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Popa Wu: Raekwon’s Issues Over Money Delaying Wu-Tang Clan Album


(AllHipHop News) Last year RZA mentioned that one of things holding up the new Wu-Tang Clan album was Raekwon’s lack of participation. While RZA later expressed hope that Rae would “put some of the business to the side” and contribute verses for the project, Popa Wu tells Forbz DVD that issues over money are still blocking Raekwon from joining back up with the WU.

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“[The album] is here already. It’s just got to be closed up by Rae,” says Popa. “RZA is head of this game right now. It’s just that Raekwon is compromising… When you a person that never had nothing and then when you get something and then it’s [taken] away from you, it’s hard to adjust back.”

The man who appeared on Raekwon’s “North Star (Jewels)” track off Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… goes on to give more information about the supposed riff between RZA and Rae. According to Popa Wu, RZA was blamed for some financial problems members of the Wu were allegedly facing.

“They think RZA did some old crazy stuff. RZA did what he did. You forgot he took y’all n***as from nothing and made y’all something. In my mind, I don’t think he would do that to you. He was just smarter,” adds Popa. “It was up to you to learn it. He’s not suppose to teach you the business, and you mad with him for that. That’s personal. We did this music s**t for love. It wasn’t supposed to be about no money.”

Despite these apparent problems, Wu-Tang Clan recently tweeted that their reunion album A Better Tomorrow is close to being released.

[ALSO READ: Wu-Tang Clan Announce “A Better Tomorrow” Album Is Coming Soon]

Watch the interview below.

  • PAY THE CHEF!

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  • Sean Taylor

    ““[The album] is here already. It’s just got to be closed up by Rae,”
    says Popa. “RZA is head of this game right now. It’s just that Raekwon
    is compromising… When you a person that never had nothing and then when
    you get something and then it’s [taken] away from you, it’s hard to
    adjust back.”

    Then Rae would NOT be compromising.

  • JINX

    He’s right it’s not bout money but at the end of the day rza got his money and if it was turned the other way rza wouldn’t go for it and yea it wasn’t suppose to be bout money but we talking bout kids mortgages car notes and so forth get y’all grown man on straighten the bull shit out and give us that wu classic

  • Black Jay

    Business is business. And if Raekwon feels that he was cheated before, why would he go back to that well? Loyalty or not, you don’t go back to a chick that cheated on you. You kick that b*tch to the curb and it’s on to the next one. I kinda feel Rae on this one. But it’s sad because the fans will be the ones to suffer.
    But on some real ish? I wasn’t really checking for this album anyway. There are too many elements missing and too many internal changes that affected the chemistry. Trust me, it won’t be vintage Wu.

    • I’ll peep the new album if and when it drops just on the strength that it’s a Wu project…but without Dirt in the mix it’ll NEVER be a real Wu album IMHO.

      • Kareem Ahmad Moye

        Word, son. So, in that regard, the Wu is dead.

      • So sad but still true. They left us with enough classic material though to hold us over for a lifetime.

    • Nail on the head s***.

  • Tha Colony

    Respect the Chef! and yo! Chef! “respect this urban Wu orchestra”

  • Freebe Jackson

    If Rae feel like he was cheated in the past he can come to the table and negotiate some new terms to try and even him up from what he thinks he is owed. If Rza is not willing to negotiate with Rae on that level, Rza is holding up the album.

  • dbfromdc

    IF I WAS RAEKWON I WOULD NOT DO NOTHING FOR RZA EITHER!!!!! RZA HAS BE HOLDING THE WHOLE WUTANG CLAN UNDER CONTRACT FOR OVER 2 DECADES WITH NO RELEASE DATE IN SITE, EVEN IF THE MEMBERS OF WUTANG DO SOLO PROJECTS, RZA GETS PAYED BEFORE AND AFTER THE ALBUMS DROP!!!!!!!!!!!! RZA OWNS THE NAMES AND PUBLISHING OF EVER MEMBER OF THE WUTANG CLAN SO NOBODY CAN DO NOTHING WITH OUT RZA GETTING A CHECK FIRST!!!!!!!!!!! SMFH

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  • Truth Powell

    None of us know what Rae is demanding and what offer is on the table already so we really shouldn’t comment. But if this is so important to the legacy of the Wu they should really try to find some middle ground.

  • Joe Smith

    Pay Rae!!! Pay Rae!!! All 2getha now! Pay Rae!!!

  • brotha_man

    I swear we can be our own worst enemy. In my mind, I don’t think he would do that to you. He was just smarter,”. as long as them brothas been together you would think that they would school each other on business, and contiue to build on their brand and take the rap game to a different level…..at the end of the day, everybody wants to be jayz….which is killing the rap game

  • B-Sharp

    @dbfromdc Rza doesnt have anyone under contract. All members are under there own solo contracts with other companies. Check ur facts. Rza even told u on the breakfast club he doesnt have them under contract. He only owns the Wu moniker. If people didnt drop thats not cause the abbot. Rae needs to stop bs’ing and fall into place. Knowing the biz is not that difficult. Rae just asking for royalties hes not suppose to get.

    • Kareem Ahmad Moye

      I feel you fam. They owe RZA everything because he made them! If there wasn’t any contract stipulation saying he was supposed to receive funds for work done outside of the group, he should just stfu!!

  • iamwhoiam

    PROTECT YA NECK RAE!

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  • Kevin Anthony

    Hope they work it out. Kevin Anthony-21 on soundcloud Hip Hop..with a purpose.

  • Worlds greatest

    Pay the chef what he is deserved!! everyone know he guna bless those bars and he one of the nicest and most thorough in the WU. All Rae solo shit has been nothing but FIRE.. RZA trippin if he think a WU album without Raekwon guna be hot…PAY RAE! PAY RAE!

  • Slaughtr

    It really bugs me out folks who are not in have a health so right sum up of Wu business.
    On the real I know this situation will pan out but some of yall brother kill the noise thinking you know the facts show me your W or be the fck quiet.

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  • Apricot Napalm

    Shoulda taught them the business when he saw they was gonna try to feed they families off rap. They Brothers Right? Or is He Puffy and they 112

  • Papi Peligro

    I’m sorry but if a bunch of people were caught off guard by how RZA was getting a bigger slice than everybody else then something was wrong. He wasn’t 100 with it. That last album they did RZA messed it up with the beats. It wasn’t until WU Massacre that cats brought it back. I feel Rae man. So did a jury in Ghostface Case. When he sued RZA for the royalties.

    • Phatt Killah

      C’mon man!! this cat rapped and made beats..Should he get more $$?? He made them cats.

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        plus he did a lot of the engineering also.

  • Jayson C Williams

    Lol i see both sides.. Bigger picture don’t enter a business with no business accum. Don’t bring a group of men together tell em its for love of hiphop, make millions and don’t give them what they’re owed.. It’s immoral

  • ZUBU

    Yeah, business is business. Everybody wants their money family or not

  • Az1@tik-blkmn

    Shame on a ninja that tried to run game on a ninja!!!……. I’ll f@#k your ass up! * in my ODB voice*

  • Guest

    Why does he pronounce RZA R.Z.A. not Rizza???

  • Polecat

    Rza sucks live…get to me better @ reverberation/ Novacane 1

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