C.R.E.A.M.: Wu-Tang Clan Members Receive Money Via A Tiered Pay Scale
The Wu-Tang Clan really runs itself like a business. It was recently revealed that when it comes to the members being paid, there is a tiered pay scale. So the higher up you are in the ranks, the more you get paid. And the members confirmed this to be so in various interviews with the website Hip Hop DX as the long-running rap crew readies for the release of their new album “A Better Tomorrow.”
This of course doesn’t sit well with all the members. According to Wu member Cappadonna, Raekwon The Chef, Method Man, GZA, The RZA, and Ghostface make up the upper tier, reports Business Insider.
“It’s a system that was developed within our system to bring a certain status to individuals. That was the most stagnant part of the building and structuring of this album. We had to deal with that. Even until the last minute, brothers had to overcome our differences in order to make it work. But there’s still an upper tier. I don’t know if that’s gonna affect anything in our future plans, but that’s what it is,” said Cappadonna.
However the RZA says in a separate interview that he is not in the upper tier and that he’s not very happy with the system:
“I think it came from a third party, one of our solo managers maybe. But when it penetrated I was like, ‘Yo, that really don’t make no sense.’ In that case just give me the most money … But as far as me going along with it, I was like, ‘Yo, I’ll put myself on a lower-tier and y’all could try it for a year if y’all want.’ … So, we actually tried it for a year and I think we’re gonna have to vote on that again. That has to be talked about.”
One reason the tired system might have been put into place is that the number of Wu members has been known to swell, although generally it is about 10 members. Other regular members of the group (and probably a few in the lower tier) are Cappadonna, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, and U-God, according the group’s website. We wonder where the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, whose estate still must receive royalties and a cut from merchandising, lands on the list.