RZA Explains Why He Didn’t Permit The Wu-Tang Clan To Work With Outside Producers During The Early Run

By Edem Latsu Nukafu

Robert Diggs known in private life prominently put together a “five-year plan” at the commencement of the Wu-Tang Clan‘s run. Now, he has provided an explanation for why his beats were so important to that vision.

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Elsewhere in the convo, RZA shared how the crowd reaction to early Wu bangers was something he was very intentional about.

“If you pay attention to Hip Hop and you listen to Wu, one thing you may recognize is that a Wu joint will come on, and nobody won’t dance. Everybody [will] listen,” he let out.

“That’s because I didn’t want you to dance. I want you to listen. And that means that while a lot of producers was producing for the club, and trying to make people dance and produce a radio hit, I was producing for Hip Hop.”

Last month, RZA opened up on a different little-known aspect of the group’s past with Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg — how Method Man got his name.

The ace producer disclosed that Method Man only adopted the moniker after recording the track of the same name for the group’s debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

RZA uttered: “Method Man was Shakwon until he made that song — Shakwon the Panty Raider. Then, after he made that song, everybody in the hood called him Method Man.”

Method Man, whose government name is Clifford Smith, adopted the persona after the tune’s success.

“It was the concept because meth is w*ed. He’s the king of smoking w**d. So he’s the method man. A year later, he’s Method Man,” RZA proceeded.

Prince Rakeem also mentioned that it was a group decision for the name switch: “It was a conscious decision by us as a crew, but the streets did push it.”


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