This weekend, the Wu-Tang Clan celebrated the 20 year anniversary for its debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Prior to the date, RZA did an interview with Grantland where he was asked about the planned reunion album that was supposed to coincide with the anniversary. According to RZA, the album has stalled because not everyone in the Clan was on board with the project, which would be their first album as a unit since 8 Diagrams came out in 2007.
Not only did RZA express his frustrations about the Clan not coming together, he was willing to single out individual members who were not joining in on the album. In particular, he called out Raekwon for not participating at all. RZA said:
"I came back to the East Coast to reopen the Wu Mansion [RZA's old house in New Jersey, where a bulk of post–36 Chambers material was recorded]. I invested thousands of dollars to rebuild it so that we can have a place to record a new album. And when I scheduled that to happen, only a few good brothers showed up.
And one of the guys who showed up the most was Method Man. He showed the most tenacity, he was the most vocal, he showed up the most, and he got the most lyrics on the new album. He's already recorded eight or nine songs. He’s been on it. You know, I give Cappadonna credit, he’s been really on it. U-God has been present. Masta Killa be representing. Inspectah Deck has been somewhat present. Ghost has been, you know, 20 percent present. And Raekwon hasn't shown up at all. When you look at somebody like Masta Killa and U-God, they seem to have that original hunger to complete the legacy. I respect that everybody [is] busy with they own lives. I started with a plan that I thought would work. Now maybe my plan not working."
Later in the interview, RZA commented on what he needed to complete the album, and he said:
"I feel like we have enough material on the album. I just need Raekwon to come onboard fully. I need some more energy from Ghost and GZA. If they give that energy, I will give us a great last album. If they don't give us the energy, I gotta figure out a plan B."
Raekwon read RZA's interview at some point during the weekend, and unsurprisingly, he was not happy with the remarks. Taking to Twitter, Raekwon shrugged off the accusation that he was not on board with the reunion album, saying that the comments were "funny to me." While he did not elaborate on his side of the story, he did say that RZA "knows what it really is."
Where things go from here remains to be seen. The reunion album, A Better Tomorrow, was originally supposed to come out in July. In the meantime, Raekwon is gearing up to release a new solo album, F.I.L.A.
Yea i just read that rza article? Shit is funny to me.— RAEKWON (@Raekwon) November 9, 2013
I love u rza, u know what it really is.— RAEKWON (@Raekwon) November 9, 2013