The Wu Tang Clan's legendary weirdo Ol' Dirty Bastard is getting resurrected in more ways than one. In May, we heard about him getting the hologram treatment at Rock the Bells this year, and now we have more good news. According to Wu member Inspectah Deck, RZA is sitting on a stockpile of unreleased material from Ason Unique, some of which might be featured on the next Wu Tang album, "A Better Tomorrow." The album was expected to be out this summer, but apparently now is aiming for a November release, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of "Enter the 36 Chambers". Said Masta Killa on the latest material:
“All I can tell you is that we’re striving for that first essence, that first sound of Wu-Tang, that first voice, that first everything."
Having ODB back in the mix may make things sound like old times again, but we certainly know that's no longer the case, thanks to lots of infighting and disagreement lately between certain members. Could this just be a pipe dream, or will we really hear ODB be brought back to life with this new album? I guess we will have to wait until November to find out.
Any fan familiar with the Wu-Tang Clan beyond their debut album should know U-God, aka Golden Arms, the last Wu member to release a solo album and arguably the most often overlooked of the Killer Beez. He had maybe 3 verses on all of "36 Chambers" (which will turn 20 in October, by the way), and appeared sparingly in other members' solo albums providing killer rhymes, but was virtually unheard of besides. This is no diss on his talent or ability - he can spit fire with the best of them - but likely due to a cascade of badly timed events: He was incarcerated when Wu Tang was blowing up in '93, and shortly after had to tend to his young son who was accidentally shot. As a result, his solo debut wasn't released until 1999, four or five years after Raekwon, Method Man, and GZA had made legends out of themselves.
However, as he explains in an interview with HipHopDX, U-God is still pressing on, with a new album in the works, "Keynote Speaker," and an autobiography, among other projects.
"I can’t do what somebody else is doing," Golden Arms explains. "I can only do what the fans want from me, which is hard-body rhymes and raw shit." Amen. "Keynote Speaker" is out July 23 on RZA's Soul Temple Records and will feaure heavy-hitters like Styles P, Kool Keith, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck and more.
Check out the rest of the interview at hiphopdx.com for more on how some Wu members are apparently "disgruntled" and why rap is now, according to U-God, "pillowcase soft."
Longtime visitors, I mean longtime visitors from the Jabbify, pre-ChicagoNow GWHH days, may remember this weekly feature spotlighting an old school track, video, and/or rarity in hip hop every Sunday. This was almost always inspired by some event throughout the week, from nationally to personally, and was a fun segment that I'd like to bring back after the aforementioned MTV Jams session I had last night.
There was a Wu-Tang stretch of videos that we enjoyed with the likes of Raekwon's "Catalina" and Ghostface Killah's "Motherless Child" (had to bring that gem back below as well). Naturally, the light bulb went on. There's got to be a Wu-Tang post. But what else can I add to it? How about Bill Murray?
One of the all-time great comedians joined GZA and RZA in this clip from 2002's "Coffee & Cigarettes" as the Wu members school the "Groundhog Day, Ghostbustin' ass Bill Murray" on, well, coffee and cigarrettes. Fans of dry humor and/or all parties involved should give this a watch if you've never seen it. Very enjoyable to see Bill Murray involved with hip hop, let alone GZA & RZA.
Be on the lookout next Sunday for another installment of Old School Sundays, brought to you by our team and I. In fact, wouldn't you say it's quite old school to bring back Old School Sundays?! (I know, mind blown.)
To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Wu Tang Clan has linked with G-Shock to release this limited edition DW-6900 watch which sports a killer black and yellow colorway, with a light up "W" logo. A hot piece which as of now has no release date. So if you're looking to cop, be sure to keep it locked for further details and let us know what you think.