Iconic figures in hip hop, Wu-Tang Clan are also eager to move beyond their past.
Working on a new album, the group dropped new single 'Keep Watch' yesterday (March 20th). Immediately devoured by fans, the track's emergence seemed to belie RZA's comments about Raekwon's lack of participation.
In a lengthy feature on Grantland (via Pitchfork), the members of Wu-Tang Clan explore these sentiments. "I would be the first one to say that we cannot leave everything in RZA’s hand no more" explained Raekwon. "He has done his job to the greatest of his ability when we were younger, but now every man plays an imperative role in this situation. His plan was to do a more humble album. We was like, Nah. You can’t do that with the hardest group in the game."
Discussing the difficulties of operating the multi-member ensemble, Raekwon said: "It’s like getting the United Nations to all agree on one fucking thing... Italy ain’t having it. Japan is on some shit. You know what I mean? Now, here it is, the 20-year anniversary that’s so decoratedly respected that we might not even be on time for this shit."
Summing up the situation, GZA said: "It would be great to do another album, come back with a banger. But I don’t think we have anything to prove. We proved it already."
Clash caught up with the full line up of Wu-Tang Clan last year - check out that extensive feature HERE.