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    Wu Forever!

    http://www.kube93.com/cc-common/podc...ndSessions.xml
    New Rza Interview, promotes album, discusses legacy war in iraq and ****...
    Album is in stores now, very good I must say, comes with the Kung Fu samples and all...could be the end of the WU!!!...

    http://ezine.kungfumagazine.com/maga...hp?article=100

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    nah notthe end. just a new begining that album was hot eight diagrams

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    Quote Originally Posted by doug maverick View Post
    nah notthe end. just a new begining that album was hot eight diagrams
    no doubt...thought it was a good headline, hehe

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    I'm not into this album yet... its decent, got a couple tracks I liked right away, but I need to give the album some time to grow on me before I pass judgement...

    Still nothing compares to 36 chambers raw style and all the sweet kung fu clips...

    Wu Forever!

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    Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang

    RZA is on Rock The Bells this year. I'm hoping to see him next month.
    The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From the Underground

    Raekwon the Chef is out promoting Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II, but there are a couple of other LPs he's looking toward in the future. There's a Rae, Method Man and Ghostface Killah album being talked about, as well as that full Wu-Tang Clan LP called Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang. If you remember, Rae first spoke of that album to Miss Info a few years ago during the promotion of the ill fated 8 Diagrams LP. Rae hinted that Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang would be some type of payback toward the RZA.

    Rae explained that there is currently no unrest within the Wu, so Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang will instead pay homage to the Clan's beginning.

    "Before I was a member of Wu, I was an MC on the street that just loved hip-hop," the Chef said. "When you think of Shaolin [Staten Island], you think of the home of the brave. Before anything and everything, this is where you was from. You inherited your style as a kid coming up. Shaolin is still considered the streets to us. So it's like me challenging my old way of life. This album was designed to let the master know your students are now masters too. We wanted to take it back to challenging the master on a couple of techniques we feel we got from the street side of things.

    "We always said Wu-Tang members are a group but still able to hold their own," he added. "When you're able to hold your own, you're still considered that dude from Shaolin that's nice. It's just an alter-ego thing challenging the sharpest sword we ever had with our old tactics that allowed us to get that far as a Clan. [It'll] be alter egos challenging each other, really allowing RZA to fall back on the production and allowing us to give him a flashback memory to the things we know we need from the abbot [RZA]. We want him to be involved [with the album as an MC], but the concept was for him not to be involved production-wise."

    Rae compared Wu to a martial-arts film.

    "It's like when you look at your illest karate flick," he said. "Sometimes the abbot be whooping on you so much, he's teaching you to get iller. Next thing you know, you whoop on the abbot. Now he already know: 'I gotta give you the crown now.' It's all love, and it's movies. Our life is a karate flick. If you look at a karate flick, it's the same kinda format in our life."
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    More buzz from Method

    There's a very short clip if you follow the link.
    Jul 23 2009 1:21 PM EDT
    Method Man Wants To Hook Up With Ghostface, Raekwon For Joint LP
    'I want some feedback from the fans to see how they would take that,' Meth says of partial Wu-Tang Clan album.
    By Jayson Rodriguez

    Raekwon is readying his solo album, and Ghostface Killah will be wrapping up his next project soon, so does this mean that Shaolin's finest will be reuniting in the foreseeable future for an official Wu-Tang Clan LP?

    Not exactly.

    But if it's up to Method Man, some of the sharpest dart throwers in the Clan will get together for a group project. Reiterating Raekwon's remarks to Mixtape Daily on Tuesday, Meth said he, the Chef and Ghostface might join forces for a collaborative effort.

    "It's in discussion right now," Method Man told MTV News. "I don't want to say it's written in stone, but it's in discussion. I want some feedback from the fans to see how they would take that. RZA produced tracks, some other outside producers, of course, and we gonna have Wu-Tang members on the album, but it'll be a Rae, Ghost and Meth album."

    Method Man said getting a new deal for the entire collective would take more time compared to locking something down for arguably the three most charismatic members of the crew. At this point in Method Man's career, he's focused on making music more in a collective manner than on his own, even if it's not a full family project.

