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Ransom drops the video for "Shampain." Linking with Jadakiss and Raekwon, Ransom delivers a champagne filled visual.

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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.

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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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

63 Hip-Hop Songs About Rappers Making Billions

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Regis Philbin Compares His Cooking Skills With Raekwon

The broadcasting OG Regis Philbin has frequently proclaimed his love for everything Wu-Tang Clan. Regis stated perviously before that when he wants to let off steam he blasts Wu-Tang...

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[Ed. Note: This interview was conducted Thurs., April 17, prior to RZA's recent 30-day ultimatum to Raekwon.]

The RZA is on a promo run for his upcoming movie, Brick Mansions, which comes out this Friday, April 25 and co-stars the late Paul Walker. While on his press run, XXL spoke to him about the film and to get an update on the state of Wu-Tang, a topic that has become contentious in the past year and especially heated in the past few weeks.

Since last year, Wu-Tang's reunion album A Better Tomorrow has been in the news frequently. The album would be the group's first release since their 2007 album 8 Diagrams, and just about every fan of hip-hop is waiting for it to drop. However, ongoing disagreements have heightened within the past month, with the back in forth between RZA—who said in a since-outdated interview that he hadn't spoken to Raekwon in months—and Rae in particular getting heated, reaching its peak when The Chef said RZA was a liar and that he was "on strike" from the Wu, to which RZA responded, leading to The Abbot giving Rae what amounts to a 30-day ultimatum to either be on the new album or not.

Obviously, there's been a lot on RZA's plate of late; in addition to his public sparring with The Chef and his new movie out tomorrow, he's also readying a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang album called The Wu: Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, which the Clan will be auctioning off for reportedly millions of dollars, and has been dealing with news reports identifying former Wu-Tang affiliate Christ Bearer as the man who cut off his own penis in an apparent suicide attempt last week. So RZA might be forgiven for being a little distracted at the moment.

But with all these issues up in the air, RZA spoke with XXL in this second part of our two-part interview—the first of which, focusing on Brick Mansions and his relationship with Walker, can be found here—about the issues between him and Raekwon, the idea of a Wu-Tang album without the entire Clan, and the plans for the album's next single. —Emmanuel C.M.

RZA Says Raekwon’s Demands Would Cripple Wu-Tang’s Album Budget


RZA Gives Raekwon A 30 Day Ultimatum

In the past week, Wu-Tang members RZA and Raekwon have shown their verbal artistry expands much further than a musical note. Today, RZA revealed there might not be A Better Tomorrow album if Raekwon doesn’t come to a final decision in 30 days...

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DJ Absolut Featuring Sheek Louch, Raekwon, Uncle Murda And Nathaniel “It’s All Love”

Produced by Rob Dinero, DJ Absolut puts together an ill posse cut for New York. “It’s All Love” features Raekwon, Uncle Murda and Sheek Louch while singer Nathaniel crafts up a strong hook...

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17 Songs That Show Rappers Make It Better

With lines blurring across genres more than ever, it’s no surprise that rappers love to experiment with their sound. Established names like Kanye West and Lil Wayne have dabbled outside of their comfort zones and became very successful reaching another demographic outside of hip-hop...

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Best Hip-Hop Instagrams Of The Week

From Wu-Tang clearing the air on Christ Bearer's self mutilation to Mimi Faust's sex-tape hitting the net, this week on Instagram was one not to miss...

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RZA’s 15 Best Beats

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