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Ghostface: Show Preview

The Wu-Tang Clan is in the midst of a mini-revival at the moment. Head honcho RZA directed and starred in The Man With the Iron Fists. GZA is working on a long-promised new album. And Ghostface has teamed up with…
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Film, "The Man with the Iron Fists": The RZA Gets Good and Weird

"The Man with the Iron Fists": The RZA Gets Good and Weird

As Wu-Tang Clan's principal producer and myth-maker, Robert "RZA" Diggs translated the group's rugged urban background into the language of Wuxia flicks and '70s Marvel Comics. These elements are accounted for in the RZA's first film, the 19th-century-China-set The Man…
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Music, Hear This The RZA: Show Preview

The RZA: Show Preview

The producer known as The RZA (real name: Robert Diggs) is largely known as the architect of the Wu-Tang Clan's deathly spare beats and signature instrumental sound. But he's also spent more than a decade releasing four solo albums and…
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Music, Prince Paul's "Negroes on Ice" Wants the Rap World to Take a Joke

Prince Paul's "Negroes on Ice" Wants the Rap World to Take a Joke

Negroes on Ice. That's the name of producer Prince Paul and his son's new hip-hop play. The title is provocative; it evokes scathing images of mainstream millionaire rappers with Bambi-like spindly legs slipping and sliding around on the slick ice…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from this week in S.F. music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from this week in S.F. music

Sizzle Roger Waters' The Wall tour blows our minds Friday at Oracle Arena. Will Metallica do an insanely expensive-to-produce tour next? The RZA doesn't show, but the rest of Wu-Tang Clan rocks a packed Mezzanine Thursday —when the guys decide…
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Music, The Honor Roll Crew is the West Coast's Wu-Tang Clan

The Honor Roll Crew is the West Coast's Wu-Tang Clan

The Honor Roll Crew could be the Bay Area's version of the Wu-Tang Clan. Headed up by Trackademicks, the eight-member collective of rappers, producers, DJs, and singers follows RZA's playbook for the Clan: An umbrella group takes in numerous artists,…
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Music, GZA: Going Back in Wu-Tang Time

GZA: Going Back in Wu-Tang Time

A little over a decade ago, the Wu-Tang Clan seemed unstoppable. The nine-member crew took hip-hop by storm, creating a dirty Staten Island sound that captivated millions of listeners. During the group's peak, six Wu-Tang–affiliated albums went either gold or…
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Music, Renaissance Man

Renaissance Man

Rapper, producer, actor, composer, martial-arts enthusiast, chess aficionado, author, businessman — RZA wears many hats, all of which fit. It's hard to think of a more ubiquitously iconic figure in hip-hop, or a more visionary individual: RZA doesn't just make…
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Music, Reviewed Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan's fifth album comes at a time of group strife. Ghostface Killah and Raekwon have laid into ringleader and beatmaker RZA for the album's creative direction; calling Wu a sinking ship and RZA a "hip-hop hippie," Raekwon says the…
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Music, Is Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah as Dumb as He Sometimes Acts?

Is Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah as Dumb as He Sometimes Acts?

Ghostface Killah is a brilliant storyteller and lyricist, and is the only Wu-Tang Clan member still making relevant solo albums. He's a prolific and increasingly media-savvy artist who nonetheless seems to constantly shoot himself in the foot commercially. He's also…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, August 3, 2005 The Pacific Film Archive's series highlighting "operatives, surveillants, and saboteurs" in cinema gets really weird with The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover, described in the program as a "tawdry biopic" of the former FBI honcho.…
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Film, Jaa Rules

Jaa Rules

If you want to know what Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is all about, it's pretty easy to sum up. It starts with a big fight, as a group of local villagers plays Capture the Flag in the branches of a…
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Music, Reviewed GZA

GZA

Once upon a time way back in the early '90s, a clan called Wu-Tang formed, with GZA "at the head." Two years after its seminal 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang, the Clan issued its twin classics: Method Man's Tical and…
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Film, Turning Japanese

Turning Japanese

The gun is a coward's weapon, always has been, always will be. Likening it to the sword is like equating rape to romance. However, for reasons that can only be attributed to collective insanity, Hollywood absolutely loves to romanticize the…
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Reviews

Gravediggaz The Pick, the Sickle and the Shovel (Gee Street) The plan was simple: Ally two talented but unsigned hip-hop veterans (Poetic and Frukwan) with an underground renaissance man on the verge of stardom (the RZA, on holiday from Wu-Tang…
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Music,

Recordings

Come Near Life Experience (Matador) You are perhaps aware that this record has been available for conspicuous consumption for months. If so, I hope you strapped on the feed bag, since it was without question one of the best records…
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