News: Raekwon On "Wu Massacre" Importance, "It Helps Keep The W Flag Up High"
Friday, Feb 19, 2010 3:45PM
Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon recently spoke on the importance of his upcoming Wu Massacre album and how it will help maintain his rap group's relevance in hip-hop.
Speaking on the project, Rae also detailed why he decided to do the project with Method Man and Ghostface Killah.
"I'd say probably four or five months ago," Rae said about the album's recording process. "We just wanted to make another album that really represents our brand, which is the W. When you think of Wu-Tang, we've been in the business for damn near almost, what, 17 years? We just want to make sure that people still know that we didn't go nowhere -- musically, passionately about hip-hop. When you get records like this, it helps keep the W flag up high. You know what I mean? Like the American flag. We gotta take care of that flag. It was something that was going to happen sooner or later. Us three, we always work good together throughout the years. On a lot of records, me, Ghost, and Meth was always next to each other. If you look at [the Wu-Tang Clan] as being the Lakers, we are the MVPs of the team." (Entertainment Weekly)
A tracklisting for the album landed online earlier this week.
Wu Massacre: 1. Criminology 2.5 featuring Raekwon and Ghostface Killah 2. Mef vs. Chef 3. Ya Moms Skit 4. Smooth Sailing Remix featuring Ghostface Killah, Method Man & Solomon Child 5. Our Dreams 6. Gunshowers featuring Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck and Cappadonna 7. Dangerous featuring Raekwon, Method Man and Ghostface Killah 8. Pimpin' Chipp 9. How To Pay Rent Skit featuring Tracy Morgan 10. Miranda 11. Youngtown Heist 12. Breaka Breaka "Its That Wu Sh*t" 13. Made Men (Bonus) (Rap Radar)
Last month, a MySpace posting from Ghostface's website reached out to fans for help in choosing the album name.
"We Need a Group Name!!!!!," the message read last night (January 8). "Help us out! As you know Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Reakwon are teaming up for an album dropping very soon, but Meth, Rae & Ghost need a name 4 the group. Txt MethRaeGhost to 66937 to name the band! If they chose UR name U can be in the liner notes (Ghostface Killah's MySpace)
Raekwon recently said a mid-February release was being considered.
"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)
Check out Raekwon speaking with SOHH about the album last year: