RZA Says He's Proud Of Drake's "Wu-Tang Forever"
Wu-Tang Clan's RZA says he helped Drake clear a sample on "Wu-Tang Forever" for free and that he appreciates the song.
Wu-Tang Clan's RZA says he is happy to hear Drake's "Wu-Tang Forever," according to the producer-rapper's recent interview with Rolling Stone.
"I appreciate it," RZA said. "He sent me song because they couldn't clear the sample. So I did it myself, personally, for free. Free of charge. Because to me, that's what we meant when we said, 'Wu-Tang is forever.' We didn't think we were going to live forever. We meant that the energy of what we do would spread on in culture, generation by generation. And by Drake absorbing it and having that influence in his life and having it be a part of him, it proves what I'm saying. And I'm really proud that he chose that rap."
Other members of Wu-Tang Clan have also endorsed Drake's "Wu-Tang Forever," which takes its title from Wu-Tang Clan's 1997 double-album, Wu-Tang Forever.
"At the end of the day, regardless of what, we were mentioned in a great way," Raekwon said in a recent interview with MTV. "He named the title of his song after brothers, so however you did it, at the end of the day, it's still love. It's still respect there. I still thought the record was a great record, regardless of what. It ain't nothin' rude about the record, nothin' disrespectful. It's all love. Hey, I'm for it."
U-God also endorsed the track, saying he is a part of the selection's remix.
"I put my verse in it," U-God said during a recent interview with MTV. "I'm too rough. I'm too raw...I had to write my dart fast. Being down with the Clan, it gave me the skill to write fast and precise with the dart. At one time, I had to be like that in order to get a slot on the mic. You had to be swift, hard and to the point...So, I had to do the same thing. We only had two hours in the studio to write this joint 'cause we was on tour when we got the record. I didn't hear the beat 'til I got there, so I didn't get a chance to marinate with it. So I just threw my dart how I felt. I was saying some murderous ish. I was saying some rawness. And now that I listen to the joint now, I'm like, 'Damn, he was talking 'bout a broad.' I might've been too rough for y'all, man."
Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck, however, has been critical of Drake's song title.
"I don't even know how to take it, my brother," Deck said in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. "I just felt it don't need to be 'Wu-Tang Forever.' It should be called 'It's Yourz,' if that's the case. That's what the hook seems to be. That's what the main basis of the rhyme seems to be. So you can call it 'It's Yourz' and it would have the same impact. But to call it Wu Tang Forever'...unless the song is about the Clan like that, then it's cool. I'm like, 'Yo, if there's a remix coming out, it got brothers on it and you just wanted to leak this one first and then come back with the Clan in that strategy, that's not the understanding that brothers had in the beginning."