Raekwon calls last Wu-Tang album ‘soft’ and will not join group on tour

Rapper blames management for mis-communication in group

Raekwon has described Wu-Tang Clan‘s 20th-anniversary album ‘A Better Tomorrow’ as “disappointing” and said that he won’t be touring with the group later this year.

Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, the rapper explained the album, released last December, was driven by fellow Wu-Tang member and founder RZA.

He admitted: “That album felt kinda bored. And that’s not just my opinion. The music was just too soft. Too humble. I felt like the album could have been better. I voiced my opinion, like, ‘Yo, let’s give them some real shit!’ The album was driven more to [producer and fellow founding member] RZA’s expectations. He was coming from one way, we was wanting to try something new.”

“I ain’t going on the road with Wu-Tang this year,” Raekwon continued in reference to the group’s upcoming UK live shows. “Fans will think it’s beef in the group, but it’s all management.”

He added: “I didn’t know shit about the tour. They just assume I’m good to be there and put it all together, but by then I got obligations, a fucking schedule. It’s frustrating, ‘cos I’d love to be there.”

Raekwon releases his sixth solo album ‘Fly International Luxurious Art’ on April 28. Speaking to NME about the record, he confirmed it was his “number one most dope album”.

Raekwon and fellow Wu-Tang rapper Ghostface Killah recently launched a crowd-funding campaign to produce a documentary on Raekwon’s classic 1995 debut solo album ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx’.

The Purple Tape Files will feature new interviews with artists, journalists and other industry insiders, examining the LP’s impact on pop culture. Totally funded through the website Fanbacked, donors are being offered a number of bonuses for handing over their money, from stickers for $5, to a ‘Crowdfunding Producer’ credit for $10,000.

Raekwon and Ghostface Killah have offered to review fans’ mixtapes for donations towards the documentary.

Speaking to NME earlier this month, Raekwon revealed that he and Kanye West have plans to work together in the future. The rapper appeared onstage at West’s recent surprise concert at London’s Koko.