Format: In the last 11-years, what has been the largest challenge, for you, in hip-hop?
Raekwon: No one is really trying to make an album that is really making an impression. People are really coming with the radio and commercial, and that kind of world. I know when I first started doing music I didn’t have any concern about how the media was going to take it, but it was more or less about the fans, but now it seems it’s more about the media too…A lot of motherfuckers don’t look at a dude’s talent and respect it for what it is. I think that’s what a lot of people need to start to understand, you say you want a person to grow but when they grow you don’t want them to grow, because you want what you want. It’s kind of like being selfish to the artist and at the same time being selfish to yourself for not letting the artist to have opportunity to show what he can do.

Format: Recently, Wu-Tang was honored at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, but Ghostface was missing, what’s the word on that?
Raekwon: To be honest and I’m not going to sugarcoat nothing, I don’t know where Ghost was at. In a way, it kind of hurt me, but you know brothers is grown and at the end of the day people will look at the things the way they look at them. Me, I was pissed off and he knows it. I look at it like, wow it’s your birthday homie and you’re not here for your birthday, wow.