Rappers the Wu-Tang Clan will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by performing the LP in its entirety onstage.
The hip-hop legends are booked for two shows over America's Memorial Day weekend, playing at Soundset Music Festival in Minnesota on Sunday (27May18) and at the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit when the bank holiday falls on Monday.
Fans are in for a special treat at the two concerts, because the plan is to play 36 Chambers in full during Wu-Tang's sets.
"It's been a while since we've done (the whole album live), since the early 2000s, maybe," Inspectah Deck tells Billboard. "It's 25 years, man, and we stood the test of time and we're still proving ourselves - and people still appreciate you like that, which is dope. So it's gonna be fun.
"We're definitely gonna give you the business (go hard at the festival shows), 'cause that's what Wu-Tang does. We get up there and keep the essence of hip-hop alive. We made our music just to be a voice for the voiceless, and that's what we continue to be 25 years later, so when we get up there, don't expect a lot of Cristal (champagne) popping. When you come to our show, you want some food for thought, and we've got our aprons on."
The rap icons are also recording a new album, the band's sixth studio project, with Masta Killa explaining Wu-Tang's usual musical mastermind RZA will be "supervising" the project, while Ghostface Killah "is at the wheel" of the fresh material.
"He's (Ghostface Killah) putting that together as we speak," Masta Killa shares. "There will be another Wu-Tang Clan album. We're working on that right now, and hopefully it's ready right with the 25th anniversary."
"He (Ghostface) just gives it a new outlook and a fresh coat of eyes and ears," Inspectah Deck adds. "Ghost has taken it upon himself to say, 'I want to get the beats, I want to hear some things that's happening here,' so we're trusting him the same we trusted RZA in the beginning. Why not, man? Ghost has been successful in his solo endeavours. It's a change of pace. Hopefully we get another banger, another Wu classic out of this project as well, in the 25th anniversary."
Other Wu-Tang members GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, U-God and Cappadonna are also expected to take part in the 25th anniversary of 36 Chambers, which was officially released in November, 1993.