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Preview: Ghostface Killah with Raekwon

They’re coming to House of Blues Aug. 6



Wu-Tang completists have a new Holy Grail: The years-in-the-making, Cher-guest-starring, single-copy only double LP The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, exclusively hyped by Forbes as having "the potential to spawn a shift in the way music is consumed and monetized," by mastermind RZA as "like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian King," and by Method Man as "f—k that album, straight up." (Meth's tirade, delivered to XXL in March, came after news leaked that the up-for-auction singular platter carried an 88-year moratorium on commercial release, prompting headlines like Billboard's "You Might Be Dead Before Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin Comes Out.") Ghostface Killah, who over the past 20 years has emerged as the most nuanced Wu soloist, took a more neutral stance in April: "I guess we'll be here forever," Ghost told CBC Music. "Wu-Tang really will be forever if it's like that." The rest of the Clan seems hell-bent on filling the void, catching sequel fever at every opportunity: Ghostface is seeing Raek-won's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx ... Pt. II and raising him July's Twelve Reasons to Die II (Linear Labs) and Supreme Clientele Presents... Blue & Cream: The Wally Era, due at the end of summer. In the interim, Ghost also has Sour Soul (Lex), the February collaboration with post-bop/hip-hop instrumentalists BadBadNotGood, which plays like a James Bond-escaping-Staten Island speakeasy. However non-commercially minded, that one you can buy today. Dillon Cooper and John Doe open. Tickets $40 (includes fees).

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