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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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Ghostface Killah Announces New Double LP Remix Project ‘Ghost Files’, Releases “Watch ‘Em Holla” Feat. Raekwon, Masta Killa And Cappadonna

As part of the milestone celebration of their landmark debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which was released on November 9th, 1993, Staten Island officially proclaimed that November 9th will henceforth be known as ‘Wu-Tang Clan Day”! The group capped of their 25th anniversary celebration with an unforgettable performance on Good Morning America.

On 10-5-18, Ghostface Killah released a new project and fan favorite, The Lost Tapes, which was entirely produced by Big Ghost and featured guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, E-40, Big Daddy Kane and Sheek Louch and his Wu brethren Raekwon, Masta Killa & Cappadonna among others.

Today, Ghostface announces the Ghost Files, a new Double-Album Remix of The Lost Tapes, featuring 25-tracks in total, with one side remixed entirely by Bronze Nazareth and one side remixed entirely by Agallah.

The Ghost Files Double Album Remix project also includes a new and unreleased track (“N.W.O.”) which features Queensbridge legend and Ghost’s cousin Tragedy Khadafi.

To honor the Wu’s 25th Anniversary and his new remix project, Ghost enlisted Bronze Nazareth to remix “Watch ‘Em Holla” featuring Raekwon, Masta Killa & Cappadonna.

Ghostface Killah’s Ghost Files will be released on 11-30-18.

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Mike Will Made-It Releases ‘Creed II’ Soundtrack Track List

Last week, Mike Will Made-It had a small private get together for the Creed II Soundtrack listening party in Atlanta, Georgia. The Ear Drummers producer is the curator and executive producer of the album, which supports the sequel that is set to release on Wednesday, November 21.

Creed II stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, and Tessa Thompson. The soundtrack features Ella Mai, Gunna, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Lil’ Wayne, YG, Trouble, Quavo, Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane and many more.

Mike posted on his social media, Twitter and Instagram, of the 15 track album. Peep the full list of the heavy hitters who will be singing as well as spitting bars on the track of the album.

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Ice Cube Takes Aim At Donald Trump On “Arrest The President”

Continuing his legacy as one of the most politically outspoken rappers of all time, Ice Cube brings his uncompromising and hard-hitting commentary to each line of “Arrest the President.” On Tuesday, November 6th during the US midterm elections, Ice Cube posted a sneak preview of the track on Instagram, which included the following the caption: “Cuffs are ready… Get out there and vote.”

On December 7, Ice Cube will release Everythang’s Corrupt — his 10th release as a solo artist and 18th release as a member of a group.

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Australia Artist ChillinIt’s Independent Debut Album Goes #1

Far from an overnight success that he may appear to the casual fan, ChillinIt has been patiently developing and honing his craft for many years into one of the most exciting rappers to emerge out of Australia. Getting somewhat of a breakthrough via the influential Hustle Hard TV YouTube some six years ago, the talented and versatile Sydney rapper has recently released his excellent debut album “Women, Weed & Wordplay” to widespread critical acclaim and success. With an impressive independent 1.5 million-plus streams with no playlist help or distribution deal in the first week alone, the proof is in the numbers for the versatile wordsmith with the album charting at #1.

Along with contemporaries Wombat, Nerve, Talakai, Shadow, Huskii, Lil Sknow, Mitchos Da Menace, Triple One, TRYL and Skrub, ChillinIt has led the charge for the new generation of skilled emcees to emerge from down under – aided by the excellent work that the affiliated Body Bag Media platform has been able to develop. Building on the style of the independent foundation created by the likes of Kerser, Fraksha, Fortay, and Alex Jones before him, ChillinIt has certainly emerged in the last year or two with a legion of fans and a strong potential to take his refreshing sound truly global. His music has already organically linked him to the UK, scoring a spot on JDZ Media and a collaboration with English grime emcee Kamakaze.

The charismatic ChillinIt oozes star factor and has cultivated a family of fans known as the #420Fam. It is easy to see why he has developed such a rabid following in the recent years, with skills and authenticity on the microphone only matched by his energetic live shows that have many saying are some of the best in the country. There’s no rapping off phones, there’s no stumbling and fumbling his way through live shows just near complete hungry, raw, professionalism. Amassing tens of millions streams/views in the last year or so alone, ChillinIt definitely has the potential to be one of the first rappers from Australia to truly break through to the contemporary American market and has already sparked significant major record label interest. The hungry rapper is keen to showcase his many different styles with lyrical content to match almost any mood.

