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RZA speaks out about senseless Wu Tang Clan pay scale

by Pierce King . Published Wed 14 Jan 2015 13:23

The RZA has spoken out about the Wu-Tang Clan's pay scale, dubbing it senseless, but saying he is prepared to ride it out for the greater good of the group.

The Wu Tang Abbot, who guided the Clan to stardom in the early 90s with a 5 year master plan, has always made his views on the matter clear

RZA, who placed himself on the lower tier, believes the pay scale is fundamentally flawed, because the upper earners will always want to earn more.

He said: “When it penetrated I was like, ‘Yo, that really don’t make no sense,’”

“In that case just give me the most money. If you wanna just go stupid like that. But what I’ma do with that?”

"I put myself on the lower tier,” RZA says, “because I don't agree with the concept. I said, let's go with the lower tier, and I'll stay here for a year, and you upper-tier guys go get yours.

"The upper tier started wanting to go a little upper.

"There's no end to it once you start something like that."

He added that he hopes the pay scale ends soon, because he sees all the members of the Wu-Tang Clan as equals. But he wants to respect the process.

"It's a democracy so I go with the votes.

RZA also discussed the secret Wu-Tang album, The Wu: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. He confirms that the highest offer was $5 million, but Wu-Tang Clan has given the album to auction house Paddle8.

He said: "These are a group of guys that see the vision of what we're doing.

"They respect the idea of music being returned to art. That’s the most important thing about anything we do. If you collaborate with somebody that understands your vision, then the vision can be achieved."


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