In 2002, GZA was fast at work on his fourth solo album (the third since the ’93 sonic-boom of the Wu-Tang Clan). At the time, 1995’s Liquid Swords was well on its way to eventual platinum status, while 1999’s Beneath The Surface was his second consecutive Top 10 release, grabbing gold. The Genius’ label, MCA/Geffen Records was restructuring, and the lyrical shogun within the Clan followed Nas, as he did with Stillmatic, as one of the artists willing to re-visit his classic catalog in moving forward. The Legend Of The Liquid Sword is not a definitive sequel album per se. But in the minds of faithful Clan fans, it made a big wager, simply by using the hallowed name.
RZA, who put down some of his finest drum programming and filthiest sampling back in ’95, would contribute just “Rough Cut.” In his place, Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs (who eventually collaborated with GZA at an album level), Roc-A-Fella’s Bink!, and Jay Z mentor Jaz-O stepped in. The Genius even slid behind the boards for a cut too.
In April, AZ released a powerful collaboration alongside Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon and Mobb Deep’s Prodigy. “Save Them” was guttural East Coast Rap, produced by D.I.T.C. member Buckwild. These three MCs proved that they’ve been able to stay sharp, make incredible product, and never compromise from who they said they were when each burst on the scene in the early 1990s. With Minister Louis Farrakhan speaking on the chorus, the song deals with life, death, and the pursuit of dope rhymes. As Doe Or Die 2lingers on the horizon, there may be an over-arching message here.
Now comes the video. Like the message of the song itself, the visual is about keeping it simple. Three artists who have become brands for their class clap the verses at the camera. Meanwhile, AZ walks around the community in New York City showing how he touches the people through more than just insightful bars.
For their Fall 2017 collection, Opening Ceremony designers and founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim returned to their native Los Angeles roots. The comeback was in part a love letter to their L.A. store, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in the location of Charlie Chaplin’s former dance studio.
Their new collection, “A Modern Western,” shares an affection for the “west” in many ways too: The fashion show, which took place during Made L.A. on Friday night, was set in a theatrical indoor desert of cartoonish cacti.
Models paraded along the perimeter of the cacti in studded western wear, ruched skirts and pants, asymmetrical knits, velour tracksuits, and thigh-high pink velvet boots that could flag legs at a city block’s distance. The styles were infused with western elements, yes, but punk, goth, and sportswear styles could not go unnoticed.
Official 247HH exclusive interview with Harlem, New York City based artist Dame Grease where you’ll hear about how he made made "Move Back" with Ol' Dirty Bastard & what he learned from the legendary Jay Z