After regrouping for The W, the Wu-Tang Clan is about to fire another round of solo albums, as at least six members of the New York rap mob are in the studio or heading that way.
Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, Cappadonna and U-God are all expected to release albums by year’s end.
First to drop will be Cappadonna’s The Yin and Yang, due March 27. The record features production work by Jermaine Dupri, Alchemist, Neonek, Goldfing, and Wu-Tang Clansmen RZA and Inspectah Deck, according to Capp’s Epic A&R representative. The first single will be “Supermodel,” featuring a guest rap by Ghostface Killah. Feisty rapper Da Brat also drops in for the Dupri-produced “We Know.” Other song titles include “Star Wars,” “Love Is the Message,” “The Grits,” “Cut in Class,” “Bread of Life” and “Revenge.”
Raekwon and Ghostface Killah initially planned to record a joint disc, but they’re now each tracking a solo album.
Ghost is recording the follow-up to last year’s Supreme Clientele in a variety of locations, including New York and Florida. The tentatively titled Cuban Linx II: Bulletproof Wallets will feature production work by RZA and appearances by additional Clansmen. The first single will likely be the club track “Good Times.”
Raekwon recently began recording his third LP in a Manhattan studio, a Loud Records spokesperson said. The album may share the same Cuban Linx II title as Ghost’s disc, but with a different subtitle. Cuban Linx II, which refers to a type of gold chain, is a takeoff on Raekwon‘s 1995′s album, Only Built for Cuban Linx.
Method Man will head into the studio after he finishes filming a movie called “How High” with Redman, his Def Jam publicist said. The tentatively titled Tical 0: The Prequel is expected to feature production work by RZA and guest rhymes by Redman. It is Method Man’s follow-up to 1998′s Tical 2000: Judgement Day.
Masta Killa, the only member of Wu-Tang who has not yet released a solo album, is expected to put out his debut later this year. Meanwhile, U-God should have his follow-up to 1999′s Golden Arms Redemption ready by late summer, Priority Records said.
Jailed Wu-Tang MC Ol’ Dirty Bastard recorded four or five songs with RZA and Wu-Tang affiliated producer John the Baptist while he was a fugitive late last year. Those songs are not scheduled for release any time soon, ODB’s Elektra spokesperson said.
The Wu-Tang Clan released its third collective LP, The W, in November. The Wu Tang Records label will issue Wu Chronicles Chapter 2, featuring various Wu collaborations and six unreleased tracks, on April 24.