Holy shit. If there is one group the hip hop community would love to see reunited it’s Wu-Tang Clan, and today RZA is setting the blogosphere ablaze with comments that such an event could happen in 2013.
Speaking with The New York Times, the man behind The Man With The Iron Fists offered the following thoughts on a Wu-Tang reunion:
“There’s one last job Wu-Tang Clan must do. The 20th anniversary [of “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”] is next year. And we need to, one time, completely, efficiently, properly, professionally represent our brand. One more time. But this time, showing up on time for press and for concerts and studio. Do it one time, perfect. We did good – people love it and I’m proud of what we’ve done. But all that was done – I would always say in my old interviews, “This is organized confusion.” It was kept and contained, but it was a lot of chaos.”
Those familiar with the legacy of Wu know that the above is far easier said than done. The last decade has not seen the group on the best of terms at all times, and RZA has a few conditions he will need met before anything resembling a reunion can begin to take place:
I’ve done [“The Man With the Iron Fists”], I’ve seen what a focused mind can do – and that’s how it started. A lot of people don’t know this about Wu-Tang, it started from a focused mind. I was given total autonomy to do whatever I want with them. If you listen to “Protect Ya Neck,” and U-God has four lines, not because he only wrote four lines – because I was able to take out everything else and just keep those four lines without him saying, “Yo, why I only got four lines?” They agreed, to me, to be a dictator for five years. And in those five years, it’s considered some of our best work. The work continued on, with “Wu-Tang Forever,” but that was the first democratic album. And then after that, it kept getting more and more – “Well, it’s your album, what do you want to do? You want to hire P. Diddy? Whatever you want to do, help yourself. It’s your [thing].” When before it was like, “No, no – it’s what I say.”
Do I think a Wu-Tang Clan reunion a real possibility in 2013? Yes. Call me crazy, but RZA has proven again and again that he can create anything out of nothing. If he wants this, and he believes it can happen, there is hope.
The Man With The Iron Fists opens November 2. Check out the trailer after the jump.