The Wu-Tang Clan will have a new album in
stores this October, marking their first studio release since 2001’s
gold-selling “Iron Flag.”
Titled “The 8 Diagrams,” the
album will feature a tribute to late member Ol’ Dirty Bastard (“Life
Changes”), as well as the tracks "You Can't Stop Me Now," "We Got
This," "Campfire" and "Thug World," which features System Of A Down
bassist Shavo Odadjian, reports Billboard.com.
Q-Tip makes an appearance on an as-yet-untitled track that may become the first single.
The release from SRC Records
features production – as always – from group member RZA, who says the
crew has been performing on the road for the past year, but only began
recording for the new set in April.
Me personally, I wasn't
ready until then," RZA tells Billboard. "I reached out when I knew I
was 100% ready to do it, and everybody came to the table."
In a departure for RZA, he
hands over some of the production duties to a handful of major names he
has chosen to keep under wraps, for now. "You will hear some unique
sounding stuff and a vintage hip-hop spirit," he promises.
RZA says he is also working
with an ODB outtake that was originally recorded for the group's
seminal album "Return to the 36 Chambers."
"I lost it, because the DJ
who handled my equipment back then, we just got disconnected," he says.
"He actually found the tape about eight months ago and flew out to
California with it. The problem is, it doesn't sound all that great,
because this was 1992 or 1993 when it was recorded. But ODB's
performance is f*ckin' immaculate. So maybe I can find some software to
restore it and put it on as a bonus track."