The scene is set with a gritty beat, chopped piano samples and kung-fu sound effects. Soulful vocals provide a hook — then give way to fiery bars provided by rapper Redman.
This is the sound of “People Say,” a single that signals the return of the legendary Wu-Tang collective. It’s from the brand-new album Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues. You can now take the sounds from three of the album’s hit songs and make them your own in the latest Studiopack for NOISE and BLOCKS.
Featuring instrumental and vocal clips, the Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues Studiopack lets you put your own spin on the singles “People Say,” “My Only One,” and “Lesson Learn’d”. “Make your own beat or remix mine,” says Mathematics, the Wu-Tang-affiliated producer who created The Saga Continues, in our film (watch above).
The album is the next chapter in the story of one of the world’s most influential groups. Hip hop changed forever after the Wu-Tang Clan exploded on the scene with their 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers). The album was a colossus, featuring the irresistible beats of producer RZA and the voices of a group of young rappers who would go on to become household names.
Over the past 20 years the Wu-Tang collective has absorbed new talent and broken new ground — while holding true to the distinctive Wu-Tang sound.
With its modern twists on classic Wu-Tang beats, The Saga Continues shows the constant evolution of the group. The smooth R&B chorus in “My Only One” is just one example. Mathematics combines an old-school hip hop crunch with some brand new sonic flavors — all of which are now at your fingertips in the new Studiopack.
As a friend of founding member GZA, Mathematics was there from the beginning. He even designed Wu-Tang’s iconic W symbol for their first album cover. While he has produced tracks for the collective before, this is the first time he has made an entire Wu-Tang album by himself. The Saga Continues originated from a “friendly sparring” session with RZA, where both producers shared their creations. After hearing Mathematics’ beats, RZA knew immediately that they were perfect for Wu-Tang.
“The sonics, the vibrations and the energy of Wu-Tang was trapped inside Mathematics” says RZA. “He wanted to get it out.”
Mathematics is conscious of the responsibility of taking the Wu-Tang legacy forward. “Each sound has to complement the other,” he says. “Each frequency has to be on point. I might spend hours just trying to find the right snare.”
Producing can be arduous when you’re fine-tuning sounds for rap royalty. The Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues Studiopack, however, makes everything much easier. Creators can begin channelling the sounds of the Wu right away. “Now you can get everything I created in NOISE,” says Mathematics. “It’s dope. I’d have loved to have had this while making the album!”
Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues is the second collection of sounds from a member of the Wu-Tang Clan available in NOISE. Spoonful Of Grit by RZA features crackling pianos, dark basslines and kung-fu effects all inspired by the legendary soundscapes RZA created on albums such as Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers) and Liquid Swords.
Buy Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues by Mathematics and Spoonful Of Grit by RZA in the Soundpack Store in NOISE now. They’re just two in an ever-expanding collection of Studiopacks and soundpacks. We’ve released signature packs from renowned artists like Grimes, Pharrell and Rudimental. From Stadium Rock to Golden Age Hip Hop to Synthetic Pop Dream, there’s a stack of sounds to choose from in NOISE — to play either on your mobile device or on a Seaboard Block or Lightpad Block.
Listen a preview of Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues by Mathematics, as well as many more soundpacks below:
Remix the Wu-Tang's hottest new tracks
Preview Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues and many more Studiopacks and soundpacks from world-class artists and ROLI sound designers:
Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues by Mathematics
Explore chopped samples and crunchy beats straight from the Wu-Tang’s latest album. Signature Wu-Tang grit plus a few unexpected twists from producer Mathematics add up to a modern rap classic for you to make your own.
Available for download in the NOISE app now