The recent back-and-forth going on between Raekwon and his fellow Wu-Tang Clan affiliate RZA has been well-documented. In 2013, RZA noted in an interview with Grantland that Raekwon “[hadn't] shown up at all” to record for the group’s forthcoming LP A Better Tomorrow.
Then, in an interview with Rolling Stone last week, Rae fired shots at the group’s latest single, “Keep Watch,” saying, “I hate it. I hate it. I don’t hate shit, but I hate that fuckin’ record…it’s the production.” As the lead architect for the Wu’s sound, RZA undoubtedly took that as a direct criticism.
The Chef didn’t stop there either. When asked to assess his likelihood of appearing on the album, Rae said that on a scale of 1-10, “We at a two right now. It’s like climbing up a fuckin’ mountain if you got on slippers.” He also said that he was “on strike” from the group, though he expressed his desire to make things right with the other members.
But today, things went from bad to worse in the conflict. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, RZA had much to say on the state of Wu-Tang’s next album:
“The album is slated to come out in July,” he said. “If we don’t come to terms [with Raekwon], I think, within the next 30 days, then this will either be an album without Raekwon or an album that never sees the light of day. And that’s a very strong potential.”
“I would not want to put out a Wu-Tang album without every live member available,” he said. “At the same time, I don’t want the fans not to have this incredible music that we’ve been workin’ on for the last year. So that’s gonna be a tough decision, but we’ve got about 30 days to make that decision and come to that conclusion.”
So, stay tuned. Will we see a new Wu-Tang album this July? We’ll know in 30 days time. Watch RZA’s entire interview with Sports Illustrated below.