Wu-Tang Clan Balances Film, Solo, Charity Projects

The Wu-Tang Clan may not have a release out under that banner in the near future, but members of that rap collective are currently working feverishly on film projects, charity events, and no less than seven solo albums.

Wu-Tang 's Raekwon and Wu-producer Power will join Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr., Brooke Shields, and Bijoux Phillips in the coming of age drama "Black & White."

The film, written and directed by James Toback ("Two Girls And A Guy"), is the story of a group of privileged white Manhattan teenagers who follow and try to emulate a group of urban hip-hop teenagers.

"Black & White" is an improvisational project that will be shot primarily in story outline form. Boxer Mike Tyson, "Boogie Nights" director Paul Thomas Anderson, and hip-hop video king Hype Williams will also make cameo appearances in the film, which starts shooting in October in New York. The film will be out sometime next year via Palm Pictures.

Films aside, the Wu-Tang Clan has

also been busy on the musical front as well with loads of new solo material. Raekwon will have his second as-yet-untitled solo album out by early 1999, and can also be heard on the Outkast track "Skew It On The Bar-B."

Meanwhile, Method Man will have his second solo effort, "Tical 2: Judgment Day" out on November 10. RZA will have two solo albums out -- one under the name Bobby Digital called "Bobby Digital in Stereo," which is due out on November 24; and another one under the RZA moniker called, "The Cure," which is slated to hit stores in February.

Additionally, Inspectah Deck will be coming out with "Uncontrolled Substance" by the end of this year; Ghostface Killah will have his second as-yet-untitled album out early next year; and U-God will have his as-yet-untitled album out in the spring of 1999. Lastly, Ol' Dirty Bastard and GZA are both currently working on tracks for their second upcoming solo albums, however, no release date has been set for either.

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Wu-Tang Clan will also be involved in a fund-raiser for the Wu-Charitable Foundation in New York on October 24. They're hosting a black-tie dinner at the Marriott in Manhattan to help raise money for a computer literacy program in the Park Hills area of Staten Island, where the Wu-Tang Clan members call home.

For more information on the Wu-Charitable Foundation, please call 718-981-4800.