Raekwon Parts Ways With The Wu-Tang Clan After Being With The Group Over 2 Decades and Refuses To Do Any New Music With The Group (Interview)
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon The Chef explains his rift with RZA and states he’s “on strike” until his contract his renegotiated.
“It’s the same as being an athlete. 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.”
Raekwon later went in on RZA (“RZA is not the top producer no more”) and Raekwon then went into a long ass heated rant about his dissatisfaction with the Wu-Tang Clan’s latest single “Keep Watch” from A Better Tomorrow ( “I hate it. I hate it. I don’t hate shit, but I hate that f*ckin’ record. It ain’t the gunpowder that my brother is 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 shit and you telling me that we comin out with some mediocre shit? That ain’t part of our plan! RZA’s saying this is Wu-Tang’s last album? OK. Cool. That’s what it is? You the Abbot? It’s the Abbot show? Aiight, then it’s the last fuckin’ album. I’m cool with that. But at the same time, you’re not going to have me be attached to something that’s broke. Because if it’s already broke, why fix it?“)
Check out the full interview here.
Yesterday (April 16th), RZA told DJ Vlad that one of the holdups with Wu Tang Clan’s upcoming album A Better Tomorrow is Raekwon’s “unavailability” and he has not had a chance to talk to Raekwon, a claim that Raekwon calls a “bold-faced lie”:
“I don’t know why he said he didn’t speak to me, because he did speak to me. We spoke about two weeks ago. It was me, him, his brother and business partner Devine and we talked about why I’m not there right now. They know where I’m at and at the end of the day, him saying he didn’t speak to me is a bold-faced lie.”
RZA Talks Raekwon Not Being on ‘A Better Tomorrow’