The Beef: RZA & Raekwon Bicker Over Wu-Tang Clan's 'A Better Tomorrow' Album
In the past month, RZA and Raekwon have expressed their frustration against one another and on the Wu-Tang Clan's upcoming release, "A Better Tomorrow." The album is the group's first release since their 2007 "8 Diagrams," and will accompany the one copy of the 31-song album, "The Wu - Once Upon a Time in Shaolin." RZA told Billboard that the unique copy will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, and as of right now there's a $5 million offer on the table.
On April 15, RZA told Vlad TV that Raekwon is holding up the recording of "A Better Tomorrow" because of his absence. He also said that the two are on "different paths." When Raekwon talked to Rolling Stone two days later, he didn't deny his own absence but he did state that in order to contribute his "contract has to be correct." The Chef added that the musical direction of the album, helmed by RZA, is dated, which puts their fans' fulfillment in jeopardy.
It sounds as if the group lacks communication; Raekwon and RZA are finding out about each other's feelings, and the group's single releases, through interviews. After Raekwon told Rolling Stone that the group "had no knowledge of" their latest release, "Keep Watch" -- and that he "hate that fuckin' record" -- RZA told Hot 97 that the group isn't "putting in time together."
"What we're not doing as brothers and as business brothers is putting in time together," RZA said (see above, around the 15:00 mark). "I have to read about how he feels. He has to read about how I feel."
According to Grantland's extensive profile on "A Better Tomorrow," Rae believes that RZA shouldn't be solely in charge ("we cannot leave everything in RZA's hand no more"), and adds that the group didn't agree on the album title.
This isn't the first time that Wu members have spoken out on the inner disorder of the group. In 2007, Rae and Ghostface Killah sat down with Miss Info to voice their frustrations on the release schedule of their individual projects and their finances.
Will Raekwon appear on "A Better Tomorrow"? Would it be a Wu-Tang Clan album if he doesn't? Surely not. Let's hope that the group can come together as Voltron, as RZA projects they will, and create yet another memorable album.