The legendary Wu-Tang Clan's production has slowed down a lot since their 90s heyday, but crew members like Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Method Man and RZA have kept the group's legacy alive through acclaimed solo releases, guest appearances, acting gigs, etc. RZA took time out to examine how having some of the most die-hard and committed fans in music has helped keep the Wu relevant almost 20 years since they debuted.
"I think fans resonate with the artists that they are fans of, and most of us in the crew are very electronically savvy," RZA said. "That applies to video games and applications for iPhones or iPads. Our fans are like us, and we enjoy a lot of the same things. That's why I think certain items resonate with them, because they enter our world and vice versa.
He goes on to explain how the solo projects from each member add on to the legacy of Wu as well as plans for a Wu-tang album.
“We continue to just live out this hip-hop legacy and take our artistic challenges to other mediums — TV, film, music,” explains RZA (real name Robert Diggs), 42. “I won’t be surprised if one day we see one of the Wu-Tang members on Broadway — not me, but one of the guys.
“It’s all part of the Wu-Tang. And when we do come together, rare as that is, it’s that much stronger because of it.
RZA says he “won’t even talk” about the group’s next album, although a follow-up to 2007’s “8 Diagrams” is reportedly planned for 2012. “Me and Ghostface talk about it a lot,” he says. “The other members are talking about it. We’ll see what life brings — let’s put it that way.
“To have an official Wu-Tang Clan album with everybody coming together, it’s never an easy task. It’s like an independent film or something, a lot of pieces that have to be put together. But I’m always up for that challenge, so I think it’ll happen again — someday.”