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Exclusive: Ghostface Killah Confirms ODB Biopic is “Greenlit,” New Wu Music on the Way

Ghostface Killah wants you all to know he’s working — better yet, the whole Wu-Tang Clan is working!

As the iconic rap collective is still celebrating 25 years since the release of their debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), there was one other thing worth commemorating as well: the would-be 50th birthday of departed member Ol’ Dirty Bastard.



ODB, as he was commonly nicknamed by anyone in the Hip-Hop community who love the Wu (i.e. everybody), passed away 14 years ago this week, just two days before his 36th birthday. Last night (Nov 15), on what would’ve been his 50th, his presence was felt on such an astounding level during a tribute concert held in his memory at The Roulette Intermedium in the heart of Brooklyn. From guest performances by his son Young Dirty Bastard — the similarities as he covered his dad’s biggest hits felt almost eerie at times — plus a host of ’90s rap vets, including Channel Live’s own Hakim Green sparking the stage with “mad izms” on the mic, to a full-out Wu-Tang reunion to close out the night that saw Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa and RZA handling things behind the booth to run through a gamut of classic records, the night truly turned out to be one for the books. Even Busta Rhymes came through to show love, filling in for ODB to give a stellar rendition of “Brooklyn Zoo,” in addition to telling the funniest 10-minute-long story that involved Dirty causing some serious ruckus on a plane with his infamous glass-shattering high notes. The Golden Era was preserved with mad respect last night, and The Source was just happy to be in the building.

Here’s what Hakim had to say about the Wu legacy and the first time he witnessed their collective greatness when we caught up with him backstage:


“You have to understand, the first time I heard ‘Protect Your Neck,’ I was at a college party at Rutgers University. My boys John Chambers and Dudley had this DJ crew called the Mob, so they always was pulling out the hottest shit first. Party was packed, I’m way in the back, and all of a sudden that ‘Protect Your Neck’ dropped and I’m like, ‘WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?!’ At that time, the West Coast was really beating things up in Hip-Hop, so to have that in New York and it just be so authentically New York just brought the shit right back to the East Coast. 25 years later, they still just got the game in the palm of their hands and it’s a beautiful thing. I’m in the gym everyday, and it’s Wu-Tang [on the playlist] — Every. Single. Day. That’s my workout regime right there. They put me in the state of mind of boom bap, RZA with the tracks, and just bars galore coming at you. Wu-Tang is a very important piece to Hip-Hop culture — one of the greatest Hip-Hop crews of all-time and some of the illest solo artists of all-time.”



Of course, the night came full circle when we got the golden opportunity to chop it up with none other than “Cherchez La Ghost” himself. Ghostface dropped tons of knowledge on why Wu-Tang Clan is so important to the culture after over two decades of dominating the game, what’s in store for the crew — new music as a group and some solo stuff! — an update on that Ol’ Dirty Bastard biopic in the works, and a hilarious story time moment with ODB that involves him and the eccentric MC posing as legendary Philly R&B group The Stylistics. Yep, they went there!

Keep scrolling to see Ghostface Killah break down the culture of the Wu for us in an exclusive chat in-between rocking the stage alongside his fellow Clan kinfolk, which you see in full detail with the images provided below:



“Nah, it’s like, put it like this: when [Wu-Tang Clan] came in, I knew that we was coming to take heads off but I didn’t know it would be a magnitude where the world would recognize us as that crew. You got many rap crews that came, but to wind up in conversations as one of the top of all-time, if not “the”, is just [amazing]. I’m just a young man from Staten Island, you know what I mean? All praises due to the Most High; everything worked out right through hard work and the talent that each individual had. THE most High definitely moved us on to the next.

—Ghostface Killah, on the long-lasting, ongoing respect that Wu-Tang Clan continues to receive.



“Being here, representing my brother [Ol’ Dirty Bastard] — that’s my brother! I had to at least come, show face and pay my respect, you know what I mean, and let him know that I’m in the building so his energy can just feel my love that I always had for him. His family his here — I seen his daughter the other day and told her I’d do my best to make it and come through. By the grace of God I got here.”

—Ghostface Killah, on making it through NYC’s first blizzard of the season to show love for ODB.



“We just looking to continue that legacy with him. He got a movie that we doing with him — the Ol’ Dirty Bastard movie. We gonna start working on that the top of the year, and it’s already greenlit. We don’t got to sell it to nobody. That’ll will come along with the Wu albums and our solo shit or whatever. We’re just working! It was our 25th anniversary last Friday, so clearly we here to stay.”

—Ghostface Killah, on the ODB biopic announced this past September.



“I’m just grateful, bruh. Brothers been locked up and got jail records, but to turn that around and to stand where we standing at — it gets no better. You have to humble yourself and receive that blessing. It’s about understanding who gave you that blessing.”

—Ghostface Killah, on the many tribulations Wu-Tang had to overcome to achieve the legendary status they each enjoy today.



