|© The Wu-Tang Corp.- 2004-03-09
They say it's lonely at the top. Just think what it feels like to be Voltron's head — when things don't go right, you're the first one looked at.
Last week, disgruntled Wu-Tang Clan member U-God candidly disclosed a history of what he described as in-studio callousness toward him by the RZA (see "Wu-Tang Clan's U-God Blames RZA For No New Wu Output"). Among other disparaging accusations, U-God said that the Wu's main producer caused a rift in the collective by playing favorites among its members.
The RZA responded late last week via the Wu-Tang sanctioned Web site www.wutangcorp.com: "U-Godzilla has a distorted memory of the Wu and his involvement. And for him to state that I dealt with separation is blasphemous, for it was my focus on unity that made us strong and successful. I don't deal with separation nor unrighteousness amongst my peers or my enemies."
RZA added that U-God's incarceration led to his rhymes not being as sharp as the others'.
Last Thursday, the two MCs were featured guests on Sway's Renegade Radio morning show on New York's Hot 97 — U-God in-studio, and RZA via phone. The Clansmen aired out their differences and at the end of the program agreed to meet up and talk.
After taking time to collect his thoughts, RZA weighed in with MTV News on Tuesday (March 9). He urged his brothers to all unite and asked for fans to forgive the group's public bickering.
"I would like to add that U-God is one of my oldest comrades in this life struggle, and if he has that much pressure on him to fabricate such stories, he should just call me or come see me and we can build," RZA said. "I'd like to ask for the Wu fans to pardon his error and pardon me for having to go into our history to clear the blaspheming of my name. U-God has stated on Hot 97 that his comments were a publicity stunt. What this all boils down to is the time for a Wu reunion is approaching fast and nature is making her call."
At least some of the Wu do not share U-God's ill feelings. Dirt McGirt is one who is staying especially allegiant to RZA, who is also his cousin. Dirty is done recording his album, and RZA has produced six cuts on the LP (see "ODB's Roc-A-Fella Deal Rocks The Boat For Some Wu Members"). There are several posse cuts with other members of the crew.
RZA also gave props to Dirty as being the one who sparked the idea of bringing the Clan to Dr. Dre's Aftermath label. RZA said on the Web site that a deal is currently being worked out.