On June 3, 1997, Wu-Tang Clan unleashed their history-making GRAMMY®Award-nominated double-disc opus, Wu-Tang Forever, upon the unsuspecting masses and changed the face of hip-hop forever.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Wu-Tang Clan's Wu-Tang Forever, Get On Down and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, released an anniversary collection which includes the album with a lyric booklet, a silver colored 7-inch single of "Triumph" with "Heaterz" on the b-side in a picture sleeve, and a reissue of the double cassette in a slip case. Available to Preorder HERE.
Continuing this onslaught, the group will also serve up a set of three digital EPs – Reunited – The Remixes, It’s Yourz, and Triumph – featuring previously out of print ‘Forever’ era remixes, edits, instrumentals and unarchived original single cover art. All on your favorite DSPs for the first time. Available now HERE.
Kickstarting the 25th Anniversary, Wu-Tang have shared the first episode in an upcoming series of newly-unearthed video interviews from 1997 conducted on the set of the iconic “Triumph” video shoot. They took a break from the 5 day shoot in 1997 to talk about their history, their lives, their inspiration, who they were listening to and what Triumph & the Wu-Tang meant to them. Tune in HERE.
Wu-Tang has always been on the cutting edge sonically and known to embrace new styles and sounds. This tradition continues with their first offering in the slowed+reverb arena. The Killer Bees join forces with remixer SLATER to present the slowed + reverb versions of “Protect Ya Neck”, “Uzi” (Pinky Ring), “Gravel Pit”and “Triumph”. Listen HERE.
Plus, Wu-Tang Clan have also opened a Forever & Ever giveaway which will consist of 5-6 gamified newsletters over the course of four weeks leading up to the Wu-Tang Forever anniversary on June 3rd. Fans can subscribe to unveil “journey map” that will develop over a sequence of social actions for fans to complete to gain points that will go toward entries for winning concert tickets, merch items and vinyl. Join the swarm HERE.
25 years onward, Wu-Tang Forever stands out as canonical. It reached quadruple-platinum status in the United States and made history as “the first hip-hop album to capture #1 in the United States and the UK following its release.” Not to mention, it earned a GRAMMY® Award nod in the category of “Best Rap Album.” It has also gathered hundreds of millions of streams as well. Receiving widespread critical plaudits in retrospect, Vibe proclaimed, “‘Wu-Tang Forever’ stamped the Wu-Tang Clan as rap icons,” and christened it “one of the greatest rap albums of its time.” The Quietus noted, “It was the culmination of the brilliant five-year plan conceived by the group's de facto leader The Rza, which not only turned the Clan into one of the biggest and most important groups in hip hop history but changed the way the music industry worked. From any of these perspectives, the album was a significant achievement.” HIGHSNOBIETY declared, “their sophomore album remains a triumph; one that more than lived up to its expectations and has aged extremely well in the two decades since.”
The Killa Bees are on the swarm again, and Wu-Tang Clan is still Forever.