The Wu may be prepping the release of their upcoming A Better Tommorow LP, but it will be without the contributions of one of their leading members, Raekwon The Chef. Rae has spoken on his displeasure with the direction the group’s music is headed and has now gone as far as to tell Rolling Stone that he is temporarily “on strike” from making the music with his Wu-Tang brethren.
Here are some snippets from the Chef’s interview with Rolling Stone’s Jason Newman:
What do you mean specifically when you say the team is compromised?
This sh*t is not right. It’s not making us give the fans the best that we can give them. So of course we have a problem with that. It’s like coming out with some music that you’re not feeling. Therefore, it’s being compromised by RZA and his brother Devine, Mitchell Diggs. My thing is, yeah, he’s right, we’re on different pages when it comes to being creative because RZA, you’re not in the field no more. I’m still paying attention to what’s going on and an amazing group that’s got so much potential to be bigger than what they are if they just focus and come out with great music. On “Keep Watch,” you put this new young kid on there who nobody knows who he is – and I’m not taking shots at the kid – but I don’t even know who he is. That song is something that the crew didn’t have knowledge of, from what I’m being told. Dudes ain’t feeling good about it.
What do you think of “Keep Watch”?
I hate it. I hate it. I don’t hate sh*t, but I hate that f*ckin’ record. It ain’t the gunpowder that my brothers are spitting; it’s the production. And I ain’t shitting on the producer because he’s one of our soldiers. But if it ain’t where it need to be… It’s 20 years later. We talkin ’bout a whole new generation is sitting here representin’ and making fiery sh*t and you telling me that we comin out with some mediocre sh*t? That ain’t part of our plan.
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