November 22, 2013


RZA Says Raekwon is Holding Up Completion of New Wu-Tang Album

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Johnny Nunez/WireImage

Here's some great and some awful news about Wu-Tang Clan's long-delayed new album, A Better Tomorrow. First the good: RZA told the AP he's about six weeks away from finishing work on Wu's sixth album.

And the bad? He still doesn't have Raekwon's verses and hasn't even heard from his crewmate.

"Everybody did their verses except Raekwon," RZA told the AP. "He hasn't turned in his verses yet. I don't know if he's still trying to find the vibe of the music. We have to talk about it before it becomes too late. But he hasn't come to the table yet."

The fact that Raekwon's verses haven't been turned in (and for all we know, have yet to be recorded) make that six-week completion time frame seem extremely optimistic. When the AP asked if he'd consider completing A Better Tomorrow sans Raekwon, RZA said, "That's something that I would take a vote on with the rest of the crew. I'm not a dictator about that."

Our vote? Wait until Raekwon is ready, even if that means a significant delay. Thankfully, it seems RZA is of the same mind: "Raekwon is a valuable energy to the Wu-Tang—his voice, his lyrics, his approach. Rae is a master lyricist."

In the meantime, at least RZA can focus his efforts on that collaborative album he's making with Interpol's Paul Banks.