New Jersey rapper Redman has come forward to address his affiliation with the Wu-Tang Clan days after announcing a membership within the 10-member crew.

According to Redman, he is indeed the Clan’s 11th official member.

“I am the last member of Wu Tang, like Method Man he’s a part of Def Squad,” the New Jersery-bred rap vet said. “[Meth] has been a part of Def Squad before I was a member. I was like a member. But I was affiliated and I wasn’t signed in, but, I’m definitely–they got my number. Number 11th and I am officially a Wu Tang member right now…You gotta take the haters with it. I didn’t even know there was [confusion] and really I didn’t care. I just go by what my homie told me. I was like kicking in nobody doors or anything like that. It’s just a fam thing. I don’t get into that media crap “yo he is or he isn’t.” It is what it is. If I am I am, if not then not. We still homies.” (XXL Mag)

This week, SOHH hit up Clan founder RZA about Redman’s membership status.

“Ah man, we love Redman, he knows that,” RZA told SOHH. “Redman has always been with us. You know how many times we had Redman spitting in the studio or sitting in the car smoking? [laughs] Or how about how many times he’s been popping up onstage with us because he always wanted to pop up and show love? If you look at his old videos, when Wu wasn’t on TV, he was on TV rocking Wu Wear back in the days like that. In Wu-Tang, we call each other brothers because we grew up so many years together. But Redman is definitely like a first cousin.” (SOHH)

A few days ago, reports landed online denying Red’s membership in the Clan.

Earlier today I asked a couple of people within the Wu-Tang circle about Redman claiming to be an official 11th member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Unfortunately, this is not true. He has never been officially inducted as an 11th member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Redman is definitely considered as close to being a Wu-Tang member as you can get. But not on the official tip. If anything, you can even consider Nas to be on the same boat as Redman because in the 90’s, Redman and Nas would always be chilling with the Wu-Tang Clan and vice-versa. Reggie Noble aka Redman is the Unofficial Official 11th member of the Wu-Tang Clan. (57th Ave)

Earlier this week, Red said he was enrolled in the Clan since 2005.

“I am a Wu-Tang member and Method Man, he been a Def Squad member way before I was a Wu member,” Redman said. “I was like a Wu member but I wasn’t official. But [Erick] Sermon made Meth a Def Squad member back in the day. I became a Wu member about 5 years ago. I am the 11th member of Wu.” (All Hip Hop)

Check out some recent Redman footage below: