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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.
Sometimes Solo artists and even band members want to branch off into new directions and when those talented folks hook up with other established artists to form a new group, its called a supergroup. And when they’re good, the music is even better than the sum of their talented parts. Check out some of our favorite solo artists who banned together to form groups and groups who broke up and formed new ones with other singers.
Making it in the music industry as a solo artist is hard enough but when there are two or more people in a group, tensions are bound to arise because mo’ money plus mo’ people equal mo’ problems. Although they made beautiful music together, these 15 popular rap and R&B groups just couldn’t set aside their differences in the long run.
Afrocentric alternative hip-hop group Arrested Development became very popular in the early 90’s. Founded by Speech and his former best friend, DJ Headliner, along with Dionne Farris and spiritual leader Baba Oje, they are best known for their song “Everyday People.” In 1993 the group won Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance. They were also tapped by Spike Lee to record a song for his “Malcolm X” biopic that same year. However, Arrested Development never eclipsed the success they had with their debut album. Their sophomore album was panned by critics and shortly after that the group broke up due to “creative differences.” The band patched things up four years later but things were never the same as they struggled to reclaim their popularity in the U.S. Today, the group continues to tour internationally and released their 10th album in 2012.