Wu-Tang Clan Bitch-slapping Contest Escalates


Niggas be workin’ things out… NOT.


 I love all things Wu. My dad was an early street team member, in fact, back in the mid ‘90s. Which is why I have been increasingly bummed, in a daily OMG/WTF/OFU sense, about the unfolding soap opera over at the Wu-Tang Clan camp, about the on-again/off-again A Bette Tomorrow album.

 I won’t bore you with my spin on it. [Thanks! – Anti-spin Ed.] And don’t even get me started on that “one copy of the LP” stuff. Instead, here is the latest DUH-RAH-MAHH going on, courtesy Stereogum. Please excuse the ‘gum’s occasional “urban” lingo, it just be white folk tryna sound… um, urban.

In recent months we’ve been witness to an escalating feud between Wu-Tang Clan members RZA (who’s desperately trying to assemble one last group LP called A Better Tomorrow) and Raekwon (who declared himself on strike from the Wu because he thinks RZA is an out-of-touch control freak). RZA tried to win Rae over with kindness Monday, telling Hot 97, “When you form Voltron, you need every piece. We need [Raekwon] there. I want him there. I ask him over and over to be there. Let’s just come together.” Now, in an interview with SI Now, RZA has laid down an ultimatum: If Raekwon doesn’t come on board within the next 30 days, the new Wu-Tang album won’t come out. RZA told host Maggie Gray that A Better Tomorrow is slated to come out in July and that as things stand currently he’ll have to decide whether to shelve the album or release it without Raekwon. Because RZA can’t imagine releasing a Wu-Tang album without every living member, he said the more likely scenario is that the record will never see the light of day. He did say he believes he and Rae will work things out, but given the trajectory of this conflict so far, that seems like wishful thinking.Will either of these gargantuan egos budge? Should they? Does Raekwon have an opinion about Once Upon A Time In Shaolin? Is there any chance A Better Tomorrow could possibly live up the heightened expectations that come with so much drama? Stay tuned.

Thanks, Stereogum, for leaving me totally depressed. I am going to go listen to my limited edition Wu-Tang 45 a hundred times in a row. I may even hold my breath until I turn blue.

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