RZA, who is currently heavily promoting the movie and original soundtrack for "The Man with the Iron Fists," takes a minute (or two) to discuss the possibility of a Wu-Tang Clan reunion.
Many people have been advocates of a Wu-Tang Clan reunion, although one has never fully materialized as of yet. RZA has released two new tracks from Wu-Tang recently, both of which will appear on "The Man with the Iron Fists" original soundtrackÂ (the limited edition version).Â So while talking to the New York Times about the new movie he stars in and helps direct, RZA was, of course, asked what it would take to get the entire Wu-Tang crew to reunite.Â
He had obviously put some thought and time into his response. Read the lengthy responseÂ below, via the NYTimes.Â
Thereâs one last job Wu-Tang Clan must do. The 20th anniversary [of "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)"] is next year. And we need to, one time, completely, efficiently, properly, professionally represent our brand. One more time. But this time, showing up on time for press and for concerts and studio. Do it one time, perfect. We did good â people love it and Iâm proud of what weâve done. But all that was done â I would always say in my old interviews, âThis is organized confusion.â It was kept and contained, but it was a lot of chaos.
It must remain unpredictable. But now that Iâve done ["The Man With the Iron Fists"], Iâve seen what a focused mind can do â and thatâs how it started. A lot of people donât know this about Wu-Tang, it started from a focused mind. I was given total autonomy to do whatever I want with them. If you listen toÂ âProtect Ya Neck,âÂ and U-God has four lines, not because he only wrote four lines â because I was able to take out everything else and just keep those four lines without him saying, âYo, why I only got four lines?â They agreed, to me, to be a dictator for five years. And in those five years, itâs considered some of our best work. The work continued on, with âWu-Tang Forever,â but that was the first democratic album. And then after that, it kept getting more and more â âWell, itâs your album, what do you want to do? You want to hire P. Diddy? Whatever you want to do, help yourself. Itâs your [thing].â When before it was like, âNo, no â itâs what I say.â Doing this film, I was given the same position again. And I see what happens when a person like me is driving that ship. I think we can do it again. Iâve been talking to some of the guys, I was like, âYo, look, I would suggest that you put down everything you know, and trust me one more time.â
Oh, itâs got to be hard.Â [laughs]Â Itâs like, âWhat makes you thinkÂ youâreÂ the genius?â Before, they believed in me like that, they trusted me like that. Now, theyâve had a chance to do their own thing, and some things they liked better. Whether it was successful or not, they may like it better. But I would say, if we get one more shot of me being completely trusted as the driver of the ship, I think we could give the world one more record, maybe. And if not that, one more campaign. You got people with tattoos on, man. You got people that some of those words we did, it influenced their life. And you donât want to leave them.
Many bands leave us, though â it just happens. The Beatles, they let it go, and that was it. You had to go with Paul or go with John or go with Ringo. They wasnât coming back together, and John dies and it never could happen. Itâs like O.D.B. has gone. But thereâs enough of us still alive, and I think thereâs still enough fans out there. Hip-hop is stronger than ever, as far as worldwide recognition, and our name is synonymous with it. Itâd be smart for us to say, âO.K., 20 years, guess what?â Weâve proven that not only could the music last for 20 years, but thereâs an entity â you could go see a Rolling Stones concert right now. You could go see a Kiss concert. Anyway, I think thereâs one more round for Wu-Tang, if they go proper. But if they donât come proper, for some reason, whether itâs my fault, their fault or the worldâs fault, Iâm going to continue creating art and the Wu-Tang saga. If Iâve got to be the guy thatâs living it, Iâm going to live it to the end.