RZA: Guided Explorations

Rapper/producer RZA’s Guided Explorations consists of five episodes of meditations for creatives (along with an introduction). While the release of a guided meditation album may surprise some, the Wu-Tang founding member is dedicated to his Shaolin practice and meditation, and has explored spirituality through religion and philosophy (be it Taoism, Christianity, Confucianism or Buddhism). These meditations trace his own stories—from feeling isolated in Staten Island …

Wu-Tang Clan: Family Reunion

Prince turns 55, Wu-Tang reunites, Vampire Weekend throws a dinner party and more in our weekly music recap

That’s right, the legendary hip-hop crew from Shaolin (Staten Island) is back with the new single, “Family Reunion“. With verses from Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Masta Killa, the group’s lyrics and beats have matured since their days of a riot-inciting tour we caught back in ’97, now rapping about the joys of getting together and kicking it over a mellow soul-sampling beat. In honor …

Prince: I Wanna Be Your Lover

Prince turns 55, Wu-Tang reunites, Vampire Weekend throws a dinner party and more in our weekly music recap

Prince celebrated his 55th birthday on Friday, and it was as hard to find an appropriate tribute video for the copyright-obsessed artist as it is to believe he is over a half-century old. The Minneapolis-born musician’s extensive career—which spans playing at one of our very own CH team member’s high school prom to selling over 100 million records worldwide—keeps him forever young as generations continue …