out, there is absolutely no weakest link in the group. Royce Da 5’9, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz & Crooked I all bring something to the table while simultaneously avoiding stepping on each others toes. There is debate about who is the least impressive, but those types of arguments are futile when you’re dealing with such high quality hip-hop. This will easily be in most critics Top 5 of 2009, if not numero uno. For those that want to support, you can pre-order a copy of Slaughterhouse on iTunes now. Prepare yourself for audio massacre.

Sneak Peak: Microphone produced by Alchemist

Wale

Wale – Attention Deficit

Scheduled Release Date: September 22nd

Although the most promising freshman of XXL’s class of ’08 has yet to drop an official album, Wale has consistently put out fresh material with The Mixtape About Nothing and Back to the Feature while holding down various guest appearances and headlining his Attention Deficit tour. The Capital City verbalist and proud sneaker fiend’s debut will comment on the music industry’s haphazard approach while infusing cunning witticisms over funky rhythms & go-go style beats from Mark Ronson, David Sitek and Glitch Mob – picture Camp Lo meets Chuck Brown. I’ll forgive for recruiting Gucci Mane for his latest single, since it’s not half bad. I’m also not ashamed to admit I still bump “Chillin’,” which most of you know is uncharacteristic as I’m an outspoken Lady Gaga hater. Hopefully Attention Deficit is the dose of Ritalin that cures rap’s unfocused, ADD-plagued modus operandi.

Sneak Peak: Pretty Girls ft. Gucci Mane

06
Jul
09

Happy Belated B-Day RZA

RZA

With all the festivities this weekend, I accidentally neglected to wish a happy born day to Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, best known as producer/composer RZA who turned the big 4-0 yesterday. 

There’s no question that RZA a.k.a. Bobby Digital is among hip-hop’s elite. Not only has he applied his masterful sample-digging abilities and innovation on the SP-1200 to create classics for Wu-Tang Clan and its various members & affiliates but he has expanded his craft beyond the confines of rap beats to score entire movies, most notably the Kill Bill series.

Still, there’s nothing more glorious for a head than RZA’s one-of-a-kind technique – from the neck-snapping drums of “It’s Yourz,” the infectious Charmels piano sampling on “C.R.E.A.M.” to the tense, synth strings of the timeless “Triumph.”

RZA is to New York’s post-golden era as Dr. Dre is to the West’s G-funk period, as both are monumental figures in the realm of rap production. Also, did you know he produced heaters for Biggie AND Big Pun while they were alive?

While the Abbott is preparing Raekwon’s upcoming album that may never see the light of day Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2, let’s take some time to celebrate one of rap’s living legends with a couple of his instrumental collections. Enjoy!

RZAThe Instrumental Experience

Buy it at Amazon

Track List:

1. The Samples – Intro
2. Wu-Tang – 7th Chamber Part 2
3. Black Mamba
4. Diesel
5. Ya’ll Been Warned
6. Knowledge God
7. Child’s Play
8. Chamber Music
9. Severe Punishment
10. 7th Chamber
11. For Heaven’s Sake
12. Camay
13. Ice Cream
14. Triumph
15. State of Grace
16. Run
17. Brutality (The Grindz)
18. Hollow Bones
19. Reunited
20. Domestic Violence
21. My G.O.D.
22. Duck Seazon

RZA vs. Havoc – Instrumentals

Track List:

1. RZA – Shadowboxin’
2. Havoc – Shookones (Part 2)
3. RZA – C.R.E.A.M.
4. Havoc – Hell On Earth
5. RZA – It’s Yours
6. Havoc – It’s Mine
7. RZA – Can It Be All So Simple
8. Havoc – Hoodlum
9. RZA – 4th Chamber
10. Havoc – Quietstorm
11. RZA – Ice Cream
12. Havoc – Burn
13. RZA – Triumph
14. Havoc – Flood The Block
15. RZA – I’ll Be There For You
16. Havoc – We Up
17. RZA – Brooklyn Zoo
18. Havoc – Americaz Nightmare
19. RZA – Careful
20. Havoc – One Of Ours (Part 2)
21. RZA – Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothing To **** Wit’
22. Havoc – Why

30
Jun
09

Vintage Wu-Tang Freestyle

Wu-Tang

With Wu-Tang Clan’s Chamber Music dropping todaywhich RZA notes is “not a Wu-Tang Clan album – but it’s pretty close,” I dug up this vintage Wu freestyle from ’93 on Stanford, CA radio station KZSU.

Though only Method Man, Ghostface and Masta Killa hop on the mic, it’s a lesson in what constitutes a true cypher – not a BlackBerry-assisted pre-written “freestyle” that we see too often today. This is right around the time of “Protect Ya Neck” and Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), so you already know the caliber of rhymes to expect.

Download the freestyle below to show the children what real hip-hop is and pick up your copy of Chamber Music here, Enjoy!

Wu-Tang Clan – KZSU ’93 Freestyle

18
Jun
09

Royal Court & Sound Table 6/18/09

Royal Court

Royal Court:

RZA Talks (The Wu Album That Appeared Out Of Thin Air) Chamber Music [via Nah Right]

Speaking of Wu.. U-God Has An Album Coming Out? ..*Crickets* [via Freestyle Madness]

Olivia Munn’s Playboy Cover Revealed [via Andrew at TRU]

A History of Nike Lawyers Giving Sneakers The Axe [via Complex]

PETA’s Mad That Obama Harmed A Fly [via TSS]

Tribe Vibes Volume 2: Original Samples from ATCQ [via TROY Blog]

Ten Nas Songs That Should’ve Given Kelis Hints

 

Sound Table:

Clipse ft. Keri Hilson – All Eyes On Me (Tagged)

Emilio Rojas – Nothing Like It

Royce Da 5’9 – D.O.A. (Redemption) (After recycling a verse on Green’s show, Nickle Nine goes back in with brand new rhymes)

The Game – NBA 2K10 (Snippet)





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