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Dave Chappelle’s 12 Great Hip-Hop Moments on ‘Chappelle’s Show’

Dave Chapelle is making his comeback this summer with nine scheduled shows at New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall. The shows will feature a stand-up set but also a full orchestra and co-headlining musical guests like The Roots, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier, Erykah Bad, Janelle Monae and Nas...

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28 Times Rappers Have Been Banned Around the World

This weekend, 50 Cent will take the stage at Hot 97's Summer Jam for the first time in a decade, after his infamous chair throwing incident left him banned for life from the station in 2004...

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Would the album be as meaningful if everyone isn’t behind it?
My honest opinion is this: the concept of A Better Tomorrow is healthy for anybody and everybody, Wu-Tang and any man in America. Who wouldn’t want A Better Tomorrow, the concept? When I make albums, I think about the time I’m living in the world, I don’t just do shit. You go back and check my history, my art, you see meaning to my shit. There’s a reason why I do what I do; A Better Tomorrow, it's time for that, for our families, for America, for the world.

A lot of dreams and hopes haven’t been fulfilled that we all had. We had a strong optimism [of what] the world can be, and I want to make a record to reflect and inspire that dream more. I would love the whole Clan to be behind it, and it's something I got to think about and reconsider. If I’m the only guy to do it and hopefully inspire people like that, I’m going to do that regardless, personally. If we can make it happen together, we shall, and if it’s something at the end of the day that I have to do, then that’s what I'll do. I accept that in life. But I would love for every member to get on board and celebrate what we created.

Wu-Tang Clan, J. Cole And ScHoolboy Q Are Set To Headline Bumbershoot Festival

If you plan on hitting the festival scene this summer, Bumbershoot is another one to add to your list. The Seattle based event may serve as a chance for fans to hear music from the Wu-Tang Clan’s secret album...

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Cher Is On Wu-Tang Clan’s Secret Album ‘The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’

Did Cher and the RZA connect?

The singer's representative has confirmed that she appears on the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang album to Rolling Stone...

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[Ed. Note: This interview was conducted Thurs., April 17, prior to RZA's recent 30-day ultimatum to Raekwon.]

The RZA is on a promo run for his upcoming movie, Brick Mansions, which comes out this Friday, April 25 and co-stars the late Paul Walker. While on his press run, XXL spoke to him about the film and to get an update on the state of Wu-Tang, a topic that has become contentious in the past year and especially heated in the past few weeks.

Since last year, Wu-Tang's reunion album A Better Tomorrow has been in the news frequently. The album would be the group's first release since their 2007 album 8 Diagrams, and just about every fan of hip-hop is waiting for it to drop. However, ongoing disagreements have heightened within the past month, with the back in forth between RZA—who said in a since-outdated interview that he hadn't spoken to Raekwon in months—and Rae in particular getting heated, reaching its peak when The Chef said RZA was a liar and that he was "on strike" from the Wu, to which RZA responded, leading to The Abbot giving Rae what amounts to a 30-day ultimatum to either be on the new album or not.

Obviously, there's been a lot on RZA's plate of late; in addition to his public sparring with The Chef and his new movie out tomorrow, he's also readying a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang album called The Wu: Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, which the Clan will be auctioning off for reportedly millions of dollars, and has been dealing with news reports identifying former Wu-Tang affiliate Christ Bearer as the man who cut off his own penis in an apparent suicide attempt last week. So RZA might be forgiven for being a little distracted at the moment.

But with all these issues up in the air, RZA spoke with XXL in this second part of our two-part interview—the first of which, focusing on Brick Mansions and his relationship with Walker, can be found here—about the issues between him and Raekwon, the idea of a Wu-Tang album without the entire Clan, and the plans for the album's next single. —Emmanuel C.M.

RZA Says Raekwon’s Demands Would Cripple Wu-Tang’s Album Budget


Best Hip-Hop Instagrams Of The Week

From Wu-Tang clearing the air on Christ Bearer's self mutilation to Mimi Faust's sex-tape hitting the net, this week on Instagram was one not to miss...

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Exclusive: RZA Speaks On The Wu-Tang Affiliate Who Cut Off His Own Penis

Early Wednesday morning (April 16), a report ran stating that Andre “Christ Bearer” Johnson, a Wu-Tang Clan affiliate, cut off his penis and tried to commit suicide by jumping off the second-story balcony of his North Hollywood apartment


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