Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon has inked a multi
album deal with IceWater, becoming Chief Creative Officer of the newly formed
multimedia company. The company executives include members of Raekwon’s
camp, along with top executives from Los Angeles based labels Vocab Records
and Goodvibe Recordings.
IceWater’s first order of business is to
drop Raekwon’s hotly anticipated third solo LP. IceWater is finalizing
a major label deal with Universal Records.
According to Vocab and IceWater joint founder
Eric “Big E” Hochstein, Raekwon’s next effort will be a banger.
“This record will be on some classic Cuban
Linx shit and will put Rae back where he always deserved to be in hip-hop,”
Big E told AllHipHop.com. “We are planning to make this record a modern
day classic which will have features from all of his brothers from the Clan,
along with many more special surprise guests.”
Big E also said IceWater plans to release additional
projects which Raekwon likely will executive produce. Selected tracks have already
been completed for Raekwon’s IceWater debut, which should hit stores in
the second quarter of this year.
One of those joints is “Smith Bros,”
currently garnering spins on Hot 97 and other prominent radio outlets. While
many listeners of this popular, promo only cut contend its title to be “Won’t
Stop,” Big E confirms it’s “Smith Bros,” named after the
song’s production team. Big E expects the record to be commercially available
on vinyl soon.
In other Raekwon news, the Chef will be featured
on Vocab Records’ debut full length, a producer LP from Philly’s Chops
of Mountain Brothers fame.
Other guests on that effort include Bahamadia,
Planet Asia, Talib Kweli, Grand Agent and Ras Kass. That album should hit store
shelves in late April.