News: Raekwon Explains "OB4CL2" LP Cover, "This Is For The Traditional Real N*ggas" [Video]
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2009 12:00PM
Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon has confirmed reports of his new Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 album cover recreating the image from his 1995 classic.
Speaking in an interview from his Canada hotel room, the "Chef" also touched on his overall anticipation for the project's release.
"Glad to see y'all n*ggas once again," Raekwon said in an interview. "Y'all know what I do. The album is coming out September 8th, I told y'all. I appreciate the support on that. That mean a lot to me. September 8th, we will give y'all n*ggas the business, we will let you know that real hip-hop is still in the building. You know, coming from my perspective, it's like, I just feel I'm just happy. I'm just excited. You see we did the motherf*cking album cover. You see how I did that, I did that a certain kinda way so y'all would know that this is for the traditional real n*ggas that been supporting everything I've been doing. We wanted to go back and give y'all a brief synopsis of how we did it back without a record deal. So yeah, that's the sh*t right there." (IceWaterTV)
The project's artwork spread online last week which showed both Raekwon and Ghostface Killah.
Yay! Raekwon and his brother DomPerrion sent over an exclusive look at the cover of the album I've been anticipating for a very long time -- Only Built for Cuban Linx Part II. And in a hat tip to all the Purple-tape-Purists out there, Rae enlisted Ghostface and the original OB4CL cover photographer Danny Hastings to recreate the classic for the new sequel. Nice! (Miss Info)
He confirmed the album's pushback to September via Twitter earlier this week.
"Peace yall just seen the last visual of the Walk wit me video and its classic," he wrote Monday (July 6). "will be giving ya a teaser real soon! In the booth just recording some new records ya know i might drop 3lps before this yrs out i got to catch up But its bout OB4CL2 RIGHT NOW! Im just putting myself back where i belong! And that on Top! Yea but who heard bout that Mef, GHOST & RAE ALBUM, wht ya think bout that! ... Sept 8, the album will be out, but im on my way to nyc im shooting 2 more videos this week yall im doing this album for the fans!" (Raekwon's Twitter)
He previously said Linx 2 would come out next month.
"The only collateral I can give you is my word," he said in an interview. "I'm a man of my word. I know a lot of people is doubting this project is even existing. Y'all helped me eat for years -- I would never play with y'all. That's why I been giving ya'll free music. I look at it like you said, 'Yo, you got me waiting, can I get a f*cking soda? Can I get a juice? Can I get a f*cking sandwich?' And that's my way of giving back. But I do have to make sure that my I's is dotted and my T's is crossed. August 11 is official. That's the final destination for the album. Get ready." (NY Mag)
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 is scheduled to hit stores Tuesday, September 8th via EMI.
Check out Raekwon's video below: