NASS Festival 2017: Wiley, Method Man & Redman, Kano, Giggs & More


Extreme sports festival NASS has announced a very impressive line-up for this year: Method Man & Redman, Pendulum, Kano, Giggs, Sigma and Wiley have been confirmed as the main headliners. In addition, Krept & Konan, Loyle Carner, David Rodigan, Toddla T, Nadia Rose, Stefflon Don, Preditah, Ms. Banks and more will be hitting the stage as well.

NASS Festival takes place 6th to 9th July near Bristol…get more information (and tickets) here.

Method Man Appears On HuffPost; Retracts Statements Made About ‘Shaolin’ Album


Method Man recently did an interview with XXL when he was asked his feelings on not being able to hear the Wu-Tang album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin…to sum it up, the best quote from his response was ‘f*** this album’ (you can read it in full here).

Sitting down with Huffington Post, Method Man further explained what happened: following that interview, RZA sent him a text specifying that the album is actually not able to be sold for 88 years, which led to the miscommunication. As a result, Meth then (in addition to revealing his dislike for Shaolin produced Cilvaringz) turned his attention to his dislike for Hip-Hop media, using the now-infamous VIBE ‘East Vs. West’ cover (which some would debatably say indirectly contributed to the deaths of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur).

You can also watch Method Man speaking on police brutality and his forthcoming film The Cobbler below.

UPDATE: Cilvaringz has since responded to Method Man’s comments, which you can read below (source).

I got nothing but love and respect for Meth. Dude’s been nothing but cool to me. He’s always been one of the realest dudes I met, so I’m surprised he went off on me like that publicly, that’s not really his style. Then again, he seemed frustrated with a variety of things—he’s right about some things he addressed and I wish communication had been better recently. I take no offense though, hope me and him can get to talk sooner or later.

Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Shaolin’ Album Won’t Be Released To The World For 88 Years; Method Man Isn’t Happy

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The Wu-Tang Clan have released their latest project, A Better Tomorrow, to mixed-reviews. While that stands as the most recent album in their catalog, many fans are still wondering about the fate of the group’s ‘secret’ album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, which — according to ongoing news stories — went from seeing million-dollar bids to plans for a special auction.

Now, the album’s producer and apparent caretaker Cilvaringz has revealed that whoever eventually owns the project won’t be spreading the wealth for a while…as in 88 years (source).

After 88 years the copyright, which includes public and commercial rights, automatically transfers to the owner of the work. However, it will still be his or her choice at that [point] to release it or not release it.

That’s right — unless you shell out your wealth for Shaolin‘s only copy in the world. You probably won’t be alive to ever get a chance to hear it. Probably.

Of course, this whole mystery surrounding the album wouldn’t be as newsworthy if it weren’t for a more recent twist in the story: it would appear as if other members of Wu-Tang not named RZA weren’t aware of this 88-year clause. What?

XXL recently asked Method Man about it, and — after recovering from minor shock, we presume — didn’t hold back:

F*** that album… I’m tired of this s*** and I know everybody else is tired of it, too. F*** that album, if that’s what they are doing. I haven’t heard anything like that, but if they’re doing crap like that, f*** that album. Straight up.

I’m just keeping it 100. When music can’t be music and y’all turning it into something else, f*** that. Give it to the people, if they want to hear the shit, let them have it. Give it away free. I don’t give a f***; that ain’t making nobody rich or poor. Give the f***ing music out. Stop playing with the public, man.

I dug the whole idea in the beginning. I’m like, ‘Wow, this has never been done before,’” he said. “I was cool with s***. But now, this is ridiculous. 88 years? Really? If that s*** is true, that s*** is stupid. You have to wait 88 years to hear some shit? By that time, it’s going to be fuckin’ played out. If it ain’t already played out. I hope that’s a rumor. Whoever said that, that s*** is fuckin’ stupid.

In related news, Method Man will be dropping his forthcoming mixtape Meth Lab soon.