    "This is the most comfortable I've been in my whole career," Meth said. "Because I don't have all those obligations that I've had before. You know, doing the Wu-Tang, then the Wu-Tang solo projects, then my project, then me and Redman. Right now, I can do it at my own leisure. Honestly, I don't want to make an album by myself, but it's something that's required, and the fans want that, so I'm gonna do that.

    "But the same way with my shows, I like doing shows with brothers instead of just doing them by myself," Method Man continued. "I like to have a crowd around. And have that input to make the project better."
    And more from Rock the Bells:
    Jul 20 2009 10:52 AM EDT
    Wu-Tang Clan/ Slaughterhouse Beef Quashed At Rock The Bells
    Nas, Damian Marley headline a peaceful day at Jones Beach.
    By Shaheem Reid

    WANTAGH, New York — It was musical, it was nostalgic, but most important, it was not violent. Guerilla Union held their annual Rock the Bells show Sunday at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater as part of the yearly tour. Going into the show, there had been heavy tension involving two of the acts, the Wu-Tang Clan and Slaughterhouse.

    Slaughterhouse's Joe Budden had been involved in a back-and-forth with Method Man and Inspectah Deck for weeks. Although Deck and Meth were not officially on the Rock the Bells bill, it was no surprise when both appeared at Jones Beach to support RZA and Raekwon, who were slated to perform.

    The Clan brought the ruckus, not the ignorance. They rocked the theater with a catalog of hits and didn't waste time dissing Slaughterhouse. At the end of the performance, Meth told the crowd no one in the rap game could touch him or his brothers.

    "Can't nobody touch the legacy," Meth boasted. "Our track record speaks louder than any of them mutha----as."

    Between the end of Wu's set and the beginning of Slaughterhouse's, Method Man and Joe Budden were seen walking together in the parking lot. The two took their time quashing the beef.

    When Slaughterhouse, which also includes Royce da 5'9", Joell Ortiz and Crooked I, took the stage, they publicly announced the end of the short-term feud.

    "It will never be a beef with Wu-Tang clan," Royce said. He then revealed the convo between Meth and Budden, saying the situation was "squashed."

    But Rock the Bells wasn't just about them. Other performers included Big Boi, Common, Black Star, the Roots, Buckshot and headliners Nas and Damien "Jr. Gong" Marley.

    Nas started his set with classics like "N.Y. State of Mind," then shared the stage with Jr. Gong. Nas kicked familiar verses (his rhymes off "The Message" and reggae-inspired hip-hop tracks like Shyne's "Bad Boyz"), and Jr. Gong came back doing his reggae chats over some of Nas' beats, including "Represent."

    The rapper also brought out AZ for "Phone Tap" and "Life's a *****." Then he let D-Block have their own mini-set, highlighted by "Good Times," "Wild Out," "Who's Real" and Jadakiss' duet with Nas, "What If."
    Is the Wu coming back together like Voltron? Hell, I'm changing the title of this thread from "The end of The Wu Tang Clan!!!!" to "Wu Forever!"
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    Lesson Learn'd

    Wu-Tang Clan Mention Martin Shkreli on New Song ‘Lesson Learn’d’
    September 22, 2017 1:19 PM


    Photo: Courtesy Wu-Tang Clan

    By Scott T. Sterling

    Wu-Tang Clan have released a new new song, “Lesson Learn’d,” from the group’s upcoming album, Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues.

    Related: Martin Shkreli Puts Rare Wu-Tang Clan CD on eBay

    On the new track, which features Redman, Inspectah Deck mentions “pharma-bro” Martin Shkreli, who famously purchased the only copy of Wu-Tang’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for $2 million: “My price hikin’ like the pills Martin Shkreli sell.”

    Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues is now available for pre-order, which provides buyers with an instant download of “Lesson Learn’d.”

