Wu-Tang Clan have now seen 20 years pass since they dropped their first group album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) on November 9, 1993. In the months leading up, de facto Clan leader RZA revealed his plans to put together a commemorative reunion album to coincide with the anniversary, but the date came and went with no LP in sight. Now, he is pointing the finger at Raekwon and other Wu-members who aren’t as dedicated to the project as RZA says he is.
“A lot of us are picking up on it, but there are a few of us who are late to the table,” RZA told Grantland.com on Friday. “The dream was to have it come out this week. It should have came out on our anniversary date. But what I feel spiritually is that that day is gonna trigger a change. I don’t know if it’s gonna trigger a change in everybody but it’s definitely gonna trigger a change in me.”
According to RZA, Method Man is all in and has already recorded about nine songs for the LP and there are other group members working hard on the album, but he revealed that Raekwon hasn’t contributed at all. “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,” he said.
On Wednesday, U-God, Masta Killa and Cappadonna all appeared on “RapFix Live” to celebrate the milestone , but none of the MCs gave any indication that the proposed album was in shambles. Still, even with an absent Rae, RZA feels somewhat optimistic.
“I feel like we have enough material on the album. I just need Raekwon to come onboard fully,” he said. “I need some more energy from Ghost and GZA. If they give that energy, I will give us a great last album. If they don’t give us the energy, I gotta figure out a plan B.”
Fans took notice of the album update as did Rae, who responded on Twitter. “Yea I just read that rza article? Sh– is funny to me,” he wrote. “I love u rza, u know what it really is.”
In February, the Chef came to “RapFix Live” and said he wouldn’t take part in a reunion album until all of the Clan’s paperwork was handled to his satisfaction.
“The bottom line is: Of course I want to see a Wu-Tang reunion. Of course. Who wouldn’t?” he said. “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.”
The two have butted heads before; back in 2007, Rae publicly challenged the direction of the Wu’s last album 8 Diagrams. “I’m not saying anything bad about RZA, but we’ve had problems in the past. That’s with any crew; every crew go through this, every artist, but then, hey, enough is enough. It’s like you just want things to be right and be fair,” he said.