Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA has provided the latest update on a long-awaited A Better Tomorrow group album comeback and noted one of the biggest setbacks has come down money.
Bobby Digital suggested some sacrifices, including monetary, may have to be made for a Wu return to store shelves.
“If I come into an ensemble film, and we got all these big names, somebody’s not gonna get their full pay, because the budget can’t sustain it. And we in a situation right now where the budget can’t really sustain what he’s demanding, and for that to be equal across the board. And not even equal; even if we was to say, ‘Well, he gets a percentage more than him or a percentage more than him,’ what he’s demanding takes so much weight on the budget that the record can’t be done.” (“Sway In The Morning”)
RZA also said the Clan should think back to their pre-fame days and put the C.R.E.A.M. mindset behind them.
“What I suggest is, look, forget the money. We laid our first album, 36 Chambers, for less than 100 grand. We just came to the studio and put our energy out, and that turned all of us into millionaires. Let’s just do it again.” (“Sway In The Morning”)
A few days ago, the Wu head said there were two possibilities if group member Raekwon did not take part in the forthcoming release.
“I haven’t said this publicly but let me say this,” RZA explained in an interview. “The album is slated to come out in July. If we don’t come to terms I think within the next 30 days, then this will have to be an album without Raekwon or it’ll never see the light of day and that’s a very strong potential because I would not want to put out a Wu-Tang album without every alive member available. I can’t put Ol’ Dirty on it because he’s not here physically.” (Sports Illustrated)
Recently, RZA revealed a big misunderstanding had torn Rae from him.
“I’m gonna clear one thing up on the Raekwon thing. The newest article in Rolling Stone, Raekwon says I’m a bold-faced liar, right, which I’m far from. I don’t even lie. I’m a grown man, I got children. I only got one rule in my house, ‘Don’t lie to me.’ But what happened was I just did an interview a few weeks ago that ‘just’ came out. Later. I guess when it came out he read it. I spoke to Raekwon about eight days ago but the interview was probably fourteen or sixteen days ago, so he says RZA’s a liar, he spoke to me. No, when I did the interview, brother, I didn’t speak to you. I hadn’t spoke to him in six months before then until recently. … He gave me his demands, which we presented to the company – but it was no lying.” (“The Hot 97 Morning Show”)
Check out RZA’s interview: