RBMA: Engineering the Wu-Tang Clan's '36 Chambers' Album • Word Is Bond

A little over a week ago, the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) did a segment called ‘Mixing & Mastering’ which gives you a closer look at the last stages of recording a project. They’ve covered a number of artists, one of them in particular, is the Wu-Tang Clan and their debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).  RBMA’s Phillip Mlynar has caught up with the engineers behind the project and gave their take on how it all came together.

The 36 Chambers album was put together at a studio called the Firehouse in Brooklyn, which was owned by Yoram Vazan. It was called the Firehouse because it was stationed in an old fire station on Dean Street before moving to Manhattan. It was the home of many hiphop legends like MC Lyte, Guru, Das-EFX, and even the cousins RZA and GZA (who were going by Prince Rakeem & The Genuis) who cut their solo demos there to eventually get signed to Tommy Boy & Cold Chillin’ Records.

Unfortunately the labels dropped them, which on the flip side helped them form the Wu.

“We’re gonna show everyone they were wrong,” Vazan recalls RZA telling him. “You’re gonna hear the new style now: this isn’t Rakeem, it’s RZA, the RZArector!”

READ: Engineering The Wu-Tang Clan.

 



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DJ Muggs Announces New Album, releases single with MF DOOM & Freddie Gibbs • Word Is Bond

DJ Muggs has just announced a new album called ‘Assassination Day’, which is scheduled to be released August 3rd through his Soul Assassins imprint. The album itself will feature a “chapter” concept with a number of emcees.

For example, MF DOOM has a two-song “chapter” with one of the collaborative tracks featuring Freddie Gibbs (as the first single, which you could hear below). This “chapter” of the MUGGSxDOOM concept will be released next Friday, June 29th. You can already pre-order the vinyl now.

According to Madlib’s website, Assassination Day “is a thematic album with a vigilante concept where hip-hop takes corruption head-on, figuratively killing off powerful evildoers in positions of power as the story unfolds.”

Soul Assassins Records will be releasing a limited vinyl of 1000 pressings (already being sold on the website) of the two-song project between Muggs & DOOM. A portion of that (300 copies) will be distributed with colored vinyl packages and will include an exclusive Kool G Rap’s remix of “Corona” and also two unreleased instrumentals by Muggs.

In addition to this, there will be 300 handmade copies that will be sold on Rappcats, packaged in five unique screen-printed jackets. The other 300 will be sold in Europe via HHV. The last 100 will be sold at a pop-up event at Rappcats HQ in Los Angeles (Highland Park) next Saturday, June 30th. The event is free, and it’s from noon-6PM, so be sure to arrive early!

Listen to the song ‘Deathwish’ below. Also, check out the preview to the animated video, which will be out Tuesday.



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J Cole's New Album KOD Is Releasing This Friday • Word Is Bond

J Cole announced earlier Monday afternoon that he has a new album on the way. He invited the public to come to a listening party he hosted in NYC. At the listening party, he announced that the album will be coming this Friday the 20th. The title of the album is KOD which actually has three different meanings according to J Cole. The three different meanings of KOD are Kids On Drugs, King Overdosed, and Killing Our Demons. Stay tuned to The Word Is Bond, we’ll have the album stream ready for you as soon as it drops.

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