The new Wu-Tang album, A Better Tomorrow, is taking a little bit longer than expected (it was supposed to be out in July) and while we wouldn’t inquire too much as to the reason why, RZA has laid it out for everyone. He thinks that commitment is lacking from some members, namely Raekwon. We don’t know how decision-making works in the 36 chambers, but calling out members in public doesn’t seem like the best way to get things moving along. Via Grantland:
It’s like, wow, I kept trying to pull people together. I spent a lot of money and a lot of time this year. I put my movie career on hold for the first half of the year because I was focusing on making this. I went down to Memphis, I went down to Philadelphia, I came back to the East Coast to reopen the Wu Mansion [RZA’s old house in New Jersey, where a bulk of post–36 Chambers material was recorded]. I invested thousands of dollars to rebuild it so that we can have a place to record a new album. And when I scheduled that to happen, only a few good brothers showed up.
And one of the guys who showed up the most was Method Man. He showed the most tenacity, he was the most vocal, he showed up the most, and he got the most lyrics on the new album. He’s already recorded eight or nine songs. He’s been on it. You know, I give Cappadonna credit, he’s been really on it. U-God has been present. Masta Killa be representing. Inspectah Deck has been somewhat present. Ghost has been, you know, 20 percent present. And Raekwon hasn’t shown up at all. When you look at somebody like Masta Killa and U-God, they seem to have that original hunger to complete the legacy. I respect that everybody [is] busy with they own lives. I started with a plan that I thought would work. Now maybe my plan not working.
To which Raekwon responded, via Twitter:
Yea i just read that rza article? Shit is funny to me.— RAEKWON (@Raekwon) November 9, 2013
Raekwon spoke about wanting to be cautious back in February on “RapFix Live,” via MTV:
“The bottom line is: Of course I want to see a Wu-Tang reunion. Of course. Who wouldn’t?” Rae said on Wednesday’s (February 20) “RapFix Live.” “I just want everything to be right, the business. When we made a lot of our great music, it was because we were in harmony. You cannot put guys together if there is no harmony, and on top of it, we’re doing business. As a man with children, I have to always look at that. It’s bigger than sometimes just the thought of it, the fact of it, it just gotta make sense.”
Hat tip to Pitchfork.