If reaction videos were a gauge of his potential overseas, he may eventually prove to be as fire globally as he is at home. With a strong, consistent work ethic already in the young talented artist, it will be an interesting few coming months to see how ChillinIt is able to negotiate his increasingly new levels of success which only seems to develop by the hour. A truly talented rapper at the core, Australia is proud that such an artist is leading the charge and expect him to level up again soon. Expect to see him on further major Australasian tour support and festival slots by his own accord soon – before taking the world by storm.

Check his debut album “Women, Weed & Wordplay” streaming now and catch up on his extensive back catalog before it’s a Chill takeover. #420Family

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City Girls Unveil the Cover Art for Their Debut Album, ‘Girl Code’

A few after reports surfaced suggesting that J.T. will be released from prison in December, it would seem that the City Girls are hoping to keep up their melodic energy. On Wednesday (Oct. 31), the rap duo’s Instagram account posted both the cover and release date for the Miami rappers’ debut album, Girl Code.

The collection, which fills in as the follow-up to their Period mixtape, will be discharged on Nov. 16. “G I R L C O D E Nov. 16 The Album Dropping,” the IG caption reads.

The cover art shows Yung Miami and J.T. both laying on a bed in an all-white outfit. The words, “Girl ‘City Girls’ Code” is placed right on the top in bold red letters.

Taking into account that J.T. handed herself over for fraudulent credit card charges this past July, it’s safe to assume that they recorded a lot of music beforehand.

The Quality Control Music signees have made it their obligation to consistently release new music. Last Friday (Oct. 26), City Girls released the visual to “Not Ya Main,” from their mixtape. The music video sees J.T. what’s more, Yung Miami carrying on with their best life on a relaxed shoreline setting.

Aside from announcing their new album and being consistent, the rap couple released Point Blank Period, on Aug. 30. The 22-minute documentary shows exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of their rise to fame up until JT’s prison sentence. A piece of that popularity included being highlighted on Drake’s Scorpion track, “In My Feelings,” which was declared as the Most Streamed Song of 2018 Summer by Spotify.

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Did Nicki Minaj Send Shots to Drake in Tyga’s New Song, ‘Dip’?

Following the success of his most recent singles, “Taste” and “Swish,” Tyga is continuing the winning streak of his successful comeback with his new Nicki Minaj-assisted single, “Dip.”

The Queen songstress definitely added sparkle to the record. Aside from addressing her recent physical altercation with Cardi B during New York Fashion Week, she may have sent shots to Drake.

“All these niggas want me to love ’em like I’m Kiki / Got ’em in they feelings since they seen me in FEFE (Ooh),” she spit towards the end of the track.

Coincidentally, the last time Drake and Nicki were spotted together was after her Tekashi 6ix9ine collaboration, “FEFE” was released. In the clip that Nicki posted to Instagram, you can hear Drake ask her “What’s your song called again, Fefe?”

Tekashi wanted all the smoke with Drizzy over the Summer. The “GUMMO” rapper tried to boast superiority over the 6 God by noting that he has an unbroken Billboard streak, and being a “real gangsta” in comparison to Drake who lost his rap feud to Pusha T.

Oddly, Drizzy didn’t promote Nicki Minaj’s latest album, Queen, but he did show love to Travis Scott’s project who also felt Nicki’s wrath over the Summer.

Although the “Barbie Dreams” emcee wished Drizzy a happy birthday last week, that bar sounded like a shot.

We’re not saying that there’s trouble in paradise or that her new bond with Tekashi is the reason, we’re just reporting our observations.

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Candace Owens Sends Out an Apology To Kanye West After He Denounces “Blexit” Movement

Many people had ambivalent feelings yesterday after Kanye West announced he’d be taking a step back from politics, also in the process admitting fault on his end in regards to his political alignment. Should we forgive? Is it a little too late? All of these things left former fans and current supporters in a state of confusion, but now the one looking for forgiveness is ‘Ye’s former (?) friend and fellow Trump supporter, Candace Owens.

