'Wu-Tang Clan' New Album 'A Better Tomorrow' Drops July 2013; Coachella Marks First Tour Stop for Reunited Hip Hop Group
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:45
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Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:43
By Lauren Cortez, MStars News
Almost 20 years since their inauguration into the hip hop scene with their debut album 'Enter the wu-tang: 36 Chambers,' all 8 living members of the legendary 'Wu-Tang Clan' have reunited on the group's first collective studio album in nearly six years: 'A Better Tomorrow.'
It has recently been announced in a UK press release that the latest album from the east coast rappers, RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Masta Killa, will drop in July of 2013. The press release also revealed a few July tour dates when the "greatest hip hop group of all time" will perform in the UK, reports Pitchfork.
The Clan's performance at Coachella 2013 this Sunday night (4/14) marks the group's first stop on their "short tour" that will hit the road this summer (see all announced TOUR DATES below). The tour will feature "all living members from the influential group performing on stage together," states the release, as 'Wu Tang Clan' celebrates their 20th anniversary this year.
Last fall, wu-tang Clan's "de facto leader" RZA (Robert Diggs) hinted at the possibility of a reunion when he told New York Times last fall that the group "could give the world one more record, maybe."
"There's one last job wu-tang clan must do," RZA said. "The 20th anniversary [of Enter the wu-tang (36 Chambers)] is next year. And we need to, one time, completely, efficiently, properly represent our brand." In order for that to happen, he said he needed permission to fully take the reins and stressed that this time around, the group needs to be "on time for press and for concerts and studio."
"I already got some heat put together for the boys," he continued. "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.'"
The last album that wu-tang put out was 8 Diagrams in 2007, reports Spin, which was supposed to be their final album.
According to Hiphop-N-More, their forthcoming album, "A Better Tomorrow" title is named after the song of the same name on the "Wu-Tang Forever" LP that was released in 1997.
The late "Ol' Dirty Bastard," aka Russell Jones, was the ninth member of 'Wu-Tang Clan' and an original founder, but the rapper reportedly died of a heart attack back in November 2004.
Wu-Tang Clan Tour Dates & Locations:
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