April 18, 2014 |
YESTERDAY IN North Hollywood, rapper Andre Johnson cut off his penis and jumped out of an apartment building. It is unclear whether he jumped after realizing he cut off his penis. Johnson, however, only jumped from the building's second level and survived the fall. As did his penis. Both Johnson, and his recovered johnson, were taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where both were being treated. CNN reported that Johnson has been a member of Northstar , a California hip-hop group that was part of the Wu-Tang Clan family, according to the Wu-Tang Clan website.
November 5, 2012 |
The weekend box office was not only undeterred by the aftermath of Sandy , it was buoyed by it. Wreck-It Ralph opened strongly with $49.1 million and Robert Zemeckis ' Flight , starring Denzel Washington , soared to a $25 million debut. Both opened above expectations, capitalizing on East Coast audiences looking for distraction amid the storm recovery. Wreck-It Ralph , a 3D animated film about a video-game villain who tries to break free of his role, is the largest box-office opening ever for Walt Disney Animation, which has produced countless cartoon classics (though that does not include Disney's lucrative Pixar Animation)
November 1, 2012 |
IT HAPPENED just like in a kung fu movie: After years of training, the master told the once-arrogant, now-humble student he was ready for his quest. In this case, the quest was the new martial-arts movie "The Man with the Iron Fists," in theaters Friday. The master was not some long-bearded guru living in isolation due to a long ago grudge. The master was director Quentin Tarantino. The student? Bobby Diggs, a/k/a RZA, a/k/a Bobby Digital, a/k/a the brains behind the seminal hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan.
October 20, 2012
Music GZA/Killer Mike. The Trocadero has long been the home to all things Wu-Tang Clan. This month's Chinatown Wu showing features GZA performing his cerebral, gritty song-cycle classic Liquid Swords and Atlanta's Killer Mike, the oversize MC with the deep, throaty voice and ties to Outkast. Killer Mike packed the Troc back in July, regaling the crowd with tales from his 10-plus years in the game, including cuts from his first stun-gun epic, Monster , as well as heated tracks from his most recent mouthy masterpiece, R.A.P.
October 19, 2012
Marilyn Manson / Rob Zombie Your parents' equivalent of the so-called Twins of Evil tour would be an Alice Cooper/Ozzy Osbourne bill (has that ever happened? And why hasn't it?). Two master showmen who've built their entire careers on the macabre, both these frontmen-turned-franchises made their name in the goth-industrial complex until the resultant trash heap overshadowed the Hollywood sign. Manson frightened teachers, parents, politicians, and Michael Moore. Zombie disbanded his band for an even greater solo profile and turned his love of shock-horror into cinematic wealth onstage and off, overseeing gory theatrical releases like The Devil's Rejects , while Manson released a best-of appropriately titled Lest We Forget , trailing such choruses as "I'm not a slave to a god that doesn't exist.
December 16, 2011
In Concert 2126 The Highway, Wilmington; 302-475-3126. www.ardenclub.com . Mad Sweet Pangs. $10. 12/16. 7 pm. 2125 Chestnut St.; 267-765-5210. www.r5productions.com . Atlas Sound. $15. 12/16. 8 pm. Philadelphia Mandolin Ensemble. Donation suggested: $10; $5 students and seniors. 12/17. 7 pm. 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-236-2543. www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/atlanticcity/ . Devo. $37.50-$45. 12/16. 8 pm. Nero. $22.50-$27.50. 12/17.
August 18, 2011 |
Performing Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx "in its entirety" Tuesday night at Theatre of Living Arts turned out to be a dubious promise in the best way - the full-album approach didn't make Mobb Deep's "classic" The Infamous any less dull an hour before. So the core trio of Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and Cappadonna served a better purpose: offering Wu-Tang Clan's early hits. Cuban Linx's most enjoyable track, "Ice Cream," was played early on, paving the way for lots of Ghostface's Ironman and Supreme Clientele, and a dynamite Ol' Dirty Bastard tribute of "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" that turned into "Wu Tang Ain't Nuthin ta F- Wit" and "C.R.E.A.M.
October 8, 2010 |
HIP-HOP Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah hails from Staten Island's Stapleton housing projects. His unorthodox slang and stream-of-consciousness rhymes added a ton of character to the Wu's classic 1993 debut, "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). " His solo work has been equally formidable, making him arguably the best and most consistent of Wu's nine original members. Most recently, Ghosface joined up with fellow Wu-Tang members Method Man and Raekwon for "Wu Massacre," which debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year.
September 13, 2008 |
When the Wu-Tang Clan started in 1992, the members of hip-hop's hardest-working collective almost immediately began dropping their own solo albums. Each of the nine MCs was nearly as potent as the mother ship's debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). If RZA was its scientist, Raekwon its actor, and Ol' Dirty Bastard its wild child, GZA was its "Genius. " It wasn't just a nickname from 1995's Liquid Swords. What George Harrison's sprawling All Things Must Pass was to the Beatles' canon, Liquid Swords was to the Wu - a surprisingly grand work, expressive and expansive.
January 12, 2008 |
No RZA? No 8 Diagrams? No problem. You might think that if one of the most influential rap groups of all time were to show up on stage without its principal musical mastermind and not do a single song from its first new album in six years, there would be palpable disappointment in the room. That was not the case on Thursday night at the packed Trocadero, where the Wu-Tang Clan performed before a pumped-up crowd without the RZA, the group's guiding creative light over its 15-year career.