The RZA recently did an interview with CNN and explains how Wu-Tang almost never existed. RZA explains how Method Man almost died in a drive-by shooting before the formation of the crew.
He details the incident in his new book “The Tao of Wu”, saying that Meth was walking to buy a certain illegal substance at 160 Park Hill Avenue (the same building featured in the “Protect Ya Neck” video) in Staten Island when by chance RZA saw him from across the street. RZA explains the incident:
“Come over here, yo!” he beckoned. “[Meth] stopped and came running over. A few seconds later — pow-pow-pow-pow-pow! — a guy started shooting up the front of 160. A buddy of ours, Poppy, an innocent, school-going, nice guy — he was shot and killed right there.”
“Meth always brings it up … that that day saved his life, he actually said, if it was anybody else calling him, he wouldn’t have came.”
That wasn’t the only incident that could have stopped the Wu from becoming a Hip Hop supergroup. RZA also says in ‘93 he was acquitted of an attempted murder charge and if convicted he would have had to serve eight years behind bars. RZA says to CNN:
“Either one of those incidents could definitely have derailed [Wu-Tang], of course, myself being the Abbot, the one who came with the idea, if I wouldn’t have made it out of that tumultuous time —it seemed like I wasn’t going to make it out of it; there was a lot of odds against me—but we stood strong, and self-defense made sense to the jury. We beat that.”
“It was the victory over that incident that made me change my whole direction,” he added. “In a way, it’s double-edged in that incident. One, if I would’ve lost that, yeah, Wu-Tang wouldn’t have happened, but also it’s the victory of it that inspired me and gave me the drive also to go and really get serious about Wu-Tang and the things I was dealing with.”
RZA’s new book “The Tao of Wu” is hitting stores this Thursday October 15th and if your a Wu fan definetly go cop that.