News: Raekwon Narrows Date For Joint Album W/ Method Man & Ghostface Killah

Thursday, Dec 31, 2009 2:00PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon has given the latest update on his delayed Method Man and Ghostface Killah joint album and said fans should prepare for its release early next year.

According to Raekwon, the long-awaited project is almost ready for retail release.

"Everything is a go from what I'm hearing," he said in an interview. "It's a record that's gonna come out on Def Jam so...I really don't have too much knowledge on it. I spoke to [Method Man] and he's telling me by the middle of February the album should be already solidified. So, that's what I'm hoping [is] gonna happen. We'll see what Def Jam [will] do. I'm just coming in as a piece on the board just to really go in and do what I gotta do. But we gon' see how they handle the business with that album...We still got more things that we wanna do. We ain't never wrapped. We gon' definitely make sure that we really give y'all a tight album, and [make sure that] everybody's opinions and criticisms account for this record." (Hip Hop DX)

Raekwon recently confirmed past reports of the project being delayed through 2010.

"We wanted that pushed back, I fought for that because I felt that it wasn't enough time, the chemistry is still boiling," Raekwon explained in an interview. "When you think about us putting something together, it's gotta be stupid so my brothers are respecting my feelings on it, I'm respecting their feelings on it, we all saying the same sh*t so. At the end of the day, when yall get the album, enjoy it and get ready for some other sh*t." (57th Ave)

Reports of the album being delayed spread online last month.

"[Redman's] Reggie Noble 9 1/2 and the forthcoming Method Man, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah´s album are moving to an early 2010 release date," she wrote in a statement. "Stay tuned for an announcement of the official release dates." Both projects were slated to arrive into retail stores next month with Wu arriving for the holiday shopping season on December 22nd, but will now be pushed back until next year. (Press Release)

From Wu-Tang frontman RZA's perspective, the threesome's group album is long overdue.

"I think it's a great idea," RZA said of Raekwon, Ghostface and Method Man teaming up. "I was pushing that idea to them years ago. Back in the day, we was gonna have a branch called 'The Brothers From the Grain' that was kinda those guys right there. I'm gonna see Meth tonight in the studio to see if I could add on something to that project. Add some depth to it. They are three of the most prolific voices in Wu-Tang...We're at a period of life, if anybody from Wu-Tang needs me, I'm there for them. Everybody has grown and matured to where we don't need each other." (MTV)

The new group album is slated to drop Tuesday, February 9th.

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