Raekwon “On Strike” From Wu-Tang Clan

blame it on Meka April 17, 2014

Although it’s been documented that Raekwon has had, let’s say, “second thoughts” about the next Wu-Tang project, in a sitdown with Rolling Stone he really let his feelings be known about A Better Tomorrow, the RZA, and much more.

Some choice quotes:

“And yeah, we are at creative differences because at the end of the day, I want to win. I’m used to being a winner. Being that I feel the team is being compromised by his so-called “logic” of making music, I have a problem with that because I love my fans. I would never want to give my fans anything other than the best. So when we’re sitting there discussing the creative process of making a great album for the fans, I’m not going to never settle for less. I’m not the only one [in the group] that feels this way too.”

What do you think of “Keep Watch“?
I hate it. I hate it. I don’t hate shit, but I hate that fuckin’ 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 shit and you telling me that we comin out with some mediocre shit? That ain’t part of our plan.

It almost sounds like you’re on strike.
It’s the same as being an athlete. I don’t give a fuck if it’s Kobe Bryant or Kevin Durant. They will not touch the floor if their managers or lawyers are saying, “Listen, shit ain’t right.” So therefore, I’m in a limbo situation. So yeah, you’re right. I am on strike. It ain’t the fact that I don’t want to be there. Because of course I want to be there. But if we’re there, we gotta do the best everything. We gotta work 10 times harder, because that’s what I’m signing in for. I’m not about listening to somebody that’s not an artist telling me what the fuck they think is hot.

As far as the RZA, I respect him, I love him – the love ain’t gonna go anywhere – but you’re not in the music world no more. So to me, you need to take a backseat and respect the n—as that is playing the game. I’m always out in the field and finding out what’s going on with the new. Period.

And, my personal favorite:

“RZA’s a coach who won rings back in the day, but now your team is in ninth place. It’s time for a new fucking game plan.” (ed. note: That sounds like a shot against the Lakers too. I’m just saying, Shake…)

I remember reading on the Twitter, after The Undertaker lost at Wrestlemania XXX a few weeks ago, someone say that “everybody in his childhood is washed except for Bart Simpson and JAY Z.” After reading this piece, he couldn’t have been more right.

  • baddebt

    Raekwon , should get c-lance on the boards for a couple of WU tracks


    as much as I’d like to see wu tang climb back to being as respectable as they once were, he’s right. I still very much so like what most of the members are doing in terms of solo outings, but the only reason i can say i have this level of enjoyment is purely because i grew up with wu tang.

    I give props to raekwon out of the lot right now as he’s been jumping on some new tracks and styles with some of these artists like gibbs and schoolboy q, while still keeping his same level of lyricism and flow. at times it seems like hes too old for the game, but at least hes not pretending like the game’s too old for him and is stuck in a nostalgic rut. Its about finding your new lane while still keeping the same fire you always had that harkens back to the rapid spittin, boom-bap era, because honestly I can’t think of anyone right now that has captured what wu tang had at their time in terms of a movement.

  • marty mcfly

    I gotta say I agree with Raekwon. I disagree with his thoughts about Keep Watch, I get it though cause people dont like singing on hooks but imo that shit right there? FIRE !!!!!!!! Anyway I gotta say, if I had to pick who got the better ear for beats (now in 2014) between RZA and RAE? I gotta go with Rae. Now people would be like wtf, RZA is the god and yada yada yada and I understand all that but even though Rae dont make beats and he didnt come up with the original sound of Wu…. Rae knows how to come with that yoga flame when its time to do so. When he said he was releasing OB4CL2? I was like my nigga? NO, but then I got the album and that shit was just incredible, like on some damn near modern day classic material type shit for real. Sometimes part of being a leader is knowing when to let someone else lead and I think Rza should give Rae the steering wheel on the Wu sound moving forward but if the album is done already then drop it.

    • Marley71

      I was on this site saying that Rae was holding things up. I must say with the recent information it sounds like Rae sounds right, in spirit. RZA hasn’t touched the world with his sound in a long time. I don’t want to see Wu just hopping on trends, that won’t work for them either, but it better be straight heat on the production side. And forward looking.

      I need the entire gumbo that the Wu provided. 5%, God body, criminology, slang doctors, black power, Shaolin..

      I remember in the opening song to Wu-Forever, that woman in the back ground ends the song…”Wu-Tang and RZA..” I remember how incongruous that sounded on my ears. Wu-Tang…and RZA? It was the first I had heard RZA set himself apart from, and perhaps above the group.


      The only thing that I don’t understand is first Rae was saying it’s the business aspect, now he’s saying more that it’s the creative side. That switch-up has me a little confused.

      • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

        You are right.

  • YeDaTruth

    Rae is right. RZA is the figurehead of the Wu, but it seems he always tries to take too much control when it comes to group projects.

  • Tekwon

    I have to agree Keep Watch sounds very dated and the hook is terrible.

  • fonzo517

    god dammit its gonna be forever till we get a better tomorrow now

  • SupremeSoulstice

    Man how can you hate on Rae for that? He telling the truth. All Wu fans know that RZA is a control freak. Gotta let that devil E(verybody). G(ot). O(ne). go..

  • who cares

    Damn… This is all kinds of depressing. The last thing I want is to see the Wu have a falling out, but Rae is speaking his mind, and I could definitely understand where he’s coming from. I have to disagree about Keep Watch, though. I thought the hook was mediocre, but the production was banging, in my opinion. I was really hoping A Better Tomorrow was getting a 2014 release, but that doesn’t seem to be the case at this point in time. Do what you gotta do, Rae.

  • Alex

    Let’s be real when Wu fans refer to the magnitude of the super groups triumph(no pun intended), we’re associating our thoughts to their old works, with the exception of their solo efforts fans are never mentioning anything passed The W really. So I genuinely respect Rae for disclosing his thoughts on the matter. However I disagree when he discredits the Rza’s production. From his recent work on Man with the Iron Fist, His contribution to Ye’s Watch the Throne, & his executive works on 12 Reasons to Die prove he’s still “The Rza.” The single is wack yes, not because of the instrumental but because of the weak ass, unfathonable, ear bleeding chorus & all the members not coming with it! Simple ass that. But if Rae’s not going to be apart of it don’t call it a Wu album. Especially as he is the hottest member at the time.

  • Ohms

    I’m with rae on this one. The shit went downhill after The W. str8 garbage.

  • Calvin Alston

    Raekwon is certified with his believes ,because if it is not up to date and fire for the new generation its not going to get anywhere for sho !!!! Im 37 years old and respect him for his realness !!!! Bring back that harcore shit but a spin on it with the truth !!!! Ya digg !!!! Wu Tang Wu Tang !!!!

  • dro03

    As much as RZA is the spirit behind Wu, Rae is the embodiment of it, and without a doubt one of the hardest working cats in the crew for the past 5-10 years. This dude is showing up on mad tracks, bridging the younger generation, stepping out of the wu umbrella to show up on hot ass beats from coast to coast. He always keeps in one hundred too, so for him to state this is coming from an OG who is current, but never once sold out. Someone brought up a good point about RZA appearing on fire on Kanye’s shit, so why not hit up cats like Rick Rubin, Premo, Alc, to make some hot ass fire for the fans. RZA either takes too much control and releases some C level Adrian Younge wannabe shit, or collaborates way out of left field with the Beatle’s cousin’s illigitamate kid or some shit. Just make some of that resurrgent NYC hardcore, hot beats that are running the streets right now, keep it simple and real.