RZA Responds to Raekwon’s Criticism & ‘Strike’ From Wu-Tang Clan [Video]
Raekwon recently made some scathing comments about RZA and the recording of the Wu-Tang Clan’s upcoming album, ‘A Better Tomorrow.’ Basically the Chef wasn’t too thrilled with RZA’s creative direction of the project. The Wu leader stopped by Hot 97’s ‘The Morning Show’ to promote his new movie, ‘Brick Mansions,’ and addressed the criticism from his fellow Wu-Tang member.
“I gotta read about how he feel and he gotta read about how I feel,” said RZA about the communication issues between Raekwon and himself. “I try to make myself as available as I can. I can’t deny, I’m busy man.
RZA took exception to being called a liar by Raekwon and explained that the timing of a past interview is what led Raekwon to that conclusion.
“I wanna clear one thing up on the Raekwon thing because the newest article in Rolling Stone, Raekwon says that I’m a bold-face liar, right? Which I’m far from. I’m a grown man, I got children. I teach them… I only got one rule in my house: don’t lie to me!” said RZA. “But what happened was I did an interview a few weeks ago that just came out later. And I guess when it came out he read it then, but I spoke to Raekwon about eight days ago.
“But the interview was probably 14 or 16 days ago. So, he says in his interview ‘RZA’s a liar. He spoke to me.’ No, when I did the interview, brother, I didn’t speak [to you]. I hadn’t spoken to him in six months before that until recently. Last time I saw that brother was on tour in the summer. So, we didn’t get a chance to chop up the ideas of what I’m trying to do.”
He further explains that Raekwon shared his demands in a recent conversation and that he didn’t take what was said in the press to heart.
“But then we did speak a few days ago,” RZA continued. “About six, seven days ago. And he gave me his demands, which we presented to the company. Like yo, this is his demands. If they can be reached, they can be reached. It they can’t, they can’t. And if they can’t, then we gotta reevaluate what we’re gonna do. But it was no lying there. And the only thing I would say is that I would respect if, like when I read something that Rae say, I don’t really take it as if he said it cause he didn’t say it to me.
“I don’t know what these writers write. So unless I watch the video of it, I go, ‘OK, that’s what he said.’ So, I wanted to say to all our Wu brothers that we should never take this press and media on face value. We can easily reach out to each other and get the facts. Don’t read the facts. Hear it right from the source.”
Raekwon also needs to be a part of the album, according to RZA.
“He’s very important. When you form Voltron, you need every piece,” RZA explains. “We need him there. I want him there. I asked him over and over to be there. Now my opinion, it shouldn’t take business for us to come together and do what we do, which is celebrate… This is my idea, I will not deny. I came with the idea, ‘Let’s do another album to celebrate our 20th year anniversary.”
You can watch the full interview with RZA above as the Abbot of the Wu-Tang Clan details releasing the group members from their individual contracts, the unofficial hierarchy and much more. It’s a must listen for all Wu-Tang Clan fans.