RZA Defends Multimillion-Dollar Wu-Tang Clan Album

Exclusive: The "Brick Mansions" star also details the direction of the Wu-Tang Clan's controversial sixth studio album, "A Better Tomorrow."

RZA explains why his recently announced Wu-Tang Clan album, Wu – Once Upon A time In Shaolin deserves to command a multimillion-dollar price.

In an exclusive conversation with HipHopDX during the press junket for his upcoming film, Brick Mansions (April 3), RZA says that the secretive project produced largely by Morocco-based producer Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh is as “rare as the Mona Lisa.”

78 Comments

  • VAMPSoda

    WU-TANG sucks anyways bring back Cam'ron and Jim Jones they killed that Victory freestyle

  • NinjaB

    am I the only one who thinks RZA's brother shouldn't have to go to another state just to look for work?? you say everything is working for you, then help out the fam at least with a job...

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  • Anonymous

    Pony up 5 with a lot zeros tacked on and its a no issue.

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  • Hezakya

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  • True

    I'm still waiting on RZA's "The Cure" album..

    • Anonymous

      Thats meant to be his last album and he does'nt plan on making it until he reaches full clarity I believe he talks about it in in the montreallity interview last year

  • Rich

    I heard snippets of the secret Wu album on YouTube, from Cilvaringz' channel. And it is THE album that the fans want, rugged creative beats, over raw energy and dope verses. Basically a fan service album, but instead, the fans aren't gonna get to hear it, lol. It's basically a fuck you to fans, I've been a Wu head since the mid to late 90s, and have been waiting for another great Wu collective album since 2000 (thankfully for Supreme Clientele, I would've totally lost hope). The W was weak, Iron Flag was better but still weak, 8 Diagrams weak as fuck, and most of solos were nothing special, besides a few (No Said Date, Bulletproof Wallets, Cuban Linx II etc.). A Better Tomorrow is gonna be even worse than Diagrams it sounds like, another generic rehash, and this is what we get, and what we deserve at this point, instead of the best quality album since Wu-Tang Forever? Lool. Okay makes alot of sense, anyway, fuck RZA, fuck that sand nigga Cilvaringz, I will never support another album these clowns again.

    • WuCepticon

      http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4SpwX9GhDTY Few snippets here, click his page and hear more shit that he has on there, the 24 minute beat session is sick. Sound quality isn't great of course.

    • I WANT PROOF

      ya i tried looking for those snippets so if you can provide a link ill wont think your full of shit some wu fan you are

  • prick mansions

    art comparisons is ruining hip hop

  • Robbin Tanks 4 Ammo

    Funny how people dont understand the rules to art. This is some OG shit, fucking great move

  • Anonymous

    First of all, I'm sure the music will be available for fans to listen to on the internet a while after its purchased. But RZA is right, the original will be a piece of art. How can one say he doesn't care about the fans or is selling out? This man deserves everything he has worked towards. The truth is within the music, interviews, books, and movies that feature his wisdom. Instead of focusing on money we should appreciate the jewel that is The RZA. There is a lot to be learned if you are willing to look past what really are just illusions. Most people in the comment section think with their ego but the real fans and people with knowledge of self know appreciation.

    • Anonymous

      Definition of homage = "1. respect or reverence paid or rendered: In his speech he paid homage to Washington and Jefferson".. Worshiping is something different. Also a paragraph is not an essay and this is the first thing I can think of that I've ever written about RZA

    • Anonymous

      "I don't worship RZA but I was simply paying homage." Which basically means worshipping and dickriding. If you luh this nicca, just listen to his songs, stop writing essays about him.

    • Anonymous

      Typical reply comments I was expecting. Mr. Tibbs do you always think of a man on another mans dick? Your a homo man >> LOL.. I don't worship RZA but I was simply paying homage. My opinion is that him and Wu deserve it! Live and let live. Some people can't take a comment that is outside of the box.. that being said stop catching feelings. The money they make off the album doesn't affect us.

    • Mr. Tibbs

      He deserves? Get off RZA dick if you ain't RZA. And of you are kill yourself. Lol

    • Anonymous

      Hi, RZA. What's up?

