Wu-Tang Clan made an appearance on The Daily Show the other day to discuss their new album A Better Tomorrow dropping this November. During the interview RZA touches on the reason for the album name and also discusses what they hope to accomplish by releasing their debut project this fall.
“We’re all striving for a better tomorrow,” RZA said. “Wu-Tang, we all have something in common with each other, a brotherhood, a respect. When we say a better tomorrow, we’re striving to make a better tomorrow for ourselves, but also to inspire a better tomorrow for the world.”
Just a few months ago, a Wu-Tang Clan reunion would have been unlikely due to differences between members Raekwon and Wu-Tang’s front man RZA. In a related interview RZA was quoted as saying,
“I wanna clear one thing up on the Raekwon thing because the newest article in Rolling Stone, Raekwon says that I’m a bold-face liar, right? Which I’m far from,” RZA said at the time. “I don’t need to lie. Okay, I’m a grown man…But what happened was I did an interview a few weeks ago that just came out later. And I guess when it came out, he read it then, but I spoke to Raekwon about eight days ago. But the interview was probably 14 or 16 days ago. So, he says in his interview ‘RZA’s a liar. He spoke to me.’ No, when I did the interview brother, I didn’t speak [to you]. I hadn’t spoken to him in six months before that. Until recently. Last time I saw that brother was on tour in the summer. So, we didn’t get a chance to chop up the ideas of what I’m trying to do.
“But then we did speak a few days ago,” he added. “About six, seven days ago. And he gave me his demands. Which we presented to the company. Like ‘Yo, this is his demands.’ If they can be reached they can be reached. It they can’t they can’t. And if they can’t then we gotta reevaluate what we’re gonna do. But it was no lying there. And the only thing I would say is that I would respect if—like when I read something that Rae say I don’t really take it as if he said it cause he didn’t say it to me. I don’t know what these writers write…So, I wanted to say to all our Wu brothers that we should never take this press and media on face value. We can easily reach out to each other and get the facts. Don’t read the facts. Hear it right from the source.”
Since then, the two reconciled their differences in May and decided to move forward with the project. I’m glad they worked everything out. I think Hip Hop is in need of A Better Tomorrow.