The classic Wu-Tang Clan album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) will be remade by nine modern-day artists, reveals Steve Rifkind, Loud Records founder.
The record is the seminal debut studio album of the legendary hip-hop group. It was released back in November 1993 and immediately became a commercial and critical success.
According to NME, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was hailed as the "landmark record in the East Coast Renaissance of U.S. hip-hop." This year, the album will be celebrating its 25th year anniversary.
The '36 Chambers' Remake
To celebrate its lasting legacy in the music industry, Rifkind revealed plans for the remake of the legendary album this year. The record executive partnered with RED Music to bring back and offer the landmark releases from Loud Records to the new generation of fans.
Included in the rerelease is Capital Punishment by Big Pun, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
"With Wu-Tang, we're gonna do a few things," he shared in an interview with XXL."We're gonna remake the album with nine MCs from today and each new MC will play a character in the original 36 Chambers. There's gonna be a major tour cause it's also Wu's 25[th anniversary]."
He has not named the artists who will record the album and go on tour, but he is confident that hip-hop fans in the present will continue to embrace the music of the Wu-Tang. He added to the publication that the catalog of Loud Records is more popular now than ever.
The music published by Loud Records during its heyday in the 90s continue to be distributed via RED Music.
Rifkind also spoke about why the music of Wu-Tang Clan continues to be relevant to this day.
"To me, it's because where are you gonna get nine emcees that all of them can spit their ass off," the Loud Records co-founder added. "The energy of the record and they weren't just like, 'You gotta do this, you gotta do that.' They broke barriers and broke ground on what they truly believed in."
Wu-Tang Clan's Quest For The 'Shaolin'
In other news, Wu-Tang Clan continues the fight to reclaim their 2014 album, Once Upon A Time in Shaolin. To recall, the sole copy of the music was sold to Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli for millions of dollars. However, this year, the court ordered the disgraced entrepreneur to surrender the album and other prized possession to the court after he was guilty of security fraud.
In April, Method Man and Ghostface Killah appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to lobby for the return of the mythical album.
Jeff Sessions revealed earlier this year that the album is, indeed, in the possession of the U.S. government. Its fate is yet to be decided but many speculate that the copy, the only one in the world, will end up in an auction.
The two also recently met up with James Comey, the FBI director, to talk about the fate of the album.