New York rap veteran Ghostface Killah is the latest Wu-Tang Clan member to offer a take on Young Money’s Drake paying homage with his mixed-received “Wu-Tang Forever” tribute.
Rather than scold Drizzy for taking a more R&B approach with the anthem, Ghost applauded him for keeping the Wu flag going.
“He did what he did,” Ghost said in an interview. “There’s probably some fans that climbed on. All through Europe, I had 9-year-old, 8-year-old babies that came to the shows knowing words. What Drake did, he just made the movement more bigger. So, I ain’t turnin’ down no fans. This is Wu-Tang Forever. He even said it. All he’s doing is addin’ on.” (VLAD TV)
Wu-Tang leader RZA recently said he fully rode behind the Toronto native’s ode-driven track and helped him avoid costly sample fees.
“I appreciate it. He sent me [the] song because they couldn’t clear the sample. So I did it myself, personally, for free. Free of charge. Because to me, that’s what we meant when we said Wu-Tang is forever. We didn’t think we were going to live forever. We meant that the energy of what we do would spread on in culture, generation by generation. And by Drake absorbing it and having that influence in his life and having it be a part of him, it proves what I’m saying. And I’m really proud that he chose that rap.” (Rolling Stone)
Recently, Wu’s Raekwon admitted his verse for the track’s revamped version had not yet been recorded.
“I ain’t get a chance to bust my joint off yet, but I talked to Drake and we’re gonna get to it. It just was like, we were on the road, things were happening so quick,” Rae explained to MTV News on Saturday on the set of Troy Ave’s “New York City” music video. “Some brothers were able to go in there and smash out, and unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get there yet, but it’s gonna happen though.” (MTV)
A few weeks ago, Drake said he knew there could be mixed reactions toward the Wu ode when putting it together.
“I did take a risk titling that song what it was. But for me, I’m always into paying homage,” Drake explained in an interview. “That’s kind of what ‘Wu-Tang Forever’ is. I’ve always tried to pick a classic hip-hop song and make it my own. I thought [the reactions] would have been worse than that, really, to be honest. … I’ve got a great piece with me and Wu-Tang Clan all rapping together again, which is dope. That’s coming soon, definitely. It’s on the way.” (CRWN)
Wu’s Inspectah Deck previously said he had experienced the wrath of Drake fans going after him on social media outlets for criticizing the record.
“Everybody took it out of context,” Deck said. “I got a bunch of Drake fans attacking my Twitter page talking about, ‘If it wasn’t for Drake, we wouldn’t be relevant right now,’ and all of that. That’s silliness, you know what I’m saying. Where I come from I come from the grain of this. I come from when brothers got punched in they mouth over a chain, if you wasn’t rolling deep enough. These brothers is safe nowadays. They doing a whole lot of things that, when we came up in the game, it wasn’t allowed. You couldn’t even sound like or look like nobody else. That’s the way I came up. So when I look at it like a tribute, I heard Snoop Dogg when he did the ‘La Di Da Di,’ for Slick Rick. He actually did the whole song over. That’s respect. As an emcee, you don’t even quote another man’s rhyme. Or Nas when he did the [‘U.B.R.’] ‘Unauthorized Biography of Rakim,’ he dedicated that whole song to the god, which is, kind of what I expected. ‘Okay, the song is going to be about us like that.’ Maybe we inspired him to do what he do. But, it didn’t even sound like that to me. So when I heard the song I said, ‘Yo, I agree with yall. It’s not a Wu-Tang tribute and it shouldn’t wear that title.” (HHDX)
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