The government wants Shkreli to hand over the one-of-one Wu-Tang Clan album and Wayne’s album. According to the documents they’ve obtained, the prosecutor’s also seeking a handful of his assets that total to $7.4 million. They say the items authorities are trying to seize are $5 million in cash that is held in an E-Trade brokerage account, shares in Turing Pharmaceuticals, an Enigma machine as well as a Picasso painting.
Marvel Comics has issued forth a new series that pays homage to classic hip hop album covers by reinterpreting them with superheroes from the Marvel Universe. Featuring tributes to artists from Wu Tang, Lauryn Hill and De La Soul, to Dr. Dre and 50 Cent.
The history of hip-hop artists and rappers and their comics-tinged influences includes Ghostface Killah, who named his debut solo album Ironman and uses the alias Tony Stark (for performances, we assume), as well as fellow Wu-Tang member Method Man going by the name Johnny Blaze, a.k.a. Ghost Rider’s alter ego. There’s also British DJ MF Doom, who borrowed part of his moniker from Fantastic Four villain Doctor Doom, and rapper David Banner, who took inspiration from the Hulk TV show.
Check out the Marvel remixed Hip Hop album covers below:
info courtesy of www.avclub.com & www.thehundreds.com
Raekwon and Ghostface Killah “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 20th Anniversary Tour”:
07-07 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
07-08 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
07-09 Columbus, OH – Park Street Saloon
07-11 St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
07-12 Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
07-14 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
07-15 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
07-16 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
07-17 Boston, MA – Paradise Theater
07-19 Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
07-20 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
07-23 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
07-24 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
07-25 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
07-26 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
07-28 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
07-30 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
07-31 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
08-01 Chattanooga, TN – Track 29
08-02 Columbia, SC – Music Farm
08-05 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
08-06 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
08-07 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
08-08 Houston, TX – House of Blues
08-09 Austin, TX – Emo’s
08-11 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
08-12 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
08-13 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
08-15 Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
08-16 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
08-18 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
Released earlier this month, the surprisingly comprehensive database makes it easy to check out what your block looked like at various points in history.
Check out these photos of New York City locations name-checked by rappers as they looked decades before anyone ever spit a verse.
In “Empire State of Mind,” New York’s favorite hip-hop son called out his “stash spot” of yore at 560 State Street. Today it’s a perpetual snarl of traffic in downtown Brooklyn. In 1941 there was a little more room to breathe.
In “Investigative Reports,” GZA rapped about Brooklyn’s “Putnam Avenue and Franklin,” a corner in fast-gentrifying Bed-Stuy. This is how it looked in 1942.
In “You Wouldn’t Understand,” Nas told about copping chocolate Thai — presumably not spring rolls with Hershey’s syrup — at Lewis and Halsey, also in Bed-Stuy. In 1936, one block south of that intersection, some very significant sewer repair was ongoing.
The Wu-Tang Clan rapped on “Impossible” about Staten Island’s Stapleton Houses, where some members grew up. The houses sit at the intersection of Broad and Gordon streets, shown here in 1931.
Both P. Diddy and Nas have given love to Pan Pan’s Diner, a now defunct soul food spot on 135th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem. In 1936 that intersection housed the Lincoln Theater, which was showing A Message to Garcia.
Method Man was born on April 1, 1971 in Richmond [now Staten Island], New York City, New York, USA as Clifford Smith.
Method Man has several upcoming movie roles.
Check Out trailers to Method Man featured movies below:
The Cobbler, where he stars alongside Adam Sandler, is already in theaters.
Another comedy, Trainwreck, is set to hit theaters July 17th.
Based on a true story, an aspiring New York City sportscaster’s life is on the slow track until he serendipitously gets the old cell phone number of a basketball superstar (Method Man). Will the number be his ticket to success or a path to destruction?
The Wu-Tang member has recently been snagged to star in comedy duo Key & Peele’s new movie Keanu,
The flick, directed by Peter Atencio, follows friends who go undercover as drug dealers to retrieve their stolen cat. The release date for the film has not been announced. Jordan Peele and Alex Rubens have written the script.
Capitalizing on the momentum from the hip-hop chess movement, RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan has launched wuchess.com.
The site launched as a kind of online social network for chess players who also like hip-hop music.
The link between chess and hip-hop is a philosophical one, The RZA says. But done well, both music and chess have a mathematical rhythm and flow to them that make them similar, he says. WuChess is “a way to travel the world and spread the whole hip-hop culture, as well as the chess culture with it.