RZA regrets never getting the team together for a Drake remix.
More than a few old head eyebrows shot up when Drake decided to name a song “Wu-Tang Forever.” It seemed to be a direct challenge to the sort of people who might hate on current hip-hop in favor the grimy, New York rap of yesteryear over the current radio hits. According to the RZA, though, none of those side-eyes came from the eyeballs of the Wu-Tang Clan. In fact, the Shaolin masters were willing to jump on a remix of the track to really hammer home the idea that the Wu is forever.
RZA backed up the rumor, forwarded by U-God in the days after the song’s release, that the Clan were trying to jump on a remix with the Toronto rapper. However, the group was on tour at the time and the remix eventually fell by the wayside.
“That should of happened,” he said in an interview with Power 106. “First of all I want to shout Drake out. I think he threw an alley oop to us right there and I think we missed it.”
RZA added that he wasn’t hoping to get a boost off of Drake — considering the Wu-Tang’s ability to continuously perform on their name, they don’t need it — but he clearly holds an old wrestler’s view of bigging up the next generation of rappers. Jumping on “Wu-Tang Forever” would have been the group’s way of going out on their back.
He said that rap veterans have a duty to work with younger artists and “rekindle that fire” for the future of hip-hop. I guess the ODB was right when he said “Wu-Tang is for the children.”
The Shkreli Thing
Wu-Tang has largely been in the news in recent years due to an unwanted connection to the most-hated man on the internet. Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli bought their one-of-a-kind album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin and the group has admitted to regretting the sale.
It seems like Shkreli has regrets as well. He’s attempting to sell the album, likely for a loss, because of the negative attention it brought to him.
“This is the one and only Wu-Tang album,” he wrote in the eBay listing for an album he spent $2 million for. “I decided to purchase this album as a gift to the Wu-Tang Clan for their tremendous musical output. Instead I received scorn from at least one of their (least-intelligent) members, and the world at large failed to see my purpose of putting a serious value behind music. I will be curious to see if the world values music nearly as much as I have. I have donated to many rock bands and rappers over the years to ensure they can continue to produce their art when few others would.”
RZA apparently attempted to buy the album back himself but was faced with legal difficulties.
Listen to the whole interview up top to hear RZA talk about the creation of the Wu-Tang symbol and a conversation with Kanye West, in addition to all the Drizzy talk. According to the RZA, we should expect Yeezy to be hitting the studio in the near future. Well, he said the rapper’s “about to get busy.” Considering Ye’s numerous extracurriculars, that could honestly be anything from new music to clothes for dogs.
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