Wu-Tang Clan have reformed to release a new album and play two gigs in the UK in July, one of which is at the Brixton Academy.

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The entire current collective of the Protect Ya Neck htimakers – RZA, GZA, Raekwon, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Method Man and Masta Killah – is on it’s way, first to Manchester’s O2 Apollo on 25 July and then to Brixton’s O2 Academy on 26 July.

The new album, also to be released in July, is called A Better Tomorrow, named after a track on their second studio album, 1997’s Wu-Tang Forever.

RZA – whose real name is Robert Fitzgerald Diggs – said it will be the last time the group will reunite, and they intend to make it “perfect”.

He said: “We need to, one time, completely, efficiently, properly, professionally represent our brand. One more time. But this time, showing up on time for press and for concerts and studio. Do it one time, perfect.”

However, one of their original members Ol’ Dirty B*****d will not join up with the group after passing away aged 35 in 2004.

RZA added: “There’s enough of us still alive, and I think there’s still enough fans out there.

“Hip-hop is stronger than ever, as far as worldwide recognition, and our name is synonymous with it.”

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