All is not well at Camp Wu-Tang. Even as the group plans to release their new album A Better Tomorrow (in historic fashion), the divide between Raekwon and RZA seems to be growing wider than ever. Here’s what he had to say on the group’s latest single:
I hate it. I hate it. I don’t hate shit, but I hate that fuckin’ record. It ain’t the gunpowder that my brothers are spitting; it’s the production. And I ain’t shitting on the producer because he’s one of our soldiers. But if it ain’t where it need to be… It’s 20 years later.
In that interview with Rolling Stone, Raekwon goes on to share what sound like some long-standing frustrations with the group’s creative process.
I am on strike. It ain’t the fact that I don’t want to be there. Because of course I want to be there. But if we’re there, we gotta do the best everything. We gotta work 10 times harder, because that’s what I’m signing in for.
As of today, Raekwon does not appear on A Better Tomorrow. RZA has addressed the issue by saying, “I would say that maybe creatively we on different paths. I’m creatively different than I was in the ‘90s. I’m a different man.”
For fans of the Chef, however, fear not: Raekwon’s next solo album, Fly International Luxurious Art, is in the works. And he has no plans to detach from Wu-Tang entirely:
I would never leave the group. Before, I would say to myself, “It can be fixed.” We’ve done so much work together as a family that I would never turn my back on that.