Wu-Tang Clan’s A Better Tomorrow Album Drops Today
The Mighty Wu-Tang Clan is back with their first proper crew album in seven years. All nine of Shaolin’s finest—the late, great ODB included—appear on A Better Tomorrow, which drops today. RZA produces two-thirds of the 15-track project, which features Wu-Tang’s signature storytelling and esoteric rhymes with a touch of maturity fit for hip-hop vets more than 20 years deep in the game. The Wu’s last album, 8 Diagrams, received mixed reviews when it dropped in 2007, yet A Better Tomorrow seems already to be resonating more warmly.
Lauryn Hill to Narrate Anti-Colonial Documentary Concerning Violence
She may be 16 years removed from her classic Miseducation album, but Lauryn Hill’s voice still wields power. And the legendary Fugees singer/MC is putting it to use in a new documentary called Concerning Violence, which explores Frantz Fanon’s seminal anti-colonial text, The Wretched of the Earth. Director Göran Hugo Olsson says he connected with L-Boogie while she was incarcerated on tax charges, and recruited her to narrate the film. “I knew through mutual friends that she was a huge reader of Fanon, so I wrote a paper letter and manuscript with images while she was in prison for tax problems,” the director told Dazed magazine. “She replied immediately and said it’s too strange, I’m here in prison and I’m reading that book now.” Concerning Violence is slated to open December 5 at the IFC Film Center in New York.
Nicki Minaj Reveals Beyonce, Meek Mill Cameos on The Pink Print
The Queen of Rap and Queen Bey unite for the second time on wax for Nicki Minaj’s upcoming The Pink Print. Yesterday (December 1), Nicki revealed the tracklist to her anticipated new 19-song opus, which features Ariana Grande, Jeremih, and Meek Mill (twice!). But the highest-profile collabo is Beyoncé on a song called “Feeling Myself.” You’ll have to buy the album when it goes on sale in two Tuesdays (December 15) to find out whether the title carries a Kanye or Tweet connotation.