It was once uncertain whether or not Wu-Tang Clan's A Better Tomorrow album would ever see the light of day, but now that the project has a December 2 release date, RZA, U-God and Masta Killa previewed the music for the first time on Monday night.
Various press outlets, including MTV News, gathered at Quad Studios, in New York City last night to play the entire album. "I will say that you will hear some maturity in our thinking process," RZA told the assembled press, and in a video that appears on Missinfo.TV. "It’s a very lyrical album. A lot of stories and vignettes of stories you’ll hear, and I think you’ll get a taste of New York flavor."
A Better Tomorrow starts off with "Ruckus in B Minor," a toss to Wu's 1993 classic album cut "Bring da Ruckus." The song starts with a posthumous vocal toss from the late Ol' Dirty Bastard. "It's the ODB kid, once again comin' through your area," he says with his familiar laugh.
The final track, "Wu-Tang Reunion," is a fitting closer for the group, which reunited for the first time on an album since 2007's 8 Diagrams.
“It ended with 'Family Reunion' because we feel Wu-Tang comes together -- whether it’s us or our fans or people that ever had any inspiration from Wu-Tang -- it’s a family reunion," RZA explained. "We’re a rare breed on the planet Earth. I think over the years, I’ve come to realize that the people that you attract or attract you are somewhat part of your family because it’s a mind set -- it’s a mindframe.”
In the year leading up to the LP, RZA and Raekwon had a very public feud about the direction and the business of the music, but has since put all of their disagreements behind them.
“To the world, it’s always looking like me and RZA going at it,” Raekwon told MTV News in October. “But it’s bigger than me and RZA. It’s the organization that, every now and then, you go through turbulence, because of what’s going on in the house of Wu. I’m protective of the brand, and I always want us to be feeling good about everything that we do and give to the world.”