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
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]