    Check out new track, which contains explicit language, below.
    Wu-Tang - Lesson Learn'd” featuring Inspectah Deck and Redman
    The Wu-Tang saga of [URL="http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?67437-Once-Upon-A-Time-In-Shaolin"]Once Upon A Time In Shaolin] plays on...
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    Wu-Tang: My Only One - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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    Wudang "male" ranking

    武当“型男”排名
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    在Wu-tang clan发行专辑Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) 二十周年前夕,一场大动作正在酝酿。Wu-Tang品牌刚推出了一批纪念36 Chambers 20周年服饰,而且据说还有更多武当装备要到货,包括与DC的合作。(武当粉已经没法坐定了把!)回首过往 ,Wu-tang大家族及其分支在二十年的岁月里改变了整个音乐流派,也改变了Hip Hop的穿着风格。他们的范儿就像他们的音乐一样硬核,也正如同他们的音乐,每个团队中的成员都在这上面有 自己独特鲜明的天赋。



    团体内的竞争促使每个成员在歌中增加猛料,也让他们费心打理着装扮——Polo衫, Wallabees(袋鼠鞋)—— 看看整个东海岸,我们就知道它们引领了街头服饰(streetwear)的潮流。在此我们要鞠躬感谢武当。 话虽这么说,一些成员必须比其他人更加有型!仅仅局限于此列表九个原始创始成员,我们根据他们的穿衣风格给 他们排了下座。

    9. Masta Killa



    严肃的说,哥们。有没有人见过MASTA KILLA的头发?这位老兄一直带着Doo Rag。他的品味可能在Wu-tang中是最后的。但如果他开始摇摆丝绿色佩斯利长袍,他排位可能会向上攀升点。

    8. Inspectah Deck



    如果这是一个家乡自豪感的榜单,INS或许会排到第一。即使像你的城市致敬确实值得我们的掌声,但他的范儿 确实有上升的空间,但我们希望他不要弄丢他那条武当链子。

    7. U-God



    胡子帮出没。如果你需要灵感的话看看U-God。他一直保持着他的小胡子。另外,U-God穿起Wu Wear像一位专家。他也许永远上不了T台,但当“that banging ****”的广告出现在Wu-Tang’s Shaolin的店面时总会使孩子们想到Wu Wear又要出新款了。

    6. GZA



    在Wu-tang成立之前,GZA已说唱圈活跃了。他也是武当派成员中穿衣风格最轻松的。他穿衣从来不离帽衫,运动 夹克。他的范儿可以完美搭配一个舒适的沙发。他去哈佛大学开讲座与喜欢下棋可以给他加分——因为聪明永远是 时尚。
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    Continued from previous post

    I'm only copying one pic of each Wu member. There are more in the original article. It's #5 that interested me most.

    5. RZA



    他的所有衣服都有亚洲文明的灵感。他最牛逼的地方是,他不关心你在想什么,或者你喜欢什么。他喜欢武术,就 会穿上武术袍。此外,他的脸也作为LOGO,印在过Supreme T恤上。

    4. Method Man



    Method Man曾在“Method Man”中唱道,“你不认识我,你不知道我的风格。”他可能是正确的,其风格非常有冒险精神。但他喜欢加大 尺码的态度却总是让人舒服。不是每个说唱歌手,在他们穿衣的保留节目中有浴袍、狼牙套和击球手 套。

    3. Ol’ Dirty *******



    老实说,甚至无所谓ODB穿什么。只要看看他史诗般的头发,没有人需要去注意到别的。不过,他没有只依靠一 个在派对上招摇的伎俩。他是最先开始玩儿穿衣high-low搭配的老哥(那时候Pharrell Kanye A$AP Rocky都在那儿呢)。某天,他穿起街牌,第二天他可能穿的却是一个干净的皮夹克和上档次的帽子。

    2. Raekwon



    他一开始从纽约城的大毒枭哪里获得穿衣灵感,最后也可以穿一件简简单单的纯白Supreme。没有他怎么能 接近顶端,别说不是他引起了你对老式的Polo衫和Tommy Hilfiger的兴趣。大厨(Raekwon的别称Chef)甚至挽起一条裤腿走上过Tommy的T台, 就是那么有范儿。

    1. Ghostface Killah



    正如他在“New God Flow”里的歌词——” Ya nigga, y’all had my, I had my Jesus piece since 94”。在这点上,他的豪华首饰,长袍,和鬼脸面具都是一他的最具代表性的符号。就像武当派本身,如果鬼脸 要去做些风格的改变,他会毫不犹豫的倾尽全力去执行它。


     武当(2)型男(1)
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    RZA + Alamo Drafthouse introduce The Flying Guillotine | 360° Tour

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    Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men

    I cut out all the other films listed, only kept the relevant one.

