Personally, I think it’s a byproduct of the “sampling culture” of the ’80s and ’90s, plus capitalism, that’s eating up anything remotely creative.
These days, so-called artists can’t seem to come up with anything original, so it’s all about reboots, remakes and taking whole swaths of already released songs instead of coming up with something new.
And so it came as no surprise when Steve Rifkind, former CEO of Loud Records, announced the remake of what is arguably one of the best hip-hop records of all time, Wu-Tang’s 2003 classic, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), this time with nine new rappers.
Hypebeast reports that in a recent interview, Rifkind said that “nine MCs from today” will “play a character in the original 36 Chambers.”
He also announced a “major tour” in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the album.
The tour sounds great—but a redo or remake or Wu-Tang-character-cosplay project sounds like straight basura, even if Kendrick Lamar were ODB.
Some things need to be left well enough alone.