Judge orders Martin Shkreli to give up Wu-Tang album, even though he supposedly sold it

As threatened back in December, judge Kiyo Matsuomoto has ordered annoying rich jerk (or maybe formerly rich jerk) Martin Shkreli to forfeit $7.36 million to the federal government as part of his fraud conviction—a sum that’s separate from any fines, penalties, or restitutions Shkreli may be ordered to pay once he’s…

Here are 6 new albums you should know about this week

The Saga Continues is the best Wu Tang-related effort since 2010’s Wu-Massacre, while Long Island punks Iron Chic channel the loss of their founding guitarist into an explosive third album. These plus Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, King Krule, and more in this week’s notable releases.

The Wu-Tang Clan’s 5 best solo LPs, according to the Wu-Tang Clan

The Wu-Tang Clan is perhaps one of the most influential hip-hop groups in history, selling more than 6 million albums as a group and inspiring an entire generation of rap syndicates in the process. As individual artists, their reach is even wider. They’ve produced some of hip-hop’s most heralded solo LPs, like…

Well, shit: Martin Shrkreli got his name into a Wu-Tang Clan song

Suggesting that there’s really nothing you can’t achieve in America if you set your mind to it—and don’t mind becoming an internationally reviled prison inmate in the process—“pharma bro” Martin Shkreli has successfully gotten a member of the Wu-Tang Clan to rap his name in a song. Specifically, the group’s new track,…

Wu-Tang Clan, Best Coast, and the rest of Riot Fest take shots of Malört

There are few beverages as synonymous with Chicago as Malört. John Hodgman has described the taste of this wormwood-based liqueur as “jägermeister heavily diluted in pondwater, but less piney.” We corralled some of the best acts at Riot Fest, another Chicago staple, including Wu-Tang Clan, Best Coast, and Cap’n Jazz,…

Rap nerds: Stop what you’re doing and go play with this massive interactive lyrics analysis

In 2014, the pop-culture data analysis website The Pudding released an analysis of rappers’ vocabularies that still gets trotted out occasionally. (It’s the one that ranked Aesop Rock Most Verbose Rapper Ever.) They recently released what they pitch as an explicit sequel to that work called “The Language Of Hip Hop,”…

Wu-Tang declared “Triumph” with one of the strangest and best videos ever made

Time has been kind to Wu-Tang Forever. The 1997 double album is sprawling and messy, the Wu’s nine-headed gauntlet of Staten Island talent holding together largely thanks to its shared fiscal interest in advancing the Wu-Tang brand. In hindsight, it’s the capstone of the collective’s golden age, and, in some ways, of…

Here’s the Wu-Tang Clan’s new song from the Silicon Valley soundtrack

Pitchfork reports that the Wu-Tang Clan has just released a new song, produced by RZA, and featuring lines from Method Man, Raekwon, and Inspectah Deck. Luckily, you don’t have to be a millionaire sociopath to listen to “Don’t Stop”; it’ll be available on the upcoming soundtrack album for HBO’s Silicon Valley, and is…

Nora reveals the emotional scars underneath her cast in another terrific Leftovers

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The Leftovers might be television’s most beautifully realized show. Whether or not you like what the show is doing, there’s no disputing that it’s doing that thing as bravely and creatively as that thing can be done. There seems to be no stone unturned, no concept unexplored, no idea to small or weird to play around…

From anti-releases to 1-inch records: 13 albums you have to work too hard to hear

Obsessive music fans are a strange ilk. Not only will they fill their homes with every deluxe reissue of a record, but they’ll take on some barely functional curiosities, too. Here’s a look at the releases that stretch the definition of “album,” often requiring so much effort that it begs the question if it’s worth…

Chance The Rapper and Tool will headline this year’s Governors Ball

The Governors Ball Music Festival has just announced this year’s full lineup, which Chance The Rapper, Tool, and Phoenix will headline. That all sounds pretty great, and we’ll share the rest of the performers below, but we also want to remind the younger festival attendees that, while tickets might go on sale this…