Coming out on New Year’s Day is this long-time project from RZA. Not many details available on what exactly he’s doing, but it will be a limited edition of 360 canvases inspired by the idea of art imitating life. He says, “… you look at a picture of something that had nothing to do with you, but yet, it describes everything you [are] about–that’s when you see a true revolution.” Nothing wrong with starting the new year off with some soul-searching philosophizing. I’d like to see how he connects the “Victory or Death” trailer with the actual art, which is billed as “When Art Imitates Life.”
Creative Control presents us with a sneak peak into director Michael Eaton Sterling’s upcoming film project, set in Dame Dash’s Manhattan art gallery/studio space, DD172. The video features The Cool Kids and Mos Def, among others, alerting us to more great collabs emerging from within Dash’s studio space, which was home to theBlakRoc Project. That particular venture brought us music from The Black Keys, joined by the likes of Mos Def, RZA, Raekwon, Jim Jones, Pharoahe Monche, and Q-Tip. A total of 11 artists got together to record the album in 11 days, producing one of the more interesting projects to come along recently. No doubt, this is sure to be just as enticing:
Last spring, El Michel’s Affair released Enter the 37th Chamber, a funky soul covers album of some of the Wu-Tang Clan’s fiercest cuts. Now, URB will be bringing you Enter the 38th Chamber, featuring some of today’s hottest MCs going off on the 37th instrumental cuts. In the coming weeks, we’ll be debuting tracks featuring Del The Funky Homosapien, Mr. Lif and Akrobatik, but to start things off, here’s Diamond District (Oddisee, X.O. & YU) on a beat that EMA originally laced for Raekwon. Enjoy.
On Black Friday the highly anticipated album featuring the Black Keys and elite hip-hop artist such as Jim Jones, Mos Def, Raekwon, Ol’ Dirty Bastard,Q-tip, RZA,Noe,Pharoahe Monch, Billy Danze, and Nicole Wray will be available on iTunes and at select independent record shops. To see if this album is available at a record store near you, use the following link on the BlacRoc website. For those of you that have not been paying attention this album is going to bridge the gap between to art forms that have been divided by stereotypes and false perceptions given by the mainstream media.
2. On The Vista
3. Hard Times
4. Dollaz & Sense
Interviews like this highlight the comradery of the WU, no matter how big each member became the brotherhood never changed. I don’t know if we will ever see another hip-hop group like this, in my opinion to many rappers have enormous egos which hinder them from being able to work in a group.