It’s no secret that Wu-Tang Clan has had issues over the past few decades, a byproduct of keeping a group with nine members moving forward. During an interview with Vlad TV, Raekwon explained why there has been discord in the crew, stating that RZA was the mastermind behind the operation and brought different parties to the table that were forced to get along.
“My thing is, RZA assembled the team because he felt he had a relationship with all of us, and more importantly, everybody respected RZA for his craft and his passion for what he loved. Because even though we loved it as well as he loved it, he was in love with it,” he said. “When you dealing with a cat like RZA who got family all over and relationships, RZA was a Staten Island nigga who lived everywhere. … He pretty much knew everybody. But at the same time, the people that he knew probably wasn’t fond of us at the same time neither because they didn’t grow up with us. It’s the same typical shit. … So when RZA formed this alliance, the names that was brought to the table, it was definitely spoken on like, ‘Yo, I don’t really fuck with Ghost. He’s a crook.’ We tell it how it is. But that didn’t mean that he wasn’t talented, that he wasn’t a man of respect. He was both. He could have been a crook, but he’s one of those niggas that’s coming for you.
“For us, it’s always sticking our head out and watching out for these niggas because you never know,” he continued. But when RZA was the middle guy, he did a Gotti move. He brought all the families to the table and made niggas make amends due to the fact of how we’re going to move forward and get this money.”
The Chef also touched on U-God’s lawsuit against Wu-Tang Music Group for $170,000, filed back in January 2008. U-God alleged that he signed a deal with the RZA-controlled imprint but failed to receive proper compensation for his work on 8 Diagrams.
“I looked at it like it was real. It was business, man. Don’t take friendship and humbleness out of pocket because we’re doing business. So at the end of the day, yeah, RZA was on the chopping board. A lot of niggas was like fuck that, I’ma deal with it this way. Other niggas could have felt like this or whatever. But more importantly, niggas got to the bottom of what it is they needed to get to. I didn’t challenge that situation then because I’m looking at a friend and I’m looking at business. It’s fucked up because at the end of the day, this is the man who helped me get out of the streets.”