    Sundance: Rosamund Pike, Wu-Tang Clan, Jordan Peele-Produced Lorena Bobbitt Series Added to Fest
    1:00 PM PST 12/3/2018 by Tatiana Siegel


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    RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Cappadonna of hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan perform on stage during day 2 of Center Of Gravity 2018 at Kelowna City Park on July 28, 2018 in Kelowna, Canada.

    Given the impressive list of names in the episodic lineup, it is clear that Sundance has become a destination for small-screen fare that screens against the festival's bread-and-butter indie films.

    The Sundance Film Festival unveiled its lineup of the indie episodic, shorts and special events on Monday. Among the standouts are a documentary series from producer Jordan Peele about the infamous case of John and Lorena Bobbitt dubbed Lorena and a comedic series with Rosamund Pike and Chris O'Dowd in the leads titled State of the Union (Nick Hornby created, and Stephen Frears directed). Also of note is the series Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, which traces the arc of iconic rappers and features the participation of every member.

    Given the impressive list of names in the episodic lineup, it is clear that Sundance has become a destination for small-screen fare that screens against the festival's bread-and-butter indie films.

    With the shorts lineup mostly comprised of up-and-comers, it’s difficult to predict what might be this year’s Whiplash (Damien Chazelle’s feature film started its life as a short at Sundance). Films that look promising on paper include A.V. Rockwell’s Feathers, which tackles the world of boys school hazing and will debut on Day One of the festival.

    “This year’s crop of shorts are rowdy, reflective, visionary -- we are excited to discover so many new voices and perspectives on today’s world,” said Sundance senior programmer Mike Plante.

    Of the projects announced today, 53 percent were directed or created by one or more women, 51 percent were directed or created by one or more filmmaker of color, and 26 percent by one or more people who identify as LGBTQIA. A dozen were supported by Sundance Institute in development, whether through direct granting or residency Labs.

    Today’s announcement follows last week’s unveiling of the 112 films that will screen across 10 major categories including the U.S. competition, world competition and NEXT sections including the Harvey Weinstein doc Untouchable, the Shia LaBeouf-Lucas Hedges pairing Honey Boy (about a child TV star and his ex-rodeo clown father) and Rashid Johnson’s modern reimagining of Richard Wright’s seminal novel Native Son.

    The 2019 edition of the fest is set to run Jan. 24-Feb. 3 in and around Park City.

    ...

    Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men/U.S.A. (Director: Sacha Jenkins, Executive Producers: Peter J Scalettar, Peter Bittenbender, Chris Gary) — The cultural history of Wu-Tang Clan; artists who escape the poverty, violence, and oppression of their neighborhoods through music. They encounter wild success and heartbreak along the way to becoming the most recognized musical movement in the world -- all while walking the tightrope that links business with brotherhood. Cast: All members of the Wu-Tang Clan. World Premiere
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    III Points 2020

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    Wu-Tang Clan's RZA: III Points 2020 Will Mark "a New Display of Our Creativity and Talent"
    KAT BEIN | JANUARY 30, 2020 | 8:40AM

    RZA's last great Miami memory includes a potent mixture of weed, '70s kung fu flicks, and tequila shots till sunrise. It was April 2018, and the Wu-Tang Clan figurehead had come to town to headline III Points' annual 4/20-themed event, III Joints. For his performance, RZA crafted a live hip-hop soundtrack to The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, a Hong Kong cinema classic and seminal text in the Wu canon. It was half rap concert, half film screening, and all serious smoke-out.

    “Everybody was really smoking and sippin',” RZA remembers. “There was moments where the audience was just engaged by what was on the screen, but there was moments where the audience gave in to the hip-hop performance that was happening, jumping up and down, throw your hands up in the air [stuff]. That was a very unique experience: outdoors, Miami, and the weather was beautiful.”

    When III Joints wrapped, RZA and crew took the party to the downtown Miami nightclub Floyd. Shortly after joining Call Super — the DJ visiting that night — behind the booth, the rapper, producer, and all-around creative force let the Miami spirit take over, found a mike, and began MC'ing over the house mix bumping through the venue. Soon enough, dancers were being invited up for free tequila shots from Bobby Digital himself.