  • g.d.stubbs

    Y'all want the "old" Wu shit / buy the old album(s). Wu never needs to put out another record as far as I'm concerned because what made them dope has everything to do with WHEN they came out and where I was in my life when they did. I will never be that kid again, so why should they be the same artists? Now, that doesn't mean that RZA shits diamonds, does it?

  • 50 Cent

    RZA is the one actually holdin the Wu back, not paying nikkas and shit, not hiring popping producers given the fact that his beats ain't generating enough interest from the general audience and not catering to the changing demographics of the country. Think about it, these niccas been together since forever and they only have like 5 albums out when they could've easily found their own label and actually have 10 more albums with quality material out that would generate enough interest from the actual audience. RZA should be held accountable for that shit. Even tho he's actually in a financially stable place, most of the members of the actual group are not. Just so you can actually see how ungrateful these industry nikas can actually be sometimes.

    • Anonymous

      LMAO it's too funny for me to be laughin this hard, and to g.d.stubbs, fuck outta here with your reaching ass, it's just a joke goddamnit

    • Anonymous

      LOL this nigga mastered typing the way 50 talks

    • Anonymous

      Lol I know it's not really 50 commenting on the article. But to play devil's advocate anyone posting under the name 50 Cent talking about how a leader is holding back a group... G-Unit?

    • g.d.stubbs

      right. in other words, the wu is supposed to constantly appeal to the current crop of 18 year olds that download music? THAT's the only "changing demographic" that counts if you're talking about making money and not culture. i know fitty up there isn't talking about a "changing demographic" that has *matured* or come to expect more than sex and violence from their emcees. or maybe he's talking about the kind of rap that recent immigrants want to hear? i dunno. In any case, Chef, Deck, Ghost, Deck et.al are lining up to get a beat from "skrillex" and "mike will made it" and "will.i.am" and "smack bitch beatz," right? the reality is that the Wu cats are akin to the Founding Fathers of the US: from a (historical) distance it looks like they all on the same page and 100% in sync, but when you look into the history and the individual personalities (and i only know what they tell the internet) you realize that these dudes have creative, intellectual and spiritual differences.

    • Anonymous

      lmfaoooo I think 50 really wrote dat ^^^

  • Anonymous

    Paul Walker is the star of Brick Mansions.

  • Anonymous

    in 5 years this shit will be sold on ebay for 20 bucks

  • Sensaye Sixkiller

    Listen man...this is a obviously a scam to get some rich bastard with a zillion dollars to buy the album so he can pay off these niggas that won't do the "Better Tomorrow" album until they get paid. Who cares if some rich shit head wants to spend a fortune on the album? It's not like it's gonna effect us. That shit is probably a bunch of Civlarings beats with Wu acapellas over 'em. You really think all those niggas were secretly doing all these great songs? C'mon now. The Wu is my favorite group of all time, but I been stopped believing in them as a unit. They are still dope artists individually, and each of them are capable of creating that Wu sound on their own. If anything, Rza has become the only one NOT capable of creating that Wu sound. What is the last GREAT production Rza has done? When is the last time he produced an entire album? I just don't think he can anymore. When you're around a million yes men all day and in Hollywood with milionaires sucking you off, it makes you think everything you do is great. As wise as he is, and as much as I respect him and think he's brilliant...the nigga is gassed and delusional. Look, I try to be a positive dude and shit, but I don't wanna hear a whole album of hopeful and uplifting songs. If you wanna sprinkle that in here and there, which they have always done, then that's cool, but just make some DOPE HIP-HOP MUSIC...and stop putting these terrible ass singers on your hooks, that shit is wack.

    • Anonymous

      ^^ Glad you got a laugh but I only write the truth. I could respond with hate but what good does that do over the internet? If someone was really bold enough to act out against me like that (he was probably trolling anyways) it would not be a good day for either of us. Just remember the perception of words of the internet and the truth of real life situations are always different. Peace

    • Anonymous

      ^^ LMAO at this bitch nicca tryna talk shit out

    • Anonymous

      Lol feelings were caught. I rarely comment so you got the wrong guy. Hahaha peace to you man that was creative. Thanks for the laugh! I only wish you the best because you don't really know me. I'm sure in real life we could smoke a blunt in the same cypher and be cool.

