Wu-Tang Clan‘s Raekwon The Chef recently spoke on the division among the iconic Shaolin rap group and why each member’s solo effort helps his crew’s overall image.
The rapper spoke on each member’s own path within hip-hop.
“Everybody has their own focus on where they wanna be at,” Raekwon explained in an interview with DJ Green Lantern. “We did the family thing for a long time for y’all. We been very loyal to that, giving y’all the Wu-Tang albums but at the same token, we need to make more money man. We got things that we gotta do and you know if somebody comes at me and offers me a situation, I gotta know that’s what I’m here for. But I can’t stop it and everytime be like, ‘Nah we doin’ a Wu-Tang album’ it’s like nah, we never designed this family to be like that. We told y’all from the door, each n*gga is an individual. I don’t know if everybody forgot that, but that’s written facts right there. We told y’all each man can carry his own weight. Each man is gonna go out there and bring more sh*t to the table for all of us.” (DJ Green Lantern)
Method Man recently killed rumors about his group’s alleged break-up.
“We never really split up!,” Mef exclaimed in an interview. “People need to stop taking sh*t out of context. Even Ludacris, who I respect a lot, kind of upset me with a song he had where he mentioned Wu Tang broke up. No, we didn’t break up! There has never been an official statement that said ‘We’re done’ or ‘I’m out.’ [Before a new group album,] there’s things we’ve got to take care of first before anybody even starts to discuss that.” (New York Daily News)
Ludacris’ “Let’s Stay Together” from 2008’s Theater of the Mind alleges the Wu parted ways.
“First Wu-Tang broke up/Now ODB‘s gone,” Luda rapped. “Now I’m hearing Cam’ron don’t talk to Jim Jones?/Who saw that sh*t coming/Certainly not me/Or a Dogg Pound break up/Or Goodie MOB?/Then Shawnna almost jumped ship from DTP/If Chingy left then came back/Than d*mn it, why can’t she?/We gotta think us of all for one/And one for all/Hip-Hop/United we stand divided we fall/So why is?” (“Let’s Stay Together”)
The Shaolin emcees got back together for a string of concerts last summer.
The eight key members of the group reunited for the Irving Plaza concert, marking the first time in more than seven months that RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, U-God, Masta Killa and Inspectah Deck have come together for a show. The legendary “Gravel Pit” hitmakers have long been dogged by rumors of a split, with the feud between RZA, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah reportedly being sparked by unpaid royalties from the group’s various CD releases. (Star Pulse)
Check out Raekwon’s interview below: