RZA Responds To U-God's Wu-Tang Allegations

Production chief says MC has 'distorted memory' of situation.

They say it's lonely at the top. Just think what it feels like to

be Voltron's head — when things don't go right, you're the first

one looked at.

Last week, disgruntled Wu-Tang Clan member U-God candidly disclosed a

history of what he described as in-studio callousness toward him by the

RZA (see "Wu-Tang Clan's U-God Blames RZA For No New Wu Output"). Among

other disparaging accusations, U-God said that the Wu's main producer

caused a rift in the collective by playing favorites among its members.

The RZA responded late last week via the Wu-Tang sanctioned Web site

www.wutangcorp.com: "U-Godzilla has a distorted memory of the Wu and

his involvement. And for him to state that I dealt with separation is

blasphemous, for it was my focus on unity that made us strong and

successful. I don't deal with separation nor unrighteousness amongst my

peers or my enemies."

RZA added that U-God's incarceration led to his rhymes not being as

sharp as the others'.

Last Thursday, the two MCs were featured guests on Sway's Renegade

Radio morning show on New York's Hot 97 — U-God in-studio, and

RZA via phone. The Clansmen aired out their differences and at the end

of the program agreed to meet up and talk.   

After taking time to collect his thoughts, RZA weighed in with MTV News

on Tuesday (March 9). He urged his brothers to all unite and asked for

fans to forgive the group's public bickering.

"I would like to add that U-God is one of my oldest comrades in this

life struggle, and if he has that much pressure on him to fabricate

such stories, he should just call me or come see me and we can build,"

RZA said. "I'd like to ask for the Wu fans to pardon his error and

pardon me for having to go into our history to clear the blaspheming of

my name. U-God has stated on Hot 97 that his comments were a publicity

stunt. What this all boils down to is the time for a Wu reunion is

approaching fast and nature is making her call."

At least some of the Wu do not share U-God's ill feelings. Dirt McGirt

is one who is staying especially allegiant to RZA, who is also his

cousin. Dirty is done recording his album, and RZA has produced six

cuts on the LP (see "ODB's Roc-A-Fella Deal Rocks The Boat For Some Wu

Members"). There

are several posse cuts with other members of the crew.

RZA also gave props to Dirty as being the one who sparked the idea of

bringing the Clan to Dr. Dre's Aftermath label. RZA said on the Web

site that a deal is currently being worked out.

[This story was updated at 1:59 p.m. ET on 03.09.2004]