Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA is almost ready to close the chapter on his crew’s long run in hip-hop and has now revealed what last duty they owe their diehard supporters.
In RZA’s opinion, the Clan must reunite one last time to pay homage to their 1993 debut.
“There’s one last job Wu-Tang Clan must do. The 20th anniversary [of “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”] 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. We did good – people love it and I’m proud of what we’ve done. But all that was done – I would always say in my old interviews, “This is organized confusion.” It was kept and contained, but it was a lot of chaos.” (New York Times)
RZA also reflected on iconic music groups which have come and gone.
“Many bands leave us, though – it just happens. The Beatles, they let it go, and that was it. You had to go with Paul or go with John or go with Ringo. They wasn’t coming back together, and John dies and it never could happen. It’s like O.D.B. has gone. But there’s enough of us still alive, and I think there’s still enough fans out there. Hip-hop is stronger than ever, as far as worldwide recognition, and our name is synonymous with it. It’d be smart for us to say, “O.K., 20 years, guess what?” We’ve proven that not only could the music last for 20 years, but there’s an entity – you could go see a Rolling Stones concert right now. You could go see a Kiss concert. Anyway, I think there’s one more round for Wu-Tang, if they go proper. But if they don’t come proper, for some reason, whether it’s my fault, their fault or the world’s fault, I’m going to continue creating art and the Wu-Tang saga. If I’ve got to be the guy that’s living it, I’m going to live it to the end.” (New York Times)
Earlier this year, the GZA doubted Wu could fully come back as a solid crew.
“I have no idea. There’s been talk. But I don’t know what going on, you know? I can’t say. I mean, we haven’t been on the same page in years,” GZA revealed in an interview when asked about reunion talks. “Nah. It is what it is. Sometimes that match burns out. So, no, I don’t feel bad about it. It’s good. I’m grateful for everything we have done throughout our careers and if there’s nothing else to put out, then there’s nothing to put out. I’m constantly writing and working. It doesn’t stop there.” (Rolling Stone)
The Wu’s Raekwon previously hinted at possible plans to do something special for his Clan’s 20th anniversary.
Next year also marks the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Wu-Tang Clan, the legendary hip-hop group that first introduced the world to Raekwon, the rapper says that the collective has big plans. “We’ve been sitting around talking,” he says. “We got something lined up. I can’t speak on it yet because it’s still confidential until it’s actually solidified.” (Billboard)
Check out some recent RZA footage below: