A week ago disgruntled Wu-Tang member Raekwon expressed his displeasure with The RZA for how he was handling The Wu’s business in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.
In the interview with Rolling Stone, Raekwon said Wu-Tang has been “compromised” by RZA’s creative vision, which he referred to as “mediocre” and out of touch with the state of current hip-hop.
Rae was quoted saying:
“RZA’s the type of dude where, in the 90s, he ruled,” Raekwon told Rolling Stone. “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 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. 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.”
After Rza got wind of these quotes he stopped by NYC radio station Hot 97 and spoke his peace.
“What we’re not doing as brothers and as business brothers is putting in time together,” RZA said. “I have to read about how he feels. He has to read about how I feel.”
“I’m gonna clear one thing up. In the newest article in Rolling Stone Raekwon says that I’m a boldface liar, which I’m far from,” RZA asserts. “I don’t need to lie. I’m a grown man. I’ve got children. I only have one rule in my house, ‘Don’t lie to me.’”
He then clarified the miscommunication. RZA did an interview weeks ago that was recently published.
“I guess when it came out he read it then. I spoke to Raekwon eight days ago but the interview was 14 or 16 days ago. In his interview he says, ‘RZA is a liar, he spoke to me.’ No, when I did the interview, brother, I didn’t speak to you. I hadn’t spoke to him in six months before that.”
Still, the rapper said he is ready to bury his beef with his bandmate and get back to what matters: the music.
“We need him there. I want him there. I came up with the idea to do another album to celebrate our 20th year. [Call it] Better Tomorrow because I feel our world needs a better tomorrow. I want to bring that spirit back. To celebrate ourselves. Why wouldn’t you want to celebrate yourselves?”
Below is the Full interview from Rza here: