The disagreement between RZA and Raekwon seems to the one of the major hurdles holding up the anticipated 20th anniversary Wu-Tang Clan album, A Better Tomorrow.
Earlier this month, RZA told Vlad TV that he had recently spoken to his longtime Wu brother, who offered up a list of demands for his participation in the project. At the time, RZA didn’t share the details, but shed some light on the situation this week during an interview on Sway’s Universe Sirius/XM show.
Essentially, the Wu frontman said the compensation Raekwon wants is “not reasonable”, given the album’s budget.
“His demands are not unreasonable as who he is and the value of what he brings to any industry,” RZA said. “But being that Wu-Tang is a conglomerate, a big conglomerate of 10 to 12 people, those demands can’t be met… And we in a situation right now where the budget can’t really sustain what he’s demanding… and for that to be equal across the board. And not even equal, even if we was to say ‘Well, he gets a percentage more than him or a percentage more than him.’ What he’s demanding is so — takes so much weight on the budget that the record can’t be done.
“If I’m about to do 30 sessions, that’s what 600 grand? The budget can’t sustain that. It can’t afford me to do that because we’re in a time of our industry where we not walking in getting one, two, three, four million dollar budgets no more.”
RZA added that he has received offers of up to a million dollars to fund A Better Tomorrow, and later, said that Method Man has recorded nine verses so far… without any talk of financial terms.
“There’s been offers of a million dollars to do the album. That’s a reasonable offer. But when you got nine emcees and studio costs and producing costs it’s more like a just a wash,” the Wu-Tang rapper said.