All is not well in Wu-Land.
The legendary hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, which recently announced its zany scheme to release just one single (very expensive) copy of their new album, is now beset by some internal strife, prompting Raekwon to more or less protest the new music.
When asked about it in a video interview, fellow Wu leader RZA said, “I would say that maybe creatively we on different paths.”
Raekwon, however, was much less gentle with his wording. In a new Rolling Stone interview, the rapper presented his side of the argument:
“RZA’s the type of dude where, in the ’90s, he ruled. Now it’s a new day. You’re not attached no more. It’s like being a coach and you won rings back in the day, but now your team is in ninth place. It’s time for a new f—ing game plan. I sit here with integrity all the time. When it comes to my music. When it comes to my business. When it comes to the fans. I’m always going to give them the best of me. And I know the Wu-Tang Clan is built like that, but if they’re sitting there listening to one man, ain’t no ‘I’ in ‘Team.’”
When asked if he were effectively “on strike” from the Clan, Raekwon replied, “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— they think is hot.”
Rap politics, sigh. So, millionaires, will this affect your decision to buy the new record? Let us know in the comments, rich people.