News: RZA Ousts Wu-Tang Members Delaying Reunion: "Raekwon Hasn't Shown Up At All"
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 8:50PM
Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA recently discussed his crew's 20-year anniversary and why it's going to take a full-fledged effort from the team for a real reunion to go down.
According to RZA, he has made ample sacrifices to try and make a real Wu project come together this year.
"Well, I think if I was one of the other members, if I wasn't RZA, I would fall in line. Because it worked! It ain't work one time. It worked multiple times. It worked more than it failed. The batting average is good. And at the same time, I'm not so egotistically conceited whereas I'm not gonna fall in line if someone else came with a great plan. And that's where I feel a little remorse as this day is approaching. It's like, wow, I kept trying to pull people together. I spent a lot of money and a lot of time this year. I put my movie career on hold for the first half of the year because I was focusing on making this. I went down to Memphis, I went down to Philadelphia, 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." (Grantland)
Bobby Digital went a step further by singling out a few keys members.
"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." (Grantland)
Last fall, RZA spoke on the importance of Wu coming back together at least one last time.
"There's one last job Wu-Tang Clan must do. The 20th anniversary [of "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)"] is next year. And we need to, one time, completely, efficiently, properly, professionally represent our brand. One more time. But this time, showing up on time for press and for concerts and studio. Do it one time, perfect. We did good - people love it and I'm proud of what we've done. But all that was done - I would always say in my old interviews, "This is organized confusion." It was kept and contained, but it was a lot of chaos." (New York Times)
Earlier this year, Raekwon explained why a reunion should be more meaningful than putting extra money in their pockets.
"The bottom line is: Of course I want to see a Wu-Tang reunion. Of course. Who wouldn't? I just want everything to be right, the business. When we made a lot of our great music, it was because we were in harmony. You cannot put guys together if there is no harmony, and on top of it, we're doing business. As a man with children, I have to always look at that. It's bigger than sometimes just the thought of it, the fact of it, it just gotta make sense." (RapFix)