Getting Wu-Tang Clan together is no small feat, and Drake is still in the middle of planning the Clan reunion for his “Wu-Tang Forever” remix. U-God confirmed with MTV News that he, Masta Killa and Cappadonna all recorded their verses , but Raekwon the Chef is still working on his bars.
“I ain’t get a chance to bust my joint off yet, but I talked to Drake and we’re gonna get to it. It just was like, we were on the road, things were happening so quick,” Rae explained to MTV News on Saturday on the set of Troy Ave’s “New York City” music video. “Some brothers were able to go in there and smash out, and unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get there yet, but it’s gonna happen though.”
When Rae and company dropped their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) 20 years ago, they were celebrated for their raw and unorthodox rap style. The nine-member crew wasn’t as polished as Drake is today and that was part of the appeal. When fans got their first taste of the R&B-heavy and melodic “Wu-Tang Forever,” some scoffed at the tribute. Clan member Inspectah Deck wasn’t a fan and revealed that he did not make it onto the remix.
“I’m saying that I disagree with the title of that song being ‘Wu-Tang Forever’ when it has no bearing on Wu-Tang Clan despite the fact that the ‘It’s Yourz’ sample floatin’ in the background,” he told HipHopDX.com.
Raekwon didn’t address Deck’s stance, but rather spoke on his own appreciation of the track. “At the end of the day, regardless of what we were mentioned in a great way. He named the title of his song after brothers, so however you did it, at the end of the day, it’s still love, it’s still respect there. I still thought the record was a great record, regardless of what,” he said. “It ain’t nothin’ rude about the record, nothin’ disrespectful, it’s all love. Hey, I’m for it.”
The way the Chef sees it, Drake is simply paying respect to those who came before him. “Just to see that happenin’ 20 years later in my run, on my walk, it’s a beautiful thing. I’m not here to judge — I’m here to give homage,” he said. “For me, that’s a great thing because that’s how I felt about the generation that did it before me; the G Raps, the Slick Ricks. I see them, I’m still in the zone, I’m still stuck. If I didn’t watch that I wouldn’t be who I am today and it’s just out of respect.”