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Wu Tang releasing a new album in '07!

© The Wu-Tang Corp.- 2006-12-24

Five years after the release of their last album, Iron Flag, Wu-Tang Clan has reunited for their long awaited follow-up by signing a new record deal with the man credited for bringing them to the masses.

Steve Rifkind, CEO of SRC Records, announced the acquisition of the Staten Island collective this week in a video on his blog, thelabel.blog.com. Although a new album had long been discussed, things didn’t get rolling until Wu-Tang was recognized at this year’s VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, according to Rifkind, who consistently stayed in touch with group member and lead producer RZA. "Not only did I want, as a fan, want one more Wu-Tang record, but RZA also wanted one more Wu-Tang record," the mogul revealed to AllHipHop.com. "And then when we started discussing it a few months ago, the timing of it was just really perfect. "We always talked about it, but the timing was never really right," Rifkind continued, citing recently released "great albums" from Ghostface Killah (Fishscale, More Fish) and Method Man (4:21... The Day After) as signs of the Clan’s imminent return to form.

While plans are solidified for one Wu-Tang album, Rifkind remained optimistic about future group releases. "We’re going to start with this one album and then let’s see where it all goes," Rifkind explained. "Everybody else has all their other careers. People are acting now. People are owning their own businesses. But it’s definitely one record."

Rifkind predicted that work will begin on the new album at the beginning of 2007 with a release date for later in the year. A major tour will also follow, he added. As for Wu-Tang’s mindstate going into the project, Rifkind has good news for faithful fans. "The mind state is the 36," he shared, alluding to the title of the groups classic 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). "That’s what we’re bringing it back to," Rifkind said. "Listen to Ghost’s album, how amazing it is. Listen to Meth’s album. Listen to what Rae’s spitting now. It’s hot."

Wu-Tang is among the artists put on the public radar by Rifkind, who helped break Mobb Deep, Big Pun, Xzibit, Tha Alkaholiks, Lil Flip, dead prez and others. With SRC, the executive is ushering in a new line up of established artists such as Remy Ma, David Banner, Pharoahe Monch and Akon, who is enjoying the success of his latest album Konvicted. The release has currently sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. "We ended the year off strong, extremely strong," said Rifkind. "When you focus on breaking acts, which we specialize in doing, that’s what were going to do. We’re expecting an incredible year from Remy next year, an incredible year from Banner. More carryover of Akon. We have this kid Topic out on the West Coast that’s incredible. Young Cash out of Tallahassee, Fla. I mean we’re really, really excited. Pharoahe Monch. We’re extremely excited of the releases we have next year."

Rifkind founded Loud Records in 1992 and released the Wu-Tang Clans breakthrough album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The group also crafted a groundbreaking deal under Rifkinds watch, which allowed each member to record seperate solo albums on other labels. The result was a slew of classic albums from Wu-Tang Clan members Method Man, RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Ol Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killah.
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Very excited...
Not as much as Jim, apparently. :p
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Old Dec 31, 06
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just will never be the same without DA ODB!

BITCH GIMME MAH MONEY !

but interested to see what this album will sound like for sure. It'll probably leak on rapgodfathers.com well before the release date if anyone cares.
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36 Chambers was overrated.

There I said it.
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Old Dec 31, 06
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whaaaatever.... 36 chambers was fuckin rediculous.... didn't expect that comin from you soo

sooo excited...nothin gets me goin like a good wu-tang joint
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36 Chambers was overrated.

There I said it.

terence, you die now.

this is very good news. a wu album is always a treat, and while i don't feel they've ever topped the masterpiece that is 36 Chambers, each album has been really good in it's own way. i haven't kept up with all their solo efforts but i'm always down to hear the whole crew together, the chemistry is just insane. hopefully this means another round of kick ass wu videos as well, i think 'gravel pit' is my favorite of all time.
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36 Chambers was overrated.

There I said it.
eeeesh, you can't say that and not back it up.

you may think it was overrated but they have always been unlike anything going on in rap, and when 36 chambers came out I would safely say there was nothing even close to that in the industry. Unless i have forgotten about some other rap supergroup full of unique personalities with different rhyme styles heavily influenced by martial arts, comic book heros, 5 percenter, etc.?

And I agree with the sentiment that iron flag, the w and forever have not been as good as 36 chambers, I think this one shows promise seeing as how in recent years more than one wu member has released sick solo albums.
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i liked forever marginally better than 36, personally.

but a big FUCK YEA to a new album, thats all i got on the topic
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overrated /= bad or even not great but I think there are several better "defining" hiphop albums out there.
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Old Jan 02, 07
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I think that it was a defining album, for the reasons previously outlined, these guys were straight out of left field with their ideas, rhyme styles, production and personality and unlike anything that was big at the time. Wu tang has always been about challenging the status quo of hip hop and that was their big bang introduction to the game.

I think it's a big deal because of the fact that there was not a lot of hype surrounding the release of the 36 chambers, there was a bit of an underground following due to the fact that 'protect ya neck' was released as a single earlier but not much else...and despite this lack of hype it was very well received by music fans and critics. It wasn't like some kind of new era suckling off of dre's teet type of shit.
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i can't think of too many rap albums of the early 90s that i would rate as high as 36 Chambers. Midnight Marauders, Step In The Arena, Return of The Boom Bap are all up there... not much else that i was into back then has stood the test of time as well.
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Old Jan 02, 07
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Yes! I just picked up Wu-Tang Forever, again.
Can't wait for a new album.
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Old Jan 02, 07
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3 Feet High & Rising
Low End Theory
Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)


All albums that I rate higher in that era (actually, I guess it was a little before)

I think I may have just gotten into 36 chambers a little late (didn't listen to it during release - couple years later...)

Still, I think 36 chambers is great - just some people put it on too high a pedastal.
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low end theory definitely... 3 feet was a big one for me too but that was in the 80s

digable planets is more what i would call over rated, considering how much more commercially successful they were than other (better) things that came out that year ie, 36 Chambers. of course i'm sure wu never expected to cross over, considering their lyrical content... but i've always considered DP to be the kind of group who basically rode into mainstream popularity on the back of a huge, already established musical trend (acid jazz), whereas when Wu came along they couldn't really be that easily categorized or compared to anyone who came before them. in '93 i was probably into both about equally... but 14 years later i'm still listening to 36 Chambers on the regular.
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last time I listened to 36 chambers in the last 5 years was when you put it in the CD player during one of our Victoria gigs :).

Defintiely listened to Reachin since then :P.
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