Soul Temple Records

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Soul Temple Records
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Parent company Stax Records
Founded 2012
Founder RZA
Bob Perry[1]
Distributor(s) RED Distribution
Genre Hip Hop
Country of origin United States
Location New York City, New York
Official website soultemplemusic.bandcamp.com

Soul Temple Records is an American record label founded in 2012 by hip hop music recording artist RZA and Bob Perry, after the release of the RZA directed The Man with the Iron Fists. The labels first release would be that album's soundtrack. The label has since released studio albums by Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface Killah and U-God. All albums released on the label are executive produced by RZA.

History[edit]

Wu-Tang Clan member RZA founded Soul Temple in 2012.

On August 28, 2012 leading up to the release of RZA's directorial debut The Man with the Iron Fist, he announced the founding of a new record label named Soul Temple Records. He explained the goal of the label being; the label "will release records from independent minded artists from a variety of genres, from the creative community." The labels first release would be revealed to be The Man With the Iron Fists OST. The album featured appearances from Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, Pusha T, Ghostface Killah, M.O.P., Freddie Gibbs, Wiz Khalifa, Kool G. Rap, Flatbush Zombies, Corrine Bailey Rae, Method Man, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, and The Black Keys among others.[2] RZA said Soul Temple had been an idea he had for years, and it was inspired by his relationship with Isaac Hayes.[3] By September 2012, Ghostface Killah announced he would be releasing an album through Soul Temple Records titled, Twelve Reasons to Die on November 20, however it would be pushed back to April 2013 to not compete with The Man with the Iron Fists soundtrack.[4][5]

On March 19, 2013, RZA released The RZA Presents Shaolin Soul Selection: Vol 1 a compilation album compiled from the Stax Records archive.[6][7] Twelve Reasons to Die would be released on April 16, 2013 and debut at number 27 on the Billboard 200 selling 15,000 copies in its first week of sale.[4] In June 2013, U-God would sign onto Soul Temple to release his fourth studio album, the RZA produced The Keynote Speaker. It would receive its release on July 23, 2013 to minor commercial performance and mixed critical reception.[8] U-God would criticize Soul Temple following its release, for him feeling they did not promote or release his record correctly.[9] Soul Temple was also meant to release Souls of Mischief's sixth studio album There Is Only Now in 2013.[10]

Following an outrage due to orders not being processed correctly, and customers not receiving their products, RZA said that it was due to bad staffing positions at the label, which resulted in business not running correctly.[11] He also revealed that Bob Perry had been removed from the mail-order department, and demoted from president of the label to VP of the A&R department.[12] On December 24, 2013, the label released "Destiny Bends" a tribute song for deceased actor Paul Walker by RZA for digital download.[13] The label is scheduled to release the Wu-Tang Clan's sixth studio album A Better Tomorrow in 2014.[14]

Discography[edit]

Artist Album Details
Various artists The Man With the Iron Fists OST
RZA The RZA Presents Shaolin Soul Selection: Vol 1
  • Released: March 19, 2013[16]
  • Archive compilation album
Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons to Die
U-God The Keynote Speaker
Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons to Die: The Brown Tape
  • Released: July 23, 2013
  • Chart position:

Upcoming releases[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ By Martín Caballero (2013-05-02). "Ghostface Killah gets in character for ‘Twelve Reasons to Die’ - Music". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  2. ^ Grouchy Greg Watkins (@GrouchyGreg) (2012-08-28). "RZA Launches New Label Soul Temple Records; Reveals "The Man With the Iron Fists" Soundtrack". AllHipHop.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  3. ^ https://twitter.com/RZA/status/377870070036570112
  4. ^ a b "Ghostface's 'Twelve Reasons To Die': Soul Temple's Perry Breaks Down Rollout". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  5. ^ "Ghostface Killah Grabs Adrian Younge For Upcoming ’12 Reasons To Die’ Album And Plans To Release The Project On RZA’s Soul Temple Records". The Versed. 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  6. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (2013-02-13). "Soul Temple Records To Release "The RZA Presents Shaolin Soul Selection: Volume 1" | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  7. ^ Hughes, Josiah (2013-02-15). "RZA to Release Soul Compilation • News •". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  8. ^ Paine, Jake (2013-06-24). "U-God "Keynote Speaker" Release Date, Cover Art & Album Sampler | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  9. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/10/u-god-slams-rza-record-label/4/
  10. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=419467
  11. ^ https://twitter.com/RZA/status/377858858510987265
  12. ^ https://twitter.com/RZA/status/377863781852135425
  13. ^ https://soultemplemusic.bandcamp.com/track/destiny-bends-2
  14. ^ "RZA updates status of final Wu-Tang album; Bobby Digital film forthcoming – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music". Factmag.com. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  15. ^ "The Man With The Iron Fists Soundtrack | Soul Temple Music". Soultemplemusic.bandcamp.com. 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  16. ^ "The RZA presents Shaolin Soul Selection: Volume 1 | Soul Temple Music". Soultemplemusic.bandcamp.com. 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  17. ^ "Twelve Reasons To Die | Soul Temple Music". Soultemplemusic.bandcamp.com. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  18. ^ Paine, Jake (2013-04-24). "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 4/21/2013 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 

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