Last month, it was reported that Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, had been sold for “millions.” Bloomberg has revealed the buyer’s identity: Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli. Shkreli is the former hedge fund manager (and Collect Records associate) who made headlines this year for increasing the price of Daraprim—a drug used to treat AIDS and cancer patients—from $13.50 to $750. He reportedly paid $2 million for the album.
Now in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, Shkreli revealed that he’s planning to bail out incarcerated Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda while also firing off some shots at RZA and the rap industry. Read more after the jump!
You know what was a good show? Breaking Bad. Throughout its five seasons creator Vince Gilligan and company crafted some fine dramatic television centered around a struggling high school chemistry teacher producing crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family’s financial future before he dies. If you have yet to see it I highly recommend it (I also suggest you quit living under a rock.) The show is such a hit that it’s reviving the career of one Staten Island rapper. Method Man is a legend in his own right (check out his debut album, Tical) but let’s be real: Wu-Tang Clan is finished, their latest album A Better Tomorrow is crap, and RZA has basically lost his mind. However that’s not stopping M-E-T-H-O-D (MAN) from trying to jump start his career in the burgeoning 2010s. Thanks to Breaking Bad (and the subsequent popularization of methamphetamines) he’s releasing a new project entitled… wait for it… The Meth Lab. Get it? Because he’s Method Man and his name has a connection with meth. Well, at least he’s trying something unlike GZA who’s merely complaining about contemporary rap lyrics (or lack thereof.) He’s also sharing the project’s track title which features Hanz On and Streetlife. Check it after the jump.
With Raekwon’s F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Art) project on the horizon, the Chef lets loose one of the album’s most anticipated tracks. “I Got Money” features A$AP Rocky in rare form over a boom-bap style beat laced by S1.
Raekwon has kept silent when it comes to his highly-anticipated, forthcoming (we think?) new album F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Art) but after stopping by Shade 45 he felt compelled to drop that new joint “Wall to Wall” featuring fellow NYC rapper French Montana. Check out the video after the jump!
Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD’s collaborative project Soul Soul officially drops February 24th and looks like fans are getting a treat early, as they’ve shared the entire album. There are twelve total tracks and there are features from MF DOOM, Danny Brown, eLZhi, and Tree. You can stream Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD’s Sour Soul after the jump.
Wu-Tang Clan get all political and topical with their music video for “A Better Tomorrow” the title track from their new album, which you can stream in full right here. For “A Better Tomorrow,” the Clan utilizes scenes of protesters in Ferguson and New York reacting to the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, respectively. In addition the visuals include President Barack Obama’s reaction to the events. It closes with a list of people who were reportedly killed by police. Peep the visuals for Wu-Tang Clan’s “A Better Tomorrow” after the jump.
Raekwon, Vado & Go Dreamer contribute their bricks (verses) for Noisey’s forthcoming Rap Monument project (30 rappers from Young Thug to Raekwon to Action Bronson spitting bars as one unit) after already sharing Pusha T, Danny Brown, Nipsey Hussle, and Problem. More bricks are on the way; stay tuned. Peep Raekwon, Vado & Go Dreamer for The Rap Monument after the jump.
Now that you’re streaming Wu-Tang Clan’s new album and have heard some tracks (“Love Don’t Live Here No More,” “The Battlefield,” and “Blood on the Streets”) from Ghostface Killah’s new album 36 Seasons it’s only fitting that your day continues with more Wu related ish. And lucky for you Ghostface is gonna give you that fix with another cut from his forthcoming 36 Seasons album. Today he has “Homicide” featuring Nems and Shawn Wigs. Peep the joint after the jump!
The wait is finally over, Wu-Tang Clan’s first album in over seven years, A Better Tomorrow, is here. After teasing the album with singles like “Ruckus In B Minor,” “Necklace,” and “A Better Tomorrow” the Staten Island rap collective has made the entire album available for stream via YouTube. Take a listen through the album after the jump, which will be available for purchase beginning December 2.
After finally announcing the release of their highly-anticipated, long-gestating new album A Better Tomorrow back in early October, Wu-Tang Clan followed it up by dropping two new tracks within a span of a few weeks. Those two new cuts being “Ruckus In B Minor” (which they performed on Letterman last night) and the gritty “Necklace.” Now Clan is back in the front, sharing the title track. A Better Tomorrow will be released on December 1 via Warner Bros., Wu-Tang Clan’s new home. Listen to “A Better Tomorrow” after the jump.
Ghostface Killah continues the rollout for his highly-anticipated forthcoming solo album 36 Seasons (due out Dec. 9th) with a third AZ featured track. “Blood on the Streets” is the third (totaling five) AZ track Ghostface has shared thus far (the previous two being “Double Cross” and “The Battlefield”) from 36 Seasons. Listen to Ghostface’s “Blood on the Streets” after the jump.