The Wu-Tang Clan are celebrating twenty years with a “Family Reunion.” The group launched the new single this week, just a month after a previously unreleased pay-what-you-want track, “Execution in Autumn,” was made available to fans.
“Family Reunion” appropriately samples the classic O’Jay’s soul tune of the same name, lending a retro soul feel to the rap featuring Ghostface Killa, Method Man and Masta Killa. Listen to the track below.
The track is a testament to a new direction for the group, honoring the 20th anniversary of their debut, Enter the Wu-Tang. On the track they rap: “We rock all in together now/Wu-Tang forever now/20 years later we still bang whatever now/Turn chains to cheddar/If I could take a quote from Obama change is better/I vow to never let you down.”
While “Execution in Autumn” was a previously recorded track, allegedly pulled from RZA’s personal vault, this latest one signals new activity from the group, who are rumored to be working on a new full-length. Spin reported that the effort, slated for a fall release, will be titled A Better Tomorrow.
The rumored timeline would fit in with Wu-Tang’s tour schedule, which includes a slew of summer festival dates and a jaunt on this fall’s Rock the Bells tour. Their appearance at Rock The Bells has made news for a scheduled cameo from Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who will appear alongside the Clan via virtual technology.
Watch the Radio.com Essentials that taps various members and experts to sound off on two decades of Wu-Tang Clan below.
Check out a full list of tour dates below.
6/14 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Festival
7/5 – Quebec, Canada – Festival d’Ete International de Quebec
7/6 – 80/35 Festival 2013 – Des Moines, IA
7/7 – Ottawa, Canada – RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
8/30 – 9/1 – Chicago, IL – North Coast Music Festival
Rock the Bells 2013
9/7 – 9/8 – San Bernardino, California
9/14 – 9/15 – Mountain View, California
9/28 – 9/29 – Washington, D.C.
10/4 – 10/5 – East Rutherford, New Jersey
- Nee-Sa Lossing, Radio.com