    “I definitely was pouring a lot of shots into a lot of glasses,” he recalls. “One thing about me: When I party and I get loose, I just go with the flow.”

    Things will undoubtedly flow once again come May, when the full Wu-Tang Clan will join RZA for a headlining set at III Points' full-fledged music festival. The Clan is preparing to mark the start of the 2020s as a new era for the group and will arrive in Miami armed with a whole new set list and stage production.

    It's a welcome return: Since 2015, a member of Wu-Tang has played at least one III Points event per year. Ghostface Killah was the first to come through in 2015, followed by a hyped-up performance from Method Man and Wu affiliate Redman in 2016. III Points brought the full Clan through for a standalone concert during Art Basel 2017 and then called upon RZA for the 2018 edition of III Joints. Last year's festival saw a return from Ghostface, joined by Raekwon for a full performance of the 1995 classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...

    “I mean, we love Miami, right?” RZA says. “It's always iconic to go there; we get that good Cuban food. Usually I don't eat until after the show, but I eat twice before the show [in Miami]. When invitations come from that city, we're trying to RSVP. If you guys want us to come, we want to come, and that's what we do.”



    Wu-Tang Clan's last performance in Miami was heavy on songs from the group's seminal 1993 debut LP, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

    “It was sold-out to capacity,” RZA recalls, “and the energy was high. On that particular night, we actually brought in our stage set from New York, where we turned the stage to look like our neighborhood. What a night – I mean, what a weekend.”

    This year, the group brought on a new creative developer, who, along with the long-term team, is designing a new stage production intended to bring the Wu-niverse into a new dimension. The set list is also getting a major face-lift, a treat for any Killer Bees looking for more solo Wu members and full Clan deep cuts during live shows.

    “There's a lot of great songs in the catalog that don't get a lot of concert play for whatever reason,” RZA says. “The first call we had this week was changing our set list in a more cinematic, dynamic way."

    It makes sense that RZA and the Clan would want to update their presentation for a new decade: vivid imagery and a flair for the theatrical have always been cornerstones of the Wu-Tang aesthetic. Across the group's discography, songs and albums are filled with movie samples and sound effects that help graft indelible imagery onto listeners' minds.

    “Wu-Tang came out even before DVDs,” RZA laughs. “That may not sound like reality, but it is. There was no TV in your headrest; that didn't happen 'till late '96, '97.

    "When we made 36 Chambers, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., and Liquid Swords, Ironman, the goal was that the audience would have an audiovisual experience; I was trying to make movies with those albums," he continues. "I'm from the generation of New Yorkers that, for good and bad reasons, used to travel out of state. Whether it was traveling down to Howard University to go to homecoming, on to Atlanta Freaknik, or going down to South Beach... I made [Wu-Tang Clan's music] with the idea of helping that road trip be cool for you.”

    While the exact dimension and flavor of Wu-Tang's 2020 III Points headline set can't yet be defined, RZA is **** sure it's gonna be a movie of its own.

    “We're striving — and I say 'striving' because you've got to strive, and if you get it, get it,” he says, "but we are striving to make this a new display of our creativity and our talent through our concerts. You guys will be among some of the first to see it this year.”

    Indeed, the Wu hasn't held a single stateside performance since its popular Hulu series Wu-Tang: An American Saga first aired late last year. Animated by all of the renewed hype, RZA and the Clan are ready to ride a wave of innovation into the next chapter of their ongoing story.

    “We have a lot of new fans getting engaged by us,” he says. “We're just looking forward to getting in front of them with the crew. This is foundation, and [we want] people to understand why Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothing to eff with.”

    III Points 2020. With Wu-Tang Clan, Robyn, the Strokes, Disclosure, and others. Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-573-0371; manawynwood.com. Tickets cost $99 to $249 via iiipoints.com.
    They're coming to the Oracle on February 21. Hopefully I can make that.

