Raekwon was skeptical of Wu-Tang Clan's A Better Tomorrow way before the group's comeback LP was released in December. Now that the album has been out for a few months, Rae is just as critical of the Clan's latest and he isn't afraid to voice his opinion on it.
"That album felt kinda bored," the Chef told NME.com in a story that was published online on Wednesday. "And that’s not just my opinion. The music was just too soft. Too humble."
Back in February 2013, Rae visited MTV News' "RapFix Live" and said that he was hesitant to participate in the Wu's big comeback album. “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," he said then.
By October 2014, the Wu had seemed to achieve the harmony that Raekwon was seeking.
“I got off my high horse and I said, I’m gonna come to your studio," RZA told us then. "I brought him the outline of the album, with songs done, and some energy of where we at. Him and Ghostface were there. Me, GZA and Masta Killa. And then they started playing some chess while me and Raekwon had a meeting and I played the structure of the album. I think, that day, he understood the vision.”
If Rae did see the vision then, he's singing a different tune now. "I felt like the album could have been better. I voiced my opinion, like, 'Yo, let's give them some real sh-t!' The album was driven more to RZA’s expectations. He was coming from one way, we was wanting to try something new," he told NME.
Rae also told the publication that he will not be joining the group on the road for their upcoming European run. According to the Chef, he wasn't aware of the scheduled dates and already had obligations in place.
"I didn't know sh-t about the tour. They just assume I’m good to be there and put it all together, but by then I got obligations, a f--king schedule. It’s frustrating, ‘cause I’d love to be there," he said.
Raekwon's sixth solo album Fly International Luxurious Art is scheduled to be released n April.