In the early and mid-90s there simply wasn’t a better hip-hop clique than the Wu. Hell, there still hasn’t been anyone close to Wu Tang Clan in rap or rock or gospel or yodeling or damn well anything else since then. But in those halcyon years RZA helmed some all time classics, and Ghostface Killah’s […]


12 Jun
Revisit your Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

The Wu- Tang Clan’s the Genius — aka GZA — is reissuing the essential Liquid Swords album in a deluxe double box set. Between Wu’s legendary debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and the followup Forever, RZA helmed the first wave of Wu Tang solo albums, each a verifiable classic in its own right. But most […]


4 Apr
New York's DJ Swindle combines the best of two worlds

This goes back a couple years, but since I was just turned onto it many of you out there may not know it either. In the great tradition of long form hip-hop inspired mash-up mixtapes like Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers, Wugazi: 13 Chambers and A Shaolin Jazz Tribute comes Bobb Deep: Queensbridge Meets Kingston, […]


20 Dec
Henry Rollins, The Weeknd, James Blake, Charlie Sheen, SBTRKT, DJ Mehdi, plenty of mixtapes & more

Time for the fourth edition of our Best Of 2011 retrospective series (after ART, BOOKS & STYLE), where we look back on the LIAS Year In Music. Frankly none of these lists are easy — we can trim each down to about 20 but then cutting them down to 10 means we gotta chop some […]


18 Oct
Gerald Watson and DJ 2-Tone Jones make magic

I think four hundred years from now, when we’re zipping around on jetpacks and making sweet tender love to our personal Marilyn Monroe clones (with bi-polar disorder removed, naturally), we’ll still be listening to new Wu Tang-based mixtapes being freshly released. You just can’t go wrong with the formula: take some rare Wu accapellas (there’s […]


27 Sep
Dirt McGirt's landmark 1995 debut finally gets re-mastered

When you say that Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s landmark 1995 debut Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version is one of the best Wu Tang Clan records, you’re basically suggesting it’s one of the best hip hop albums of all time. And you’d be right. Next to eminent classics like GZA’s Liquid Swords and Raekwon’s […]


14 Jul
Blending two of the greatest musical artists of the modern era

My god, what in blazes is there not to love about this musical project??? The fruits of a yearlong obsession by emcee, producer and founding member of Doomtree Cecil Otter and Minneapolis musician and producer Swiss Andy, Wugazi: 13 Chambers is a mixtape blending two of the greatest musical artists of the modern era. Cecil Otter […]


21 Jan
Peanut butter & jelly for your ears

Some clever producer named  Tom Caruana just put together this Wu Tang Vs. The Beatles Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers mixtape and man it’s made my day. No, it’s not as good as Danger Mouse’s Grey Album, but it really hits a delicious intersection in my brain where the Wu meets the Beatles — a […]