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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2010
It would be easy to say that Wu-Tang Clan has peaked — that its best period is behind it. It's not just that Ol' Dirty Bastard died in 2004, or that members have dabbled with solo projects over the years to varying degrees of success. The group has now been together for nearly 20 years, making it positively prehistoric in hip-hop. Against the members' better wishes, they've become elder statesmen. But despite not having released an album in three years, the group's new tour makes a defiant claim on relevance.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2012
While Baltimore rapper Los seems ready for his close-up because his style and delivery fit in well with the times, Rome Cee continues to carve out his gritty throwback lane. Rome's latest video, "Something Beyond," is the first clip from his forthcoming album/mixtape "The Grey Area. " "Something Beyond," directed by 87Conceptions, recalls the anti-flossy days of Wu-Tang Clan. It's a palette cleanser from the flashy MCs more concerned with snapback hats than tight rhymes.
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By JENNIFER CHOI | January 3, 2008
Rams Head Live will host a performance by the Wu-Tang Clan on Wednesday. The notorious New York hip-hop group, which had been on a six-year hiatus, is on tour to promote its new album, The 8 Diagrams. Doors open at 7 p.m. The group performs at 9 p.m. Rams Head Live is at 20 Market Place. Tickets are $49.50. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.com.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2010
It would be easy to say that Wu-Tang Clan has peaked — that its best period is behind it. It's not just that Ol' Dirty Bastard died in 2004, or that members have dabbled with solo projects over the years to varying degrees of success. The group has now been together for nearly 20 years, making it positively prehistoric in hip-hop. Against the members' better wishes, they've become elder statesmen. But despite not having released an album in three years, the group's new tour makes a defiant claim on relevance.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | August 14, 1997
One of the biggest pop music tours of the summer -- Rage Against the Machine with the Wu-Tang Clan -- got under way last week, but don't feel bad if you didn't hear about it. It didn't end up on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, like the Lilith Fair did, nor was it a lead item on MTV's "The Week in Rock," like Lollapalooza was.For that matter, it's hard to find Rage or Wu-Tang's music on the radio. But they've come to expect that. Because what Rage Against the Machine and the Wu-Tang Clan represent is the hard edge of pop music's underground -- Rage representing the rebel strain in rock, Wu-Tang offering the alternative side of rap.Obviously, there's an audience for each.
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By Evan Haga, Special to the Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2010
This year's Rock the Bells tour arrives at Merriweather with a twist. In addition to the show's usual multigenerational mix of hip-hop, this year's headlining acts are performing their most acclaimed albums in their entirety. It's a concept more familiar to fans of rock and roll, but, hey, hip-hop has its classics too. Here are three must-own rap records — all released in November of 1993 — you'll hear Sunday. "Doggystyle" He was Snoop Doggy Dogg when this, his solo debut, was released and further defined the West Coast G-funk style.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | February 26, 1998
Onstage, hip-hop is often a sort of Memorex experience, BTC where it's hard to tell what's being played live and what's only on tape.There are no such doubts when Wyclef Jean and the Refugee Allstars hit the road, however. "It's all live, baby. It's real. It's nothing fake," says Wyclef, whose onstage role includes guitar playing in addition to singing and rapping. "When we come to your town, it's like Sly & the Family Stone," he says, laughing merrily.In other words, it's loose, funky and soulful, with the kind of groove that derives from a deep sense of musical community.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | April 28, 1994
Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg were among the big winners when the Source Awards -- the world's first rap-oriented awards show -- were handed out in New York's Paramount theater Monday night.Dre, easily the evening's biggest winner, took home trophies for Artist of the Year (Solo), Album of the Year and Producer of the Year. Among those productions was Snoop Doggy Dogg's debut, "Doggy Style," a title that helped Snoop win the New Artist of the Year (Solo) and Lyricist of the Year awards.Staten Island's Wu-Tang Clan were named New Artist of the Year (Group)
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2012
While Baltimore rapper Los seems ready for his close-up because his style and delivery fit in well with the times, Rome Cee continues to carve out his gritty throwback lane. Rome's latest video, "Something Beyond," is the first clip from his forthcoming album/mixtape "The Grey Area. " "Something Beyond," directed by 87Conceptions, recalls the anti-flossy days of Wu-Tang Clan. It's a palette cleanser from the flashy MCs more concerned with snapback hats than tight rhymes.
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By Jerry Crowe and Jerry Crowe,Los Angeles Times | August 15, 1995
Rap music has established itself as a cultural phenomenon, accounting for billions of dollars in record sales and influencing everything from fashion to advertising to television sitcoms. But fans of the music often find it difficult to see their favorites in concert.The major reason: Concern for audience safety on the part of promoters and insurance companies, based on a history of violence at shows. But the publisher and the editor of a national hip-hop magazine believe they may have found a way around the security problems that have plagued so many rap tours: a pay-per-view concert.
