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Wu-Tang’s U-God accuses RZA of failing the group

By | Published on Wednesday 21 March 2018

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan rapper U-God has published a new memoir in which he accuses the outfit’s producer RZA and his brother Divine – who is CEO of Wu-Tang Productions – of operating the group like a dictatorship. This, he says, has been to the wider collective’s detriment over the last 20 years.

In an excerpt from the book, published by Rolling Stone, U-God writes that initially the group was “an unstoppable unit … one for all and all for one … at least, that’s what we told ourselves”. However, as the group’s income began to dip, “members who were used to living crazy lifestyles started complaining about everyone’s fees being equal”.

“Right now, it just looks like the Wu brothers are not on the same page, going at each other’s throats, missing shows, and all that”, he goes on. “But, to me, it’s really years of BS catching up to RZA”.

He goes on to say that as RZA gradually took full creative control of Wu-Tang, his brother Divine failed to build a sustainable business for the group as a whole. In no small part, he blames this on a failure to sign the outfit with a large talent agency for their live work.

“In 25 years of being in the business, RZA has never placed the group at an A-list agency”, he says. “Instead, Divine has always placed us with these B- or C-list guys … I mean here we are, the Rolling Stones of hip hop, and we ain’t even got proper representation. Meanwhile, RZA’s always had A-list agents repping him personally. What the fuck is that all about?”

Read the full excerpt here. Or you can buy the whole book from Amazon here.