    • ANOYMOUS ETERNAL MASTER

      ANOYMOUS U BARREL OF SHIT, U ALWAYS TALKED BULLSHIT BUDDY IF I SEEN U I WOULD INVITE U TO THE BATHROOM LOOK FOR THE NASTIEST SHIT-PISS FILLED TOILET BOWL AND DUNK YOUR HEAD IN THERE...U HAVE A BIG MOUTH AND U R A REAL SACK OF SHIT AND A COWARD, U TRIED TO DISS ME B4 U FUCKIN MUTANT, I TOOK IT PERSONALLY U COURT JESTER HIP-HOP FANATIC FUCKIN GEEK....EAT A FAT DICK AND ENJOY IT U FUCKIN LITTLE BITCH, I WOULD PUNK U AROUND AND MAKE U OBEY ME ON THE SPOT U BARREL OF SHIT COWARD MUTANT, POWERSPRAY PISS RIGHT IN YOUR MOUTH LOSER

    • LOL AT ANOYMOUS THE CLOWN

      ANOYMOUS U R A FUCKIN NERD WHO DESERVES TO GET SLAPPED THE FUCK OUT, U R A FUCKIN LOSSSSSSSSSER BUDDY ON HERE 24/7 FILLING THE COMMENT SECTIONS LIKE BUDDY GET A LIFE U FUCKIN DWEEB, I WOULD BULLY U JUST FOR BEING A GEEK, I WOULDNT BEAT U UP BECAUSE ITS NOT WORTH IT FOR ME TO KICK THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF U BECAUSE BY YOUR COMMENTS U SOUND LIKE A FUCKIN DWEEB I CAN KICK THE FUCK OUT OF BUT SERIOUSLY DUDE GET A FUCKIN JOB AND GET A FUCKIN LIFE U LOSER, HEADBUTT U 40 TIMES U BIG MOUTHED PIECE OF SHIT WHO CANT LEAVE YOUR ADDRESS U FUCKIN CLOWN, SLAP YOUR HEAD IN A TOILET BOWL CLOWNBOY

    • Anonymous

      I respect your criticism. Some things I agree with, but in the end its all up to the person and their opinions. Personally, to me RZA has nothing to prove. Dope hip hop manifests through his existence. He is a piece of the puzzle to not only Wu's music, but many other artists as well. Our body's are decaying every day. Better to appreciate stuff you love then to complain even when its not exactly what your used to.

    • boss

      RZa is Hollywood wack and wu is falling off cause of rza, fuckin gay ass concept and I don't even give a fuk about wu, only dudes holing it down for wu r ins and ghost lyrically tho ghost can go ovrboard at times, rza is a Hollywood homo fuk rza he is wack and he played out wu

  • ACE THE PHANTOM

    RZA continues to be one of the biggest innovators in Hip-Hop, genius.

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  • Anonymous

    Oh wait, he is........

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, it will be a work of art to compare to such pieces. I just visited the site again, too. What you going to do?

    • Anonymous

      never come to a hip hop site ever again. that shit was so fucking stupid that you dont know who the rza is

  • Anonymous

    "It belongs in an art setting, venue, a museum, or a gallery. Its as rare as any Picasso, any Van Gogh. Its as rareas I said in my articleas finding an Egyptian scepter. Its as rare as the Mona Lisa." That is amazing. He could sell a pile of rubbish for $500,000 with spiel like that.

  • Rza

    Spread like plague, we drink Hennessy by the keg I got the golden egg plus the goose Eighty proof, Absolut, mixed with cranberry fruit juice Ginseng boost, I got yo' neck in a nooAnnotatese

  • anonymous

    do you really think its an authentic wu can album if rza doesnt really produce any tracks?

