Can It All Be So Simple: RZA & Raekwon Are Clan Brothers Once Again!
This morning (May 12), Wu-Tang Clan’s website blog has posted some news that Heads can rejoice about, complete unity within the legendary collective. The site writes, “Breaking news : Raekwon and Rza truce : Raekwon scheduled to hit studio to complete verses for album : A Better Tomorrow, Details coming!”
While neither Raekwon nor RZA have addressed this report publicly—both artists last tweeted Mother’s Day wishes yesterday (May 11), the news comes after over a month of bitterness within the legendary New York City Hip-Hop collective, currently with plans to release one album as they complete recording on another. The main source of contention was none other than Staten Island veteran, and gold-certified soloist Raekwon.
In mid-April, Raekwon told VladTV he was “on strike” from the Wu-Tang Clan recording sessions of sixth album, A Better Tomorrow, explaining: “We’re on different pages when it comes to being creative because RZA, you’re not in the field no more. I’m still paying attention to what’s going on and an amazing group that’s got so much potential to be bigger than what they are if they just focus and come out with great music. On ‘Keep Watch,’ you put this new young kid [Nathaniel] on there who nobody knows who he is—and I’m not taking shots at the kid—but I don’t even know who he is. That song is something that the crew didn’t have knowledge of, from what I’m being told. Dudes ain’t feeling good about it.” In the seven years since the last Wu-Tang Clan album (8 Diagrams), Raekwon has worked extensively with the likes of ScHoolboy Q, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, and Action Bronson.
Less than a week later, RZA responded to Rae’s comments via HOT 97. The Abbott addressed ongoing frustrations within the group since prior to 8 Diagrams in 2007, and the prompting of Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon to do Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang at Def Jam Records following the last studio effort from the crew.
Amidst all the turmoil since mid-April, news has broken that the Clan has been sitting on an album for several years, recorded in Morocco. The LP, still in Morocco, was helmed by Wu affiliate Cilva Ringz, and will be pressed to an exclusive one copy, sold to the highest bidder. Both RZA and Raekwon expressed public support of the album, which Heads got a snippet of last week. Since the news, RZA revealed that he has received a $5 million offer on the sole copy of the album, which may travel for paid listening parties involving Wu-Tang’s headphones. Last week, a snippet of the album featuring Cher, was released to video.
Now that this is underway, how do you feel about A Better Tomorrow?