UPDATE: “Ron O’Neil” is now in CDQ form here. Plus, official video below.
A historic hip hop moment happened tonight… on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart of all places. All 9 living members of Wu-Tang (counting quasi-member Cappadonna, GZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Raekwon & RZA — that’s right) reunited for the first time all together. They spoke with the great Stewart and then proceeded to premiere a new record off their upcoming reunion album, A Better Tomorrow, dropping this November called “Ron O’Neil”. They also performed “Triumph”. I’m sure your giddy at this point and surfing these Instagram clips below. Stay tuned for an update of official video when it drops.
Jon Stewart dancing backstage to Wu-Tang
The title alone has so much potential. Nardwuar’s latest guest is the legendary Wu-Tang Clan as he spoke with RZA, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Cappadonna, Masta Killa and Raekwon in Vancouver this past weekend. The always entertaining Nardwuar has much to say to these gents, and given everyone’s history in the game and of course the influence of Wu-Tang itself, this interview could dig deep in various directions. And it did. Enjoy! It’s 24 minutes, about double Nardwuar’s usual interviews.
In an interesting new project that’ll most certainly make RZA fans happy, the Wu legend links with Dr. Pepper for ‘Only One Place To Get It’ — turning studio sessions into a four-track free project below.
The project sees RZA collabing for the first time with the likes of MMG’s Chicago representa Rockie Fresh, singer Tinashe, and more. Stream/DL below.
In 2009, RZA auditioned for the role of Leslie Knope on NBC’s present-day hit comedy series, Parks & Recreation.
…I just wanted to type that out so we can all read and re-read that sentence over and over again.
Funny Or Die uncovered the audition tape (which should clue you in on the seriousness of that first sentence) with Questlove humorously narrating the intro and outro. I dig RZA as an actor (his movies + Californication guest role) and Parks & Rec is my favorite comedy on TV right now. So, basically, I loved this. I won’t ruin it. If you landed here, you’re already pressing play anyway. And what a great way to start Friday.
The weekend is as good a time as any to roundup the week that was and above and below, we have a trio of Wu-Tang goodies.
Up above is GZA‘s TED Talk (our 2nd posted today) where he talks about his co-founded program Science Genius that “seeks to engage high school students in science using hip hop.”
Also this week, Grantland posted a superb piece on the 20th anniversary Wu-Tang reunion, but interestingly enough, Raekwon isn’t a fan of RZA taking on full control of the project:
I would be the first one to say that we cannot leave everything in RZA’s hand no more. He has done his job to the greatest of his ability when we were younger, but now every man plays an imperative role in this situation. His plan was to do a more humble album. We was like, Nah. You can’t do that with the hardest group in the game.
Finally, how about some new music from that project? Wu-Tang’s “Keep Watch” is an instant raw track that I vibe with from the start. R&B singer Nathaniel helps on the hook and DJ Mathematics does the beat — both jobs well done. Listen below: