Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA has clarified his issues with Game over a legal dispute surrounding the rapper’s use of the “Heartbreaker” beat on the recently released Purp & Patron mixtape without permission.
Via a statement, RZA expressed his content with Game and disinterest in having a judge settle their dispute.
“I COULD NEVER TAKE GAME TO COURT… I LOVE THAT DUDE…,” RZA wrote in a statement. “HE IS MY FAVORITE FROM THE NEW GENERATION OF WEST COAST M.CEES… ALSO LIL CHUUUCH IS THE LAST YOUNG MAN I TOOK ON AS A STUDENT AND HE WAS ORDAINED BY MY FIRST STUDENT ASON UNIQUE…SO ITS A GOOD LOOK THAT HIM AND GAME BLESSED THE SAME TRACK… ITS JUST WE DIDNT AGREE TO RELEASE IT OR GO THRU THE PROPER CHANNELS…I’M IN ASIA AND NOT IN TUNE WITH THE CURRENT EVENTS… BUT I’M SURE ALL WILL END UP AMICABLE…LONG LIVE HIP HOP… WUTANG FOREVER…I WILL SEE YOU SOON MY BROTHER… PEACE RZA.” (Statement)
Last week, Game attempted to explain the confusion surrounding their track.
“RZA came to the studio, and he said, ‘I got a beat for you,'” Game explained in an interview. “I said, ‘It’s dope.’ He said, ‘It’s you. Use it for whatever.’ I thought that meant ‘use it for whatever.’ I guess when we put it out, his camp or he was upset — I don’t know why — when it came through like that. But there’s no love lost. It’s always respect for RZA. I grew up on Wu-Tang. I respect RZA most as a musician and what he’s doing in movies and commercials. It’s one love.” (MTV)
After the track landed on his new mixtape, RZA put out a statement speaking on his motivation behind a cease-and-desist.
“This is Tam, [RZA’s] assistant. The issue boils down to we wanted to get the song on the album that was coming out for Game at the time. We went to the studio that night and Game felt the track and it was all good. The issue came about when it did not make it to the album because there was not enough time to clear the track. We spoke with Tony Martin, who informed us that the track would not be used and if it was, we would be notified. Now, that being said, they put it on a mix tape and never said anything to us; and we got an offer to have the tracked purchased by someone else. So this is not anything personal, and RZA has nothing but love for Game, but this is business and in all fairness, it would have been cool if they would have just let us know what the intent was, because we began soliciting the track for purchase and its looks like this was a double sale issue when it wasn’t.” (Statement)
A couple weeks ago, Game discussed the perceived legal action taking place on RZA’s behalf.
“I think RZA [is] tryin’ to sue about [‘Heartbreaker’] or somethin’,” confirmed Game in an interview. “That’s f*ckin’ crazy. Like, I don’t even know how RZA sues The Game.” From Game’s understanding, the song was an agreement. “He came to the studio and brought the [‘Heartbreaker’] track to me. He’s like, ‘Yo Game, this is for you. You can have that.’ Those are his words.” Game also maintains that RZA’s company on that day, Rev. Burke, was invited to rhyme on the record. “His boy spit crazy. I [rapped after] him.” (Hip Hop DX)
Check out “Heartbreaker” down below: