Wu-Tang Clan Discusses Another Album, Dissension & Its Bond In 2014

Wu-Tang Clan members, including RZA and Raekwon, discuss the likelihood of another Wu-Tang Clan album. RZA says he's "pushing" and GZA says the group has nothing to prove.

Wu-Tang Clan artists recently spoke about the potential of an upcoming group album. Wu members discussed the likelihood of the project and the hurdles they've faced along the way in a profile by Grantland. The profile features different group members, including RZA, who says he is pushing for Wu-Tang Clan to unite on an album. 

“We all agree — me, you, and the rest of the world — that these guys are great by themselves any fucking way,” RZA says. “But they are greater when we come together! We come together, we make platinum, G. That’s the true fucking reward for our top talent. And I say that to the guys. I don’t know who hears me.”

RZA says he's been trying to keep the Wu-Tang Clan album plans alive, though he has faced some obstacles along the way. Nevertheless, RZA says challenges aren't new to him. 

“In the beginning, I’d fight for the ship to go in the right direction,” RZA says. “Not just yelling. Physical fights. After five years, I just didn’t have the same willpower to fight...I felt really personally hurt after 8 Diagrams...That was my brothers and they [Wu-Tang Clan members] was shitting on it. I remember, it was all of us in a room, and I said, ‘I will never again step up and do business with you.’ Then the 20th anniversary came up. I said, ‘I gotta try it again.’ I’m pushing. I’m pushing.”

Raekwon Discusses Wu-Tang Clan's Disagreements

Raekwon is also profiled in the article, acknowledging that he does not think RZA should be in control of "everything." 

“I would be the first one to say that we cannot leave everything in RZA’s hand no more,” Raekwon says. “He has done his job to the greatest of his ability when we were younger, but now every man plays an imperative role in this situation. His plan was to do a more humble album. We was like, Nah. You can’t do that with the hardest group in the game.”

According to Raekwon, the group has not agreed on many things, including the title some have used for their upcoming project, A Better Tomorrow

“It’s like getting the United Nations to all agree on one fucking thing,” Raekwon says. “Italy ain’t having it. Japan is on some shit. You know what I mean? Now, here it is, the 20-year anniversary that’s so decoratedly respected that we might not even be on time for this shit.”

U-God Details Bond With Wu-Tang Clan Members

U-God's bond with several rappers in the Wu-Tang is "stilted," according to Grantland. The following excerpt reveals the different relationships he has with other members of the crew. 

These days, U-God’s relationships with other members of the Wu are amicable, if stilted: Raekwon is “tired of hanging around me”; Ghostface has been rebuffing his offer for a full-album team-up, called Goldie and Ghost, for years. “Whatever. I don’t care,” he says. “Maybe when I was a little younger, it might’ve bothered me. I felt entitled. Nine egos, nine dudes, nine everybody thinking they the shit. [But] I’m not entitled to nothing but what I put work in for.”

U-God and RZA also "go through it," the rapper says. Despite any differences, he remains grateful for RZA's work in his career.

“I love this nigga," U-God says. "He saved my fuckin’ life. He gave me a purpose. Nobody better be disrespecting him in front of me.”

Inspectah Deck Says Wu-Tang Clan's "Nucleus Has Separated"

Moreover, Inspectah Deck offers additional insight about the group's dynamics in the article. 

“The nucleus has separated,” Deck says. “But it’s temporary. Once RZA throws up that Batman symbol, that Wu-Tang ‘W,’ it’s goin’ be on again. And I can’t wait.”

GZA also appears in the article, discussing his perspective on a new Wu-Tang Clan project. "It would be great to do another album, come back with a banger, but I don’t think we have anything to prove. We proved it already."

In November 2013, RZA spoke about different members contributing to the new album.

"And one of the guys who showed up the most was Method Man," RZA said at the time. "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."

In February 2014, Raekwon spoke about how he felt regarding another Wu-Tang Clan album at the time.

“Yo, all I can say is like—it’s business," Raekwon said. "You know? I would never put my family—First of all, you know that’s the mothership. Never ever ever gonna violate that, but at the same time it’s 20 years later, b. And business gotta be done correctly. I wanna be happy. You know what I mean? I wanna do this album in harmony. I wanna do it most likely—I wanna do it in the best way because, you know, brothers already said that’s the last joint. And that right there was like—I found out like y’all found out.”

During that interview, Rae also addressed the group's dynamics.

“And I feel like it always be a lack of communication and the respect as men as somebody, as people who built this thing together,” Rae said. “You know? It wasn’t just one cat that—you know, he masterminded it of course. And I love him for that. And I’m always loyal cause he came and grabbed me out the street. But today being a 40-year-old man and having three seeds and having to deal with taxes and this and that, whenever I’m on the dance floor it’s business. You know what I’m saying? It’s business. It ain’t no disrespect. Don’t hit me with the brotherhood because that’s unconditional right there. Don’t use that as a shield. And a lot of times it’s like I watched them battle me and do certain things because I guess they feel like ‘Yo, Rae’s moving. We ain’t in control of Rae, so Rae’s gonna be the big problem.’ I’m running a business too. I got a label thing going on. It’s like my time is serious. You know what I mean? Cause I’m trying to build my artists and spread my legacy in a great way.”

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27 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Raekwon been getting alot of steam but i think hes right. he wants to do the Album but a Top quality album since its their last, give the fans a memorable album. Once you go out like im not feeling this album its disapointing to the fans. RZAs vision concept humble album -> then id rather not hear or want a final album.

  • RZA

    I BE TOSSIN ENFORCING MY STYLE IS AWESOME/ IM CAUSING MORE FAMILY FEUDS THAN RICHARD DAWSON/ AND THE THE SURVEY SAID? YOU DEAD/ FATAL FLYING GUILLOTINE CHOPS OFF YOUR FUCKING HEAD! sorry, i couldnt help myself

  • PowerCipha777

    Wu needs RZA's beats like nobody else. There's no Wu-Tang album without RZA's beats, because only RZA and his desciples (Mathematics, 4th Disciple, True MAster etc.) know how to make the Wu-Tang sound. Ghost might be pissed off, but he gotta accept it. I wish they all did a dope album, but it's impossible to do it if they don't record in the same studio at the same time as a group. RZA needs to back to his basement shit and be a hip-hop producer not R&B composser, 'cus it seems like he forgot how to chop samples.

  • Anonymous

    GZA - Darkmatter INS - Rebellion RAEKWON- FILA Ghostface-Supreme clientele 2 METHODMAN- crystal meth WU-TANG CLAN- a better tomorrow

  • beta

    I hope everybody gets equal money, all members come to the show and drop a dope f***** album. Wu Tang is Forever

  • Anonymous

    It won't be a true reunion unless RZA is heavy-handed on the production. Ghost is the most consistent soloist, but his albums don't have that Wu-Tang feel. These dudes need to respect the fact that RZA is the only producer who can bring the necessary beats to make any reunion a true Wu-Tang album.

  • Sam Snead

    Ghostface is the most consistent member, without him being there much I prolly won't like it that much. He also has the best ears for beats, 8 diagrams had a couple hot tracks on it but other than that it was not worth my time. I'm not expecting return of the 36 or forever, but I would at least like something on par with The W

  • Anonymous

    Social Media sucks so badly. Just reading this article makes me vex. I said it early last year, this album is not getting done.

  • Anonymous

    The song that they just released yesterday is GARBAGE!!! Mathematics procuction sucks!

  • Anonymous

    Masta Killah, Cappadonna are teh hungriest because they dont make money like the rest of the clan. Who knows what the deal money wise is between them but Im sure not all ae getting the same amount. Shit, i'd be pissed off to! money should be split evenly between everyone! its WU TANG CLAN, not RZA, RAE or GFK's album. ....OH and Let GFK be executive producer...Dude has a sick ear for beats.

  • james

    They turned into some house nickas..they get a little money and get out the field and forget what got them where they are at...the got damn fans....fuck raekwon and im not supporting Fila or no more Ghost....uptown ass house nickas they are on some david ruffin, andre 3000 shhh...tea and crumpets....beverly hills....

  • Anonymous

    "Its still a hood, man, he says. N-s will chop your head off and cut your nose off and throw shit in your butt and burn your hair on fire. I could just feel it out here. It feels like death." - U-God LMAO @ "throw shit in your butt"

  • Stokanator

    RZA needs to just say fook it and notify all the members "hey, we are going forward with a 20th anniversary album with or without each individual member PERIOD!!" Wu Tang can get by just fine without all 8 members. Its hard enough getting each one of them on every track anyways. With 8 talented members, although it is not preferred, they could easily afford to lose 1,2, or maybe even 3 if they had to. I can say pretty confidently once they're all together in the studio and the album gets moving into serious production, any member who didn't sign on for the project will start question their decision on why they passed up on being involved in one of the all time most popular hip hop group's 20th anniversary album. Before you know it Reakwon or whomever is dragging their feet will end up pounding on RZA's door begging for the opportunity to be allowed back onto the project!

  • Stokanator

    RZA needs to just step up and tell all the members "hey we are going forward with a 20th anniversary album with or without each individual member PERIOD!!" Wu Tang and get by just fine without all 8 members, its hard enough getting each one of them on every track anyways. When you have 8 talented people in the group you can afford to lose 1,2, or even 3 if they had to. I can say pretty confidently once the guys are all in the studio and the album goes into serious production, any member who didn't sign on to the project is really going to start question their decision on why they passed up on being involved in on of the all time most popular hip hop group's 20th anniversary album. Before you know it Reakwon or whomever is dragging their feet will end up pounding on the RZA's door begging for the opportunity to be allowed back onto the project!

  • The Ice Cold Phenom

    There definitley needs to be one leader and one final authority on the album. Wu members may not agree but that is the best approach. Wu won't ever get shit done with everybody trying to have a say regarding the album's direction. As a Wu fan, I don't want to hear so humbled, live instrument, and soulful final album from the group. Go out in style with that grimey and rugged hip hop that we all know and love from the group.

  • R.Pgh

    I don't think this album is happening anytime soon. It'd bet that Outkast drops an album first, which is also far fetched.

  • Anonymous

    The only real niggaz from the Wu are Ghostface, Cappadonna and Killah Priest (Raekwon is by far the FAKEST, niggaz from Staten Island will tell you they ain't never seen him on the hood before he blew up)

  • Anonymous

    Raekwon is fat fucking idiot... ICEWATER!!!

  • Robbin Tanks 4 Ammo

    I do understand where Rae is coming from but damn! Rza should just do the album with those that wanna do it. I want to hear that vintage Wu sound

  • Rozay O'Donnell

    Well, hopefully, these scruffy looking miscreants can get their act together soon because their new songs make them sound oh so confused. If their record doesn't sell, they can always sign with Maybach Music & make really dope music. #bawse

  • Anonymous

    Raekwon says this joint is gonna be ass cause of RZA. When I think Wu-Tang I like to think of their glory days. SO MANY great albums but they won't last in this era unless the beats and hooks are sharp. I love em but I don't think they're capable of it

  • Carry the weight

    Heard the new track it was a let-down this album gon be average at best they aint even workin in the studio together .I'm lookin for Ghostface Supreme Clientele 2 more than this killah always been the best in the clan

  • Wu Tang Forever

    Hope we get another album with them all on it just one last time

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