Wu-Tang Clan have been talking about it for a while, and now it looks like a reality: the legendary rap group's 20th anniversary album, “A Better Tomorrow,” finally has a release date, and right in the nick of time.
Warner Bros. Records wild drop the set on Dec. 2 this year… so at least now it won't be out on their 21st anniversary. RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna will all be present and accounted for on the set.
In a very corporate-y statement, Wu-Tang had this to say in a release:
“Wu-Tang Clan is excited to join the Warner family of esteemed artists. After 20 years in the business with different label outlets, we are delighted to be amongst a team of industry professionals who understand our unique artistry and will help spread it to the masses unadulterated. RZA and his brother Divine CEO of Wu-Tang felt synergy with executive/producer Rob Cavallo and Cameron Strang, and decided Warner Bros. would be a suitable home for their brand and band, and a great place to carry on the Wu-Tang saga. In the words of Ghostface, when it comes to being signed to Warner Bros., 'we're getting Bugs Bunny money.'”
“A Better Tomorrow” will be Wu-Tang Clan's 6th studio set; the crew has more than a dozen compilation albums, besides, to their name, and countless solo and collaborative sets on top of that.
In his previous interview with HitFix, RZA said, “'A Better Tomorrow' isn't only for us, it's for the people, for the world… that's what that concept is.” He said that getting all the members into the studio — and hinting at difficulties with Raekwon — to participate on the set had been a real “stumbling block.”
No word yet on what's going on with the one-of-a-kind “art piece” album, “The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.” Still taking bidders perhaps?