RZA Says Wu-Tang Clan’s A Better Tomorrow Album Due In November
According to a new interview with Billboard, RZA says that Wu-Tang Clan’s first studio album in more than seven years will be for sale next month. The Abbott of the Wu told Billboard‘s Eric K. Arnold that A Better Tomorrow will release on November 28, which is the retail holiday known as Black Friday—and there’s a lot Heads didn’t previously know about it.
While label has not been confirmed, RZA has recently welcomed Loud/SRC Records founder Steve Rifkind to recording sessions. The nine-man collective (including the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard) has never released an album without Rifkind’s involvement in their 21 years.
Here’s the pivotal part of what RZA said (and it’s worth noting that AFH believes he is including Cappadonna in the “10” reference): “The full-length album should be available by Black Friday. It’s a record to me that merges the way music was made in the classic essence, in an analog way. As well as merging what’s going down the digital way. All the entire 10 Clan members are on it. All the [living] members, which is a beautiful thing. And the album has a small concept in a sense, musically it travels from a guy who is going through difficulties, tries to find himself, gets involved with some violence, some troubles, but then realizes that it’s best sometimes to walk away from the past and all the bad times and maybe work on making his life better, and making a better tomorrow. The process of making this album was very unique for me. I started first in my home studio in L.A., then I went to my buddy Adrian Younge and I went to his basement in Southern California where he has all this old ’60s equipment that he be using.”
RZA adds that he took the album sessions to Europe, and eventually the recently-revamped New Jersey studios known as “Wu-Tang Studios East” to record.
Additionally, RZA mentioned sharing eight tracks on the album through Boombot Rex, a miniature (but allegedly powerful) personal speaker system, made by Boombotix that will be available exclusively through Zumiez. The production run is said to be limited to 3,000.
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