Wu-Tang Clan are back with a surprise new release. Their latest song “People Say,” out this week, is a collaboration with Redman over a beat produced by Mathematics. Straight up vintage bars and production with a slick illustrated cover to go with it. Is this a loosie? New music from an upcoming album? Or is it a track from that $2 million Once Upon a Time in Shaolin LP that Martin Shkreli bought? Your guess is as good as ours. The track follows their recent contribution to HBO’s Silicon Valley soundtrack, “Don’t Stop.”
The track finds the Clan navigating a smooth piano loop driven beat produced by Wu affiliate Mathematics and executive produced by the RZA. Even the album artwork is a throwback, with a comic-book style depiction of the Clan snarling and mean mugging like it’s the PS1 cut “Wu Tang: Shoalin Style.” Now, it goes without saying that each Wu member is capable of delivering bars, and the rule continues to prove true on this recent cut. And while Reggie Noble is not an official member of the Clan, he’s damn well honorary, having shone on collaborative cuts like the ominous “Redbull.” Method Man and Raekwon prove adept on this sort of beat, bringing forth a solid collision of charisma and rugged lyricism. Unfortunately, the track is only available in select international markets, but will drop worldwide before long.
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