Wu-tang Clan Rapper Gza Has Called Off His Upcoming European Tour So He Can Complete His Upcoming Album With Collaborator, Composer Vangelis.
The hip-hop star, real name Gary Grice, was scheduled to kick off a month-long trek on 5 September (15) in Montreux, Switzerland, but he has hit Facebook.com to share some bittersweet news.
The MC posted a photo of himself in the recording studio with Vangelis, the man behind a number of memorable film scores, including Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Academy Award.
GZA added the caption, "Due to circumstances beyond our control and a narrow window to finish Dark Matter, with a very rare collaborator, I regret to inform my fans that I must cancel these upcoming European dates. I'll be back next Spring with brand new material."
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RZA is hoping that the new Wu-Tang Clan album, 'A Better Tomorrow', will inspire their fans.
The 45-year-old rapper wants fans to take away the messages contained within the lyrics of the group's long-awaited new album 'A Better Tomorrow'.
He told Billboard.com: ''Throughout music, I'm aiming to inspire a better tomorrow, to other people, know what I mean? ...
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Rap icons Wu-Tang Clan proved they have put their differences aside when all nine members appeared together for a performance on U.S. Tv. on Wednesday night (06Aug14).
Raekwon, GZA, RZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Cappadonna gave a rendition of new track Ron O'Neal as well as 1997 classic Triumph on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
The group also sat down for a chat with the host during the Tv appearance.
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Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA is still holding out hope that his bandmate Raekwon will reach out and offer up some verses for the group's final album before the project is completed and handed over to label bosses.
Earlier this month (Nov13), producer/rapper Rza revealed the Ice Cream hitmaker was the only one who had yet to contribute to A Better Tomorrow, the hip-hop collective's first album in six years, which he had hoped to release by the end of the year (13) to mark 20 years since their classic debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
Rza now admits the situation with Raekwon still hasn't changed, but he is eager to discuss any problems with him so they can resolve the issue: "He hasn't turned in his verses yet. I don't know if he's still trying to find the vibe of the music. We have to talk about it before it becomes too late. But he hasn't come to the table yet."
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The Gravel Pit hitmakers have been working on the rap collective's first album in six years, A Better Tomorrow, in the hopes of releasing it by the end of the year (13) to mark the two decades since their classic debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
However, group leader Rza admits some members have been less than receptive about reuniting to record new music - and he's named and shamed Raekwon for being one of those not putting in the effort.
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Wu-Tang Clan have reformed to release a new album and play two gigs in the UK in July.
Wu-Tang Clan have reunited.
The entire current collective of the 'Protect Ya Neck' htimakers - RZA, GZA, Raekwon, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Method Man and Masta Killah - will return to the UK for two live shows in July and a new album.
The hip hop group will take to the stage at Manchester's O2 Apollo on July 25 and Brixton's O2 Academy in London on July 26 after reuniting to create new record 'A Better Tomorrow' - named after a track on their second studio album, 1997's 'Wu-Tang Forever' - which is to be released in July.
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Columbia University professor Christopher Emdin recently met with the star to discuss how to get African-American and Latino students more engaged in the classroom, and together they developed a pilot programme that will use hip-hop to teach science in 10 Big Apple public schools.
Beginning in January (13), Emdin and his graduate students will conduct weekly alternative courses, where pupils will write rhymes instead of papers and even freestyle with their peers about the subject.
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Gza, who has long been eating an all-green diet, reveals he used to poke fun at Method Man for feasting on steaks, but the All I Need hitmaker has since decided to follow in his Wu-Tang Clan bandmate's footsteps and become a veggie.
The group co-founder tells RedBullUsa.com, "I used to tease Meth all the time about him eating steaks, use to tell him he was 'Eatin' a pig p**sy T-bone'. He hated that s**t, but he just recently came up to me and said both he and Redman are vegetarians now."
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The folk singer reveals he was introduced to GZA by the hip-hop star's Wu-Tang Clan bandmate RZA, and the pair got along so well, they decided to hit the studio together.
He tells Paste magazine, "We hung out and talked... Then I sent him my catalogue. And he said, 'Hey man, will you write some stuff? Let's write together.'"
The result is a remix of Banhart's song Baby, but the rocker admits their collaboration could lead to a full album of duets.
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The members of hip-hop tribe Wu-Tang Clan are descended from the Shinnecock Indians.
Another family member, road manager PAPA WU, tells PAGESIX.COM, "We are Indians. My grandfather was CHIEF FRED CUFFIE. We used to go to the Indian pow-wows on the Fourth of July.
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