Raekwon recently released a book on his life entitled From Staircase to Stage: The Story of Raekwon and the Wu-Tang Clan and he speaks on drama surrounding his friend and Ghostface.
Raekwon sat down with Vladtv to speak on how all the pieces were put together to form the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. In the television series, Wu-Tang An American Saga, we see a dramatized version of the tumultuous relationship he had with Ghostface. In the interview with Valdtv, he discussed the rivalry of the regions where both men came from.
RZA and Ghostface Killah were two rappers with similar stories: they both grew up in the same housing project in Staten Island and even went to the same high school. When RZA started making music in the early ’90s, he and his roommate at the time, Ghostface Killah, decided to form a new hip-hop group called the Wu-Tang Clan.
Their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) put Wu-Tang Clan on the map, and made stars out of every member. Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, and GZA inked their own solo contracts not long afterward, and over the next few years they often alternated between making music with the group and releasing their own projects.
WU-TANG: AN AMERICAN SAGA STORYLINE
In Wu-Tang: An American Saga Season 2, it is shown that Raekwon and Ghostface Killah had a rivalry over a gunfire incident which might not be true in real life and there are chances it was penned only to build up the plot. However, the two starting off as enemies might be true. In an interview with the Breakfast Club in 2019, RZA did give a hint about it but without taking their names. In the interview, he said, “Staten Island is still an isolated island and later everyone moved to either Brooklyn or New Jersey — we did fight together.”
Check out the clip below with Raekwon.