Wu-Tang: first act to legally sample the Beatles?

10/03/2007 2:00 PM, Yahoo! Music

Wu-Tang Clan have become the first group to get permission from the Beatles to sample one of their tracks, they have revealed.

The hip-hop collective return with a new album, 8 Diagrams, later this year, the first since the death of Ol’ Dirty Bastard in 2004.

The record features a collaboration with Dhani Harrison, the son of George, on a reworking of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

However, a new message posted on Wu-Tang’s official website suggests the new version will actually feature an authentic, cleared extract of the Fab Four’s original.

It reads: “Special thanks to Danny (sic) Harrison & Erykah Badu for helping bring this song to life! Also thanks to The Harrison Estate & The Beatles for helping make this possible!!”

Wu-Tang have also confirmed that 8 Diagrams has been pushed back to December 4.