The soothing finger-picking of a Spanish guitar is not something that’s immediately associated with the Wu-Tang Clan…
But Wyclef Jean revealed on a new episode of Drink Champs that he owes the composition of his iconic 1999 “Maria Maria” collab with Carlos Santana to an extremely unexpected source.
“In that whole record, did y’all hear the part that sounded like Wu-Tang Clan?” Wyclef asked the crowded room, although his audience didn’t know what he was talking about.
Grabbing his guitar to illustrate the exact writing process for the track, The Fugees legend showed N.O.R.E and DJ EFN how the opening riff came first, before the melody riff — which, once you hear it, is pure “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit.”
Of course, people are talking about “Maria Maria” again now that DJ Khaled has used part of it to make the beat for his latest mega-hit, “Wild Thoughts,” which features Rihanna and Bryson Tiller.
Check out the video below. Wyclef’s virtuoso moment stars around the 18-minute mark. Then go ahead and compare the tracks for yourself.
Wu-Tang Clan affiliate and ‘Sunz of Man’ legendary emcee, Hell Razah, has just released his new collaborative album with Ayatollah, titled ‘A Piece of the Action’; inspired by the 1970’s iconic action/comedy film, starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. Stream and/or download the project below. Follow Hell Razah on Twitter. Found on DubCNN.
Mighty Mi currently rocks clubs in Las Vegas, so it makes perfect sense that he'd line up a new single to wreck the dance floor, but with a twist. "OG House" finds the veteran producer/DJ linking up with Ghostface Killah for a collab that will have you showing off your best footwork.
"This is the title track off of my OG House album," Mighty Mi told Complex. "The project blends the legendary lyricists I grew up on, with the uptempo dance music I spin now in Las Vegas at the Wynn. I haven't seen the two genres meshed properly since my High & Mighty days in the '90s. I felt like it was long overdue to combine golden era hip hop's sensibility with funky house music agility.
Check out "OG House" below along with a few remixes to put in rotation. You can purchase it on iTunes now via Play Action.
Masta Killa made a last minute debut on a Rap classic: Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).What Heads may not realize is that was the Brooklyn, New York MC’s first rhyme and his first time in the studio. Having described himself as the “little brother” within the Clan, Jamel Irief is in fact, an O.G. He was a B-Boy since the 1980s when he grew up within an earshot of Big Daddy Kane, and experienced lunchroom battles at Jesse Owens High School P.S. 26 in BK. In the years since, he released a standout album in 2004’s No Said Date, rhymed on multiple Wu singles, and put in work with Public Enemy, Afu-Ra, and R.A. The Rugged Man. Long before he was a PETA-endorsed vegan, teenaged Killa was flipping Big Macs and Egg McMuffins at McD’s, alongside Jeru The Damaja. There is so much more to a story that was Made In Brooklyn.
In 2002, during an era where mainstream Hip-Hop appeared heavily saturated with gangsterism and hustler narratives, a preppy, middle-class, pink Polo shirt-rockin’ producer from the Chicago suburbs shocked the Rap game by signing to Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records at its pinnacle. While renowned for his distinctive, soulful production, Kanye West had a notoriously hard time being taken seriously as a rapper. Even his future “Big Brother” and longtime collaborator Jay was hesitant to give the artist his big break, worried that ‘Ye wouldn’t fit into the Roc’s roster. “We all grew up street guys who had to do whatever we had to do to get by,” Jay told Time in 2005. “Then there’s Kanye [West], who to my knowledge has never hustled a day in his life. I didn’t see how it could work.”
It was recently during a live internet chat discussing his charges that Shkreli played Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon A Time in Shaolin, the rare project that he purchased for $2 million, and infamously threatened to destroy.
“I donated $2 million to Wu-Tang,” he said of the buy around the 48-minute mark below.. “I got a mixtape in return, it was a wonderful investment. I view it as a donation. People might see that as splurging. I don’t think there are many people in the world who have patronized hip-hop to the extent I have.”
For the next ten minutes, he would play the project until the clips inevitably ends.