Raekwon On Wu-Tang Clan: “I’m On Strike”

RZA and Raekwon

The disagreements among the Wu-Tang Clan continue. Most notably between Raekwon and group frontman RZA.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Rae explained that he doesn’t agree with RZA’s “logic” of making music, in regard to their long awaited A Better Tomorrow album.

“We are at creative differences because at the end of the day, I want to win,” says Raekwon. “I’m used to being a winner. Being that I feel the team is being compromised by his so-called ‘logic’ of making music, I have a problem with that because I love my fans. I would never want to give my fans anything other than the best. So, when we’re sitting there discussing the creative process of making a great album for the fans, I’m not going to never settle for less. I’m not the only one [in the group] that feels this way too.”

As an example, the rap vet used the Wu-Tang Clan song “Keep Watch.”

“I hate it,” Rae explained. “I hate it. I don’t hate sh*t, but I hate that f*ckin’ record. It ain’t the gunpowder that my brothers are spitting. It’s the production. And I ain’t sh*tting on the producer because he’s one of our soldiers. But, if it ain’t where it need to be… It’s 20 years later. We talkin ’bout a whole new generation is sitting here representin’ and making fiery sh*t and you telling me that we comin out with some mediocre sh*t? That ain’t part of our plan.”

So for now, Raekwon says, regarding Wu-Tang, he’s on strike.

“It’s the same as being an athlete,” he says. “I don’t give a f*ck if it’s Kobe Bryant or Kevin Durant. They will not touch the floor if their managers or lawyers are saying, ‘Listen, sh*t ain’t right.’ So therefore, I’m in a limbo situation. So yeah, you’re right. I am on strike. It ain’t the fact that I don’t want to be there. Because, of course I want to be there, but if we’re there, we gotta do the best everything. We gotta work 10 times harder, because that’s what I’m signing in for. I’m not about listening to somebody that’s not an artist telling me what the f*ck they think is hot.

“As far as the RZA, I respect him,” Rae continued. “I love him — the love ain’t gonna go anywhere — but you’re not in the music world no more. So to me, you need to take a backseat and respect the niggas that is playing the game. I’m always out in the field and finding out what’s going on with the new. Period.”

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