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Raekwon Supports 8 Diagrams, But Still Has Problems With Rza

By Miles Bennett   /   Published 12/10/07

Despite the very public feud between Wu-Tang members, Raekwon and Rza, it looks like Rae is supporting the group's latest album, 8 Diagrams, after all.

When recently speaking with MTV, Raekwon urged fans to pick up the new release, but did explain that he felt it wasn't the group's best work.

"I'm supporting it," he told MTV recently. "Go get it. I'm on it. I laid down the dressing on that. But like I said, it could've been stronger! I know the capabilities that we all have when we all sit in the room together. And then, at the end of the day, it was leaning towards RZA's world. I told RZA, 'This is a Wu-Tang Clan album. This ain't RZA's album.' If we say, 'We need this to proceed,' respect what we need to proceed.

"You dealing with a whole crew collectively, and [our] collective thoughts," Rae continued. "You gotta keep that a part of the protocol. That wasn't a part of the protocol -- we still try to give this man as much props as he deserves, 'cause he did so much. It's like listening to [Michael] Jordan, saying, 'Follow my hand.' But at the same time, Jordan ain't been around for a while. So now it's gotta be about the team. Ain't no I's in team. When Jordan's head gets too big, you gotta tell Jordan that's what it ain't about. It's team."

Both Raekwon and Ghostface have been letting their displeasure for the new album be known in the public for the past few weeks, and Rae said when they aired out their feelings, they were speaking for the rest of the Wu when they did.

"It's a lot going on, and like I said, this is not no publicity stunt," the rapper said. "This is more or less about men understanding men and men respecting men. At the end of the day, I got a family to feed, kid. ... I got children that's going to school that I'm paying for sh** for them to make it, and I refuse to sit here and act like another n**** is gonna tell me how I need to do what I gotta do. If it ain't how it used to be, then something's the matter. So, at the end of the day, it's just a n****'s water broke. Like a bitch being pregnant, she can't take it no more, her sh** go blow!"

Rae might've been right in saying this is how the rest of the Wu felt, because Method Man says the same, but also said he was disappointed with his family's business being aired out in the public.

"When n****s went in to do the album, it was little discrepancies here and there," Meth told MTV. "Everybody talking and sh**. Everybody talking at RZA and not to him. Him being who he is and where he came from, of course he's goanna poke his chest out. And it's gonna be a standoff. [8 Diagrams] is the results of it right here. I don't think anybody is listening to anybody. What I did as a constant, I spit on what I was required to spit on. I'm not trying to throw no monkey wrench in anything. I strived to make the album sound like an album."

Despite Rae's new support of the Wu's 8 Diagrams, when his new album, Shaolin vs. the Wu-Tang, drops, it will feature every Wu member except Rza. So maybe, the bad blood between the two is still there.

Meth, however, explained that he sees Rza as his brother.

"I love the sh** out of RZA; that's my motherf***ing n****, right there," Method Man said. "Thick and thin and back again. However n****s feel about the god, that's how they feel. But they can't speak for everybody. So if my name pops up in anything and you ain't hear it from the horse's mouth, don't believe what you heard."