Opening up in a long-winded blog post on her personal website, Owens decided to publicly apologize to Kanye for involving him in a movement that he didn’t particularly agree to be apart of. It’s a pretty extensive read, but here’s the part where she mentions the “Touch The Sky” MC directly:

“There are so many people in this world who love Kanye West because they know he is great and powerful and cool, but not every person in this world knows what it means to have someone’s rap lyrics literally save you.

The people that attended the BLEXIT launch do, however. The emotion in that room was real and was raw, and to them – like to me – Kanye is a literal superhero.

The moment we were building— a moment that included kids who had similar backgrounds and experiences to me; the moment that included people who had served prison sentences, grown up without fathers, were currently living in group homes, or took their first plane rides that day— was never about cameras or celebrities or press or designs. It was about superheroes. It was about the Herculean strength it takes to chase after your dreams when everyone tells you that they can’t be realized.

#BLEXIT was always about teaching those people to fly.

If I had to imagine what it would feel like to have a bullet pierce my heart, it would be exactly like the moment I learned Kanye told the world he felt I had used him.

I wouldn’t wish the way I felt last night upon my worst enemy.

I never once said that Kanye designed the t-shirts for BLEXIT. This is a lie that seems to have made its way around the world; a lie I would like to again correct for the record. Kanye was completely right to feel used in that regard and as I have done personally, I would like to publicly apologize to him for any undue stress or pain the effort to correct that rumor has caused him, his business relationships, or his family. He simply never designed them.

I am a leader, and I would like to lead in this moment by stating that any and all confusion relating to this topic is therefore my fault, entirely.

I would also like to publicly apologize to President Trump, as I know that Kanye’s tweets were rapidly misinterpreted as a shot to this administration.

His tweets were aimed at me and me only, rightfully, for my personal failings.
I bare full responsibility.”

Although she writes that she “never once said that,” take a look at the video below from the rally at hand that alludes to ‘Ye’s involvement in the “Blexit” design:

In the speech, Candance clearly states, “Blexit is a renaissance, and I am blessed to say, that this logo — these colors — were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West.” It sounds a little like she’s skirting around the language, but anyone could take the speech above as a clear declaration that Kanye had some involvement in the design. Meanwhile, he’s maintaining that he had “nothing to do with it.”

Listen, fam…


Let us know what you think about Candace Owens’ apology to Kanye. Should she be forgiven? Should he be forgiven? Does he even want to be? Sound off with your opinions over on Facebook and Twitter to let us know.

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Funkmaster Flex Goes on Twitter to Double Down on His Recent Message For Drake

In case you missed it, Funkmaster Flex had a few choice words to get off his chest yesterday during the latest #Freestyle112 segment on his show, which features New York rappers Styles P and Dave East. Peep Part 1 below to refresh your memory on what got him so amped:

Now, Part 2 is where things got interesting. The legendary on-air host had some strong words for who many believed to be Drake, sending his fans to the defense of their Scorpion king. Watch the second part below, and while the freestyle is definitely worth watching, Flex starts going in around the 6:00 mark:

Of course, Flex must’ve been feeling the heat from one of the biggest fanbases around, and decided to do all but confirm that he was in fact talking about Drizzy, in addition to getting a few more verbal jabs in:

This all stems of course from Drake’s recent appearance on HBO’s LeBron James-hosted The Shop series, where the rapper weighted in on the rules to the game when it comes to battle rap. This led to Styles and Dave East commenting on the subject with great points not too long after on Ebro In The Morning, which ultimately led to where we are now on the debate.

No word on if Drake has gotten wind of any of this, but let’s hope it ends here. We can’t take another rap beef in the culture right now.

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10 Scariest Rap Feuds in Hip-Hop History

What’s beef? Well, it’s one of the most synonymous occurrences in Hip-Hop that, regardless of how much people try to protest it, gets factored into the culture on a level of near entertainment. Basically, we really can’t just all get along. Sometimes though, rap wars can get a little scary.

Some of you may be at this very moment getting the popcorn ready for the next Nicki Minaj vs. Cardi B round, but at the core of it all there are two influential women in Hip-Hop going to blows (literally just a few months ago!), that left the latter rap queen receiving death threats on her infant daughter, allegedly by way of the fanbase of the former rap queen. Honestly, it shouldn’t have even got to that level.

