The Wu-Tang Clan are fully back in action, with a featured slot on both weekends of Coachella 2013 and plans to record a new album. The group have even decided on a title for their upcoming LP, A Better Tomorrow, and are planning for a July release.
"A Better Tomorrow" is also the name of a track the rap collective featured on their 1997 sophomore LP, Wu-Tang Forever.
"I already got some heat put together for the boys," RZA said via Skype in an interview with RapFix. "This is our 20th anniversary, so it's not only for us, I think it's especially for the hip-hop fans out there and for the people that supported the culture and what we do. It's not a lot of us that can say '20 years."
What's the motivation to put out all-new Wu, two decades on? "I think that Wu-Tang can do one more album to close that book, just for the fun of it, not even for nothing else but fun," Rza continued. "Just do it to do it."
Wu-Tang's groundbreaking 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), was a mid-nineties soundtrack foundation and branched far across social, racial and economic divides. While the outfit hasn't released an album as a unified collective since 2007's 8 Diagrams, RZA believes the time is right, and most of the crew agrees with him.
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Raekwon, a featured original Wu member, added an emphasis on harmony within the group for the success of new material.
"The bottom line is: Of course I want to see a Wu-Tang reunion. Of course. Who wouldn't?" Raekwon told MTV News back in February. "I just want everything to be right, the business. When we made a lot of our great music, it was because we were in harmony. You cannot put guys together if there is no harmony and, on top of it, we're doing business. As a man with children, I have to always look at that. It's bigger than sometimes just the thought of it; the fact of it, it just gotta make sense."
Wu-Tang Clan tour dates:
04-14 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-21 Indiao, CA – Coachella
05-26 Paris, France – Le Zenith
06-13-16 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
07-05-06 Des Moines, IA – 80/35 Festival
07-07 Ottawa, Ontario – RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
07-12-14 Frauenfeld, Switzerland – Openair Frauenfeld
07-18 Biarritz, France – Big Festival
07-25 Manchester, England – O2 Apollo
07-26 London, England – O2 Academy