Watch The Wu-Tang Clan Short Film "For the Children: 25 Years of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)"

Wu-Tang Documentary For the Children

"That's what make Wu-Tang forever. If you don't plant seeds, it won't be forever. You have to give something back in order for something new to grow..." -- Masta Killa

In addition to my Wu-Tang Clan/ATCQ tribute roundup, you need to check out the Wu-Tang Clan’s short film For The Children: 25 Years of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

In conjunction with the YouTube channel Certified Classics, the film features Wu-Tang members RZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna, Masta Killa and U-God reflecting on the cultural impact of their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which turned 25 years old today (Nov. 9). Also, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky and others share their viewpoints as well.

The short film was directed by Shomi Patwary who does a great job of documenting critiques from two generation of rappers about the influence Enter the Wu-Tang had on their lives. In our current times, there appears to be a generational gap between the rap veterans and today's new school of rappers. This film brings it full circle. In short, we have to teach the babies without preaching to them.

Wu-Tang Clan is forever...and yes, they are for the children. R.I.P. Ol' Dirty Bastard.

Watch "For the Children: 25 Years of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" Documentary


Snoop Dogg Unveils Cover Art for 'Coolaid'


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Snoop Dogg is taking it back to the Doggystyle days of yore with the cover of his new album, Coolaid. This will be the veteran rhymer’s 14th solo effort of his career.

On Monday (June 13), the S-Dizzle went on his Instagram account to unveil the cartoon artwork. It’s basically Snoop with his cool aid stand selling cups of different flavors like lingo, ‘G,’ hair, swag and style.

We’ll take a cup of each, thank you.

If you look closely, you can see a young girl on a motor-scooter holding a dollar but her backpack says it all, “Super Crip.” Meanwhile, it looks like his homies are keeping watch of the po-po on a souped-up bicycle. We must also mention that the big booty woman next to him pointing at the style pitcher resembles Amber Rose. Plus, there's a "Crip" C-signal flashing in the sky.

Snoop has dropped a few singles that's slated for the project, including "Fireworks" and the mellow "Late Nights," which was produced by Mike WiLL Made-It.

Snoop Dogg's new album Coolaid will hit stores on July 1.



Listen to Snoop Dogg's Song "Late Nights"
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New Video: Jay Z - 'Holy Grail' Featuring Justin Timberlake


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Jay Z released today (Aug. 29) the new video for "Holy Grail," his braggadocios anthem from his stellar album, Magna Carta, Holy Grail.

The clip was released in conjunction with Facebook, which I'm quite sure, is much to the chagrin of Hov's co-star Justin Timberlake who is an investor in MySpace.

The visual is very dark and chopped-and-screwed with JT's yearning chorus starting in the middle and, occasionally, verses are slowed down and distorted.

Jay can be seen watching the infamous 1990 boxing match in which Mike Tyson gets knocked out by Buster Douglas. We also see him puffing on a cigar and rocking his dukie cuban links chain.

Then we see Timberlake sitting at a table singing the chorus and watching women dancing with tablecloths covering them. I'm assuming that the female dancers are evoking emotions.

I also find it ironic that Hov will drop a video today on Michael Jackson's 55th birthday since in one of his lines, he raps, "Illest nigga alive / Michael Jackson's Thriller."

Overall, it's a visually captivating video, courtesy of director Anthony Mandler, and follows behind Jay Z's great art film for 'Picasso Baby.'

You may have to sign into Facebook in order to watch the video. Those are Mark Zuckerburg's rules not mines.

Otherwise, enjoy the clip!




My Anthem 2013: Drake - "5AM In Toronto" (Instrumental)

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Drake -- "5AM In Toronto"


Drake -- "5AM In Toronto" (Instrumental)


I can't stop playing Drake's newest joint, '5AM in Toronto.' Much like 'Started From the Bottom,' this Drizzy's testament of why he should be considered one of the hottest MCs in the game (no MTV).

I haven't done this a while, so let me start this up again.

Every year on Beats and Rants, I nominate one or two songs to be my "Get Money" anthem for the remaining calendar year. My ideal of a "Get Money" anthem is a song that either makes you think or motivates you to go out and achieve your dreams and accumulate that "paper" (i.e., money, greenbacks, Almighty dollar).

In 2010, Aloe Blacc's "I Need a Dollar" was my get-money anthem.

In 2013, Drake's "5AM in Toronto" is my get-money anthem. I wrote it about here at my day gig.

On the track, Drizzy takes aim at his detractors who hate from the sidelines. He throws a subliminal jab at his haters (namely Chris Brown) in one verse. “I got a gold trophy from the committee for validation / Bad press during the summer over allegations / I ain’t lyin’, my nigga, my time is money / That’s why I ain’t got time for a nigga whose time is comin'," he raps.

The Young Money rapper even takes a swipe at the much-ballyhooed "Hottest MC" list by MTV. "I made Forbes list, nigga / Fuck your list, everything’s looking gorgeous," he spits.

There are plenty of rewindable one-liners on here and they all sting. Hearing Drake be so confident and determined on this song makes this an anthem song for me. The beat is pounding, the synths are eerie and dreamy at the same time. It's a great song.

"Niggas make threats I can't hear ya / That's because I'm headed to the bank, nigga!"

Drake started from the bottom and now he's trying to win here again.

Take care.

**Oh, I also included the instrumental for your downloading pleasure. Get motivated.**




New Music: Apollo The Great - "Banner Day"


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Apollo The Great -- Banner Day"


Up-and-coming rapper Apollo the Great, who is from my neck of woods of Camden, N.J., drops this head-nodding banger called "Banner Day." The Shugawater-produced track find the rapper vividly describing the crime-riddled streets of Camden, N.J.

"I'm from where niggas get murked outside of the club I'm performing in / Every other day the task is swarming in / Chink food orderin' / Another homie dead and gone again," he raps.

And yes, Camden is laying off its entire police department, so the county government can replace it with a bigger and cheaper police force. It goes into effect April 30, 2013.

Props to Apollo for flipping Drake's infectious "Started From the Bottom" hook, broken english and all. It goes:

"Y'all ain't from the bottom but we is / Y'all ain't from the bottom but my whole team really is / Rapping about some shit you never did / We rap about the shit we really live, what it is nigga."

We also have to give an R.I.P. salute to the late singer Melvin Bliss for which "Banner Year" utilizes the beat from his classic song, "Synthetic Substitution."