He said he feels the group are letting down their fans
Raekwon has revealed that he is ‘on strike’ from Wu-Tang Clan.
Producer RZA recently explained that Raekwon is unlikely to appear on the forthcoming Wu-Tang Clan album ‘A Better Tomorrow’, saying “I haven’t had a chance to really talk to him about why not… But I would say that maybe creatively we on different paths. I’m creatively different than I was in the ‘90s.”
Raekwon has now responded via Rolling Stone, saying that he is “on strike” from the hip hop group. “I am on strike,” he commented. “It ain’t the fact that I don’t want to be there. Because of course I want to be there. But if we’re there, we gotta do the best everything. We gotta work 10 times harder, because that’s what I’m signing in for.”
He also accused RZA of lying, saying the pair have spoken recently. “We spoke about two weeks ago. It was me, him, his brother and business partner Devine and we talked about why I’m not there right now. They know where I’m at and at the end of the day, him saying he didn’t speak to me is a bold-faced lie.”
Raekwon said that he wasn’t working with the group right now because he feels they are not about to give the public their best work. “I’m not happy with the direction of the music… Fans want the best and I have to sit here and work that hard to give them the best. Period,” he said. When asked what the chances were out of 10 of him appearing on ‘A Better Tomorrow’, Raekwon said: “We at a two right now. It’s like climbing up a fuckin’ mountain if you got on slippers. It’s sad. It hurts. It’s all about the fans. It’s all about them saying, “This is my favorite fuckin’ hip-hop group in the world.” I have a job to do for them. And I would never let my fans down and make something I feel is mediocre just to say I made it. That’s not Raekwon.”
RZA is currently overseeing two albums from the group, ‘The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ and ‘A Better Tomorrow’, the former being limited to just one copy which will be exhibited and later sold to the highest bidder. RZA previously revealed that the group have already been offered $5 million (£3,006,070) for The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’.
The group’s long-promised 20th anniversary album, ‘A Better Tomorrow’, is still set for a standard commercial release this summer.