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    Jian Hong Shi

    When Your Mom Is the Longtime Manager of Wu-Tang Members and Your Dad Is a Shaolin Monk
    Featuring Jian Hong Shi, age 15, grade 10.
    By LAURA BENNETT
    FEB 08, 20189:04 AM


    Jian Hong Shi and her mom, Sophia.
    Photo illustration by Slate. Photo courtesy of Sophia Chang.

    In this series, kids (and not-exactly-kids-anymore) review how well their parents balance life and work. To nominate a potential subject ideally between the ages of 5 and 17, email humaninterest@slate.com.

    Laura Bennett: Can you tell me a little bit about your relationship with your parents?

    Jian Hong Shi: Well, my mom and I are very close. I feel super comfortable telling her if anything happens with my friends. She gives me very good advice.

    What kind of advice?

    She always gives me the grown-up answer, like, when I am having a problem at school: You should pull them aside and talk to them. I tell her, Mom, we’re not as mature as you think we are. They are gonna think that is weird.

    My parents haven’t been together since I was around 5 or something like that, so they don’t live in the same house. My dad and I are not as close because he’s not at home as much as my mom is. But when I do see him, he is super goofy and silly. So I’m always laughing when I’m around him.

    What does your mom do for work?

    Well right now, she’s writing a book and doing public speaking. She also briefly worked at a cannabis company. That was kind of a wild thing because she’s never smoked a day in her life. But while I was growing up, she managed hip-hop artists.

    Do you remember how she became a manager of hip-hop artists?

    She had been close with the Wu-Tang Clan for a long time. So I think it happened organically. She worked with a lot of different artists in Wu-Tang, like RZA, GZA, ODB while he was alive, but that was before I was alive. [She also managed D’Angelo and A Tribe Called Quest.]

    Does she manage anyone now?

    Nope, she’s completely out of that now. She says that she doesn’t want to manage other people now. She wants to focus on herself. I think she’s come to a place in her life where—she told me, for example, that her friend said, “Sophia, I want to stop seeing you work with egotistical men.”

    Your mom mentioned to me that she was very aware of raising a daughter who was a hip-hop fan, because hip-hop is not always kind to women. Was that something she talked about with you?

    She always made it very clear to me when certain lyrics were misogynistic. She would ask me if that was how I thought I should be treated. And I was like, “No mom. I just enjoy the music.” If we are in the car and the radio is on, and we hear some really misogynistic lyrics, she always goes: “Oh that’s nice.” “Oh, haven’t heard that one before.”

    She always wanted me to know my worth. Through her job, I always saw her as a powerful female figure, not someone who was easily swayed by male opinion. Also, the artists she worked with, she knew them on a deep personal level—she knew their heart and their intent.

    Do you like Wu-Tang’s music?

    I do. I went through a phase when I listened to just Wu-Tang, when I was like 12. It was super eye-opening for me. I loved how all the different Clan members had their different flows and styles and voices, even though they were one Clan.

    “I had this moment last year where I was super tired and I started thinking about a bunch of stuff and I sat back and realized what my parents did and got super happy.”
    — Jian Hong Shi
    What do you think your mom loves about Wu-Tang’s music?

    I think the production and sampling as well. But also the wordplay and the metaphors and how they all blended together as one but people who were fans really felt like they knew each of them, their strengths and their weaknesses. I think she really respected that whatever deal they had, the RZA made sure it was inclusive. No one was ever left behind.

    What was it like to know these guys personally and also be such a big fan?

    I felt super grateful. The RZA is actually my godfather. I’ve known him and his kids since I was really young. So when I listened to his music, it was learning about the RZA instead of him as a father and a friend. So that was really cool.

    It is pretty wild to have a mom whose job means you get to have the RZA as your godfather.

    Yeah. It’s crazy. I don’t think I realized how influential and huge these artists were until later. At the time I just thought, this is just mom doing her job.

    What does your dad do?

    He’s a 34th-generation Shaolin monk from the original Shaolin temple in China.

    Whoa.

    Yeah. I used to be kind of embarrassed about telling my friends because they’d be like, “Oh yeah, my dad is an accountant or something.” But now I’m super proud of it. Anyway, he’s a monk. And he created his own temple, the USA Shaolin Temple. His English wasn’t that great and he didn’t really know about America, so my mom really helped him with the business side. Now it has branches in Austria and South Africa and Mexico. It makes me really proud of him. He helps a lot of people both physically and mentally.

