Raekwon Wants to See Wu-Tang Clan Reunited
After two decades in hip-hop, the Wu-Tang Clan has built an unshakable legacy, but in the way of most successful music acts- --who, incidentally, were friends first -- the Staten Island collective broke ties a few years ago.
"The bottom line is: Of course I want to see a Wu-Tang reunion. Of course. Who wouldn't?" he said emphatically. "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 adds. "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."
Hopefully, with Rae's admission of wanting to see things with the Clan work out, he and RZA will make the first effort, repair their friendship and return to the studio. In 2007, Rae was very open about his dissatisfaction with '8 Diagrams' -- the last Wu-Tang album -- but respects RZA the same way he did when they all began.
With that said, the Chef spoke on knowing his own worth.
"What RZA did for my life and my career, I can never repay him, but more importantly, I know what I've done: I've built my bones. I'm on over like two [thousand] or 3,000 records," he said. "I've created a brand for Raekwon, too. So, my thing is: I always just want to be fair about the business."
"I'm not saying anything bad about RZA, but we've had problems in the past," he continues. "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."
RZA has been noted as saying he's all for a Wu reunion also, under the conditions of the group allowing him full creative control. If they could all reach a happy medium, there could be another album from the Wu sooner than later.
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