Last night, Wu-Tang Clan pulled a Beyonce and released their new track “Keep Watch.” The single, which follows last summer’s “Family Reunion,” officially introduces the Wu’s long-awaited album for diehard fans.
The ‘90s-esque “Keep Watch” is produced by frequent collaborator DJ Mathematics and its smooth backdrop is perfect for the lyrical darts of Method Man, Cappadonna, Inspectah Deck and GZA. According to DJ Mathematics, the version that was released last night wasn’t finalized. “It’s bittersweet,” he says. “It feels good, but at the same time the version that they put out, that’s actually the wrong version. That’s not the mixed and mastered version, so I just hit ‘em so I am trying to get that up right now so everybody can get the real feel of it. Other than that, it feels great. It was just good to work with brothers again.”
Allah Mathematics says “Keep Watch” was recorded after they completed their 20th Anniversary Tour. The track was done in the studio that brought back similar vibes of recording during their earlier albums. “We all grew up and matured but it is still a great vibe,” he says of the sessions.
Although the DJ/producer can’t speak on the involvement of Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, he does confirm that Ghost is on a few records. However, since RZA’s comments about Raekwon not fully participating in the reunion album, The Chef has kept his word and still hasn’t worked on it. “As far as Rae, he hasn’t been in the studio since he was overseas in Europe, which was last year,” he says. “Hopefully, things will work out.”
DJ Mathematics confirms that the Wu-Tang Clan album is slated for this June. He is expected to produce more records on the LP, as well as RZA who has “some heat.” “I heard some the other night, 4th Disciple had this crazy banger up there. We still working and we looking forward to releasing that in June,” he says. “Just trying to keep this hip-hop thing going, you know?”