Hip-Hop group's first album in 7 years was loosely scheduled for a 2013 release

RZA of Wu Tang Clan has said that production of the hip-hop group’s new album is “45 days” away from being completed.

The group, who recently celebrated 20 years since the release of debut album ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’, are working on a new album which was loosely scheduled for a 2013 release. Earlier this year one new song, ‘Family Reunion’, was taken from the album though there is no official release date for the record as yet.

Speaking to Associated Press, RZA repeated claims he made earlier in the year about Raekwon holding up the recording process while revealing the timeline he has for completion of the album. GZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Inspectah Deck all contributed their verses to the album over two sessions over the summer, and the album is currently with outside producers for final touches.

“The energy that’s important is constantly pouring out. But when you’ve got to go seek for the energy, it becomes a little more difficult. Wu-Tang is forever, I’ll never take back that statement. But we haven’t recorded a lot of studio albums,” says RZA. “This is the first album we’ve recorded in seven years, actually. And we can’t wait seven years for another album.”

Earlier this year it was revealed that GZA will definitely not be appearing in the forthcoming Ol’ Dirty Bastard biopic, Dirty White Boy. The film is set to star Michael K Williams – who played Omar Little in The Wire – as the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who passed away in 2004 of a drugs overdose. Williams has said that the people working on the film “have no desire to cast any actors as the Wu-Tang”.