Wu-Tang Clan head RZA recently updated fans on the status of his crew coming back together for a new group effort and insisted elusive member Raekwon is still holding up the project’s progression.
While there is no love lost toward the “Chef,” RZA did name-drop Rae as being a key element to the reunion process.
“That’s something we working on right now,” he told the audience “A lot of brothers came to the table to represent-Masta Killa, Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, all the brothers. We’re just waiting for Raekwon to add some verses to it. It’s coming together real well. I’m feeling really inspired with what we doing.” (XXL Mag)
Brief with his remarks, Raekwon informed fans he had read RZA’s recent comments about him not being fully onboard for the regathering last week.
“Yea i just read that rza article? Sh*t is funny to me.,” Rae tweeted November 9.
“I love u rza, u know what it really is.” (Raekwon’s Twitter)
Initially, RZA said he had 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 including the Chef.
“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)
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)