« On the eve of the release of the Staten Island, N.Y., group’s last album, 2007’s « 8 Diagrams, » Wu-Tang rapper Raekwon went public in a minor mutiny and expressed his dissatisfaction with the album’s production, which was being overseen by RZA.
« That wounded me, » RZA said over the phone in California. « And that made me just . . . do more push-ups. »
After the release of « 8 Diagrams, » the rest of the members of the Wu-Tang Clan toured the country without RZA and refused to perform any songs from the new album.
This is why RZA said he’s done doing business — but may still collaborate musically — with the Wu-Tang Clan: You can’t have millions of dollars invested in an album and then not promote it.
« Once you’re in the ring, you’ve got to fight, » RZA said in his distinctive sleepy drawl.
He’s not sure if « 8 Diagrams » will be the last Wu-Tang album, but after the debacle, he took an offer from KOCH Records to make another record as his alter ego, Bobby Digital.
« I kind of got the hip-hop vengeance in me, » he said. »