Raekwon On New Wu-Tang Music: ‘I Hate That F–king Record’

He talks about his 'creative differences' with RZA.

All is not right in the house of Wu.

Despite the Wu-Tang Clan having two albums in the works, the whole gang may not be involved in A Better Tomorrow, slated to drop later this year.

“We are at creative differences because at the end of the day, I want to win,” Raekwon told Rolling Stone, specifically in regards to RZA. “Being that I feel the team is being compromised by his so-called ‘logic’ of making music, I have a problem with that because I love my fans. I would never want to give my fans anything other than the best.”

He certainly doesn’t think that they’re giving fans the best as it currently stands. “I hate that f–kin’ record,” Rae admitted when asked about “Keep Watch,” the crew’s latest single, which was released in March.

“As far as the RZA, I respect him, I love him ‒ the love ain’t gonna go anywhere ‒ but you’re not in the music world no more,” he said.

Back in November, RZA discussed the turmoil surrounding the album. “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.”

Though there’s negative energy when it comes to A Better Tomorrow, the Chef seems a bit more excited about Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. The album, which was announced last month, will be released as just one copy, exhibited at museums, and sold to the highest bidder. The idea was conceptualized by Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh, a Wu protégé.

“He came with the idea and he gave everybody a call,” Rae told MTV News on Wednesday at the premiere of Time Is Illmatic. “Next thing you know, all I know is it’s in the makings and it’s being auctioned ‒ which I thought was ill, because it’s never been done before,” he said. “Of course we take our art seriously. It focused on music being a portrait of our lives.”

When asked about his involvement with A Better Tomorrow, Rae wouldn’t expand too much. “I don’t wanna comment on that right now, because I’m going through limbo with that,” he told MTV News. “But at the end of the day I wish my brothers the best in everything they do.”