Wu Tang Clan's U-God: Kanye Should 'Come Back to Earth'

Rapper blasts 'Yeezus,' praises Kendrick Lamar

U-God of Wu-Tang Clan performs in New York City.
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July 22, 2013 3:35 PM ET

Wu-Tang Clan member U-God has some blunt words for his hip-hop peers, especially the dynamic duo of Kanye West and Jay Z.

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"Tell him there's no sound in space," he told Huffington Post of West's raw, electronic-heavy album Yeezus. "He's got to come back on planet Earth. Space is a vacuum. There's no sound in space. Earth is where it's at. Come back down baby, come back." He also gave props to Jay for being "in a creative zone," though he considers the recent Magna Carta. . . Holy Grail a "transitional album."

However, he proved much more positive about the young guns of modern hip-hop, calling Kendrick Lamar his "little man." He added,"Kendrick got my blood boiling like that, too. He has that spark, like, oooh."

He also dished out praise for Drake and Lil Wayne. "There's a long list of younger brothers coming up. There are just certain dudes that when they spit. . . it just triggers something in me. That's how you're supposed to do it," he enthused. "Lil' Wayne has my blood boiling too – he be saying some fly shit. Drake, too, man. . . Everyone who is in touch with their individuality, I enjoy it. That's what hip-hop is about."

U-God's fourth solo album, The Keynote Speaker – which features appearances from Wu-Tang members GZA, RZA and Method Man – is set for release on July 23rd on Soul Temple Records. He said of it, "I'm talking like Obama and saying my speech, like someone giving a piece of his mind and his element." The full, reunited Wu-Tang will release a new album, A Better Tomorrow, later this year. 

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