RZA Explains "The Cure" Delay, Wu-Tang Clan's "A Better Tomorrow" Progress

RZA talks his walk with infidelity, drugs and partying in relationship to "The Cure," as he says that Method Man, Masta Killa, Ghostface Killah and U-God are all at work on "A Better Tomorrow."

Part of Wu-Tang Clan's mystique has come from the group members' unreleased works over the years. While there were tragic events such as Inspectah Deck's original Uncontrolled Substance sessions lost to a flood in RZA's basement. Then there were sample clearance issues that hindered Ghostface Killah's third album, Bulletproof Wallets. One of the more deliberate instances has surrounded RZA's long-discussed album, The Cure. While postulated throughout the last 15 years, it was once said to be the final album from the Brooklyn, New York emcee/producer. Montreality recently asked The Abbott about why The Cure remains unreleased, as RZA has not dropped a project under his name since 2008's Digi Snacks. "I won't release The Cure because at the time that I was scheduled to release it, I wasn't living up to the words that I was inspired to write," admitted RZA. "I live more to those words now—but still not fully. Maybe I'm like 70% livin' like that. I still kinda like to go party, have my drinks. I'm still tempted by women and things like that. I'm not really dealin' with a lot of infidelity like I was in the old days. I don't do a lot of drugs like I used to do. But I still get my lil' weekend parties on," He elaborated. "I'm not sayin' we shouldn't party, 'cause life should be enjoyed, but sometimes, the cure that I was writing about, was [where] you could have Heaven every moment of your life, in yourself."

Ever illusive, RZA waved, "Maybe I will release that album; maybe it'll be a book. Maybe somebody will find it and discover it, and maybe another artist will record it for me. But I wrote a lot of positive lyrics, and I strive as best I can, to be a positive example for humanity. Because I want to be somebody who helps humanity, not somebody who hurt us."

On the subject of relics, RZA also admitted that he invited his fellow Clansmen to return to one of Wu's legendary studios to record "Family Reunion." "The song 'Family Reunion' was recorded in my old studio, the same studio we recorded Wu-Tang Forever, which is the Wu-Tang mansion in south [New] Jersey—which I still own," admitted RZA. He also maintained a Wu Mansion West in California, in addition to a longtime lab on 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan. "I recently remodeled it and rebuilt the studio. I invited the brothers to come back to this place where we have such great memories. We recorded that song 'Family Reunion.'" The song takes greater meaning to the former Tommy Boy Records artist. "To me, it's time for a family reunion, not only as us—just Wu-Tang Clan, but all our fans." "We strive and have a better tomorrow. We had some good times; we had some bad times. But if tomorrow can be better than today [that is a good thing]." RZA added that all members besides GZA and Raekwon have been recording towards the group's forthcoming sixth album. "If things go right...you know, it's hard to get a Wu-Tang album, 'cause we all have such big careers and big families that we have to maintain, of our own, to bring that energy back is not so easy. It's looking real promising. Method Man did a lot of verses already. [Ghostface Killah] is writing some verses. U-God came over last week and took some music to write his verses. Masta Killa's been very on-point with his verses. Inspectah Deck, myself [have been working too]."

Inspectah Deck teamed with 7L & Esoteric this year to release CZARFACE, as U-God readies Keynote Speaker. Ghost also teamed with Adrian Younge for Twelve Reasons To Die in April. Both U-God and Ghost are signed to RZA's Soul Temple Records.

Beyond the title, A Better Tomorrow may come in time for the 20th anniversary on November 9. "If things go right and we finish this album, I think that we'll try to put it out in November, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of [Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)]. That's my goal."

The full Montreality interview with RZA is below. In the Q&A, RZA also discusses the whereabouts of the Bobby Digital suit, and a memorable, impromptu road trip with the late Ol' Dirty Bastard.

RELATED: Wu-Tang Clan - "Family Reunion" [AUDIO]

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35 Comments

  • Norman

    Wait for everyone to be ready before releasing the album. If that's not possible then just release it with the ready members; but this should be a last resort though.

  • The_OBserver

    it ain't no Wu-Tang without Rae & GZA

  • FREDYYY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwWnlUQk67M

  • RIHANNASNIPPLES

    JUST RELEASE THE FUCKING CURE!!! JESUS CHRIST FUCK ALL THIS RIGHTEOUSNESS BULLSHIT. RAP NEEDS THIS DESPERATELY

  • pidgeotto

    word is bond the Abbott spit that genuine wisdom. Wu4Life, waitin on that new album.

