During a recent interview with Vlad TV, Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon revealed that he feels the members’ solo careers hurt the Staten Island collective’s productivity as a whole.
“I feel like in a way, us doing solo things hurt us,” Raekwon the Chef said. “I never told nobody that — y’all niggas the first ones to know.
“When we had something so pure and so solid together, it could’ve been structured more togetherly,” Raekwon continued. “It could’ve been more stronger if we knew it had to stay like that. But when we allow[ed] each other to do us, some did better than others and when some did better than others, it caused a certain kind of reaction in the whole movement.”
Raekwon also said that while the creative fall-out wasn’t anyone’s fault necessarily, he did feel the success of some Wu member’s careers — and the lack-there-of of others — started to create a competitive environment.
“It wasn’t like nobody was trying to out-do each other, because we all was nice, it was just that some probably worked a little harder and some did more things and some was just playing his part,” he shared. “To me, when we did that, it kinda like put us in a more competitive situation with each other instead of focusing more strongly on the brand. The brand is so big just as a team, it’s like when we did that, it jumped into some ego shit – which normally happens, but what I’m just trying to say is if we would’ve stayed more tighter, we probably would’ve had about 30 albums right now.”
During the sitdown with Vlad TV, the New York native also discussed what it was like when the Wu first started to create music, stating, “What I really miss is that energy from my brothers. We were young, we were child stars at that time, but I miss being around niggas and laughing in the studio.”
Despite Raekwon’s believes, the group is expected to release a new album this year to celebrate their 20th anniversary. —Christian Mordi