Raekwon Explains Issues Within Wu-Tang Family, U-God’s Lawsuit Against RZA
Raekwon is currently circulating his Lost Jewelry EP, so he's been making his rounds on the blogs to talk about the project.
During a stop by VladTV, the Wu-Tang Clan discussed the rumors of issues between the individual members during the recording of 2007's 8 Diagrams. According to Rae, RZA was the mastermind behind the operation and brought different parties to the table that were forced to get along.
"My thing is, RZA assembled the team because he felt he had a relationship with all of us, and more importantly, everybody respected RZA for his craft and his passion for what he loved," he explains. "Because even though we loved it as well as he loved it, he was in love with it.
"For us, it's always sticking our head out and watching out for these n****s because you never know," Rae later added. "But when RZA was the middle guy, he did a Gotti move. He brought all the families to the table and made niggas make amends due to the fact of how we're going to move forward and get this money."
Raekwon also touched on U-God's lawsuit against Wu-Tang Music Group for $170,000, filed back in January 2008. U-God alleged that he signed a deal with the RZA-controlled imprint, but failed to receive proper compensation for his work on the album.
"I looked at it like it was real. It was business, man," Rae said. "Don't take friendship and humbleness out of pocket because we're doing business. So at the end of the day, yeah, RZA was on the chopping board. A lot of n****s was like 'F*** that, I'ma deal with it this way.' Other n****s could have felt like this or whatever. But more importantly, n****s got ot the bottom of what it is they needed to get to. I didn't challenge that situation then because I'm looking at a friend and I'm looking at business. It's f***ed up because at the end of the day, this is the man who helped me get out of the streets."
The Lost Jewelry EP is out now. It features guests such as Faith Evans, Freddie Gibbs, Maino and Altrina Renee.