Artist Jay Shells has created over 30 official-looking street signs featuring rap lyrics that reference New York City street corners, buildings, parks and other locales and installed them at their proper origin points in each borough. His Rap Quotes project features rhymes from Mos Def, GZA, Guru, Pharoahe Monch and many other legendary New York emcees. And Puff Daddy, for some reason.
At this point, it’s safe to say most if not all of his original Rap Quotes signs have been stolen or removed, especially the Lil Fame one calling out crooked cops that Shells planted outside of a Brownsville police station. As Shells continues to roll out new batches of signs, he may eventually have to update Cam’ron’s 145th and Broadway quote to accurately represent an increasingly gentrified West Harlem. “Where them killers at?” More like “where them Bikram yoga yuppies at.”
Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA is preparing for his big screen debut as writer/director/actor in the upcoming Quinten Tarantino-produced kung-fu flick The Man with the Iron Fists. And as one would suspect, the soundtrack features an impressive list of hip-hop luminaries, including Kanye West, Pharoahe Monch, Pusha T and Wu-Tang members Ghostface Killah and Method Man.
It also features a new Wu-Tang track, “Six Directions of Boxing,” which was produced by Frank Dukes and features almost the entire Clan—U-God, Ghostface Killah, GZA, Masta Killa, Cappadonna, and Inspectah Deck. Check out the tune here, and after the jump watch an interview with RZA where he talks about the potential for a final Wu-Tang album to mark the group’s 20th anniversary next year.
Bonnaroo 2012 did not follow the DJ craze like most fest this year are doing, having only one stage dedicated to dubstep, house, trance, etc… But they did book a few stellar acts to keep the Bonnaroovians (yes, the word exist) satisfied. Skrillex delivered his set on what looked like an outdated space ship from a ’70s Buck Rogers flick. Me personally, I would have gone Klingon Vessel.
It must be every suburban 20-something’s dream to get on stage with a memeber of the Wu-Tang Clan. So we’re happy for SoCal indie-punk Wavves who got to play back-up band for GZA performing “Liquid Swords” on Fuel TV’s Daily Habit. The band does a solid job in re-creating RZA‘s haunted loops (adding a little fuzzbox in the middle) while the MC plays fast and loose with the rhythm.
The band then celebrated by partying it up at MTV’s VMAs. That is, until bassist Stephen Pope was kicked out after getting busted with champagne and weed according to his …
With triumphs by Nas and Erykah Badu, let downs from Black Star and Lauryn Hill, and missing pieces with Wu-Tang Clan, Rock the Bells 2011 was as exciting, confusing and controversial as the hip-hop generation that it celebrates.