Method Man Calls Wu-Tang Clan's 20 Years "Bittersweet"

Method Man also discusses the group's childhood fantasies.

Wu-Tang Clan is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of its debut album, 1993's Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers this month. During an interview discussing the anniversary, Method Man spoke about the group's longevity.

"It’s alright," Method Man said in an interview with XXL. "It’s alright. It’s bittersweet. Like I said, it’s great to be doing something for 20 years. It’s great to be recognized as a pivotal group in the business. But in the same sense, the fame don’t reflect that shit. The profits don’t reflect the fame at all. And it’s a constant struggle to stay relevant, or a constant struggle to keep some type of revenue coming in ‘cause at the end of the day, the same place the labels picked you up at, when they’re done with you they wanna drop you off there. And it’s up to you and what you do in order to maintain your lifestyle. I’m just glad that I just rhyme ’cause I want to, not ’cause I have to." 

Method Man also spoke about how the group has or has not changed since the release of Enter The Wu-Tang.

"[What's changed?]" Method Man said. "Zip codes. That’s as simple as I can put it—zip codes have changed. We’re all still the same dudes. At least, I feel like we’re the same dudes; you’d have to ask somebody on the outside looking in. I still see the child in all my niggas. And it’s funny, I can see it in the things they do. RZA made a Kung-Fu movie last year. If that’s not screaming childhood fantasy, I don’t know what is, you know what I mean? Rae’s living the lifestyle of a mobster and shit—childhood fantasy? Yeah. Me? I got millions of pairs of sneakers and video games, shit that I didn’t have as a child. So in that sense, yeah" 

Wu-Tang Clan was reportedly set to release an album this year to commemorate the group's 20 years in the industry. However, those plans have folded. 

During an interview with, RZA recently discussed the status of the new album.

"One of the guys who showed up the most was Method Man," RZA said. "He showed the most tenacity, he was the most vocal, he showed up the most, and he got the most lyrics on the new album. He's already recorded eight or nine songs. He’s been on it. You know, I give Cappadonna credit, he’s been really on it. U-God has been present. Masta Killa be representing. Inspectah Deck has been somewhat present. Ghost has been, you know, 20 percent present. And Raekwon hasn't shown up at all. When you look at somebody like Masta Killa and U-God, they seem to have that original hunger to complete the legacy. I respect that everybody [is] busy with they own lives. I started with a plan that I thought would work. Now maybe my plan not working."

Raekwon responded to this comment on Twitter.

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  • Anonymous

    Wu is the greatest rap group of all time, with alot of classic albums and songs, so I could care less about a new group album at this point. Wu-Tang Forever was the only other great Clan album as a group, so I've lost interest in another group effort after 8 Diagrams. Killah Priest and Ghostface still make great records, so I'm looking forward towards their collabo album hopefully next year.

  • Nancy Smtih

    up to I saw the receipt which was of $7047, I didn't believe brothers friend woz like realy bringing home money parttime from there pretty old laptop.. there mums best friend haz done this 4 less than twenty months and by now repayed the mortgage on their place and got a brand new Mercedes-Benz S-class. This Site... www.Fb39.Com spoken like a true outsider, probably a lil white kid from the burbs he cant understand a rap song without someone breaking it down line by line for him with pretty pictures and videos LMAO

  • Anonymous

    RIP WU-TANG GHOSTFACE IS TOO BUSY TO WORK ON A NEW CLAN ALBUM BUT HE GOT TIME TO DO COUPLES THERAPY REALITY SHOWS ON VH1 LOLOLOOL "VH1 has announced the fourth season of its couples-therapy reality show (simply called "Couples Therapy"), which begins in January. Among the couples hitting the counselor's couch on camera with host Dr. Jenn Berman are Jon Gosselin and Liz Jannetta, Taylor Armstrong and John Bluher, and... GHOSTFACE KILLAH and his ladyfriend Kelsey Nykole. Yes. "These couples, at a crossroads in their relationships, will join together for over two weeks as they undergo intensive relationship therapy," the press release reads. "The couples will participate in group and individual therapy along with relationship exercises out in the 'real world' to see if they can rekindle the love they used to have for one another--or if it's simply time for them to move on."

  • insanemacbeth

    record 'CRYSTAL METH', bredda.

  • x

    I could care less if Rae and his fantasy mobster talk isnt on it. Put it out anyway rza

  • Anonymous

    Shame they can't just do it for the love of the legacy and not the money. I'm sure it's hard to split that shit with all the members but do it for the love of the realist hip hop group to ever do it. It's not like Rae and Ghost are on struggle street.

  • Anonymous

    Get it together fam, wu is for the children

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  • die_drake_die

    rae, just come out and say you don't like how most of the money/publishing goes to rza. then, they have to split the rest of the money up 9 ways. and you made more money off doing collabs than actual wu-tang albums. i would respect it more. WU-TANG FOREVER

  • r1cka1me1da

    i dont like how RZA will come out and keep it real "it hasent been workin cuz people like ghostface an raekwon aint puttin in all the effort" and raekwon gotta be all hollywood beating around the bush "I thought it was funny...i love you rza but you know wassup"...the fans are waitin on yall to make music, if your gonna bullshit around and delay it, atleast keep it real like RZA is doing...btw RZA, if your still using real instruments instead of a sampler, i see why ghostface an raekwon are trippen, and if your rushing shit, i also see why their trippen

    • doc

      ^This dude just said everything that we think. 1. Rae & Ghost just need to say what it is 2. If RZA on that hippie/instrument shit, we know why R-G are trippin At least RZA is telling us what it is. I wish Rae and Ghost would vocalize their beef.

  • cory slumz!!

    the only cat sitting on that 20th anniversary album is cilvaringz with the whole clan on it like fucking 31 new songs. i think he's meeting rza soon to discuss it, apparently it was recorded in secret. could be a bunch a bull but according to the forum on their official site its actually real. drop that already then

  • Fish

    Why is anyone surprised they have hit 20 years when everyone knows Wu-Tang is forever...?


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  • Anonymous

    wish they were releasing a new album i think raekwon said no

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  • Anonymous

    i wonder how much weed he smoked before he said this "I got millions of pairs of sneakers and video games" LMAO i think he meant to say hundreds or thousands

  • Anonymous

    I'd usually slam Wu Tang, but Meth sounded real in this interview.

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