(AllHipHop News) Yesterday (March 19) the world finally got to hear “Keep Watch” – an official offering from the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan album A Better Tomorrow.
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As the legendary crew apparently moves towards releasing the full project, Grantland caught up with several members of the Wu to talk about their 20th anniversary.
Read some of the excerpts below.
“We all agree — me, you, and the rest of the world — that these guys are great by themselves any f**king way,” RZA says. “But they are greater when we come together! We come together, we make platinum, G. That’s the true f**king reward for our top talent. And I say that to the guys. I don’t know who hears me.”
“I would be the first one to say that we cannot leave everything in RZA’s hand no more,” Rae says. “He has done his job to the greatest of his ability when we were younger, but now every man plays an imperative role in this situation. His plan was to do a more humble album. We was like, Nah. You can’t do that with the hardest group in the game.”
These days, U-God’s relationships with other members of the Wu are amicable, if stilted: Raekwon is “tired of hanging around me”; Ghostface has been rebuffing his offer for a full-album team-up, called Goldie and Ghost, for years. “Whatever. I don’t care,” he says. “Maybe when I was a little younger, it might’ve bothered me. I felt entitled. Nine egos, nine dudes, nine everybody thinking they the s**t. [But] I’m not entitled to nothing but what I put work in for.”
“The nucleus has separated,” he says, speaking softly in dim, flickering light. “But it’s temporary. Once RZA throws up that Batman symbol, that Wu-Tang ‘W,’ it’s goin’ be on again. And I can’t wait.”
“It’s kind of hard to grasp, or understand, the magnitude of this obsession,” he says of the attention around the 20th anniversary. “It would be great to do another album, come back with a banger. But I don’t think we have anything to prove. We proved it already.”
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