"In order to be a great MC, you have to be able to rhyme to any beat that's in your face … go to this concept, or go to that concept, or freestyle, or do whatever," Raekwon added. "It's almost still sharpening your skills at all levels."
And for the group, Bruce Lee was an icon, someone to be greatly admired. "He's a legend, you know what I mean?" Raekwon said.
"The Grandmaster" echoes the thematic legacy of old-school martial arts movies.
"It's just one big storyline that I could relate to, because a lot of these stories are about revenge, or brotherhood, or loyalty," Raekwon said. "It has something to do with something that's really going on in the world today."
It's inspiration from that idea that has stuck with The Wu-Tang Clan through a career that has spanned over two decades. Their new single, "All About You," featuring Estelle, is available now on iTunes and their new album, "Fly International Luxurious Art," drops January 2014.
Though Bruce Lee died 40 years ago, the story of his grandmaster, Ip Man, continues to shape the kung fu legend that endures today.
"I think we're trying show to all the audience in the world to revisit this lost heritage and what is the true spirit of kung fu," Leung said.
"I love to call it, 'love at first fight,'" Zhang added.