As we celebrate the spooky festivities of Halloween today, let’s look back a few scary instances in the history of Hip-Hop beefs that left us feeling like shook ones. Let’s hope it never get as deep as these 10 unfortunate lyrical battles:


What Had Us Shook:
This one is fairly new and probably still going on, but YG, known for his well-documented Blood Gang affiliation, and Tekashi, who throws up signs and reps Tr3yway whenever he can, almost turned this rap war into a full-out #GangGang situation. Any time a beef goes down that route, we can’t help but be fearful of the outcome.


What Had Us Shook:
Known to many as the greatest of his generation, Kendrick Lamar made a huge proclamation with his “I’m the King of New York” line on that infamous “Control” verse heard all throughout Hip-Hop. The scary part wasn’t even the actual rappers from NYC that came for his neck — many kept quiet, and the few who did step up didn’t do the Big Apple much justice — but the actual people of New York almost denounced Kung Fu Kenny. It was a bit touch and go there for a bit, but luckily K. Dot’s talent shined through and he avoided a damn-near ban from the five-borough-strong rap mecca — even headlining HOT 97’s Summer Jam this past summer. He might still have a few hitters in BK a bit salty, though.


What Had Us Shook:
It’s scary to just watch Azealia constantly dig herself into a deeper black hole as an industry outsider with every beef she gets herself into — she usually is the one starting it, too! Like, honestly, who beefs with a 4’11, cute-as-a-button Disney Channel star?! Next up: Azealia Banks vs. Mickey Mouse. Smh.


What Had Us Shook:
To have these ladies on our own cover (Feb 1997; No. 89), just to see them years later beef on wax and then go through that horrible HOT 97 incident that actually sent Kim to prison left a huge damper on Hip-Hop. Unfortunately, things haven’t repaired between these two still, and it’s probably set the tone for all these other “Battle of the Femcees” that we’ve been seeing recently.


What Had Us Shook:
Everyone knows that kids are strictly off limits, so when Star got on air and made crude comments about Envy’s wife and made a statement about his daughter that we’d rather not repeat, things could have easily turned for the absolute worse. We’re glad Envy was able to take the higher road here, but it send chills down our spine to think of what could’ve happened if someone acted on Star’s request.


What Had Us Shook:
Sure, this was primarily “50 Cent vs. Ja Rule,” but crews, affiliates and label support from both sides contributed to some real-life tribulations for both parties involved. We may not ever really know what happened that night at the Hit Factory 18 years ago, but it’s still enough drama there to have 50 buying 200 front row sets to Ja Rule’s latest concert just so they stay empty. Damn, homie!


What Had Us Shook:
We hate to see family feud, especially when both sides are equally legendary and reckless behind the mic. The song title “No Vaseline” alone should send shivers down your spine. Thankfully, this was one beef that was able to both be repaired and turned into Hollywood gold with 2015’s Straight Outta Compton movie — all surviving members contributed to the script, united and better than ever.


What Had Us Shook:
The scariest thing here is that it involved two of our favorite MCs and, still, you can’t really determine who really won. Of course “Ether” ate “Super Ugly,” but it also ended with Hov literally becoming the president of Esco’s label. We don’t even want to get into the lyrical shots — let’s just leave “baby seats” and “Hawaiian Sophie fame” in the past!


What Had Us Shook:
As one of the earliest rap feuds in the history of Hip-Hop, it’s still one of the most disturbing. This went far beyond chains, fighting over women or dissing rap skills; this was for the territorial ownership of rap. Had things gotten too serious between the two pioneering crews, it could’ve left a dent on the rap game that we’d still be trying to recover from. Scary thought, indeed!


What Had Us Shook:
Unfortunately, our biggest fears came true in this rap war: neither side made it out alive. When it comes to Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace, we’re positive that the “what if’s,” “why’s” and multiple regrets fill those involved on a daily basis. If there’s one example of why beef shouldn’t go down in the first place, the loss of these two icons is the best example you’re going to get. R.I.P…

Let us know some of the rap feuds that had you shook by sounding off over on Facebook and Twitter!

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