Wu-Tang Clan Are Releasing A New EP This Week
Last Friday (May 10), the Showtime network premiered the four-part Wu-Tang Clan documentary, Wu-Tang: Of Mics & Men. The Mass Appeal film is directed and produced by Sacha Jenkins, with the members of Wu also serving as producers, and covers more than 30 years of history surrounding the nine founding members, as well as affiliates including Cappadonna, DJ Mathematics, and Cilvaringz, among others.
In conjunction with the film, which is currently available on Showtime’s streaming platform, it is now announced that Wu is releasing new music this week. The Clan says it is dropping new tracks this Friday (May 17). Although details are limited, the collective confirmed the release on social media, confirming the new music is “inspired by the series.” The project will be released through Mass Appeal Records, in conjunction with the collective’s latest 36 Chambers imprint.
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You’ve seen episode 1 of the Wu documentary by now (and if you haven’t, what were you doing last weekend), now listen to the music inspired by the series. On Friday, we’re coming with a new Wu-Tang EP from @36Chambers and Mass Appeal, so let your boss know you’ll be in late to work. #wutang #wutangclan #ofmicsandmen #36chambers
Although individual Wu-Tang members have been busy, this marks the first project since late 2017’s The Saga Continues. Executive produced by RZA, the music on that album was handled by Wu’s logo creator and longtime DJ, Mathematics. Notably, U-God did not participate in that album, before eventually appearing on an official “Hood Go Bang” remix.
Wu-Tang: Of Mics & Men includes recent footage of Wu-Tang Clan gathering, including sequences in the studio.
Sacha Jenkins’ film delves into some lesser-known history surrounding Wu-Tang. Notably, the work shows exactly a collective of MCs from different parts of New York City came together in Staten Island to form one of music’s greatest groups. Additionally, the film examines how business played a role in the eight other members leaving RZA and brother, Mitchell “Divine” Diggs’ Wu-Tang production company during the early 2000s. Ghostface Killah’s calling out HOT 97 at 1997’s Summer Jam is explored, suggesting great consequences on that year’s Wu-Tang Forever double-album. The four-part documentary also reveals that Masta Killa is related to both Nat Turner and Marvin Gaye. GZA reportedly provided lots of the doc’s previously-unseen archival footage of Wu-Tang in the studio, touring, and hanging out in Staten Island.
In addition to the Clan and its affiliates, Prince Paul, Ralph McDaniels, Dante Ross, Stretch Armstrong, Bobbito Garcia, Steve Rifkind, and others speak for the film.
In 2018, Wu-Tang released an official remix to “Pearl Harbor,” featuring Pharoahe Monch and Smif-n-Wessun’s Tek. The new verses joined the original 2017 track by Method Man, Ghostface Killah, RZA, and the late Sean Price.