Watch Deck go in on some diverse topics. From Triumph, to C.R.E.A.M., to The Flood & mismangement. A good watch/listen.
If my mind recalls correctly You Can’t Stop Me Now was a title planned to be on the 8 Diagrams album. Previous news bits have John Frusciante playing on the guitars and RZA doing production. Now like suspected it ended up elsewhere. The new bobby digital album to be exact.
To be fair the track is real nice. No real bobby feel here. I approve.
On another note, the cover you see here is done by Gary Alford and seems to be an early sketch for the cover. The album is slated for a July 1st release.
DX: Itâ€™s common knowledge that thereâ€™s no 401K in Hip Hop. With that being said, do you ever see yourself stepping away from the music industry to pursue a more stable way to make a living?
PR: I will always do something in music. Anything that I am able to do professionally in music I will pursue it. One of the things I really want to get into scoring movies. I dibbled and dabbled in it but I really would like to get into it in a serious way especially since I seen how RZA capitalized on the scoring thing with Kill Bill and Blade and all that. I would like to deal with action movies, superhero movies, and gangster movies. Gangster shit and superhero shit in particular. Iâ€™m real into the superhero thing big time. I been into them since I was a kid, so I would love to be part of one of them. I like a lot of the movies theyâ€™ve been making and theyâ€™ve been coming out with a lot of them lately so Iâ€™m really gung ho about getting into it now.
RZA is going to get some competition in Cali. Let’s see how this will all work out. Read the full interview at HHDX: Unsung Hero
Yesterday I also came across some other old post. It offered some food for thought. Stating that Deck should have collaborated with Pete Rock for his entire solo LP.
FW: Hereâ€™s how it should have played out ten years ago: coming off the success of Wu-Tang Forever (1997) â€“ on which he contributed the finest verses of his career, reigning supreme on every track he blessed â€“ the Rebel INS grows impatient with RZAâ€™s new keyboard-based approach to beatmaking and Bobby Digital (1998) distractions. Dissatisfied with the scattershot RZA tracks and the fruits of the Wu-satellite producers that would comprise Uncontrolled Substance (1999), Deck offers Pete Rock the opportunity to produce the record in the same template as â€˜Trouble Manâ€™, his lone contribution to the album. While Wu diehards are sent into an uproar over the absence of the Wu abbot, the resulting full-length is nonetheless a smashing success, as Deckâ€™s signature metaphors and endless alliteration are a perfect match for Rockâ€™s rhythmic soundscapes. On â€˜Trouble Manâ€™, note how the Soul Brother offers a fresh perspective on Isaac Hayesâ€™ â€˜Joyâ€™ riff, slicing it up into syncopated microfragments, then layering the chalky piano from Curtis Mayfieldâ€™s â€˜Give Me Your Loveâ€™ atop for the chorus, which also appropriates Sadeâ€™s â€˜Paradiseâ€™.
My point: Pete Rock – Tru Master ft. INspectah Deck & Kurupt
Street Knowledge TV: The Wu Tang Clan Perform Live At The Hammerstein Ballroom on New York City for their 8 Diagram Tour w/out RZA!
Inspectah Deck Interview
14/12/2007 By Brian Kayser / HipHopGame
8 Diagrams is finally out. How do you feel about that?
We should have released five albums by now, but you know, itâ€™s all good to still be loved and appreciated and anticipated like that. Thatâ€™s the best feeling about this whole thing for me right now.
Five years is a long time to go without releasing an album. Was there too much of a layover between Iron Flag and 8 Diagrams?
For me and in my opinion, I would say yeah. But you know, Iâ€™m not the one who runs things. I just played my part as an MC on this one.
Did playing your part as an MC include giving RZA your creative input and making suggestions?
I played my part as an MC. This was a vision that RZA had, like 36 Chambers was a vision that he had. We had the faith in him to basically do what he does to the extent of how he does it. Pretty much, thatâ€™s what he did. My input wasnâ€™t asked of me. Creatively, thatâ€™s really, like, out the window on this album. This was like you had Beethoven and niggas who played guitars and shit. Thereâ€™s only room for one conductor, man.
It doesnâ€™t seem as though every Clan member has that same faith in RZA that you have. Why do you think that is?
Itâ€™s not that everybody doesnâ€™t have the faith. We know RZA away from music, so I know what heâ€™s capable of on and off the field. Itâ€™s never a question of faith or anything like that. Itâ€™s just more a question of decision-making now that weâ€™re grown. Itâ€™s about making the right decision and smart decisions because bad choices can kill you nowadays.
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Head over to kotorimag.com and check out the full interview. It talks about 8 Diagrams. How they got the members back together, what’s the meaning behind it, why now, with whom does Wu got beef, the evolution of RZA as a producer and more. Some nice raw stuff in between all this drama.
