Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA has given bandmate Raekwon a 30-day deadline to end his recording "strike" with the group or risk the wrath of fans when a much-anticipated album is tossed aside.
RZA brought the collective back together to record tracks for A Better Tomorrow, which he started working on last year (13), but now the release is in jeopardy because Raekwon has refused to be a part of it.
In a new interview with Sports Illustrated, RZA insists there may be no new album if his former rap pal insists on staying away from the studio.
RZA says, "The album is slated to come out in July. If we don't come to terms in the next 30 days, then this will either be an album without Raekwon or an album that never sees the light of day. That's a strong potential, because I would not want to put out a Wu-Tang album without every live member available".
In a recent RollingStone.com interview, Raekwon explained he was "on strike" from the Wu-Tang Clan because he's unhappy with the direction of the group's new music.
He told the publication, "We created something that wound up being so big, it has to sit on a certain kind of podium. It has to be sitting up there shining... I love my fans. I would never give them something that I feel is not a hit or a win..".
Raekwon insisted he will never leave the group, but he will not be involved in new recordings, stating, "I'm in a limbo situation... I am on strike. It ain't (sic) the fact that I don't want to be there. Because of course I want to be there. But if we're there, we gotta do the best everything".