RZA Talks New Wu-Tang Clan Album, Issues With Raekwon on ‘Arsenio’
Twenty years ago, the Wu-Tang Clan graced the stage of the original ‘Arsenio Hall Show’ to perform their biggest song, ‘C.R.E.A.M.,’ complete with cash falling from the ceiling. In retrospect, RZA considered that one of the first moments when the Clan felt like they made it. The founding member didn’t just reminisce when he came to ‘Arsenio,’ because he had to address the perceived rift between him and Raekwon.
In a Grantland article published on the 20th anniversary of ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), RZA mentions that every member of the Wu-Tang contributed to the upcoming anniversary album to some extent with the exception of Raekwon. The Chef responded on Twitter by simply saying, “Yea i just read that rza article? S— is funny to me. I love u rza, u know what it really is.”
When Hall asked RZA about the issue, he maintained that he needed Raekwon on the album to push it toward its completion. He urged his Wu-Tang co-member to help out for the fans who are waiting and because the clan has the ability to do so.
“Today (Nov. 13) is the day that Ol’ Dirty Bastard passed away,” RZA said. “The thing is he can’t be here. I could be here. Raekwon could be here, Method Man could be here. So I just thought that we all should be there, and I know Raekwon is gonna be there. I have nothing but brotherly love for him, but let’s put some of this business to the side and let’s go make some music.”
The 20th anniversary project was originally set to drop this fall, but there’s yet to be an official single and no signs of a concrete release date. That upcoming album is widely believed to be ‘A Better Tomorrow,’ but U-God implied that might not even be the title in a recent interview he had with The Boombox.