Logic kept his promise to “assemble the Clan like Voltron” on his latest album, YSIV, which dropped Thursday night. “Wu Tang Forever” features appearances from RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Cappadonna, and Jackpot Scotty Wotty.
Predictably, the eight-minute song has its highs and lows. For example, Ghostface rapping “We wear robes that you can’t even pronounce-iate / We eat foods where you can’t even pronounce you ate” is fun, amazing, please more of that. RZA spewing nonsense like, “Cake in the oven, Superbad like McLovin huggin’ all four boroughs,” on the other hand, is groan-inducing enough to make you wonder whether listening to the track was actually worth it.
In a fan experience video, Logic describes how his friends encouraged the Maryland rapper to call RZA and ask for Wu-Tang Clan to reunite for YSIV.
“I was like, ‘Yo listen, I got some crazy ass shit I want to ask you, it’s going to sound fucking wild. I don’t know what you’re going to say,'” Logic explained. “‘I’ve always wanted to do a song called “Wu Tang Forever,” it was dream of mine, and to feature every single Wu-Tang Clan member. What do I have to do to make that happen?'”
According to Logic, his answer was simple: “All you gotta do is ask, baby.”
Logic’s “Wu Tang Forever” isn’t to be confused with Drake’s 2013 song “Wu-Tang Forever.” The Staten Island group was supposed to appear on Graham’s “It’z Yourz”-sampling song, but the collaboration never materialized. In 2014, U-God explained to MTV News the rushed nature of the remix.
“I guess we came too hard for him; he wanted us to talk about broads,” U-God said. “We had to write it real fast. No lie, I probably had about six hours to write this thing. At the time, I wasn’t feeling woman-y — I was feeling hard as nails. So, I wrote him a hard as nail rhyme, and we was talking about something totally different, so the subject matter didn’t really mesh.”
Apparently, Logic was a better fit.