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Raekwon: Solo careers harmed Wu-Tang’s creativity

By | Published on Friday 3 February 2012

Wu-Tang Clan

Rapper Raekwon has said he feels that Wu-Tang Clan’s many solo projects meant the quality of their output as a group dropped off as their careers progressed. Which is probably a fair assessment.

He rambled thus on Vlad-TV: “I feel like in a way, us doing solo things hurt us. I never told nobody that. When we had something so pure and so solid together [at the beginning], it could’ve been structured more togetherly [later on] … if we knew it had to stay like that. But when we allow[ed] each other to [work on solo projects], some did better than others and when some did better than others, it caused a certain kind of reaction in the whole movement”.

He continued: “It wasn’t like nobody was trying to out-do each other, because we all was nice, it was just that some probably worked a little harder and some did more things and some was just playing his part. To me, when we did that, it kinda like put us in a more competitive situation with each other instead of focusing more strongly on the brand. The brand is so big just as a team, it’s like when we did that, it jumped into some ego shit – which normally happens, but what I’m just trying to say is if we would’ve stayed more tighter, we probably would’ve had about 30 albums right now”.

In that case, maybe it was a good thing they split off after all. I’m not sure recording 30 albums in 20 years would have helped their creativity much either. Anyway, watch Raekwon’s full interview here: