Wu-Tang Pushes Back Release Date to Avoid Ghostface Conflict

MTV recently spoke with RZA and discovered that Wu-Tang has decided to move the release date of its reunion LP 8 Diagrams from December 4 to December 11. The move comes after the “hierarchy” in Wu-Tang was criticized by Ghostface last week in MTV’s Mixtape Monday, where complained about the group’s long-delayed LP having the same release date as his new Def Jam solo LP Big Dough Rehab. “I had December 4 for the longest,” said Ghost. “But the Wu album, brothers was kinda late on doing whatever they were doing and pushed it back … on my date…They trying to f— around and make me push my album back.”

In response to this interview, RZA has defended himself. “The blame can’t fall on me like that,” RZA told MTV’s Mixtape Monday. “Wu-Tang Clan is a bunch of brothers working on one common cause. … We planned to put that record out in September, then October, and it kept getting pushed because it’s just a lot of work, yo. … I wasn’t really conscious [Ghost] was dropping an album on December 4th, but yesterday we moved our [group] record from the 4th to the 11th. We gave that spot to Ghostface … because of how he felt. … I had to make that call. [SRC label head] Steve Rifkind also, he was getting bashed up by Ghost [in the Mixtape Monday interview]. So … we moved.

“We didn’t have him move, we moved,” RZA continued. “I think that shows the kind of bigger men we could be. Ghost is my brother, [I] love him to death. But we’re in this business, and it’s hard to kind of discern what’s right and what’s wrong. … But I will say that, when it comes to a Wu-Tang Clan album, I plan on making it a 60-, 90-day type of schedule. … It turned out to be a 200-day schedule … and I didn’t want to wait until next year [to put out 8 Diagrams].

“But Ghostface, we moved it to the 11th. You got that 4th. Do your thing right then, double up [the] next week, make mad cream this year, family.”

  • G!

    I was looking forward to buying both albums that day, wtf!? Instead of hatin’, I think it would have been in tony’s best interest to let his brothers come out on the same day so when a cat like me comes into the store it’s like Wu-tang christmas, get the 8 diagrams, and the new ghost face, why not? Artists need to stop actin’ like kids and recognize an oppurtunity to get more sales and money when the situation presents itself. WU-TANG forevea though, and wu-tang is for the babys!

    http://www.myspace.com/gmanfantastic

  • Young Jopey

    first long live the WU Tony Starks is mad buggin fuck G-Unit

    • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

      Who said anything about G-Unit? Dickrider.

  • Josh

    Anyone who would buy a Ghostface album is also going to buy the Wu-Tang album…They should cross-promote the releases (ala 50 and Kanye) especially because they are both under the Universal umbrella (ala 50 and Kanye)…Move makes no sense

  • simondimes

    ghostface is mad selfish how he puttin himself over an whole wu album.to drop his solo shit thats prolly has no rza beats and no wu members on it.he probably rappin about giraffes climbin trees this time around.he actin like a real fuckin diva
    rite now

  • JAYSTONE

    wu tan clan forever

  • texasleen

    CAN IT BE WU-TANG FOREVER AND UGK 4 LIFE OR DO I HAVE TO PICK ONE…???

  • Durty

    Yeah even if you bought Wu album, you would have to buy Stark’s album, i’ma bag both albums, legit, same day MAYBE but CREAM is thicker than blood sometimes

  • Dutch

    Ghostface Killah album > Wu Tang album

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    I can’t agree with Dutch.
    Both Wu and Ghost release dope albums.

    Glad they pushed it back, and actually respected Ghost’s solo career.

  • 007

    CAN IT BE THAT IT WAS ALL SO SIMPLE THEN

  • big

    big deal

  • nig

    MAN GHOSTFACE ALBUM WONT SELL NEAR TEN THOUSAND RECORDS THE FIRST WEEK…..SO WHY IS HE BEING A CRYBABY? THIS IS NOT THE 90″S RECORD SELLS ARE LOW SO HE NEEDS 2 BE HAPPY 2 EVEN HAVE A PROJECT…..CAUSE HES NOT HOT NOMORE SOORY GHOST FANS……..

  • stoneyisland

    Rza is a wise dude and respect is due, at least he stepped up and didnt hide behind that hierachy bullshit like Ghost did a week or so ago. My thing is why didnt Ghost go right to Rza and squash this shit before going live with his beef, thats not how real men handle their biz’nas. It was kind of a bitch move and luckly cooler heads prevailed. I am still scooping up Ghost new shit and the wu album, as the song goes “brothers gonna work it out” One.

  • DirtDogggy

    Ghost is a hoe on this one, I’m glad RZA’s a smarter man and handled it correctly when a child has a temper tantrum.

  • http://myspace.com/loudsworth Nastradoomstarr

    Come on Ghost, Why yo Gotta Be so Fuckin Self… Don’t tell me You ta Pull one of those Mobb Deep/Nas bullshit…

    i guess Famliy Aint Family No more…

    Fam Never Against Fam…

    what ever you do…dont join G-Unit

  • fla all day

    I woulda copped them both if they came out on the same day. I’ll just download ghost album and cop the wu album. I bought enough ghost albums anyways.

  • joey doe

    Is Tony Starks respected? You be the judge of that you’re the one who thinks Lil Wayne is the best rapper alive!

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    WU TANG CLAN AINT NOTHIN TO FUCK WIT!!! Yo im copping both albums, dont front on these classics!!!!

  • Diaz brothers

    yo fuck lil lame for real and wu tang 4 ever
    tang!!!!!!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    Ghostface is bein a real bitch right about now.

    Im burnin your shit now Ghost, you selfish fuck.