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(Space.com)   Noted astrophysicist, theoretical astronomer, and Wu-Tang rapper GZA working on new Space-themed CD, "Dark Matter". Cool: He's been studying with physicists and cosmologists at MIT and Cornell, among other universities   (space.com) divider line 98
    More: Cool, Wu Tang Clan, GZA, new space, Neil deGrasse Tyson  
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2012-06-02 06:55:47 PM
What an awesome prospect. It probably won't surpass Liquid Swords and Beneath The Surface in greatness,but it'll hopefully be as good as Pro Tools.
 
2012-06-02 07:01:01 PM
Should be good, but Reggie Watts's improvised riff on space will still reign supreme.
 
2012-06-02 07:01:39 PM
Educational rap? It's been done, n***a.

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Seriously though, anything to make people who listen to rap smarter. That's not a dig on rap. I like to see passive education: Video games with real history in the story lines or novels where some scenes take place in realistic workplaces that show that actual method of that craft. People who don't want to study things in a class often like to know about them once they're finally exposed.
 
2012-06-02 08:04:19 PM

doglover: Educational rap? It's been done, n***a.

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TINY FISTS OF RAGE!!!!

/that was gonna be my joke
 
2012-06-02 08:08:37 PM
shenanigans
 
2012-06-02 08:09:40 PM
Sounds awesome and I'm looking forward to this album big time.

Some of those Wu-Tang guys are seriously farking brilliant dudes. I think it was RZA that I heard interviewed on NPR a couple years ago and my jaw pretty much landed in my lap. He was seriously genius smart, and very well-read. He talked at length about sneaking off to the library, and learning shiat and not being able to tell other people in his hood so they wouldn't give him shiat for it.

It's not that I expect a rapper to be dumb, but I don't expect them to necessarily be a literal genius who loves ancient history and has a voracious thirst for learning.
 
2012-06-02 08:10:03 PM
biatches in space, yo!
 
2012-06-02 08:11:02 PM

DblDad: Should be good, but Reggie Watts's improvised riff on space will still reign supreme.


His TED talk is something else. Link

/Also gonna see GZA perform Liquid Swords with Grupo Fantasma next week.
//Pretty excited
 
2012-06-02 08:12:15 PM
 
2012-06-02 08:13:24 PM
neil degrasse ty.... oh.
 
2012-06-02 08:20:31 PM
Yo, is one of the MIT astrophysicists BILL MURRAY?

/Bill "Groundhog Day, Ghost Bustin' Ass" Murray
//Who ya gonna call?
 
2012-06-02 08:20:32 PM

w00ty: neil degrasse ty.... oh.


Neil deGRZA Tyson
 
2012-06-02 08:22:35 PM

DblDad: Should be good, but Reggie Watts's improvised riff on space will still reign supreme.


I came.
 
2012-06-02 08:24:06 PM
Genious.
 
2012-06-02 08:26:44 PM
Cool! Looking forward to this. Well done, that fellow.
 
2012-06-02 08:27:20 PM
A theoretical astronomer basically is an astrophysicist.
 
2012-06-02 08:28:41 PM
I didn't seee much information in TFA, but I thought of a decent launching point:

"Dark Matter" could be a metaphor for African-Americans. They are unseen (metaphorically), but are a huge "gravitational" influence on American pop culture. They're responsible for Rock & Roll, Blues. Rap, Jazz... Their pull is inexorable, our culture coalesces around them, but they remain largely unseen.

/Of course, African-Americans a minority, whereas there's about 6 times more dark matter than "normal" matter...
//Also, they're not so invisible anymore.
///Drunk.
 
2012-06-02 08:29:01 PM
 
2012-06-02 08:31:08 PM
Well it would seem the Wu Tang Clan is indeed nothing to fark with.
 
2012-06-02 08:31:24 PM

mongbiohazard: Sounds awesome and I'm looking forward to this album big time.

Some of those Wu-Tang guys are seriously farking brilliant dudes. I think it was RZA that I heard interviewed on NPR a couple years ago and my jaw pretty much landed in my lap. He was seriously genius smart, and very well-read. He talked at length about sneaking off to the library, and learning shiat and not being able to tell other people in his hood so they wouldn't give him shiat for it.

It's not that I expect a rapper to be dumb, but I don't expect them to necessarily be a literal genius who loves ancient history and has a voracious thirst for learning.


Dude be reading books 'n' shiat!
 
2012-06-02 08:31:33 PM
As someone who detests rap, I have to say this:

Well, if you're gonna do something, you might as well do it right. Props to GZA for doing it right.
 
2012-06-02 08:34:28 PM

AssAsInAssassin: I didn't seee much information in TFA, but I thought of a decent launching point:

"Dark Matter" could be a metaphor for African-Americans. They are unseen (metaphorically), but are a huge "gravitational" influence on American pop culture. They're responsible for Rock & Roll, Blues. Rap, Jazz... Their pull is inexorable, our culture coalesces around them, but they remain largely unseen.

/Of course, African-Americans a minority, whereas there's about 6 times more dark matter than "normal" matter...
//Also, they're not so invisible anymore.
///Drunk.


rock pop blues jazz
the fabulous 4 types of music

images.wikia.com
 
2012-06-02 08:35:30 PM
Dark matter is where my x-wife originated from.
 