Hip-hop heroes focus on solo work
IS WU-TANG CLAN OVER? “IT’s SON ice, really,” says Wu leader RZA. Despite breakup rumors, Wu may eventually come back someday. “When it’s time to rock, I think everybody’s down,” RZA says. In the meantime, bonds among the Staten Island, New York, rap crew are strong: Most of the Clan MCs are helping out with one another’s solo discs because, as Method Man puts it, they’re “Wu for life.”
What’s going on with Wu-Tang Cland
1. Masta Killa
He’s the only Wu-Tanger to never release a solo album-butthat’s aboutto change. Masta Killa will soon drop No Said Date, which RZA calls “a crazy classiccompletely raw. He’s the motherfucker right now.”
A new Raekwon effort â€” The Lex Diamond Story-is expected to come out later this year.
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“Rap is like the polio vaccine: Once they knew it worked, everyone wanted it.”-Grandmaster Flash
WU-TANG CLAN LEADER RZA MAPS OUT HIS BATTLE PLANS FOR THE MILLENNIUM, INCUDING ALBUMS FROM METHOD MAN, CAPPADONNA AND GHOSTFACE KILLAH
MASTER P PETER WATCN HIS BACK: WHEN IT COME TO RELeasing multiple multiple albums, da last don has fierce competition from rap’s illest conglomerate, Wu-Tang Clan. Already this year, the Wu posse has released five albums, three in the past two months: Dirty Weaponry, Killarmy’s second release; The Last Shall Be First, the debut from the Wu offshoot Sunz of Man; and RZA Presents Wu-Tang Killa Bees: The Swarm, a compilation featuring new tracks from Wu-Tang veterans as well as fresh recruits like Remedy, the first white Wu-affiliated rapper, and the all-female crew Deadly Venoms. And don’t expect the flow to slow down: The next eighteen months could find more than twenty-four Wu-related projects hitting the street, including new albums from Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck and Bobby Digital, the alter ego of Clan mastermind RZA. “Bobby’s a motherfucker that’s down for the bullshit,” RZA explains. “I think people are going to love him, because people love bullshit.” Here, RZA gives the 411 on the Wu world order.
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As Congressional Hearings wind down, Inspectah Deck of Wu Tang Clan talks about the climate of violence and disrespect in the Hip Hop community.
â€œWinter Warzâ€-Ghostface – Killah Ironman (1996)-Cappadonna Verse
Before he was a cabdriver, Cappadonna was a serious contributor to both Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and Ironman. On “Winter Warz,” he lost his mind and assaulted the pounding drum powered beat. Rhyming for over two minutes straight and seemingly out of nowhere as a cleanup hitter, ‘Donna switched from the Stapleton lingo (“1-6-0 4-9-3-11”) to the gutter and back. He doesnâ€™t pause for a breath, heâ€™s just relentless. He may not be on top of the overall emcee list, but Cappaâ€™s “Winter Warz” verse is like Sleepy Floydâ€™s 53 Point NBA Playoff game: An all-time performance from a footnote player.
â€œTriumphâ€-Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang Forever (1997) Inspectah Deck Verse
Rhyming over the drums of war and blanketed by string instruments, Deck heralded the triumphant return of the Clan, passionately referencing Socrates, atomic bombs, forensic science and just about everything but the kitchen sink. On a double album with 8 other emcees with different styles, The Inspectah Deck had perhaps the most memorable verse of them all.
Just put the songs up and forget all the Wu-Drama for a second. And smoke a blunt and dial 9-1-7…
Wu-Tang & El Michels Affair “Bring Da Ruckus” live at xm radio, oct 2005
Deck & Masta getting interviewed by Cool in you Code
One of hip hopâ€™s most influential groups, the Wu-Tang Clan, started on Staten Island 15 years ago. CiNYC Host Shirley got to hang in 10304 with SIâ€™s own Inspectah Deck and BKâ€™s Masta Killa.
Hip hop may have started in the Bronx, but when it landed on SI, Wu-Tang raised it to another level. When asked about their experiences with Wu-Tang over the years, Inspectah Deck and Masta Killa look at each other and shake their heads. â€œWeâ€™re still mystified,â€ said Inspectah Deck.
â€œIt hasnâ€™t really dawned on me, the effect weâ€™ve had on so many people worldwide. I take everything as a blessing.â€ Masta Killa said.
Wu-Tang lets their words and music speak for themselves. â€œThe mind is the most powerful weapon youâ€™ve got. The biggest gun anyone may have is not nearly as powerful as one of my thoughts,â€ said Deck.
See how the streets of New York helped shape one of the most influential rappers to hit the airwaves.