The entire Wu-Tang Clan — all nine living members and one ceremonial Ol’ Dirty Bastard T-shirt — appeared on The Daily Show Wednesday night to perform new song “Ron O’Neal” and talk with Jon Stewart about reuniting the group for their new album, A Better Tomorrow.
Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, GZA and an especially hype, mic-stand chucking RZA all grabbed the mic on “Ron O’Neal,” but of course the rest of the group was on hand to keep the camaraderie alive. Along with the TV debut of “Ron O’Neal,” the track is now available to download on iTunes.
Of course the big question surrounding the Wu-Tang reunion for A Better Tomorrow was the presence of Raekwon, who went on strike from the group after hitting a creative impasse with RZA. (“I’m not happy with the direction of the music and I’m not happy with how dudes is treating dudes’ business,” he told Rolling Stone in April. “If it don’t feel right, I can’t be fake.”) But the Chef himself addressed the holdout and eventual reconciliation.
“We trailblazers in the music business, we been around the world, we doing our job. I consider this a sport,” Raekwon said. “I think it’s important as an athlete of music to make sure that you’ve got your business together, make sure you feel happy in whatever you want to do. You just want to feel good about it and at the end of the day you’ve gotta have your i’s dotted and your t’s crossed in business, because we have families. We go out there and work for our families, so if I’m not gonna see my children and I’m out here doing a job, I think it’s important for me to go out there and do what I say I’m going to do, get back home to them and then hit up Disneyland.”
Elsewhere, the illustrious, sometimes elusive Ghostface Killah spoke about dropping everything when the Wu-Tang call comes and even making sacrifices here and there: “This is my life right here, me and Abbott [RZA], this is my brotherhood, so we’ve been tight since day one. Soon as he said, ‘We coming back to do A Better Tomorrow,’ I’m always with it. I’m the one that likes for everything to be right, you know, from the stage show to the wardrobes and everything and everybody be on point. If one thing is off, it throws me off. But for the team — I’ll take one for the team. And I’ll continue. I don’t got a problem with that.”
As for the new record itself, RZA spoke about what the LP means as a whole, and what it means for the group as an entity, saying, “I think we all started for a better tomorrow. Wu-Tang, we have something in common with each other — a brotherhood, a respect. And when we said ‘a better tomorrow,’ we’re starting to make a better tomorrow for ourselves, but also to inspire a better tomorrow for the world.”
Wu-Tang Clan also closed out the show with a performance of their legendary posse cut, “Triumph,” and Stewart’s extended interview with the group is also available to watch online.
A Better Tomorrow is scheduled to see release in November, though an official date has yet to be announced. The group is also prepping a ridiculous “secret album,” The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, a 31-track effort of which they’ll only sell a single copy (RZA claims to have already gotten offers of $5 million for the lone pressing). Of course, since Wu-Tang is for the children, the group will bring the album to the masses through a tour of the world’s museums, galleries and festivals. The album also features two out-of-nowhere vocal spots from Cher.
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