Just like Parental Warning stickers on albums have turned into
sure-fire selling points, the clumsy radio edits of songs from the Eels
"Novocaine for the Soul" to, well, anything by Foxy Brown, are sure to inspire
those under-18 to seek out the "dirty" versions of their favorite new tunes.
That said, far be it from the Wu-Tang Clan to censor the usual
profanity-laced rhythm of their everyday speech to appease moral
In fact, the Osiris-rapped intro to the first single from the
Clan's eagerly-awaited new double-album, Wu-Tang Forever (June 3),
"Triumph," featuring honorary Wu member CappaDonna, is so awash in
four-and-more-letter words it's near impossible to tell what the
Artist-Formerly-Known-As-Ol'-Dirty-Bastard is rapping about in-between beeps.
Here's a censored example:
"What, ya'll thought ya'll wasn't going to
see me? "I'm the Osiris of this _________ "Wu-Tang is here forever, mother_____
"This 97, aight my little ______ and ________ "Let's do it like this, I'm gonna
rub your _____ in the moonshine "Let's take it back to '79"
group is gearing up...
Meanwhile, the group is gearing up to shoot a video for
"Triumph." The scenario is described in a video treatment written by Clanster
Raekwon the Chef. In keeping with their latest obscure theme, the Clan have
imagined themselves as a swarm of "killa beez" attacking a city with their
lyrical prowess. Picture this as they did, if you will:
"We wanna be flying
in the sky like killa beez swarming through the city. . .," writes Raekwon.
"Ol' Dirty is on top of a 100 story building. Thousands of people are at the
bottom of the building waiting to get him. . . By the end of his verse he falls
backwards off the building into a cross position. Simultaneously he is falling
and a swarm of killa beez are coming down (swooping down)."
Method Man's verse:
"Beez swarm down from out of the sky into a bunch of
motorcycle gang riders with goggles, hard hats and dusty leathers. Method Man's
motorcycle's back tire is on FIRE with spikes sticking out of the wheels." The
scene that then unfolds describes mass hysteria, with crowds running in fear
and pavement cracking in apocalyptic fury.
CappaDonna's verse gives light
to a scene in which the beez invade the studio through the mixing board, while
U-God's scene has him hanging, Lost Boys-like, from his ankles in a
massive beehive from which he leads an attack on a jail, setting all the
prisoners free. The rest of the video unfolds through a series of millennial
mayhem, with famine, war and a scene at the "Killa Beez Festival" in a club
sprinkled with top secret celebrity guests who will all be transformed into
beez and fly off into the moon with the rest of the Clan.
All in a day's
work for the Wu-Tang it seems.