Never in the history of hip-hop have we seen a group like the Wu-Tang Clan. In 1993, the Staten Island group dropped what would later be considered a classic, with the release of their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
While the project peaked at just No. 41 on the Billboard 200, it’s impact on the genre was undeniable. The Wu’s introduction was a landmark moment, ushering in a new era of hardcore hip-hop coming out of New York City in the 1990s, and in the process, opening the doors for now-legendary artists like Nas, The Notorious B.I.G. and Mobb Deep. Not only did it shape the landscape of music, it also led to very successful solo careers of several of the group’s nine members.
25 years after its release, a collective of artists from today’s generation are being assembled to remake what is now considered one of the most influential albums in hip-hop history.
In an interview with XXL, Loud Records founder Steve Rifkind revealed the news, saying that “nine MCs from today” will “play a character in the original 36 Chambers“. He also says that he’s planning a “major tour” in celebration of the 25th anniversary as well.
It’s just the beginning of a celebratory list of projects that released via Loud Records. Rifkind also wants to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Big Pun’s debut album Capital Punishment. However, he’s still working on the details. “I’m actually on my way to see [Fat Joe] and sit down to discuss what’s happening for this year for the 25th anniversary of Capital Punishment,” he said.
Further details about the Wu-Tang Clan remake is currently unknown.