News: T.I. & Raekwon Heat Up The New Year W/ Free Mixtapes
Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 10:21AM
Grammy-winning rapper T.I. and Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon are helping bring in the new year by releasing fresh New Year's Day full-length mixtapes.
Both hip-hop stars unleashed their newest music projects, F*ck Da City Up and Unexpected Victory, after weeks of anticipation.
After releasing the Young Jeezy-featured title track on his @TIP Twitter account a few hours early as a preview, T.I. dropped the star-studded F--- Da City Up mixtape at midnight. The Atlanta rapper's first project since leaving prison this fall sees him dropping hungry rhymes alongside the likes of Nelly, 2 Chainz, Future, Pusha T, and fellow Grand Hustle all-stars Young Dro and B.o.B, amongst others. Raekwon wouldn't be outdone with his mixtape Unexpected Victory. Though the disc was initially slated to hit the e-streets on Christmas Day, the Wu-Tang clansman delivered with his own collection of special guests. Victory features Mobb Deep, L.E.P. Bogus Boys, Styles P, and Busta Rhymes assisting with the rhymes, while The Olympicks, 9th Wonder and Statik Selektah lead the roster of producers. (RapFix)
Raekwon took to his Twitter page to let nearly 300,000 followers know of the project's release.
"Happy wu year everybody, hope everyone is enjoying the tape Bc I made it for y'all! #UnExpectedVictory," Rae tweeted New Year's Day. (Raekwon's Twitter)
Along with providing a link, Tip asked his 1.4 million Twitter followers for their opinion on the mixtape.
"[Mixtape] @Tip - #F*ckDaCityUp :: Get It LIVE! http://livemixtap.es/fdcu @LiveMixtapes," he tweeted New Year's Day.
"What y'all think of the mixtape?" (T.I.'s Twitter)
While Tip continues to work on his retail solo album, Rae recently hinted at a Wu-Tang tour taking shape.
Next year also marks the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Wu-Tang Clan, the legendary hip-hop group that first introduced the world to Raekwon, the rapper says that the collective has big plans. "We've been sitting around talking," he says. "We got something lined up. I can't speak on it yet because it's still confidential until it's actually solidified." (Billboard)
Check out F*ck Da City Up & Unexpected Victory below: