June 13 [7:55 EDT] -- The Wu-Tang Clan will enter the "Billboard" album chart at number one on Monday with the group's new double album, "Wu-Tang Forever."
After just one week in stores, the new album has sold more than 600,000 copies (lately, chart-topping album have been scoring sales of about 130,000 copies per week). Maybe the new album is benefitting from a new world view the Wu camp has adopted, which Rza recently explained to MTV News.
"The average man in America, they say the black man isn't expected to live over 25, you know what I'm sayin'," Rza said.
"We all makin' it past that. You know what I'm sayin'? And tellin' about it and describin' what life is about. Ain't all about just bein' there inside that same four block radius project, shootin' back and forth at each other. Nothin' to go on. Nuthin' to motivate yourself. Nuthin' to motivate their babies with." [1MB QuickTime]
MTV News will be taking a cloer look at the Wu-Tang Clan and its latest release this weekend on "The Week In Rock."
Of course, prior to "Wu-Tang Forever," two other recent rap double albums (Notorious B.I.G.'s "Life After Death" and Tupac Shakur's "All Eyes On Me") also sold over 600,000 copies in their first week out. The next rap double album on the horizon is "The Art of War" from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, which is due in late July.