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  • sxxx9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9hj8Qi7ed8

  • Anonymous

    It's no Wutang album without GZA and the Chef.... Those dudes better hit the studio soon!

  • Anonymous

    i respect wu but these guys are like 49 years old. they must retire these old men. old rappers just dont know when its time to quit

    • Anonymous

      they all like 40. not 49. idiot

    • Anonymous

      RAP IS NOT A SPORT

    • Anonymous

      You should only stop rapping when you stop being good at it, and there's a lot of people out there that shouldn't ever started so why should they quit? Tell me what's the rapping age limit?

    • gamestwin

      EAT YA DADDYS SICK DICK LAME...WUTANG GAVE BIRTH TO WHATEVER LAME RAPPER UR LICKIN THE FACE ON HIS POSTER.BELIVE ME...IF NOT FOR WU..U WOULDNT HAVE DRUGS SOO HEAVY IN RAP.IF NOT FOR WU....OUTKAST WOULDNT HAVE BEEN SO POPPIN.IF NOT FOR WU.....WHO KNOWS..WE DONT HEAR THE GREAT O.D.B.....RIP OLE DIRTY..BUT COME OUTSIDE LISTEN TO THE REAL ERA MUSIC IS TIMELESS MY DUDE..GET UR DREBEATS POPPIN WITH SOMETHING OTHER THAN DRAKE AND SOULJA BOI

  • Sensaye Sixkiller

    The God is still lookin' 30. He's the most interesting guy in Hip-Hop and in Hollywood. That hologram shit is a slippery slope. I guarantee you that within a couple years, most concerts are just gonna be holograms. You're gonna have to pay a grip to see the actual artists in person. It will be a dangerous form of technology as they master it more and more.

    • Anonymous

      nah I disagree. It will get played out like 3D TV. It's a cool technology but no way is it a permanent thing people will go out an pay for. Ultimately, I ain't paying to see a movie onstage, and I guess most people will hold on to their money for the same reasons. You can't beat live crowd interaction. That's what you pay for, otherwise it's just a movie you could have easily watched on youtube

  • @TheCerealGod

    BOYCOTT SOUL TEMPLE RECORDS I pre-ordered 12 Reasons to Die on February 20th, it was released on April 16th, I've received two emails telling me that it'd be shipped soon which I believe was done so I missed the deadline to dispute via PayPal. Neither Soul Temple nor Bob Perry are replying to my emails. I want my 13 back so I can buy the album from a legitimate source. Fuck Soul Temple Records. Fuck Bob Perry.

    • gamestwin

      FUCKBOI I DOUBT U EVEN PAID FOR THE SHIT..SMFH..LMFAO GTFO LAME...WU TANGS FOR THE FANS FIRST....LIKE THEY SAID GO DOWNLOAD IT IF ITS DAT SERIOUS.

    • FUCK SOUL TEMPLE

      Yeah, if you really want to boycott Soul Temple you shouldn't buy their music, just download it for free. I feel you, I have the same problem as you right now and i also preordered the album. FUCK BOB PERRY Facebook: Boycott Soul Temple.

    • Anon

      Go download it for free DUMBAZZ LULZ

  • Drake runs rap

    These wack ass putang niggas need to hang it up no1 wants to see or hear of these irrelevent old niggas. You had your time and its up now its drakes time so move on you 40 year old hiphop nerds. 1) Drake is the face of rap. If not list nsmes that are hotter than drake is right now all you haters can't. 2) Drake has the most number 1 hits in hiphop on billboards in only 4 years in the game. This is a fact look it up 3) Drakes tours are the highest grossing look it up if your in denial. 4) Every song drake drop gets the most views again look it up. 5) Drake is only 25 he is allready on legend status when drake enters his 40s he will be the most sucessfull. 6) Only hiphop nerds that live in their basement and get no pussy hate on drake all casual fans of music respect and like drake when they think of listening to hiphop they listen to drake All you haters claim i lie when i state facts instead of your shitty opinions drake runs rap its fact!

  • Raekwon

    What the fuck this nigga talkkin bout? If the money ain't right no Wu Tang album period!!

  • Assassin221

    I know some of Wu is from Brooklyn but I thought RZA was from Staten...? Also, "illusive" isn't a word but I think I'll make that my new producer name so thanks.

  • Anonymous

    The Cure isn't the only thing thats delayed. my 12 Reasons to Die still haven't arrived and it's been over 2 months. FUCK SOUL TEMPLE AND RZA Facebook: Boycott Soul Temple

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