By Rob Markman
RZA's kung-fu film "The Man With the Iron Fists" arrives shortly, but before its November 2 release, the Wu-Tang Clan producer gathered a few of his closest friends for the soundtrack, dropping October 23.
Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Talib Kweli and the Black Keys will all appear on "The Man With the Iron Fists" soundtrack, along withKanye West. According to the track list, which was revealed byAllHipHop.com, 'Ye contributes a track called "White Dress" on the Wu-heavy LP.
Yeezy's affinity for the Wu and RZA's original brand of dusty hip-hop soul is no secret. 'Ye called on the Abbott to produce and appear on his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as well as contribute the beat for "New Day" to he and Jay-Z's unforgettable Watch the Throne.
The "Iron Fists" soundtrack will be released on RZA's new Soul Temple Records and be distributed through Stax/RED Distribution. "We went and got some of the Wu-Tang original songs...we took out a lot of stuff that was in it, and we re-orchestrated it," RZA is quoted as saying. "Stax also came onboard to help us out, and they gave me about 10 of their famous Stax cues, songs from William Bell, from Isaac Hayes, from Mable John. So you're going to have a great time listening to this movie as a soundtrack."
On Sunday, RZA gave fans a taste of what to expect on the soundtrack when he dropped the thumping street jam "Built For This" featuring Method Man, Freddie Gibbs and StreetLife.
"The Man With the Iron Fists" stars Russell Crow, Lucy Liu, Pam Grier and the RZA himself.