RZA wants to reunite Wu Tang Clan for 20th anniversary of '36 Chambers' in 2013
Wu Tang Clan producer RZA wants to put the band back together to mark the 20th anniversary of their highly-regarded debut album, 'Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)', reports New York Times – and this time he wants the band to be more professional.
RZA, who is currently promoting his film The Man With The Iron Fists, says making the movie showed him the power of "what a focused mind can do".
RZA says: "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."
The producer also says that Wu Tang Clan worked best, in his opinion, when the rest of the group allowed RZA to be "a dictator". "['Wu-Tang Forever' 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]," says RZA.
RZA reports that he has been talking to some of the other members about returning to the old way of working, and hopes the band – which includes GZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa – will have another chapter. "There’s enough of us still alive, and I think there’s still enough fans out there. Hip-hop is stronger than ever, as far as worldwide recognition, and our name is synonymous with it," he says.
'Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' made Wu Tang Clan cult favourites around the world. Such is the interest in the band, there are currently two biopics based on the life of deceased member Ol' Dirty Bastard in production.