Raekwon vents his frustrations with the current state of the Wu-Tang clan in an interview with Rolling Stone.
It's no secret that Raekwon and RZA have not seen eye to eye on the direction of the Wu-Tang Clan for a while now. However, it seems that the rift between the two rappers has only deepened with time, with talk of Raekwon's alleged opposition to the new album contributing to its setbacks.
Raekwon has now gone on record with his feelings about the upcoming record, A Better Tomorrow, and the current direction of the Wu-Tang, speaking with Rolling Stone. The rapper explained that he is essentially "on strike" from the group, and that he will more than likely not appear on the new album at all.
Read some excerpts from the interview below.
On his disappointment with the new album:Â The bottom line: Iâm not happy with that. Iâm not happy with the direction of the music and Iâm not happy with how dudes is treating dudesâ business.Â What are we giving the fans? What are we giving the people that help us be here? If it donât feel right, I canât be fake. And Iâm not the only one who feels like that. Fans want the best and I have to sit here and work that hard to give them the best. Period.
On being "on strike" from Wu:Â Itâs the same as being an athlete. I donât give a fuck if itâs Kobe Bryant or Kevin Durant. They will not touch the floor if their managers or lawyers are saying, "Listen, shit ainât right." So therefore, Iâm in a limbo situation. So yeah, youâre right. IÂ amÂ on strike. It ainât the fact that I donât want to be there. Because of course I want to be there. But if weâre there, we gotta do the best everything. We gotta work 10 times harder, because thatâs what Iâm signing in for. Iâm not about listening to somebody thatâs not an artist telling me what the fuck they think is hot.Â
On creative differences with RZA:Â RZAâs the type of dude where, in the 90s, he ruled. Now itâs a new day. Youâre not attached no more. Itâs like being a coach and you won rings back in the day, but now your team is in ninth place. Itâs time for a new fucking 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. Iâm always going to give them the best of me. And I know the Wu-Tang Clan is built like that, but if theyâre sitting there listening to one man, ainât no "I" in "Team."Â
On whether he'd consider leaving:Â [Pauses]Â I would never leave the group. Before, I would say to myself, "It can be fixed." Weâve done so much work together as a family that I would never turn my back on that. But if my business ainât right, then itâs causing me to do what my heart is telling me to do.Â
On the chances he'll be on 'A Better Tomorrow': We at a two [out of 10] right now. Itâs like climbing up a fuckin' mountain if you got on slippers.Â Itâs sad. It hurts. Itâs all about the fans. Itâs all about them saying, "This is my favorite fuckin' hip-hop group in the world." I have a job to do for them. And I would never let my fans down and make something I feel is mediocre just to say I made it. Thatâs not Raekwon.