With ‘A Better Tomorrow’ (Wu Tang’s 20th Anniversary) and The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin (Wu Tang’s special album that will not be mass produced) both slated to be released it should be a great time for Wu Tang. Unfortunately, there seems to be some creative differences in the group. Last week RZA said that Raekwon had basically disappeared from recording sessions for ‘A Better Tomorrow’ citing differing “creative paths.” Raekwon responded to this saying that the group knew exactly why he wasn’t participating in the recording- because he’s not settling of the quality of the music. He said,
“We are at creative differences because at the end of the day, I want to win. I’m used to being a winner. Being that I feel the team is being compromised by his so-called “logic” of making music, I have a problem with that because I love my fans. I would never want to give my fans anything other than the best. So when we’re sitting there discussing the creative process of making a great album for the fans, I’m not going to never settle for less. I’m not the only one [in the group] that feels this way too.”
Raekwon says that the quality of the music is being compromised by RZA and his brother and he refuses to be a part of giving his fans anything less than the best,
“I’m not happy with that [A Better Tomorrow]. I’m not happy with the direction of the music and I’m not happy with how dudes is treating dudes’ business. What are we giving the fans? What are we giving the people that help us be here? If it don’t feel right, I can’t be fake. And I’m not the only one who feels like that. Fans want the best and I have to sit here and work that hard to give them the best. Period.”
The Chef also mentioned that he feels uncomfortable that a person who is not an artist is telling them where to go musically. I guess we will know what Rae is talking about when the project drops.