Members of Wu-Tang Clan have revealed that the seminal hip-hop collective is working on a new album. According to a new interview in Billboard, the new projected will be led by Ghostface Killah, marking a departure from past efforts, which were helmed by RZA. The group’s last album, The Saga Continues, was released in 2017.
“He’s putting that together as we speak,” Masta Killa told the publication. “There will be another Wu-Tang Clan album. We’re working on that right now, and hopefully it’s ready right with the 25th anniversary.”
Inspecta Deck added that, while RZA will still be supervising the production, Ghostface Killah will be “at the wheel.” “He just gives it a new outlook and a fresh coat of eyes and ears,” Deck says. “Ghost has taken it upon himself to say, ‘I want to get the beats, I want to hear some things that’s happening here,’ so we’re trusting him the same we trusted RZA in the beginning. Why not, man? Ghost has been successful in his solo endeavors. It’s a change of pace. Hopefully we get another banger, another Wu classic out of this project as well, in the 25th anniversary [of the group’s debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)].”
“Ghost is definitely a soulful type brother and has a deep consciousness, but he’s more direct to what Wu-Tang is,” Deck continues. “Wu-Tang was beats and rhymes. Ghost picks the harder beats. He has songs like ‘Camay,’ so he’s not gonna skip the women. There’s going to be a lot more variety of harder stuff. RZA comes up with deep concepts, but Ghost brings it just a little bit harder.”
In related news, Wu-Tang Clan spent much of the weekend celebrating the 25th anniversary of 36 Chambers, which was released on November 9, 1993. The group will perform the album in its entirety on Memorial Day to close out the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit—just one day after they did the same thing at St. Paul, MN’s Soundset Music Festival.