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Music, All Shook Down Five Gifts For Hip-Hop Heads

Five Gifts For Hip-Hop Heads

Holiday shopping can be a crap-shoot, and coming up with a unique idea is sometimes the hardest thing to do. With that in mind, here's a short list of items for the hip-hop fan in your life. (You might even…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch Ensemble Mik Nawooj Take On Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M."

Watch Ensemble Mik Nawooj Take On Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M."

Covering Wu-Tang Clan — especially in a manner that does the seminal hip-hop crew justice — is no small task. So what have we learned from composer JooWan Kim, the founder and director of Ensemble Mik Nawooj? Having an entire…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: Two New Bay Area Festivals, Pandora's Legal Troubles, and a Museum Exhibit for Record Store Day

Music Links: Two New Bay Area Festivals, Pandora's Legal Troubles, and a Museum Exhibit for Record Store Day

There's a slight chance that the public may get to hear Once Upon a Time in Shaolin after all. Though Wu-Tang Clan originally intended to release a single copy to the highest bidder, fans have created a Kickstarter in…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Quotes of the Week: MIA Needs Cash, GZA Needs Science, and Bieber Needs a Slap

Music Quotes of the Week: MIA Needs Cash, GZA Needs Science, and Bieber Needs a Slap

"ummm ..... can i borrow 16 million ?"M.I.A.'s message to Madonna, after the NFL demanded an additional $15.1 million in restitution from her over the 2012 Super Bowl middle finger incident (Twitter)."There was a lot of whining in rock at…
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Music, Hear This

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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Music, Hear This GZA: Show Preview

GZA: Show Preview

The Wu-Tang Clan included rappers more famous, more insane, and more intoxicated than the GZA, but arguably none more talented. The Staten Island rhymer born Gary Grice is deservedly revered for his deadpan delivery and labyrinthine rhyme schemes. He stands…
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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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Dining, SFoodie Wu-Tang Clan-Inspired C.R.E.A.M. Has 'Secret' Menu Items

Wu-Tang Clan-Inspired C.R.E.A.M. Has 'Secret' Menu Items

Named after the debut single from the New York rap group Wu-Tang Clan, Berkeley's C.R.E.A.M. (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me) slangs cookies and ice cream sandwiches instead of beats and rhymes. C.R.E.A.M. lets patrons customize their orders so that one…
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Music, Hear This Raekwon: Show Preview

Raekwon: Show Preview

If you ever require solid proof of Raekwon's care for his craft, dig into "C.R.E.A.M.," from Wu-Tang Clan's agile 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Early into the track, the Clan's resident Chef is dispensing slang-heavy, machismo-laced life advice…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rhyme Master Run Amok

Rhyme Master Run Amok

If you ever require solid proof of Raekwon's care for his craft, dig into "C.R.E.A.M.," from Wu-Tang Clan's agile 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Early into the track, the Clan's resident Chef is dispensing slang-heavy, machismo-laced life advice…
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Music, All Shook Down The Eight Most Memorable Pop Culture References on <i>Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)</i>

The Eight Most Memorable Pop Culture References on Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

The rap game -- well, any game -- could use more people with the ambition of the RZA and the ability to make good on it. The man born Robert Diggs is more than an MC, a producer, and an…
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Music, All Shook Down How Wallpaper. Got a Record Deal, Local Artists Tackle Nick Drake's <i>Pink Moon</i>, and More

How Wallpaper. Got a Record Deal, Local Artists Tackle Nick Drake's Pink Moon, and More

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Wallpaper. Gets a Record Deal: It was around 10 o'clock on a Friday night in December when Ricky Reed walked into a meeting at the Sony Music building in Beverly Hills with no…
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Music, Hear This Wu-Tang Clan: Show Preview

Wu-Tang Clan: Show Preview

Long after the Earth has withered into a human-free wasteland, Neptunian archeologists will rummage through the artifacts and wonder why they keep finding a mysterious "W" symbol everywhere. We're of course talking about the insignia of the Wu-Tang Clan. Since…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night's VVM SXSW Party: Wu-Tang Packs It, Wild Flag Rocks It, and Yelawolf Goes Shirtless

Last Night's VVM SXSW Party: Wu-Tang Packs It, Wild Flag Rocks It, and Yelawolf Goes Shirtless

Still only on Day 2 of this ridiculous conflagration, last night forced even more torturous decision-making on festival-goers with a crazy-stacked series of shows. (The Strokes even had fireworks!) But the Village Voice Media party at Austin Music Hall, featuring…
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Music, All Shook Down Our SXSW Party: Wu-Tang Clan, Erykah Badu, Wild Flag, and More

Our SXSW Party: Wu-Tang Clan, Erykah Badu, Wild Flag, and More

And so we join the SXSW deluge: Village Voice Media, the parent company of SF Weekly, and Frank 151 yesterday announced the details of our annual SXSW party: We'll deign to spare you any unfortunate lyrical references to the Wu-Tang…
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Music, All Shook Down Wu-Tang Clan Rocks A Cutely Dressed Mezzanine Crowd, Eventually

Wu-Tang Clan Rocks A Cutely Dressed Mezzanine Crowd, Eventually

Wu-Tang Clan Là the Darkman Mean Doe Green DJ M-Rock Thursday, December 2, 2010 @ Mezzanine Better than: Being packed into a hot, wobbly sweatbox for any other conceivable reason RZA dropped out of the first night of the Wu-Tang…
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Music, Ghostface Killah talks about God on "The Apollo Kids"

Ghostface Killah talks about God on "The Apollo Kids"

It doesn't matter what the question is. If you're looking for an answer, don't ask Dennis Coles. This is what 15 years of press clippings have taught us about the MC who, as Ghostface Killah, has made some of his…
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Music, All Shook Down Wu-Tang Clan Is Playing San Francisco's Mezzanine This December

Wu-Tang Clan Is Playing San Francisco's Mezzanine This December

Nothing to fuck with.​YES: the Wu-Tang Clan (R.I.P. O.D.B.) is bringing its Shaolin magic on the road next month, and San Francisco lies in the path of destruction. (This less than a month after Ghostface Killah's show at Slim's next…
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Music, All Shook Down Photos: Rock the Bells at Shoreline Amphitheatre

Photos: Rock the Bells at Shoreline Amphitheatre

It was quite a helluva lineup at yesterday's Rock the Bells concert at Shoreline: Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, Lauryn Hill, and other hip-hop titans, with many performing classic albums in their entirety. Photographer Christopher Victorio was there for the party,…
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