    Here’s a ridiculous question: Do you think your parents have interesting jobs?

    Yes. Over time I became kinda used to it. But I had this moment last year where I was super tired and I started thinking about a bunch of stuff and I sat back and realized what my parents did and got super happy. Then I fell asleep.

    But it was a fascinating moment where I was like, “Wow, I should really talk to my dad more about his experience coming from China to here and creating his own business. I should talk to my mom more about how she built herself and became successful on her own.”

    Who generally works crazier hours, your mom or your dad?

    My mom would get calls during dinner and would never pick up. She would call them back afterwards and that could go pretty late. Or she’d only pick up calls that came directly from the artist or from her mentor, Michael Ostin. With my dad, once he was home, he was home.

    What stresses your parents out the most about their jobs?

    For my mom, it’s working with people who aren’t as dedicated to their job as she is. People who aren’t passionate and are just doing it for the money. For my dad, I don’t really see him stressed.

    Well, he is a monk.

    Yeah, you’re right, he’s very calm. He never really loses his temper. He’s super in touch with the monk he was in China, when he was under all of those rules. He didn’t have enough food to eat. He had no heat. Having that all inside him helps keep him grounded.

    When you were growing up, did your parents have rules for you around screen time?

    My dad really hates it when my brother and I are on our phone. Because he’s like, “It will ruin your eyes.” Not because he is worried about what we’ll see. I don’t think he’s too aware of exactly how much is out there on the internet. With my mom, it’s more that she doesn’t like the idea that strangers can talk to me.

    How did your mom inform your music taste when you were growing up?

    She was obviously very deeply involved in hip-hop. But also on Sundays, when we would clean the house, she would always have old-school R&B on. Like Maxwell, Tony! Toni! Toné! Uh, I guess Robin Thicke doesn’t count as old-school R&B.

    Do you have a sense of what you want to do for work one day?

    I’m super interested in architecture. My school offers classes on it. I’m going to take them and if I do end up enjoying them, great.

    Would you ever want to manage hip-hop artists?

    Probably not. Just because that doesn’t really interest me, not because I’ve seen a negative impact on my mom. She used to always tell me, you’d be so good at this. But it’s not really my interest, so I’d feel like I wasn’t really doing what I wanted to do.

    Would you ever want to be a monk?

    No. No no no no no. Yeah, no. There are way too many rules.


    Laura Bennett
    Laura Bennett is Slate’s features director.
    When I was in Wudangshan with Yanming and Sophia, she was pregnant with his first child. I should've realized that because of some of Sophia's actions, but at the time, I was too swept up with with the trip. I've never met either of their children.

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    People Say lawsuit

    Wu-Tang Clan Slapped With a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over Their Song "People Say"
    BY JOSHUA ESPINOZA
    MAR 16, 2018


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    Wu-Tang Clan has been accused of ripping off a 1960s singing group.

    On Friday, members of The Diplomats filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the legendary hip-hop collective over their 2017 track “People Say.” According to legal documents obtained by The Wrap, the soul trio claims Wu-Tang’s producer Mathematics lifted the “People Say” melody from their 1969 record “I’ve Got the Kind of Love.” The plaintiffs also point out that the title of the Wu-Tang cut is taken from lyrics featured in their song.

    “Throughout its duration, ‘People Say’ contains and embodies multiple recognizable and protectable elements of Plaintiffs’ ‘I’ve Got the Kind of Love,'” the lawsuit reads. “These original, protectable elements include but are not limited to the melody, chords, lyrics, instrumentation, and rhythmic elements of ‘I’ve Got the Kind of Love.’ (Even the title ‘People Say’ is a lyric from ‘I’ve Got the Kind of Love.’)”

    “People Say” is the lead single off Mathematic’s 2017 studio album Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues. According to The Wrap, members of The Diplomats became aware of the similarities in recent months, after fans kept bringing it up online. The trio claims that they did not give Wu-Tang or Mathematics proper authorization to use their material, which is why they’re asking a judge to stop all future performances and sales of “People Say.” The Diplomats are also seeking for unspecified damages.

    You can compare both tracks below.

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