Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck has come forward to speak out on recently denouncing Drake’s “Wu-Tang Forever” anthem and explained why he cannot fully co-sign the perceived tribute track.
According to Deck, he has already experienced the wrath of Drake fans going after him on social media outlets.
“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)
The music veteran also explained how his issues are more directed at the song’s title than Drake himself.
“I don’t even know how to take it, my brother,” Deck said. “I just felt it don’t need to be ‘Wu-Tang Forever.’ It should be called ‘It’s Yourz,’ if that’s the case. That’s what the hook seems to be. That’s what the main basis of the rhyme seems to be. So you can call it ‘It’s Yourz’ and it would have the same impact. But to call it Wu Tang Forever’…unless the song is about the Clan like that, then it’s cool. I’m like, ‘Yo, if there’s a remix coming out, it got brothers on it and you just wanted to leak this one first and then come back with the Clan in that strategy, that’s not the understanding that brothers had in the beginning.” (HHDX)
Although details are scarce, Drizzy confirmed recently hooking up with the Wu for a new tune a few days ago.
Drake has a couple more teases up his sleeve before the release of Nothing Was The Same tomorrow (September 24), but interestingly, they have almost nothing to do with the actual album. First up, the MC/crooner took to Instagram and hinted that he has an unreleased song with Hit-Boy that we’ll get to hear soon. Then, in much clearer terms, Drake said in a recent interview that he worked on a track with Wu-Tang Clan. A few days ago, Wu member U-God confirmed that the Staten Island crew had recorded a remix of Drake’s controversial (to rap heads, at least) “Wu-Tang Forever,” so it’s possible that’s the collaboration Drizzy was talking about. (Idolator)
Earlier this month, the Wu’s U-God said fans could expect to hear a revamped version of Drizzy’s Nothing Was The Same record.
“They wanted us to remix it and get on there [so] you gon’ probably hear another one with us on it,” says U-God, shortly after landing in San Francisco to perform at Rock The Bells on Sunday. “[Method Man] did his verse–we all did our verses. I wrote my rhyme in probably 15, 20 minutes. We were moving so fast we only had about four hours of studio time. If I had some time to really sit down and get juicy with it, I probably could’ve got juicier with it. But I still do a nice one, I still do a real banger.” The Nothing Was The Same cut, which samples “It’s Yourz” from the Staten Island crew’s sophomore album Wu-Tang Forever, makes references to Raekwon’s “machine gun rap” opening lines from the original. Rae, as well as the official Wu-Tang Clan Twitter account have already expressed support for the track. (VIBE)
Deck recently said Drake does not pay homage or make the record a real tribute to the Wu on Twitter.
“After listening to the @Drake song, I agree with u… It is in no form a tribute to WU and SHOULD NOT wear the title Wutang Forever!,” Deck tweeted September 13.
“I am not switching up.. My tweet earlier stated without previously hearing the song I thought it was a tribute and saw that as respect.”
“My 2nd tweet based on hearing the song.. Not stating if its wack or not I said what I felt about the song and title in conjunction with WU” (Inspectah Deck’s Twitter)
Check out “Wu-Tang Forever”: