The votes have been tallied and once again URB readers have made their voices heard. And how did 2012 flesh out in terms of your favorite artists? A rock solid mix of all-time favorites, current buzz-makers and a few veteran acts climbing their way to the top once again. Don’t call it a comeback — although it seems hip-hop dominated your world in 2012, while the rest of America was jocking EDM as the next big thing. Are MCs the new DJs, who are the new pop stars, already? …MORE
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.
Tonight is the night! The 7th annual a3c festival kicks into play and brings rappers from all over the country and globe in what proves to be the most exciting times of times for the southeast and USA for that matter. Acts from Brooklyn, Queens, Philly ,New Jersey North Carolina and Michigan all converge into the Next of HiphopDX. Kosha Dillz, Joe Scudda, and J Young The Genral all earned their stipes through fan voting to be flown out while classic rock the bells veterans Random Axe and Freeway tear down the stage in classic fashion and Homeboy Sandman shocks the world with his Essence as one of the three headliners this year. Senor Kaos and his Ultra Beast represent in beastly fashion in the opening night.Fans of Wu Tang …
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.