Wu-Tang rapper RZA wanted Blake to produce hook on new album
Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA has revealed that he tried to get James Blake to feature on the group’s new album ‘A Better Tomorrow’.
Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, the rapper divulged his interest in Blake, who he’s previously worked with on Blake track ‘Take A Fall For Me’. “I tried to get James Blake to do a hook on ‘A Better Tomorrow’ but we couldn’t make it happen in time,” he said.
The rapper went on to address rumours surrounding Wu-Tang’s legendary “lost” album ‘Once Upon A Time in Shaolin’, a 31-track record that was made around the same time as ‘A Better Tomorrow’. Only one copy of the album was made and it is currently locked in a vault in Morocco.
“Most likely people will never listen to it”, RZA said. “That’s why we did it. There’ll be a big press release soon. I’m under a NDA [non-disclosure agreement] about it at the minute, but there’ll be news soon.”
RZA also spoke out about racial injustice in America, particularly the New York grand jury’s decision not to indict the Staten Island police officer caught on film fatally choking Eric Garner, an unarmed black father-of-six who was suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes.
“I’m not a political person, I’m a spiritual person. But this shit happened on my doorstep outside a place where as a kid I used to get turkey sandwiches. Me and my friends would do rap battles on the sidewalk right next to where it happened. Today is a sad day,” he said.
Wu-Tang Clan released their new album ‘A Better Tomorrow’ earlier this month. The band also announced details of two UK gigs for June 2015 – at London’s O2 Academy Brixton and Glasgow’s O2 Academy.
The group’s video for their album’s title-track featured footage from the recent protests in Ferguson and New York.