All is not well in the house of Wu-Tang.
For months Wu members Raekwon and RZA have been going back in the forth in the media with their disagreements concerning everything from money to the direction of their latest music.
Things have escalated to the point that RZA announced earlier this week that Rae will not be a part of their forthcoming album, A Better Tomorrow.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Rae gives his side of the story. RZA recently sat down with VladTV and related that one of the biggest delays with the ABT album is Raekwon’s absence and that the two haven’t spoken. Rae says this is a lie:
“I don’t know why he said he didn’t speak to me, because he did speak to me. We spoke about two weeks ago. It was me, him, his brother and business partner Devine and we talked about why I’m not there right now. They know where I’m at and at the end of the day, him saying he didn’t speak to me is a bold-faced lie.”
Raekwon spoke at length about his unhappiness with the direction of the new music being made. Pinpointing amongst other things his particular disdain for ABT‘s lead single, “Keep Watch”:
“I hate it. I hate it. … It ain’t the gunpowder that my brother is spitting; it’s the production. And I ain’t s—ting on the producer because he’s one of our soldiers. But if it ain’t where it need [sic] to be.”
Another big issue according to Raekwon is money. He says the money situation isn’t right and until it is, he’ll be on strike:
“It’s the same as being an athlete. I don’t give a f— if it’s Kobe Bryant or Kevin Durant. They will not touch the floor if their managers or lawyers are saying, “Listen, s— ain’t right.” So therefore, I’m in a limbo situation. So yeah, you’re right. I am on strike.”
There’s been some talk from RZA that A Better Tomorrow will be Wu-Tang’s final album, much to Raekwon’s chargin:
“RZA’s saying this is Wu-Tang’s last album? OK. Cool. That’s what it is? You the Abbot? It’s the Abbot show? Aiight, then it’s the last f—-n’ album. I’m cool with that. But at the same time, you’re not going to have me be attached to something that’s broke. Because if it’s already broke, why fix it?”
Wu-Tang Clan’s A Better Tomorrow is scheduled to be released later this year.