RZA Says Raekwon Holding Up Wu-Tang Album, Raekwon Finds That Funny
(AllHipHop News) Wu-Tang Clan was founded on a brotherhood of men who developed a real life fraternity that translated into some of the most cohesive group albums ever. 20 years after their seminal debut album Enter The 36 Chambers, founding members of the group can not agree on why a new Wu Tang Clan album has not manifested yet.
In a recent interview with ESPN's Grantland posted on Friday (November 8th), RZA explained that while a few members have put in time working on the album, the hold up on the new Wu Tang Clan album attests to fragmented efforts:
You know, I give Cappadonna credit, he’s been really on it. U-God has been present. Masta Killa be representing. Inspectah Deck has been somewhat present. Ghost has been, you know, 20 percent present. And Raekwon hasn't shown up at all. When you look at somebody like Masta Killa and U-God, they seem to have that original hunger to complete the legacy. I respect that everybody [is] busy with they own lives. I started with a plan that I thought would work. Now maybe my plan not working.
Raekwon responded to these claims the following day (November 9th) by taking to his personal Twitter account to laugh it off and insinuate that RZA is lying:
These turn of events may be disheartening to fans but should not be shocking given RZA and Raekwon's recent comments about each other in the news. When Raekwon and Ghostface failed to appear at a few Rock The Bells dates with their Wu Tang brethren, RZA informed HipHopDX in September that this was happening because the pair were "bullsh*tting":
There’s no reason for them not to be here. But the beautiful thing is, ‘Okay, you’re not here, but guess what: we’re bringing the technology of [Ol’ Dirty Bastard] on your a*s.
Raekwon shed more light on what he believes is holding up a new Wu Tang Clan album on MTV's RapFix back in February alluding to unsatisfactory business arrangements as being a central cause of the album's delay:
I just want everything to be right, the business. When we made a lot of our great music, it was because we were in harmony. You cannot put guys together if there is no harmony, and on top of it, we're doing business. As a man with children, I have to always look at that. It's bigger than sometimes just the thought of it, the fact of it, it just gotta make sense.
The entire Wu Tang Clan is expected to be in attendance at the screening of the Ol Dirty Bastard documentary Dirty: Platinum Edition at Brooklyn Historic Academy of Music on November 15th.