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Wu-Tang Clan Reunites On 'The Daily Show'

August 7th, 2014 5:02pm EDT
Wu-Tang Clan Reunites On 'The Daily Show'
All nine members of The Wu-Tang Clan (and a shirt commemorating the deceased Ol' Dirty Bastard) reunited for a rare television appearance last night on The Daily Show.

To promote their upcoming album A Better Tomorrow and their 20th anniversary, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, GZA, and RZA rapped along with the rest of the group members for the song Ron O'Neal, which was released that night on iTunes as the album's first single.

Even Raekwon was there, despite having no verses in the tune and openly explaining his issues with the group's direction on the upcoming album. He...
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RZA: Someone Offered $5 Million For New Wu-Tang Clan Album

April 3rd, 2014 4:33pm EDT
Wu-Tang Clan
Someone is willing to dish out big bucks for the one copy of Wu-Tang Clan's new album.

The rap group announced last week they would only produce one unique copy of "The Wu - Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" and auction it off to the highest bidder.

Album features 31 tracks and is kept in a hand-card nickel and silver box designed by artist Yahya. One imagines the box comes with the purchase.

The reason for the single copy? RZA and Cilvaringz write on the project's website, in part, “While we fully embrace the advancements in music technology, we feel it has contributed to the devaluation of ...
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RZA Dedicates New Song To Paul Walker

December 2nd, 2013 6:03pm EST
RZA
RZA wrote and produced a song dedicated to the late Paul Walker a mere 24 hours after the actor's tragic death.

The Wu Tang Clan rapper uploaded Destiny Bends to Soundcloud last night with a heartfelt message dedicating the tune to Paul Walker. He wrote, "This song, entitled 'Destiny Bends' was written last night after hearing the tragic news of the loss of a good man named Paul Walker. I met Paul on the set of the film Brick Mansion, where we talked, laughed, and exchanged ideas of life and fatherhood.

"I only knew him personally for less than a year, but we knew each other through our...
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RZA Talks Kung-Fu Film 'The Man With The Iron Fists' At Comic-Con

July 13th, 2012 8:21am EDT
RZA
Hip hop star RZA appeared at Comic-Con this week to talk about his upcoming film "The Man With The Iron Fists."

In the film, a population of a village in rural China must defend themselves against a formidable enemy, and a local blacksmith (Rza) forges the weapons they need to emerge victorious from the bloody battle to come. Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu co-star.

Rza has been working on the idea for "Fists" since around 2005 after working on "Kill Bill" with Quentin Tarantino. He explained, "I got this urge to want to be a director and so I became his student."

Horror director Eli Roth c...
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Rapper RZA Joins Quentin Tarantino's 'Django'

November 3rd, 2011 8:29am EDT
RZA
Wu-Tang Clan rapper RZA has joined the cast of Quentin Tarantino's gritty new western Django Unchained.

It won't be the first time he and Tarantino have worked together - the hip-hop star helped create the music for the director's Kill Bill movies.

RZA will join Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Don Johnson, Kurt Russell and Kerry Washington in the slave drama.
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Ghostface Killah Sued Over 'Iron Man' Theme

July 6th, 2011 2:26pm EDT
Ghostface Killah
Rapper Ghostface Killah is facing legal action over allegations he illegally sampled the original theme song to Iron Man on his 2000 album.

Hollywood songwriter Jaques Urbont claims he is the exclusive owner of Iron Man Theme, a tune he composed in 1966 for use on TV, and he has accused the Wu-Tang Clan star of using the track without permission on his Supreme Clientele release.

Urbont filed suit in the U.S. District Court in New York on June 30th and names Ghostface, producer RZA and Razor Sharp Records and Sony Records as defendants.

However, that's not Urbont's only complaint - he's...
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RZA Threatens To Sue The Game

January 31st, 2011 1:08pm EST
RZA
Wu-Tang Clan rapper RZA has threatened legal action against The Game in a dispute over a song.

Lawyers representing RZA - real name Robert Diggs - have sent a cease-and-desist letter to the star over a track called Heartbreaker, which RZA produced for The Game's R.E.D album.

The pair was unable to gain permission to use a sample featured in the song and it was removed from the record, although The Game is said to have included it on his Purp & Patron mix tape - which has apparently angered RZA.

