Best News Of The Week: Wu-Tang Clan Is Making A New Album
By Joseph Giannone 2011-06-29 18:13:54
It’s a great week in music news. Fantastic albums from talented artists have been pouring out of the industry all week. Not only have the Dirty Projectors announced they will be working on a new record, Washed Out’s new Within and Without has also been given the special treatment of being streamed in full on NPR’s website. Even this week’s crop of new LPs are getting people excited. Yet, none of these album announcements nor streamings can top the awesomeness that is rappers Raekwon and Chef announcing that Wu-Tang Clan is currently in the process of recording their 6th LP. No rap group has made any records like the one's in Wu-Tang’s catalog, and that's because no other band has the RZA or the GZA. When those two make music with their other Clan members, it always comes out as gold.
The members of the clan: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Masta Killa are of coarse all intricate parts of the unit. That’s why when Raekwon left the group for a short time due to creative differences, Wu-Tang fans the world over were very disappointed. In a recent interview with Spinner where he gave up the juicy info about a new album, the rapper also explained that he had a falling out with producer and fellow band member RZA because the band leader wanted to “diverge” away from their “classic” Wu-Tang style. That confuses me, because none of their albums really shy away from their obvious original sounds.
Though there are some differences in the newer album for their “classic” Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the clan’s sounds are still there and as powerful as ever. The only request that any Wu-Tang Clan advocate can ask for now, is that they stay consistent with this new LP, especially after taking four years off. But I have faith. Recently the group has been touring in Europe and according to sources the group is back and better than over. I just hope RZA and Raekwon can work out their problems before going back into the studio.
Literally entering the 36 Chamber’s of death, their first album Enter The Wu-Tang is such an epic ride of kung-fu and hard core hip hop that no other artist has ever come close to making a rap album like it. It's poetic, enthralling, genius, and most importantly, unique. Wu-Tang hasn’t recorded an album since 2007’s 8 Diagrams, but honestly, that effort was almost as good. It brought together all of their amazing influences into one album, while keeping true to their original style. They even covered a Beatles song. Yea. Check out Wu-Tang Clan’s version of The Beatles hit My Guitar Gently Weeps:
Are you as excited as I am for this new Wu-Tang Clan record?