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By Evan Haga, Special to the Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2010
This year's Rock the Bells tour arrives at Merriweather with a twist. In addition to the show's usual multigenerational mix of hip-hop, this year's headlining acts are performing their most acclaimed albums in their entirety. It's a concept more familiar to fans of rock and roll, but, hey, hip-hop has its classics too. Here are three must-own rap records — all released in November of 1993 — you'll hear Sunday. "Doggystyle" He was Snoop Doggy Dogg when this, his solo debut, was released and further defined the West Coast G-funk style.
ENTERTAINMENT
By JENNIFER CHOI | January 3, 2008
Rams Head Live will host a performance by the Wu-Tang Clan on Wednesday. The notorious New York hip-hop group, which had been on a six-year hiatus, is on tour to promote its new album, The 8 Diagrams. Doors open at 7 p.m. The group performs at 9 p.m. Rams Head Live is at 20 Market Place. Tickets are $49.50. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.com.
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February 9, 2006
Wu-Tang Clan -- Sonar and 9:30 Club / One night of Wu-Tang just isn't enough. The crew, minus ODB (R.I.P.), is bringing down the house Sunday at Sonar. The next night, the group will also perform two shows (the first one is sold out) at the 9:30 Club. The Wu-Tang Reunion and O.D.B. Tribute Tour brings the remaining guys back together for the first time since 2004. Tickets for each gig cost $50. Sonar is at 407 E. Saratoga St. Show time is 8 p.m. Call 410-327-8333 or go to ticketmaster.com.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | February 16, 1999
I began Saturday evening at the Kennedy Center at 5 p.m. listening to Riccardo Chailly and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam perform Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff, and then hurried down the center's grand foyer to make a 7 p.m. curtain for the Washington Opera's new production of Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov."Sometime in that seven-hour period, I realized I was spending the evening listening to nothing but Russian music of the last 125 years. That, in turn, led to some speculation about the possibility that -- musically, at least -- we will remember the century about to end as the "Russian Century."
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | February 26, 1998
Onstage, hip-hop is often a sort of Memorex experience, BTC where it's hard to tell what's being played live and what's only on tape.There are no such doubts when Wyclef Jean and the Refugee Allstars hit the road, however. "It's all live, baby. It's real. It's nothing fake," says Wyclef, whose onstage role includes guitar playing in addition to singing and rapping. "When we come to your town, it's like Sly & the Family Stone," he says, laughing merrily.In other words, it's loose, funky and soulful, with the kind of groove that derives from a deep sense of musical community.
FEATURES
By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | August 14, 1997
One of the biggest pop music tours of the summer -- Rage Against the Machine with the Wu-Tang Clan -- got under way last week, but don't feel bad if you didn't hear about it. It didn't end up on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, like the Lilith Fair did, nor was it a lead item on MTV's "The Week in Rock," like Lollapalooza was.For that matter, it's hard to find Rage or Wu-Tang's music on the radio. But they've come to expect that. Because what Rage Against the Machine and the Wu-Tang Clan represent is the hard edge of pop music's underground -- Rage representing the rebel strain in rock, Wu-Tang offering the alternative side of rap.Obviously, there's an audience for each.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2006
Wu-Tang Clan -- Sonar and 9:30 Club / One night of Wu-Tang just isn't enough. The crew, minus ODB (R.I.P.), is bringing down the house Sunday at Sonar. The next night, the group will also perform two shows (the first one is sold out) at the 9:30 Club. The Wu-Tang Reunion and O.D.B. Tribute Tour brings the remaining guys back together for the first time since 2004. Tickets for each gig cost $50. Sonar is at 407 E. Saratoga St. Show time is 8 p.m. Call 410-327-8333 or go to ticketmaster.com.
FEATURES
By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | February 16, 1999
I began Saturday evening at the Kennedy Center at 5 p.m. listening to Riccardo Chailly and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam perform Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff, and then hurried down the center's grand foyer to make a 7 p.m. curtain for the Washington Opera's new production of Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov."Sometime in that seven-hour period, I realized I was spending the evening listening to nothing but Russian music of the last 125 years. That, in turn, led to some speculation about the possibility that -- musically, at least -- we will remember the century about to end as the "Russian Century."
FEATURES
By Jerry Crowe and Jerry Crowe,Los Angeles Times | August 15, 1995
Rap music has established itself as a cultural phenomenon, accounting for billions of dollars in record sales and influencing everything from fashion to advertising to television sitcoms. But fans of the music often find it difficult to see their favorites in concert.The major reason: Concern for audience safety on the part of promoters and insurance companies, based on a history of violence at shows. But the publisher and the editor of a national hip-hop magazine believe they may have found a way around the security problems that have plagued so many rap tours: a pay-per-view concert.
FEATURES
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | April 28, 1994
Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg were among the big winners when the Source Awards -- the world's first rap-oriented awards show -- were handed out in New York's Paramount theater Monday night.Dre, easily the evening's biggest winner, took home trophies for Artist of the Year (Solo), Album of the Year and Producer of the Year. Among those productions was Snoop Doggy Dogg's debut, "Doggy Style," a title that helped Snoop win the New Artist of the Year (Solo) and Lyricist of the Year awards.Staten Island's Wu-Tang Clan were named New Artist of the Year (Group)
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