  • The Ice Cold Phenom

    I want that Cuban Linx Part I vibe for the new Wu Album "Better Tomorrow." Ghostface and Rae attacked the mic with gritty, high energy, rhymes over that classic Wu production. Sometimes keeping it simple is the best approach. Wu members coming with lazy flows over inspirationsal production didn't work in the past and probably won't work now. The first few releases (36 chambers, Tical, Cuban Linx, Iron Man, Liquid Swords) vibes are what Wu fans want!

  • Mr. T

    I pity the fool who buys this shit not realizing it will be a garbage ass album

  • Mr. Tibbs

    To start "Man With the Iron Fist" was the worst movie I have ever seen. RZA can't act. Next this 1 album deal is a slap in the face to fans of the Wu. Then the contradictory of a second album "A Better Tomorrow", why doesnt he value this album (art) as much as the one he is trying to sell for millions? Because its a throw away album. You should value all of your work the same way and give your fans your best because we are who got you there. To say this album is out of reach but this one is for us is stupid. The only difference between the two is the box. Fuck you RZA you money grabbing hoe.

    • Anonymous

      Does what he likes, he putting a price on musical art, which he's telling you he can very much do being a pioneer and a force for the kind of hip hop we grown up on

  • Shaolin Niggas Is HOMO

    wackest rapper turned actor

    • Anonymous

      you a waste of sperm faggot only thing wack is hating on people who made it instead look in the mirror what did you accomplish

  • wu4lyf

    It'll be on the internetz guys calm down

  • animalovich

    about the album ,, i do not agree ,, you make music for people to listen to, no to save put it in museum >>> -*- you can put the album later in the museum ,,, after we listen to, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum

  • Anonymous

    This is why I disagree with this idea: Aren't the loyal fans the ones that put them in the position where they are today? We have been waiting for an album for years and they finally released 8 diagrams, which was a big disappointment. Instead of taking there time and putting a classic Wu album to redeem themselves, they want release one copy of the album for a million dollars. Are you kidding me???????????????????????????????????

  • Dino

    It's funny... there's people in the streets selling drugs that could potentially make their way in the hands of kids, and no one say a thing about it, yet you have an artist that made music, music that belongs to him and is selling, and ya'll can't wait to tell him how wrong he is because of the business decision that he made.Amazing.

  • Anonymous

    " I was trying to write songs of inspiration and hope, which is the theme of this album. Im having a hard time keeping it together because of creative differences we always have in Wu. Maybe brothers would rather see me walk around like Strap up, Brick Mansion gangsters! Thats the energy, but that wont make a better tomorrow. So, the rest of the member of the group don`t get a say in the direction of the album? RZA should change his alias from the Abbot to the Despot.

  • Jay

    Why are folks complaining.. People act like the shit probably will eventually get released by whoever buys it.. When was the last time you heard any brother compare his shit to timeless art and people want to buy it for prices like that?..Give RZA a fucking shout out for thinking outside the box like Wu has always done...Isn't RZA a painter too? Fuck gangster, respect that mans genius.

  • balding freak

    i like how dude hairline so mature

  • Anonymous

    RZA's music is not worthy anymore

  • Jimmy Williams

    Honestly this is a slap in the face to all wu tang fans who have gone out and purchased not only all the group albums but their solo albums as well. Fuck the rza and his "exclusive" bullshit he could suck my exclusive dick. So many better artists are out today and putting out free material bc they actually give a shit about the fans

  • JIMJIM

    five million dam dam dam better tomorrow I dam sure need a better tommorow

  • Russel

    So let me get this straight, RZA is going to sell one person the album for $5,000,000 based on value and fame he received from people who supported him by buying his album for $10 to $15 each, thereby completely shutting out the very people that supported him? Now it's only rich folk that get to have Wu-Tang music? I think we just got a new undisputed all time champion of "selling out..."

  • JIMJIM

    what the fuck one copy for how much

  • Anonymous

    this nigga trippin with his 1 copy album smh might aswell keep it in the stash, because you're CLEARLY NOT doing it for the fans

    • insanemacbeth

      kind of agree. of course, nuttin' wrong with making suttin' exclusive, BUT...! 1 copy. could have pressed up 100, or maybe even 50. but 1?

  • OUCH!

    He dont have to defend nothing, he can sell it for whatever the fk he wants. its not our money to judge.

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