“[My record could come] any time now. I’ve polished up a lot of stuff I needed to for myself, and also did a lot of little shit for other people that really wasn’t my record, independent shit and whatnot. My records [could drop] at the top of the year, so that’s when those will start going out. That’s not even my Supreme Clientele shit — I’m gonna do the Wu album first and then drop my stuff somewhere after that so it don’t get mixed up. I’ll drop an album somewhere within February or March [2019], just before I drop the Wu album. We busy! It’s a lot of us, so you got to be busy. How not?”

—Ghostface Killah, on new Wu projects scheduled for 2019.



“There’s just too many [memories with OBD]. There’s a lot of shit I really can’t talk about, you know what I mean, but I’ll tell you one thing: that brother right there [is special]. I remember one time we were out of town, and this was before we did Wu-Tang shit, and this muthafucka had these females thinking that we were The Stylistics [Laughs]. He put the tape in and started singing and shit, and we tell them, ‘Yo that’s our shit right there — that’s out new shit!’ I think we might’ve been in Virginia. We was like that for a couple of days, and I think they probably still think that was us! [Laughs]”

—Ghostface Killah, on his greatest personal memory of Ol’ Dirty Bastard.



Rest in absolute Power, Dirt McGirt. We miss you…



Images: Brian Fraser

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[WATCH] ‘Nasir The Film’ Out Now On Mass Appeal / Def Jam Recordings

Hip-hop icon Nas, widely regarded as one of the most influential emcees of all time, releases a short film to accompany his 11th studio album Nasir via Mass Appeal / Def Jam Recordings.

Directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat, the short film touches on the many social issues currently and historically ingrained into his local community of Queens, New York, such as racism and police brutality.

Escobar season continues.

See Nasir here

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2 Milly Plans to Sue Fortnite for Use of Milly Rock

2 Milly seems to be pretty cool with everyone doing his viral dance, the Milly Rock, but he isn’t down with letting others profit off of his moves without his consent. Which is why he’s the latest rapper to have beef with Fortnite, which added his dance to the game.

2 Milly told CBS News how he found out that he became a Fortnite emote, which is a dance animation that players can purchase. “Everybody was like ‘Yo your dance is in the game,’” he said. “They actually sell the particular move. It’s for purchase. That’s when I was really like ‘Oh nah, this can’t go on too long.’

As per the outlet, 2 Milly plans to sue the Epic Games-owned game franchise.

The Milly Rock is a move that 2 Milly popularized when he uploaded a video of himself dancing to it on top of a car, with a song to accompany the dance moves. The dance became the next sensation since the Shmoney Dance four years ago. The dance resurfaced after Playboi Carti mentioned it in his 2017 record, “Magnolia.”

While 2 Milly is one of the most recent artists to have their moves ripped, he’s a long way from the first. Fortnite also took Psy’s Gangnam and Snoop Dogg’s “Drop it Like it’s Hot.”

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Tee Grizzley Releases His ‘Off Parole’ Documentary

Tee Grizzley has shared a new documentary titled Off Parole highlighting the past 30 months in the parole system and the count down to a new chapter of freedom in his life and career.

The documentary follows the release of Tee’s latest project Still My Moment, which dropped last Friday on 300 Entertainment. The project features Chance The Rapper, Quavo, Lil Pump, Bryan Hamilton, YNW Melly, plus production from Helluva, Tay Keith and more. In the doc, Tee details the hurdle being on parole has created in his music career and the shared experience of many facing the same struggle being caught up in the system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMqWRtGhOQI&feature=youtu.be

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‘State of the Culture’ Renewed for 10 More Episodes by REVOLT

State of the Culture has become a hit within the Hip-Hop community by touching on the various topics that keep headlines rolling. Joe Budden and his co-hosts of Remy Ma, Scottie Beam, and Brandon “Jinx” Jenkins have received an extension fo their show. Billboard reports REVOLT has ordered 10 additional episodes for the new show.

“Joe and I worked tirelessly for months to create a one-of-a-kind show that the culture would love, and the response to State of the Culture has been overwhelmingly positive,” Diddy shared in a statement. “The culture has a point of view and I want to deliver it. I’m all about giving the people what they want, so more raw and uncensored content through the lens of hip-hop is coming your way.”

The next run of State of the Culture episodes will include a 2018 recap before the next set of shows are available in 2019.

“We had a lot of fun during the first 10 episodes and the response has been nothing short of amazing,” Budden told Billboard. “I look forward to improving on what’s already been built. Thank you Puff, REVOLT and most importantly the fans. See you soon.”

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Disney Announces the Name of Their Potential ‘Netflix Killer’ Disney+

Disney is almost ready to go head to head with Netflix. Disney’s new streaming service will be called Disney+ and launch in late 2019, CEO Bob Iger announced on the company’s earnings call last week.

