Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon recently talked about his crew’s recently released A Better Tomorrow album and explained why he will be distanced from them this year.
In Rae’s opinion, their mixed-received album could have been fine-tuned.
“That album felt kinda bored. And that’s not just my opinion. The music was just too soft. Too humble. I felt like the album could have been better. I voiced my opinion, like, ‘Yo, let’s give them some real sh*t!’ The album was driven more to [producer and fellow founding member] RZA’s expectations. He was coming from one way, we was wanting to try something new.” (NME)
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Rae also explained why he would not be hitting the road with Wu in 2015.
“I ain’t going on the road with Wu-Tang this year,” Raekwon continued in reference to the group’s upcoming UK live shows. “Fans will think it’s beef in the group, but it’s all management.” He added: “I didn’t know sh*t about the tour. They just assume I’m good to be there and put it all together, but by then I got obligations, a f*cking schedule. It’s frustrating, ‘cos I’d love to be there.” (NME)
Back in December, Wu head RZA talked to SOHH about the project’s album sales.
“Look, people like to sell a lot of records. It’s an ego-booster. It’s a lot of things. It is what it is. But for me, there were two reasons to do an album. The first was to celebrate and commemorate 20 years in the business, still being healthy, still being capable and able to show these minds that were great were made to be great. It wasn’t a fluke.” (SOHH)
Bobby Digital also told SOHH the inspiration behind A Better Tomorrow was to motivate other artists.
The second reason was to potentially inspire a better tomorrow into somebody else. I don’t doubt that there’s an emcee that’s in our business that also has this record. He’s one of 25,000 kids. If he gets it, then he’s really going to get it. That person will come out with an album for this generation that will resonate in their minds because he listened to us. If I’m saying it, it’s like your father’s saying it and then you get your friend to say it. So maybe a 22-year-old rapper or 25-year-old rapper might say, “Yo, this is what the gods are trying to say.” He got it.” (SOHH)