BEST NEW TRACKS: WU-TANG CLAN "A BETTER TOMORROW"

12/5/14
Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow

I've yet to make it all the way through the Wu-Tang Clan's 6th album, A Better Tomorrow, because I'm basic. But the singles I've heard, including the latest, the title-track, have me giddy.

This is actually the second Wu song titled "A Better Tomorrow," the original of course being track 10 off Wu-Tang Forever. The 2014 incarnation has a similar, if not more optimistic message. The songs speaks to the struggle of being black and trying to make your way in a country with an over 400 year history of institutionalized racism. Sampling Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes “Wake Up Everybody,” the song has an upbeat, Motown vibe, which is brought together by keeping the hook of the original intact here.

References to the recent atrocities of justice in Ferguson and Staten Island give this song a sense of urgency and poignancy. It's hard to be vibrant given the subject matter, but the Wu finds a way.

 

WU TANG CLAN "A BETTER TOMORROW"

Wu-Tang Clan A Better Tomorrow is out now. If you don't know, now you know.

 

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