The company announced in August 2017 it would pull all its movies from Netflix in 2019, and start its own streaming offering for its past titles. Disney also purchased Fox for $71.3 billion in cash and stock, further bolstering its library.

The service will also feature new, original shows and movies, including original Marvel and Star Wars series. Marvel fan favorite character Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, will get an original series on the Disney+ service. A prequel series to Star Wars movie Rogue One about the character Cassian Andor, portrayed by Diego Luna, will also call the service home.

Disney+, which has been dubbed the “Netflix Killer,” is expected to give both Amazon’s Amazon Prime and Netflix a run for their money. Netflix is ready for war.

Netflix, which already has more than 130 million paid memberships in more than 190 countries, is also banking on winning more fans and boosting subscriptions across Asia.

 

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Wu-Tang to Release New Documentary ‘For the Children’

Words by Rashad Grove

In 1998, when Ol’ Dirty Bastard interrupted the Grammy awards, he famously said, “Wu-Tang is for the children.” On that night, Robert Griggs was a prophet.

The iconic rap supergroup the Wu-Tang Clan is set to release a new documentary celebrating 25 years since the arrival of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) this week. The doc is entitled For The Children, a short film, directed by Shomi Patwary, will be released on November 9, on the album’s anniversary. The trailer, features appearances from A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, and Joey Bada$$, all who have been influenced by the Wu-Tang.

The documentary will center on Wu-Tang’s legendary debut album which is, arguably, of the greatest albums in the history of hip-hop. Not only will the Shaolin crew drop a documentary, but they have busy producing projects across a variety of platforms.

They recently released a makeup line. Last month, Hulu confirmed it will broadcast a scripted origin story called Wu-Tang: An American Saga, featuring all surviving members. The RZA is also in the process of producing a biopic based on the life of Wu-Tang Clan’s late member Ol’ Dirty Bastard, in conjunction with Sony studios.

25 years ago, Enter the Wu-Tang not only launched one of the greatest groups in hip-hop history but the cultural phenomenon that is still alive and doing well.

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Donald Trump Claims he Doesn’t Know Lil Jon Although he Starred on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

On Wednesday (Nov. 7), President Donald Trump gave his first public interview following the historic 2018 Midterm Elections, which he claimed he didn’t know who Lil Jon is.

The rapper previously appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice with the current President of the United States, but apparently he must’ve forgot. “I don’t know who Lil Jon is,” Trump said, responding to the reporter’s question. “I really don’t.”

The reporter then noted that they starred side-by-side on his reality show. “Oh, he was?” Donald Trump said.

Back in October 2016, Lil Jon asserted that Trump called him Uncle Tom while they were working on The Celebrity Apprentice together. The remark was made in response to the claims that the POTUS has made racist remarks in the past, which he continues to adamantly deny.

“When this ‘Uncle Tom’ incident happened on Celebrity Apprentice in the boardroom several of my cast mates and I addressed Mr. Trump immediately when we heard the comment,” he wrote at the time. “I can’t say if he knew what he was actually saying or not, but he did stop using that term once we explained its offensiveness.”

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Is Nicky Jam Joining the ‘Bad Boys 3’ Cast?

Nicky Jam is currently on the West Coast auditioning for a top secret role, and it might be in relation to Will Smith.

TMZ reporters spotted the Latin Trap artist on Rodeo Drive and he admitted that he is in town for a casting but he was tight-lipped about the specific role. However, the reporter had Jam stumped when he asked “are you going to be in Bad Boys 3?” “I didn’t say that.” Nicky Jam swiftly responded. “You’re a smart man.”

He still didn’t spill the tea about what role he was auditioning for, but he did agree that he had the look to play a drug dealer in the third Bad Boys installment.

It might be possible considering his new friendship with Will, as they recently collaborated for the FIFA World Cup anthem, “Live It Up.”

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Ludacris, Migos, And Lil Jon to Headline EA Sports Pre-Super Bowl Concert

EA Sports is doing something the NFL should have done in the first place.  Ludacris, Migos and Lil Jon will represent Atlanta and hip-hop culture when they perform at the EA SPORTS BOWL days before the Super Bowl next year.

Electronic Arts Inc. and OnLocation Experiences announced Monday that Lil Yachty, Metro Boomin, and Lil Baby will also hit the stage at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Jan. 31, 2019, for the concert celebrating rappers from Atlanta. Super Bowl 53 will take place Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The event will take place on January 31, 2019, with tickets officially going on sale at the end of this week. More announcements are set to come regarding the Super Bowl festivities as a “Super Friday” event and Bud Light Super Bowl Eve are being advertised. For more information, check out the official website here.

Had this concert happened at the Super Bowl halftime show, it would have been a great victory for Atlanta and the culture. The NFL  has never had a full blown hip hop halftime show at the Super Bowl before. The league, as usual, seems to love dropping the ball when it comes to making a great public relations moves. Thankfully, EA Sports doesn’t have that problem.

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