Wu-Tang Clan vet Method Man ain’t feeling the hip-hop media… and called them out recently, after XXL published an article he felt was disrespectful.
“This is the reason I don’t like doing interviews for anything hip-hop, as far as magazines go, because they are the bloodsuckers of the culture if you ask me,” the rapper said during an interview with HuffPost Live. “They’re the reason why a lot of this crap that’s coming out now flies, because they’re co-signing. What the people don’t understand is that they get paid to co-sign it.”
XXL published a story titled “Method Man Thinks Waiting 88 Years to Release Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is Stupid,” in which he blasted RZA and producer Cilvarings’ decision to not allow the sought-after album to be publicly distributed.
“I’m tired of this sh*t and I know everybody else is tired of it, too,” Meth told XXL. “F*ck that album, if that’s what they are doing. I haven’t heard anything like that, but if they’re doing crap like that, f*ck that album. Straight up.”
Meth feels he was misinformed about the situation, responding via Instagram. “Persona non Grata…” he wrote. “@xxl and Miranda Johnson #messy the online news editor.. U won’t last in this bizness doin devilish things my sister.. I think the ppl should let @xxl know how they really feel..”
To HuffPost, Meth says that hip-hop media helps feed conflict within the industry.
“[They] create beef, I mean that East-West crap?” he asked. “Vibe should have got a bullet. They should have got a bullet, instead of [Tupac Shakur] or [The Notorious B.I.G.] When they put that cover up with Big and Puff on there — when Big took that picture, he didn’t take that picture thinking East vs. West, he took the picture thinking, ‘I’m gonna be on the cover of Vibe.’ What came after, is what solidified East-West beef. For all the dumb mo’ f*ckers out there that don’t know how to think of themselves… That fueled the fire.”
Since the posting of the original article, Wu-Tang released an official statement clarifying the release clause of Once Upon A Time In Shaolin — the single copy album that is being sold to the highest bidder.
“Only one single copy of Once Upon A Time In Shaolin was ever to be made,” said the Wu. “This has been the case since the very first announcement. A commercial release was never planned. The right to commercialize it, meaning the right to sell it en mass to the public in any form is not allowed until 88 years from now.”