Wu-Tang Clan Release New Track 'Keep Watch': Listen

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Wu-Tang Clan performs during day 2 of the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

The wait for new Wu-Tang Clan music is over.

The influential New York-based rap collective has dropped “Keep Watch,” the first track lifted from the long-overdue new album “A Better Tomorrow”.

Singer Nathaniel provides vocals in the chorus and long-time Wu-Tang collaborator DJ Mathematics lends his production skills to the song, which arrived unexpectedly Tuesday night. 

In their own words, Wu-Tang describe the new work as “Classic 90s Mono Beat, infused with lyrical dart throwing content.”

“A Better Tomorrow” has been a long time coming. Late last year, RZA talked-up the 20th anniversary album as being just six weeks or so from completion. It would now seem the album’s nearly ready to go. “A Better Tomorrow” is available to pre-order at the Wu Music Group Website, which carries a message to explain the set is "in the works and almost ready to ship."  

All the core Wu-Tang members appear to be involved in the new project, though Raekwon has remained absent throughout.  Anyone who thinks he’s about to jump back on board should “keep dreaming,” he tweeted.

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In an interview with AP published last year, RZA said "everybody did their verses except Raekwon. He hasn't turned in his verses yet. I don't know if he's still trying to find the vibe of the music. We have to talk about it before it becomes too late. But he hasn't come to the table yet."

The album marks their first release since “8 Diagrams” arrived in 2007. "This is the first album we've recorded in seven years," RZA said last year. "And we can't wait seven years for another album."