Sunday, December 2, 2007
Wu-Tang Clan - 2007 - 8 Diagrams
"The album's title is derived from the Kung Fu film Eight-Diagram Pole Fighter. The Clan, which has not released an album since 2001's Iron Flag, signed a one-album deal with Steve Rifkind's SRC Records in December 2006. The group's four previous albums were all released on Rifkind's now-defunct Loud Records.
On Sunday, August 5, 2007, at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, RZA announced that the new release date for the album will be November 13, 2007, noting that this is the third anniversary of the death of Ol' Dirty Bastard. However, the date has now been pushed back to December 11, 2007.
In a released statement, group leader RZA commented on the need for the Clan's return:
“ This is the perfect time for us to come back; the stars are aligned. It's like when we first started with Steve. We put out real hip-hop at a time when it was turning into pop or R&B. We brought the focus back to the music in its rawest form, without studio polish or radio hooks.... People want something that gives them an adrenaline rush. We're here to supply that fix. How could hip-hop be dead if Wu-Tang is forever? We're here to revive the spirit and the economics and bring in a wave of energy that has lately dissipated.”
Cappadonna mentioned at the public premiere of Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang in NYC some new news regarding the album. He said that the Clan already recorded about 40 to 50 songs, but that the new album will only have about 14 tracks. Loud.com have released a free 8 Diagrams mixtape containing exclusive and unreleased tracks. The mixtape includes new 8 Diagrams songs "Thug World", "Life Changes", "Stick Me For My Riches" and "Weak Spot"" ~ Wikipedia
02 Take It Back
03 Get Them Out Ya Way Pa
04 Rushing Elephants
05 Unpredictable feat. Dexter Wiggle
06 The Heart Gently Weeps feat. Erykah Badu, Dhani, Harrison & John Frusciante
07 Wolves feat. George Clinton
08 Gun Will Go feat. Sunny Valentine
10 Stick Me For My Riches
11 Starter feat. Sunny Valentine & Tashmahogany
13 Weak Spot
14 Life Changes
15 Tar Pit
16 16th Chamber O.D.B. Special
"8 Diagrams will feature all eight living members: RZA, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Masta Killa. The album will feature previously recorded material from Ol' Dirty Bastard, the ninth member, as well as a tribute track titled "Life Changes."
In a recent article from Nme.com, it was stated that the album will feature production from Easy Mo Bee, Marley Marl, Q-Tip, DJ Scratch and Nile Rodgers. This is the first Wu album to feature production not at least co-produced by RZA. George Clinton, of P-Funk; Dhani Harrison; John Frusciante; and Shavo Odadjian, bassist of System of a Down will be on the album as well. It is unknown what Q-tip's production contribution is on the leaked verion.
This will also be the Wu's first collaboration since the passing of original member Ol' Dirty Bastard, who died in 2004. "We still miss him every day," GZA added. "It's like you lost an arm or a leg; you feel incomplete. You can still walk or do other things, but you're limited to a certain degree." With the RZA adding, "He was a very special person, like a very rare diamond. You know, it's like you wake up one day and they're saying, 'There are no diamonds in the world anymore, just cubic zirconia...'"
The back of the pre-album mixtape states that the album will feature "the entire Wu-Tang Clan (including Cappadonna and Streetlife)", implying they are the closest peripheral members now that ODB has died.
Ghostface Killah's appearance on the album was uncertain, considering his recent success and the fact that he will be releasing a solo album The Big Doe Rehab one week prior to 8 Diagrams. He is on the album." ~ Wikipedia