RZA’s long awaited album The Cure has almost reached Detox status by now. It’s been in the making since around 2000.
Now finally two decades later, the legendary Wu-Tang Clan rapper and producer reveals that he’s finally working seriously on it. He recently sat down with MSNBC’s “The Beat” host Ari Melber to talk about his new album, police brutality in America and the ongoing fight for equal rights.
“Everything I’ve been through this year, the years before, all of the emotions that I never got a chance to sit down and distill and express I can now, you know, I have dug up some old books of lyrics – I always promised my fans an album called The Cure. Right?” he first teased.
“And it’s kind of was like in the closet and this old big Tommy Hilfiger duffel bag, and then I go down to the beat machines and it’s like I’m playing with them and everything is just, it’s kind of giving me a chance to be like a scientist in the lab again, and I appreciate that part of it,” he continued. Watch the clip below.
The last time RZA expanded on the album was in 2013 when he spoke with Montreality. “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.”
In August, he sold 50% of his worldwide copyright and publishing royalties.