It’s sad to think that the biggest piece of Wu-Tang Clan news in recent memory is the ridiculous shit-storm that was that whole Martin Shkreli debacle. With the lone copy of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin in his seedy little hands, there was understandable concern among fans of the Wu that we wouldn’t be hearing much from the Clan for quite a while. Today though, we can breathe easy, with Ghostface Killah announcing that the next reunion is in his hands.
In an interview with HipHopDx, Ghostface stated “RZA put the ball in my hand. He said ‘Yo, I want you to do it’, and I been wanting to do it, and that’s a big test for me right there.”
In the same interview he also addressed the direction he hopes that album to take, continuing “you got to always go back to the foundation … It’s not what you do it’s how you do it. But it has to be done right. If it don’t fit then we can’t do it. It’ll just have to be done nice. That’s it. People can’t talk about it unless it’s good.”
As for features? At the moment it looks like it’ll be kept largely in the family. – “I mean when we do this, we don’t got to bring nobody in. Unless there’s somebody that’s already out with a strong name or a good voice that would be good. I learned to not be selfish. People know us. We got 10 people in the goddamn group.”
Wu-Tang’s last reunion in 2014, A Better Tomorrow, produced by RZA, got some really mixed reviews, and didn’t really feel like everything it could’ve been. While there’s no doubt RZA does amazing work, he’s leaving the next album in some of hip-hop’s most capable hands in those of Ghostface. Twelve Reasons to Die I & II, and Sour Soul, a collaborative album with BadBadNotGood, are all some of his best work to date and came in the space of two years. Ghostface has shown that even well into his 40s, he’s still one of hip hop’s best, and we can’t wait to see where he takes the Clan next.
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