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raekwon rza beef
XXL: Let’s start from the beginning. What were the issues between you and Raekwon?
RZA: I spoke to Raekwon, and Raekwon did tell me his business demands for the album. His demands for the company were at the level that wasn’t feasible. What he demanded would probably decapitate a budget for any company, for a budget on the Wu-Tang album. Every album got a budget; you take that budget and make that record. What he's demanding would cripple the budget in a way compared to whatever else we had to get. I don’t think the office is going to do that for him; that’s on the business side.

Creatively, it’s like I said—creatively, I haven’t worked with Raekwon in years. Maybe we’re on different creative paths, that’s very possible. He mentions that a lot in his articles. I can respect that. Creatively he may be looking at [things] one way and creatively I may be looking at [them] the other way. But we haven’t been in the studio together in years. So when you come into the studio with me, anybody, magic happens. It takes time to make art.

Me and Raekwon haven’t been in the studio in a long time for us to even say, creatively, I don’t know where he is at or I don’t know where I’m at. We can’t even speak because we haven’t been there rocking, yo. You hear some of the old Wu-Tang songs, brothers would come to my house, they’ll do a song and record their verses and they would come back three days later and be amazed at what I'd done with what they left. I sit there as a producer and I add things and I construct it and I’ll orchestrate it. I’ve been doing that for years now; I can define it, I’m an orchestrator.
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Raekwon And RZA Call Truce

Wu-Tang fans world wide can breathe a sigh of relief. According to a message posted on the legendary group's website, The RZA and Raekwon have settled their differences and are headed to the studio...

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Dr Dre billionaire
It may have taken 40 years, but hip-hop may have its first billionaire—Dr. Dre. Following the sale of Beats Electronics to Apple last week for $3.2 billion—and the subsequent hilarious video uploaded by Tyrese—Dre is very nearly—though maybe not quite—the first billionaire in hip-hop's ever-expanding realm. Many may have thought it'd be Jay Z or Diddy—and they may have thought that, too—but the West Coast O.G. beat them all to the punch, and he'll be laying in a bed of money for a long time to come.

Even before Dre's potential billion, hip-hop's luxurious lifestyle has been reaching towards the stratosphere for two decades now, dating back to the days of Biggie and Puff reppin' Bad Boy and Coogi in the 1990s. With all this in mind, XXL compiled a list of 63 hip-hop songs where rappers are reppin' their billions—or at least their ambitions to achieve them along the way. It'll still be Dre Day until the money dries up. —Dan Rys
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63 Hip-Hop Songs About Rappers Making Billions

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