2012-06-02 08:37:22 PM
How can hip hop be dead if Wu-Tang is forever?
 
2012-06-02 08:38:57 PM
eyedea beat him to the punch years ago, and didn't even need to get help from some smarty-smart scientists.
 
2012-06-02 08:39:21 PM
Meh, whatever. Parliament has already figured that shiat out. Dark matter is made of pure funk.

www.flwrpt.com
 
2012-06-02 08:39:39 PM
Has anyone asked Inspektah Deck or U-God what they think?
 
2012-06-02 08:40:17 PM
I... I might want to get this.

Is there another Deltron album in the works? I need more geeky rap in my life.
 
2012-06-02 08:44:59 PM
i633.photobucket.com
 
ADX
2012-06-02 08:45:11 PM

Apos: What an awesome prospect. It probably won't surpass Liquid Swords and Beneath The Surface in greatness,but it'll hopefully be as good as Pro Tools.


Word.

"...And the GZA, the Genius, is just the Genius. He's the backbone of the whole joint. He the head, let's put it that way. We form like Voltron and the GZA happen to be the head..."

Wu-Tang Forever...
 
2012-06-02 08:45:33 PM

The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: Has anyone asked Inspektah Deck or U-God what they think?


I'm sure they'll feature prominently on this-Deck probably more than Golden Arms.
 
2012-06-02 08:46:16 PM
I'm not averse to rap as a musical genre - I've heard a few songs I've really liked - but generally the subject matter bores/irritates me.

This is intriguing. Bookmarked for further contemplation.
 
2012-06-02 08:47:20 PM
rap thread?

I rap for a livin' so I don't give a shiat
my banker laughs cuz, the money don't quit
so I made a statue out of hundred dollar bills
and put it on my window sill

when the thieves broke glass and took my cash
i twisted up a fatty with some Lebanese hash
then I took a nap, took a crap
funny how the word rap rhymes with crap
 
2012-06-02 08:51:10 PM
Now he just needs to collaborate with Brian May.
 
2012-06-02 08:53:10 PM
poplicks.com
 
2012-06-02 08:53:51 PM
physics in song?

First must be flanders and swan, back in the 1950's

only vid I could find was this one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=246wD23cX-I
 
2012-06-02 08:55:18 PM
OK try for the link this time, it's late in the UK and I have had beer!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=246wD23cX-I
 
2012-06-02 09:01:47 PM

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2012-06-02 09:02:46 PM

Queensowntalia: I'm not averse to rap as a musical genre - I've heard a few songs I've really liked - but generally the subject matter bores/irritates me.

This is intriguing. Bookmarked for further contemplation.


I hope I don't sound this white when I talk.
 
2012-06-02 09:04:05 PM
www.enjoyfrance.com
www.brianmay.com

Sup?
 
2012-06-02 09:04:33 PM
RZA's stuff (well, most of the Wu-Tang stuff in general) is what I refer the "hurr durr rap is crap" people to.

/claiming to dislike an entire genre of music is so dumb
 
2012-06-02 09:05:28 PM

Queensowntalia: but generally the subject matter bores/irritates me.


Wu-Tang has some of the most unique and interesting subject matter in hip hop history. Since this is a GZA thread, listen to Liquid Swords, one of the best albums ever.
 
2012-06-02 09:08:58 PM
Dr. Octagon beat him to it.
 
2012-06-02 09:15:52 PM

alowishus: SharkTrager: [i633.photobucket.com image 500x666]

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OK, stealing that one.
 
2012-06-02 09:20:53 PM
Liquid swords is still one of my favorite albums. All I got was a galaxy pic from the link. Anyone know who else is involved with the album...producing, etc
 
2012-06-02 09:22:46 PM
I wish I wasn't on a phone so I could link the Wu-tang Chessboxing mashed with QotSa's Lost Art of Keeping a Secret. It's partially relevant and awesome. It's worth a look if you like either.
 
2012-06-02 09:27:39 PM

jake_lex: RZA's stuff (well, most of the Wu-Tang stuff in general) is what I refer the "hurr durr rap is crap" people to.

/claiming to dislike an entire genre of music is so dumb


My hatred of country music as a genre would beg to differ.
 
2012-06-02 09:33:19 PM

aaronius: My hatred of country music as a genre would beg to differ.


Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson?

/I like at least some songs from every main genre in the US (hip hop, rock, electronic, country, pop, blues, latin, funk, soul, RNB, gospel, and jazz). Doesn't mean I don't think some are worse than others.
 
2012-06-02 09:34:07 PM

aaronius: jake_lex: RZA's stuff (well, most of the Wu-Tang stuff in general) is what I refer the "hurr durr rap is crap" people to.

/claiming to dislike an entire genre of music is so dumb

My hatred of country music as a genre would beg to differ.


I expect there are songs of any genre that will surprise anyone.

Try this out.
 
2012-06-02 09:35:00 PM
There hasn't been much rap with solid/insightful content that invokes some thought in a long time. I don't really care for GZA's lyrical style, but, I'll definately give this a listen.
 
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