The line-up for the tenth annual Rock The Bells tour was announced on Tuesday May 14th and two names have been making more news than many of the other performers on the bill. And they’re dead. Following in the footsteps of Tupac Shakur’s virtual performance at Coachella in 2012, the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E will be taking the stage as holograms this summer. ODB will be coming out during theWu-Tang Clan’s set and Eazy-E will be keeping it gangsta with Bone Thugs N Harmony. The company responsible for the Tupac Shakur hologram, Digital Domain Media Group Inc., filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year, so it is unclear who will be creating the ODB and Eazy-E projections. The Tupac hologram was rumored to have cost between $100,000 and $400,000 to create. Watch the performance from Coachella below.
Despite the fact that it was reported that the legendary Wu-Tang Clan will be reuniting on record this year to release a new album called A Better Tomorrow, there may be some unforeseen trouble regarding the project. A strange tweet from the official Wu-Tang Clan Twitter page seemed to indicate that the in-fighting between individual group members has resurfaced. “Well the mighty Wu-Tang Clan let there solo managers ruin the 20th anniversary campaign.,” someone tweeted from the group’s Twitter account today (April 30th.) The group hasn’t released an album since 2008, largely because of in-fighting between the members.
Says Marco: “I did a remix for “Stand Up” off the brand new Adrian Younge presents The Delfonics project (who am I big fan of, y’all should cop anything he’s a part of.) Adrian sent me the album early and I made this beat. Tragedy was originally gonna lay down one verse on this on some freestyle sh*t, but once I started hearing his bars I refused to let this be a one verse song! Three verses later and appropriate hook by Slap aka Fizzy Womack aka Lil Fame we have the “Stand Up” remix. Tragedy will have an alternate version of this song on his upcoming album as well. Now please enjoy the final leak from Newport Authority 2!”
Wu-Tang affiliate Shyheim Da Rugged Child ,was arrested on Friday following a raid of his Staten Island apartment. According to reports, police found a revolver, ammo, heroin, Xanax, and other drug parapher
Method Man and Redman’s beloved stoner flick How High may have been released well over a decade ago, but despite that lengthy period of time there hasn’t been much progress made when it concerns a sequel to the film. TMZ recently caught up with Method Man who revealed that they’re currently waiting for Dustin Lee Abraham to write a screenplay for How High 2. “Right now my man Dustin Lee Abraham, who wrote the first one, we’re currently waiting on him to write the second one. If it’s good enough, we’ll rush out the gate with it,” Method Man explained. Method Man later alluded to there possibly being an issue with Universal and even encouraged fans to start a petition if they have any interest in seeing a sequel to How High. “[If] Universal get the stick up out their ass. There’s a lot of people that want to see this movie,” said the Wu-Tang rapper. “Matter of fact, you guys should start a petition. Who wants to see How High Part 2? And once you start it then we’ll see where the big wigs heads are at.” Released in 2001, How High featured Method Man and Redman as two marijuana smokers who were accepted into Harvard University.
The Killer Bees are back, or at least they will be in coming months to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their debut album. November 9, 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan dropped the critically acclaimed Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), and if all goes to plann their journey will come full circle this July, when the legendary New York collective says they’re dropping their sixth album. Rumors that the group were in talks about a reunion tour and a new studio album to mark the festive occasion partially comes to fruition with the announcement of A Better Tomorrow. The project is named after song number 10 from the Clan’s second album Wu-Tang Forever. Although there’s been no word on a United States tour, Wu-Tang will hit the UK for two shows this summer for the 20th anniversary: July 25th at O2 Apollo in Manchester and July 26th at O2 Academy, Brixton in London. You can purchase your tickets here. The Clan will also perform at this year’s Coachella Festival in Indio, California, April 14 and 21, and Bonaroo in June. At the moment, very little is known about the album, so be sure to check back with BLP as information becomes readily available.
XXL Magazine chopped it up with Ghostface Killah recently, who had some harsh words for his fellow Wu member, RZA. While RZA has expressed his desire to have the Wu-Tang reunite in the near future, Ghostface spoke openly about how he was disappointed in RZA’s 2007 work, “8 Diagrams“, as he felt that project didn’t properly reflect RZA’s talents or potential.
“8 Diagrams, I couldn’t stand it ’cause I know us, and then I know my man [RZA] even more. I’m like, ‘Yo, how could you give our f*cking people that?’ Now you had people that said, ‘Oh no, I liked it.’ That might be the ‘yes men’ n*ggas. You know what I mean? Or it’s a miss or something ’cause I know how we can be. These motherf*ckers wanted the skits. They wanted to feel like they at home with us. They wanna feel like, ‘Y’all didn’t hear this in a long time. What y’all got now?’
“I saw him give other n*ggas fly samples from Nas to Busta Rhymes. Busta Rhymes sent me some sh*t, I said, ‘Yo, where you get this from?’I went to RZA. I told him I wanted this box right here. He gave us some fly sh*T’…pay for the sample RZA. Pay for the sample. So what they gonna take this and things, but the people want that from us right now. Pay for the f*cking sample. RZA’s my brotha for life. That’s my brother-in-law. I got babies by his f*cking sister. But what I’m hearing, I’m not saying I’m the best, but I’m consistent about my sh*t. So what you gon’ roll with? The n*gga that’s being consistent or – even though he taught me a lot of sh*t but it’s like is your sh*t still – the way y’all been making these cakes for the past 30 years. Entenmann’s. Are y’all still making those kind of cakes? Or Little Debbie‘s is coming up blowin’. C’mon man, that’s not that crumb cake, n*gga.”