Wu-Tang Reunion Chronicled On 'Disciples'
The album "Disciples of the 36 Chambers" arrives first on Sept. 28 via Sanctuary, with the DVD to follow on Oct. 12.As tipped here last month, the Wu-Tan Clan's first show in a decade with all nine of its principal members is heading to CD and DVD this fall. The album "Disciples of the 36 Chambers" arrives first on Sept. 28 via Sanctuary, with the DVD to follow on Oct. 12. It is drawn from a July 17 set at the Rock the Bells festival in San Bernardino, Calif.
Beyond appearances by RZA, GZA, Method Man, Ghostface, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Raekwon and Masta Killa, the Wu-Tang set featured guest spots by Cappadonna, Redman and Street Life. "I feel this can be the rebirth of another Wu-Tang era and the group has increased its vitality," RZA says in a statement.
In addition to such Wu-Tang staples as "Shame on a Nigga" and "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit," the album is also expected to feature such solo favorites as ODB's "Brooklyn Zoo" and "Shimmy Shimmy Ya," Ghostface and Raekwon's "Incarcerated Scarfaces" and Method Man's "Bring the Pain."
In other news, the long-in-the-works Wu-Tang book "The Wu-Tang Manual" is "80 or 90 percent complete," Riverhead Books senior editor Sean McDonald tells Billboard.com. "We have most of the manuscript at this point and most of the photos. It is all basically RZA's thing, although there have been various kinds of direct input from all over the place. What you quickly realize about them is that even their solo stuff is totally informed by everyone else in the group."