Ice Cube, Mack 10, Scarface, Snoop Dogg, MC Ren, Nate Dogg and Case have all collaborated with Westside Connection member WC on his second solo album, Ghetto Heisman, which comes out October 22.
While the album’s first single, “The Streets,” features Nate Dogg and Snoop (see “WC Holds Ghetto Olympics With Snoop Dogg And Nate Dogg” ), it originally included rapping by Xzibit.
“My record was dropping the same time that Xzibit was dropping his single on the air,” WC explained. “And Nate Dogg was on both of the choruses. So it was hard for us to really drop it at the same time. So I wrote another verse replacing Xzibit’s and I kept Snoop’s on there.”
Other songs on the album include “Let’s Make a Deal,” “Tears of a Killa,” “Something 2 Live 4″ and “Flirt,” featuring Case, which will be the disc’s second single.
Ghetto Heisman was produced by a host of talent including Battlecat, Scott Storch, Crazy Toones, Rick Rock and Bucwild. The album will be the rapper’s first for Def Jam, where he landed after his last record company was folded into Universal, and he couldn’t be happier at his new home.
“I feel that finally I can get that look that I deserve, [but that] throughout all my career I never got,” WC said. “And I know that with that comes solid material.”
WC first surfaced in 1989 as a member of the group Low Profile. Two years later he released the first of three albums by WC and the MAAD Circle, Ain’t a Damn Thang Changed. In 1995 he joined Westside Connection with Ice Cube and Mack 10 and the next year they released their debut, Bow Down. While Westside Connection are not officially working on an album, they plan to record together in the future and have some performance dates coming up.
“We got about two or three shows lined up that we pop up and do within the next two months or so,” WC said. ” ‘Cause lately we been working on each other’s projects. And a lot of people, they hear us on a record together, and they say, ‘Damn, can we just get you to come in and do a show or something?’ We just testing the waters to see the crowd’s reaction, and the reactions have been real big. But Cube’s doing his thing with the movies, Mack is doing his thing, and I’m doing mine.”
WC’s debut solo record, The Shadiest One, was released in 1998 and featured appearances by Cube, Mack 10, E-40 and Too Short, among others.
“That album was on fire,” he said, “it just really didn’t get the look that it deserved.”