Wu-Tang Clanpromised a reunion album in 2013, and the hip hop collective have stayed true to their promise. Slipped into a press release about the group's 20th anniversary shows in the UK was this:
Wu-Tang Clan are currently working on their upcoming album A Better Tomorrow, due for release in July 2013."
Seems like something they would want to devote a whole press release to, right? Either way, it's great news for Wu-Tang fans, and the collective will be debuting new music during their July 25th and 26th shows at the 02 Apollo in Manchester and the 02 Academy in Brixton. Here's looking forward to A Better Tomorrow.
This year has been good for a lot of things, but one of the better moments was seeing Wu-Tang Clan perform as a group on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. It was one of those smaller moments that stood out, and after seeing RZA's The Man With the Iron Fists my Wu-Tang excitement levels have been at an incredible high. The group isn't done, though, as their long rumored sixth studio album has now been confirmed. Taking to their Facebook page, the group gave us this short yet tantalizing sentence: "New WU TANG CLAN Album coming soon." That's all that has been said, but given the 20th anniversary of Wu-Tang is next year, this seems pretty legitimate. RZA seems to think so too:
There’s one last job Wu-Tang Clan must do. The 20th anniversary is next year. And we need to, one time, completely, efficiently, properly, professionally represent our brand. One more time. But this time, showing up on time for press and for concerts and studio. Do it one time, perfect."
The torrential downpour of tracks from RZA's directorial debut The Man With the Iron Fists continues with a new song from Wu-Tang Clan and Kool G Rap. With heavy guitars and gritty overtones, "Rivers of Blood" is a heart-pounding cut featuring production from BADBADNOTGOOD and Frank Dukes. Stream it below.
The Man With the Iron Fists Soundtrack arrives on October 23rd, with the movie hitting theatres on November 2nd.
Remember that awesome record Blakroc that The Black Keys put out a few years ago that had The Keys collaborating with some of hip hop's finest like Raekwon, Mos Def and The RZA? It was fuckin awesome right? Too bad we never got the rumored sequel, but thats okay because today we get to hear a new collaboration from The Black Keys and The RZA titled "The Baddest Man Alive" which is set to appear on the soundtrack to RZA's upcoming film The Man With The Iron Fists courtesy of the folks at FUSE.
It's WU WEDNESDAY! What better way to celebrate then getting a brand new Wu Banger from the Clan off the soundtrack to RZA's upcoming film The Man With The Iron Fists. Check out the clan's (minus RZA, Rae and Method) new cut "Six Directions of Boxing" produced by Frank Dukes below as well as a brand new Ghostface track "Black Out" featuring the always entertaining M.O.P. and Pharoahe Monch. If you need more Wu goodness you can go to film soundtrack's site to listen to the RZA's full score with Howard Drossin as well as more music featured in the film. Trust me the opening titles alone is worth it and makes me even more excited for the film. SPOILER ALERT: It's an arranged version of Wu's "Shame on a N*gga"
While you're there make sure you preorder the soundtrack which features new music from RZA with The Black Keys, Kanye West and more Wu collabs. It's GOOD SHIT.
RZA's upcoming directorial debut The Man With the Iron Fistsis easily one of my most anticipated movies of the year (and no doubt Rocko's too), and how could it not be? It's all kinds of Wu-Tang Clan Shaolin love, mixed with awesome stunts, tons of gore, and a killer cast. Turns out the soundtrack is pretty damn amazing, as well. The full tracklist for the official movie soundtrack has been revealed, and it looks to be one of the most stacked movie soundtracks in a long time. Kanye West? Check. The Black Keys? Check. A Pusha T and Raekwon collab? Check. Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah, Freddie Gibbs, Method Man, and the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan? Check, check, check, fucking check.
For your first taste of the soundtrack, stream Method Man and Freddie Gibbs' collaborative track "Built For This" below, along with the full tracklist for The Man With the Iron Fists Soundtrack, which drops on October 23rd via Soul Temple/STAX/Red. The film hits theatres on November 2nd.
The Man With the Iron Fists Soundtrack Tracklist: 01. The Black Keys & RZA – “The Baddest Man Alive” 02. Ghostface Killah, M.O.P & Pharoahe Monch – “Black Out” 03. Kanye West – “White Dress” 04. The Revelations feat. Tre Williams – “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” 05. Talib Kweli & RES – “Get Your Way (Sex as a Weapon)” 06. Raekwon, Ghostface Killah & Kool G. Rap – “Rivers of Blood” 07. Method Man, Freddie Gibbs & StreetLife – “Built for This” 08. 24 Carat Black – “Poverty’s Paradise” 09. Killa Sin – “The Archer” 10. RZA & Flatbush Zombies – “Just Blowin’ In The Wind” 12. Corrine Bailey Rae – “Chains” 13. Pusha T & Raekwon – “Tick Tock” 14. Frances Yip – “Green is the Mountain” 15. The Wu-Tang Clan – “Six Directions of Boxing” 16. Mabel John – “Your Good Thing Is About To End”
Ever since getting my hands on Ben Drew aka Plan B's latest single "Ill Manors", the title track off his upcoming album of the same name, I haven't been able to stop bumping it on the regular. Now Drew has dropped a remix to the album's second single "Lost My Way" featuring none other than Wu Tang wordsmith Lex Diamonds aka Raekwon The Chef.
Folks that may be familiar with Plan B's chart topping sophomore album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks, may be slightly disappointed as the new album strays entirely from his soulful croons and returns Drew back to the world of hip hop. Peep the remix in the player below, as well as the original version of the single here. Ill Manors is set to be released August 21st through Atlantic Records.