I do so love being right! Even when my prediction wasn’t at all a stretch, and in fact was quite obvious, it’s still nice for it to be correct. So guess how many levels my self-righteousness increased by when I saw that Raekwon called his crew’s weak last album, A Better Tomorrow, “too soft”, and blamed the weird musical direction on Rza.
Raekwon said this in an interview appearing in the latest issue of NME, but I know all this from their handy news post. The operative quote is “That album felt kinda bored. And that’s not just my opinion. The music was just too soft. Too humble. I felt like the album could have been better. I voiced my opinion, like, ‘Yo, let’s give them some real shit!’ The album was driven more to [producer and fellow founding member] RZA’s expectations. He was coming from one way, we was wanting to try something new.”
So I pretty much called it (in the last paragraph of my review)! Rza’s wants one thing and the rest of the group wants another. Rae and unnamed others are calling the album soft. And I agree wholeheartedly. Especially in the “let’s give them some real shit” line, I think Rae was complaining that the album wasn’t gritty enough, it didn’t have enough of the Wu-Tang’s established sound or feeling.
Checks the links below if you haven’t been paying attention and want to see some more quotes and other people’s opinions, and explanation of what the hell is going on with the next Wu-Tang album that’s going to be sold as a one-of-a-kind work of art:
Complex has an interesting discussion of why the Clan is broken and when it happened. Despite what these guys said, it seems that the Clan is currently planning a tour, without Raekwon (for scheduling reasons).
Over at XXL, Method Man said “Fuck that album!” in reference to the Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album that will be sold to only one customer. He was very misinformed by XXL staff, as he explained to HuffPost Live, but I still think the whole story surrounding this album is interesting.
Don’t worry, more new reviews are coming. I’m almost done figuring out why I hate Ferg Forever, and I’m working on Cadillactica too.