Wu-Syndicate - Grimlenz Interview Jan 5, 2010 6:17:10 GMT -5
Post by Dark 7 Invader on Jan 5, 2010 6:17:10 GMT -5
Wu-Syndicate (then Joe Mafia, Napoleon and Myalansky) hailing from Virginia, USA, captured the world with their debut album almost 10 years ago, initially known as Crime Syndicate, the group became Wu Syndicate upon meeting and establishing a music and business relationship with the almighty Wu-Tang Clan, specifically between The RZA and Divine who saw the potential of the group and quickly signed them up and amalgamated them onto the then new but ever growing Killa Beez family tree.
The trio came together to create music way before their Wu-tang affiliation, Myalansky was a solo artist creating a buzz on his side of Virginia, while Joe Mafia and Napoleon then collectively known as Hell Raisers were also eminent on the underground, a chance meeting via a mutual friend ended up with the trio becoming a group. When the album "Wu-Syndicate [Myalansky & Joe Mafia]" was released Napoleon was incarcerated and was featured as a guest artist on the album which sold very well and to date is considered a classic within Wu fans and any hip-hop fan who have heard the album in its entirety. Due to a number of circumstances the group members took time out amid being locked up to focus on other things. Joe Mafia released a solo album independently entitled “This One” in 2002, Myalansky came back home and joined forces with Joe Mafia around 2006/2007 and continued making music resulting in the highly sort after mixtape “The Syndicate is Back” which was later given to fans for free via Wu-International in 2008. Napoleon on the other hand released his solo album “Kingpin Wit Da Inkpen” in 2007, and 2008 saw Mya also dropping his solo album “Drastic Meazures”. While the group members have been independently active within the game, its been about 10 years in exact since the fans heard a full album from Wu-Syndicate as a group not taking into account the mixtape or features.
Wu-0010, the new year sees Mya and Joe Mafia finally complete and put out the highly awaited and anticipated “Grimlenz” album that have been in talks for a while now. This digital only release is an exclusive album for the fans and can be purchased directly via their own site www.myspace.com/myalansky757, This album produced entirely by upcoming producer Antagonist, reflects the grim horror witnessed through the eyes of Joe Mafia and Myalansky over years of struggling in the Ghetto, the music industry and life on the streets, politics, relations and what have you. This album can be considered as a free album as The Syndicate brothers felt it necessary to give something back to the fans for their constant support over the years and have made it available for only $1.99 as a way to say thanks and hold on for bigger things as the group is currently working on their 3rd album (or 2nd official album depending on how you want to view it) expected to drop something this year. This will involve features from their Killa Beez affiliates as well as The Abbott (The RZA) being involved as well.
With the release of Grimlenz, The RZA back in the picture, continued steady growth of fans, and a more matured Mya and lyrically sharper Mafia, 2010 seems like a year to watch out for the duo (unfortunately as of date Napoleon is not in the pipeline). Wu-International catches up with Joe Mafia and Myalansky to talk about the music, Grimlenz, their Wu affiliation, Mya's public fall out with Napoleon, future plans and everything else the fans wanted to know. Happy Wu year 2010. Enjoy!!