Hear Ghostface, RZA and Raekwon Team for Noir 'Return of the Savage'

One-third of the Wu-Tang Clan have teamed up with producer Adrian Younge for a moody, new Spaghetti Western–influenced track, “Return of the Savage.” The track will appear on the sequel to Ghostface Killah‘s 2013 LP Twelve Reasons to Die – 12 Reasons to Die II – and features appearances by the Staten Island crew’s Raekwon and RZA. The LP is due out in July, according to Okayplayer. The track also appears on the compilation Linear Labs: Los Angeles, which contains songs from Younge’s Linear Labs label.

After a soaring soprano line reminiscent of an Ennio Morricone soundtrack, Ghostface explains, “It’s time for a new chapter/Twelve more reasons to die,” before he gives Raekwon the mic for a verse about revenge. The rapper describes a scene about how a mobster named DeLuca killed his wife and kids, so he approached them: “When they realized the real live G was about to serve ’em,” he rapped, “60 pieces blew through his jaw, closing his curtains.”

Ghostface then gives his account, rapping about hearing records spinning and early Seventies New York – dovetailing into the track’s jazzy drums and soul overtones – as he talks about being a vigilante. RZA closes the track out with a narration about how Ghostface would be teaming with a character named Lester Kane to take on Lou DeLuca.

Ghostface and Raekwon will be hitting the road together in July, though so far it has been described only as a trek celebrating the 20th anniversary of Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.

Raekwon, who recently put out his latest album Fly International Luxurious Art, is also working on a crowdfunded documentary about the album, which he is is looking to get the movie made via a crowd-funding campaign. “Our vision for the film is for it to be as honest as possible, removing the filter from both ourselves and participants,” the rapper told Rolling Stone in March. “I plan to take viewers on a ride through the album from beginning to end. Beyond revealing untold information about the project and how it was created, the film will also bring to life the actual movie that happens within the album.”


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Green Day returned to 924 Gilman Street, one of the Bay Area punk venues where they played in their salad days, for a special benefit concert on Sunday. They played the secret show to help raise money for victims of a building fire in Oakland, California that affected two local, independent publishing houses – AK Press and 1984 Printing – a recording studio (Shipwreck Studio) and dozens of residents, according to PunkNews.

The trio played a career-spanning set at the venue, focusing mainly on Dookie and American Idiot but also playing the odd cut from their pre–major label days, including 39/Smooth’s “Going to Pasalacqua,” Slappy’s “Paper Lanterns” and a handful of tunes from Kerplunk. PunkNews reports that former Dead Kennedys mouthpiece Jello Biafra introduced the group, and that Rancid’s Tim Armstrong joined the group for a cover of “Knowledge,” a track by his previous band, Operation Ivy. The show’s set list, which a fan tweeted out, included a “mic drop…” at the end.

The fiercely independent venue, which is run by a committee, banned the trio from playing there again in the early Nineties when it signed to Reprise. In 2012, a rep for the venue, Mike Avilez, told SF Weekly that he wasn’t ruling out Green Day’s return to the venue. “We’d have to have a meeting on it and vote – but I’d be for it,” he said.

Incidentally, the group played an impromptu, unsanctioned, seven-song gig in 2001 after jumping onstage without warning after a set by the Influents. The set leaned heavily on songs from 1994’s Dookie and earlier.

The publishing companies have formed a crowdfunding campaign for which proceeds will be split between the two publishers and the 30-plus residents who live in the building. Shipwreck Studio has also launched its own crowdfunding campaign.

Last month, Green Day played two gigs in Cleveland, Ohio, including their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Armstrong joined the group for “Knowledge,” as he did at Gilman, at the pre-ceremony show at the city’s House of Blues.

“I was freaking out,” Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone after the induction about how he felt at the ceremony. “I was beyond nervous. I was just fuckin’…. It was kind of like being at your own wedding and your own funeral.”


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