The Game tells Hiphopdx.com, "I think RZA (is) tryin' to sue about (Heartbreaker) or somethi...
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Lady Gaga Duets With Yoko Ono

October 4th, 2010 11:45am EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga took to the stage with Yoko Ono on Saturday night to duet at a tribute concert for late Beatles legend John Lennon.

Lennon's widow organized three nights of shows in Los Angeles over the weekend to mark what would have been the musician's 70th birthday on October 9th.

Stars including Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore and rapper RZA all appeared at the Plastic Ono Band gig on Saturday night, but the highlight of the evening came when the Poker Face hit-maker joined Ono for a duet.

After the concert Gaga took to her Twitter.com page to tell fans about the show, posting ...
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Why Are So Many Rappers Acting?

August 27th, 2008 11:46am EDT
Hancock
This isn't to bash rappers, nor is it to say that these artists aren't allowed to pursue different paths in Hollywood. With so many prominent rappers acquiring roles in big movies though, it begs the question-why?

It's not as if rappers in movies are a new thing. In 1991, Mario Van Peebles cast Ice-T as a cop in "New Jack City," a film that is beloved by many. That same year, director John Singleton cast Ice Cube as a Los Angeles gangbanger in "Boyz N the Hood." These two movies helped open the floodgates for rappers to enter the world of acting.

Soon, Will Smith went from rap...
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Jared Foles: Guitarist, Music Producer & Engineer Extraordinaire

January 25th, 2008 10:55am EST
Jared Foles
Across the Brooklyn Bridge with your back facing Manhattan there is a rich history of artistic individuals who range from musicians to performing artists. Brewing in Brooklyn is a pool of talented hopefuls with an invaluable appeal.

Kings County native Jared Foles takes pride in representing his home borough. The Bed-Stuy-raised lead guitarist of rock group Shrine for the Black Madonna found his musical roots at the young age of five. However, once his adolescent years kicked in that musical appreciation took a back seat as sports and those typical things that teenagers do during those...
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Denzel Washington And Russell Crowe Star In 'American Gangster,' Opening Nov. 2

October 10th, 2007 4:22pm EDT
American Gangster
Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas (Oscar® winner Denzel Washington), the quiet driver to one of the inner city's leading black crime bosses. But when his boss suddenly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his own empire and create his own version of the American Dream.

Through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, he comes to rule the inner-city drug trade, flooding the streets with a purer product at a better price. Lucas outplays all of the leading crime syndicates and becomes not only one of the city's mainline corrupters, but part of its circle of l...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 5

July 5th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Edie Falco
Happy Birthday to rappers Royce Da 5'9" (1977) and RZA (1969), "Law & Order CI" actress Kathryn Erbe (1966), "The Sopranos" actress Edie Falco (1963), Steppenwolf guitarist Michael Monarch (1950), singer Huey Lewis (1950), The Band guitarist Robbie Robertson (1944), actress Shirley Knight (1936), "Soap" actress Katherine Helmond (1934), actor Warren Oates (1928; d. 1982), and circus pioneer P.T. Barnum (1810).
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Four Martial Arts Masterpieces Now On DVD

June 20th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

Shedding light on the introduction of Shaolin kung fu to the oppressed Chinese, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin stars Gordon Liu (Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2) as a young man who trains at a Shaolin Temple in order to seek revenge for the brutal slaughter of his people at the hands of the Manchus. Devoting himself to the study of martial arts, he becomes known as the legendary monk San Te, and single-handedly takes on his people's oppressors. A definitive classic, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin spawned two sequels and helped to launch the North American fascination wit...
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Samuel L. Jackson, Ron Perlman & Kelly Hu Team Up For 'Afro Samurai'

October 30th, 2006 11:08am EST
Samuel L. Jackson
Renowned action adventure stars Ron Perlman and Kelly Hu will be joining Academy Award-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson in “Afro Samurai.” The five-part animated series premieres on Spike Thursday, January 4, 2007.

