Wu-Tang’s RZA: ‘the chemistry in the group’s not all that good right now’

Rapper discusses bad 'energy' among band members

Wu-Tang Clan‘s RZA has addressed rumours of infighting within the band, saying “the chemistry’s not all that good right now”.

Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, the rapper discussed reports of a total breakdown of communications between him and his band mate Raekwon during work on Wu-Tang’s new album ‘A Better Tomorrow’, which appeared three years after it was first talked up by Raekwon, and seven years after the group’s last output, ‘8 Diagrams’.

“There was a lot of opposition within the Wu-Tang circle to doing the album… I’ll level with you, the chemistry’s not all that good right now,” RZA said. “We’ve all done this long enough to know this process isn’t just like, you make an album, then that’s that. It’s like a presidential campaign. You don’t just make the policies then sit back. You create your platform, then you gotta take it to out to the people.

“It’s like there’s an energy in the group that stops people enjoying their own success. They gotta sabotage it.” RZA went on to liken the album to a child that “comes out with one arm. You gonna love that child, make the best out of that situation and help it have the best life it can.”

In the course of the interview, the rapper also revealed that he tried to get James Blake to feature on the record, and spoke out about racial injustice in America, particularly the New York grand jury’s decision not to indict the Staten Island police officer caught on film fatally choking Eric Garner, an unarmed black man suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes.

“The goal was always to change hearts and touch souls, man. It’s like that from the minute you get it in your hands, from the cover. That’s an imagined city where everyone’s culture is respected. We got the Eiffel Tower. The Hollywood Hills. We got you guys’ wheel. It hit me that I thought the world had got better; but really it had just got better for me, not for others,” he said.

Wu-Tang Clan released their new album ‘A Better Tomorrow’ earlier this month. The band also announced details of two UK gigs for June 2015 – at London’s O2 Academy Brixton and Glasgow’s O2 Academy.