While two Queens fans are just US$4,986,000 away from raising the funds necessary to purchase Wu-Tang Clan‘s one-of-a-kind new album, A Better Tomorrow, Clan leader RZA has revealed that the album may not see release, issuing an ultimatum to member Raekwon to decide the LP’s fate.
“The album is slated to come out in July,” the Wu-Tang founder told Sports Illustrated. “If we don’t come to terms [with Raekwon], I think, within the next 30 days, then this will either be an album without Raekwon or an album that never sees the light of day. And that’s a very strong potential.”
“I would not want to put out a Wu-Tang album without every live member available,” he said. “At the same time, I don’t want the fans not to have this incredible music that we’ve been workin’ on for the last year. So that’s gonna be a tough decision, but we’ve got about 30 days to make that decision.”
The rift between Raekwon and the rest of the group has been highly publicised. Back in November, RZA told Arsenio Hall that Raekwon was responsible for holding up the release of a new LP, but made it clear that there was no bad blood between the two and “nothing but brotherly love.”
Meanwhile, Raekwon recently told Rolling Stone that he is “on strike” from the Wu-Tang Clan, claiming that RZA was “not in the music world no more” and that contracts still needed to be settled. The rapper suggested that it was “time for a new f-cking game plan” for the legendary group.
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