Legendary Wu Tang rapper Raekwon opened up about music allowing the members to get off the streets when “M.E.T.H.O.D. Man” blew up, and Raekwon revealed that everyone thought Method Man was the most passionate group. Raekwon also revealed that in the beginning the group was happy if just one member made it big, and they used Method Man’s good looks to get noticed.
In addition to the Wu-Tang Clan and Method Manindividually, GZA has plans to release another album,Dark Matter. In an interview with FADER, the Genius spoke about the new project. “I’m working on an album. Dark Matter. …Constantly writing.” ”It’s inspired by the universe,” he elaborated. “Planets, elements, everything that’s around us. I’m putting those facts together, and making a story out of it.” During the interview, GZA also spoke about one of his favorite hobbies: chess. “I learned how to play when I was around nine years old,” explained the legendary rapper. “A cousin of mine taught me. We play one or two games, and I didn’t play again until I was about twenty-one.” GZA explained that a collection of other emcees got him back into the game. “I was hanging out in east New York every now and then with Masta Killa, Jeru the Damaja, Afu-Ra, and all the other brothers from the area. True Master. And they were playing chess in the park, so I started playing again. That’s when it really started for me.” Watch the interview below:
Method Man has provided an update on his upcoming solo albumCrystal Meth, which he has discussed as far back as 2008. During an interview with Montreality, he says he hasn’t yet begun recording the project but that he’s “going at my own pace” and needs “to get my ass off the couch.” “I’ma start work soon. I can’t put a number on it. I’m doing it at my own pace, which is slow as shit,” he said. “I need to get my ass off the couch. I been on that couch, heavy. I write a verse now and then because I don’t know if there’s any real listeners… You’ve gotta have a real listener in order to appreciate what you’re doing. I don’t want someone to say ‘I like the beat.’ I hate that shit. Or, ‘I like the hook.’ There’s so much more to it than that. I hate that and the motherfuckers who run up on me every day thinking that I’m just a pothead or some shit. There’s so many more levels to my character than just smoking fucking weed. On that note, pass the blunt son.” As for a Wu-Tang Clan reunion album, Tical echoed recent statements from Masta Killa that it has potential to take shape. Though he didn’t speak at length aon the LP, he said that he spoke with RZA about the project and that it will most likely happen. “I spoke to RZA and shit. It’ll probably happen. It’ll probably happen,” he explained.
Produced by none other than the legendary Shaw Brothers. The beginning of the film introduces the “five deadly pupils”: the fast moving Centipede, the speed and agility of the Snake, the grasp of the Scorpion, the agile Lizard and mentally strong and intelligent Toad. This same film also heavily influenced The Abbot, which can be heard in various Wu related projects, including Masta Killa‘s No Said Date, as well as being the influence behind the short-lived, all female, Wu-affiliated group Deadly Venoms as well as the classic mixtape, 5 Deadly Venoms of Brooklyn (featuring Tony Touch, DJ Premier, PF Cuttin’, Mister Cee & Evil Dee).