“Afro Samurai” is the animated epic, based on a graphic novel by Takashi Okazaki, of a black samurai’s hunt for the gunman who murdered his father. Jackson executive-produces and stars as the uncompromising hero, Afro, in this stylish series that crosses cultural boundaries as a fusion of animated samurai action and hip-hop culture. Revolutionary rap artist and producer ...
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Method Man To Release "4:21...The Day After" On Aug. 29, Signing Copies At Virgin Megastore In NYC

August 28th, 2006 4:23pm EDT
Method Man
In the dark, womb-like sanctuary of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady studios in downtown Manhattan—-a place that has birthed historical musical moments-—sits the artist known as Iron Lung, Tical, Wu Brother #1, Johnny Blaze, and of course...Method Man. With a trusty, half-lit blunt by his side, he is lounging in front of white grand piano, his hands sweeping the keyboards, trying to remember a tune he memorized years ago.

Maybe the idea of one of hip hop's finest—and grimiest—emcees tickling the ivories sounds odd, or out of place, but Mr. Mef has never been the type to fit in. His husky, ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 5

July 5th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Edie Falco
Happy Birthday to rappers Royce Da 5'9" (1977) and RZA (1969), "Law & Order CI" actress Kathryn Erbe (1966), "The Sopranos" actress Edie Falco (1963), Steppenwolf guitarist Michael Monarch (1950), singer Huey Lewis (1950), The Band guitarist Robbie Robertson (1944), actress Shirley Knight (1936), "Soap" actress Katherine Helmond (1934), actor Warren Oates (1928; d. 1982), and circus pioneer P.T. Barnum (1810).
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Method Man Returns With New Album

June 29th, 2006 10:28am EDT
Method Man
In the dark, womb-like sanctuary of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady studios in downtown Manhattan—a place that has birthed historical musical moments—sits the artist known as Iron Lung, Tical, Wu Brother #1, Johnny Blaze, and of course...Method Man. With a trusty, half-lit blunt by his side, he is lounging in front of white grand piano, his hands sweeping the keyboards, trying to remember a tune he memorized years ago.

Maybe the idea of one of hip hop's finest—and grimiest—emcees tickling the ivories sounds odd, or out of place, but Mr. Mef has never been the type to fit in. His husky, gu...
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Upcoming Guests on 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson'

December 8th, 2005 10:25am EST
Michelle Yeoh
The exciting list of guests on "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" through Dec. 22 includes Charlie Sheen, Amos Lee, Jon Cryer, Michelle Yeoh, and a slew of other actors, musicians, comedians, and other celebrities.

Dec. 8: Actor Charlie Sheen; actress Marissa Jaret Winokur; musical guests Franz Ferdinand

Dec. 9: Rapper/producer RZA; television producer Josh Schwartz; musical guest Amos Lee

Dec. 12: Actor Jon Cryer; actress Amy Yasbeck;

Dec. 13: Director John Waters; writer David Steinberg; musical guests Nada Surf

Dec. 14: Radio show host Mancow; actress Mich...
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Upcoming Guests on 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson'

November 7th, 2005 9:20am EST
John Leguizamo
A list of guests for Nov. 7 through Nov. 16:

Monday, Nov. 7

Actor Hugh Laurie; modeling legend Twiggy; musical guest Patty Loveless

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Actress Brenda Blethyn; Egyptologist Kara Cooney; comedian John Roy

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Actor John Leguizamo; director Jim Sheridan; Musical guests My Morning Jacket

Thursday, Nov. 10

Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer); rapper/producer RZA

Friday, Nov. 11

Actor Doug Savant; actor/rapper Xzibit; musical guest Buddy Guy

Monday, Nov. 14

Actor Jim Belushi; musical guests Matisyahu

T...
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mtvU Woodie Awards Winners & Recap

November 3rd, 2005 10:35am EST
Motion City Soundtrack
College students nationwide chose their favorite artists and music of the year as mtvU, MTV's college network, celebrated the "2005 mtvU Woodie Awards" on Wednesday, November 2nd. Big winners of the night included Motion City Soundtrack, My Chemical Romance, Death Cab For Cutie, mewithoutYou, The Afters, Muse, Fall Out Boy and the Gorillaz. With surprise appearances by music legend Lou Reed and actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the event showcased unforgettable performances and appearances by music's hottest up-and-coming acts, alongside college students from across the country who appeared ...
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