Clash’s Grant Brydon spoke to the man – a well-established solo artist too, of course – for a feature forthcoming on these pages, and got the Staten Island rhymer to open up about the Wu’s state of affairs.
“We finally reached some kind of great agreement, me and RZA. And, yeah, everything is starting to happen… it’s starting to make sense. I can’t really give you too much ballistics on that, but as far as me being on board to do what I’m supposed to do, my team is telling me that it’s going to be a great situation. So I’m excited.”
Which might sound a little bit like some box-ticking, management-approved spiel, but the MC born Corey Woods then gets a little bit more animated about the prospect of new Wu.
“Of course, things are already starting to heat up and all I can tell you is just you gotta get ready for it. I feel good about it. I love my brothers and business is business. I’m glad everybody else had they business together, now I got my business together.
“I feel good about this project and I can go into it with a happy smile on my face, instead of feeling like I’m being taken advantage of. I don’t think nobody needs to be taken advantage of. I’m just excited man, I’m excited to work. That’s what I'm here for; I’m here to do my job.”
Raekwon’s comments follow reports from April that he might not feature at all on ‘A Better Tomorrow’. At that time, RZA had said that he wasn’t sure that Raekwon would get on board for it, but that wouldn’t prevent its release. Naturally, Wu-Tang fans will be pleased that Raekwon and RZA have made up and that their new album really is happening. That 2014 release date is looking more and more unlikely, though.
Raekwon plays a solo show in London on July 25th, appearing at The Brooklyn Bowl, at the o2. Details and tickets here. Excited? Here’s some classic Raekwon from way back in the (1995) day.