Where does one even begin with a rap group as monumentally influential and legendary as the Wu-Tang Clan? Well, how about with their performance at Coachella this year, which succeeds the writing of this article? Assuming they can withstand the egotistical blow of not being the only worthwhile middle-aged rap group in attendance, the clan will be releasing their next and possibly final LP A Better Tomorrow on an as-yet unspecified date in July — about five and a half years after the release of 8 Diagrams.
More relevant in terms of history, the release will mark the 20th anniversary of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which is probably, like, my favorite Shaolin, eastern philosophy-referencing hip-hop album, ever. According to NME, last month Method Man talked about an “anniversary album” coming up, while Cappadonna confirmed in an interview with Radio.com that recording had indeed begun on a new LP. Shall we assume that the two are one in the same? Regardless, fan satiation seems like a likelihood.
— Especially so if the final product lives up to RZA’s standards. “There’s one last job Wu-Tang Clan must do,” he told The New York Times last fall. “… we need to, one time, completely, efficiently, properly represent our brand.”
Until July, then!
04.14.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.21.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05-26.13 - Paris, France - Le Zenith
06.13-16.13 -Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
07.05-06.13 - Des Moines, IA - 80/35 Festival
07.07.13 - Ottawa, ON - RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
07.12-14.13 - Frauenfeld, Switzerland - Openair Frauenfeld
07.18.13 - Biarritz, France - Big Festival
07.25.13 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
07.26.13 - London, UK - O2 Academy
• Wu-Tang Clan: http://www.wutang-corp.com