Raekwon to Release Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang in September

Raekwon to Release <i>Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang</i> in September
Wu-Tang Clan MC Raekwon is still riding high after last year's much-loved Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II. The rapper has already dropped his Cocainism Vol. 2 mixtape and now he's planning his next release, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang, which is due out in September.

While the tracklist and exact release date haven't yet been announced, Vibe reports that Raekwon has recruited four members of Wu-Tang Clan to appear on the album: Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck and GZA. Other guests include the Roots' Black Thought and Raheem DeVaughn.

Raekwon told Vibe that DeVaughn's contribution "sounds like Curtis Mayfield over a Shaolin track." RZA won't be appearing on the album, although Raekwon assured fans, "It's not about beef."

The rapper didn't confirm or deny whether his rumoured Eminem collaboration would be part of the collection.

As for another possible guest appearance, Consequence of Sound points to a recent tweet in which Raekwon revealed that he had met up with Nas and hinted, "theres alot more collabos in the works for us."

Shaolin vs. Wu Tang gets its title from the 1981 kung fu film of the same name. The film was the inspiration for the Wu-Tang Clan's name, and the group used audio clips from the film in 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

According to AllHipHop.com's 2007 interview with Ghostface Killah, Shaolin vs. Wu Tang was originally planned as a full Wu-Tang album.

In an interview with The Fader, Raekwon said, "I'm putting this on the level of Cuban Linx 2, y'know what I mean. And I know that's kind of ill to say, but I'm in my zone right now, and I'm confident, and I'm not going away from what I created."

He added, "Anybody who really wants to know what time it is about this, go check out the Shoalin vs. Wu Tang karate flick and smoke a couple of blunts or get your drink on, or if you ain't into none of that, just check it out."

You can see a clip of the film below or listen to his Cocainism Vol. 2 mixtape here.