Method Man promises a 2013 release for new Wu-Tang Clan album

During a show at LA’s Key Club on the weekend, Method Man promised a crowd that a new Wu-Tang Clan album will be released “this fuckin’ year”. Watch footage of the onstage announcement after the jump.

The album would mark the 20th anniversary of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the collective’s classic debut album. The group’s leader and chief producer RZA claimed last  year that he was working on a Wu-Tang record which he hopes will provide the final chapter of Wu-Tang’s narrative.

Although the ‘Wu’ brand was tagged on last year’s Ghostface and D-Block’s collaboration Wu Block and 2011’s Legendary Weapons, an official group album would be the first since 2007’s 8 Diagrams. Due to RZA’s unconventional production work on 8 Diagrams, the record divided the group, fans and critics. Inspectah Deck and Raekwon vocalised their disapproval of the sound (Rae called RZA a ‘hip-hop hippie’ – possibly a reference to album’s reworking of My Guitar Gently Weeps) and RZA expressed dissatisfaction with Ghostface Killah’s lack of physical presence in the studio, which led to him being left off the ODB tribute Life Changes.

Recently, RZA released his big budget martial arts movie The Man With The Iron Fists and has now revealed that he’s starring in upcoming US TV series Gang Related. Inspectah Deck just dropped the surprisingly solid CZARFACE album, Ghostface releases new album Twelve Reasons To Die on April 16th and GZA seems to be further justifying his alias ‘The Genius’. Watch footage of the Wu-Tang Clan performing Protect Ya Neck in 1993 below.