Raekwon and Ice Water Prep Debut Album, RZA Speaks on 8 Diagrams

rae-icewater.jpgWu-Tang vet Raekwon is preparing to release the new album, Polluted Water, from his Staten Island based Ice Water crew this August on Babygrande Records. After making appearances on Rae’s 2002 LP, The Lex Diamond Story, and joining the Chef on his nationwide tour, the four-man crew is finally ready to bring their work to a broader audience. According to Rae, he has spent the past few years grooming MC’s Polite, Stomach, Paulie Caskets and Donnie Cash for primetime and now he feels the time is right. “I’m training these pits,” Rae said in a statement. “I’ve got them on the treadmill, and I’m beating ‘em, feedin’ ‘em hot sauce and steaks, so they’re ready for this industry.” Polluted Water is due in stores on August 28, and features appearances from Method Man, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Remy Ma and Three 6 Mafia.In related news, The RZA recently shared some details about the highly anticipated Wu-Tang album 8 Diagrams with Billboard.com. Although he usually handles the bulk of the production work for the Wu’s projects, the Abbot explained that he has employed some outside production talent for the new LP, but declined to reveal just who he had been sharing the boards with. He also mentioned that 8 Diagrams will include a tribute to ODB called “Life Changes,” and possibly a vintage skit featuring the late Wu member that was recorded during the Enter the 36 Chambers sessions. Other tracks to look out for are a still untitled joint featuring Q-Tip that could be the album’s first single, and “Thug World,” for which RZA recruited System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian. “Campfire,” “We Got This” and “You Can’t Stop Me Now” are also tracks that will appear on the album.
  • LLLIM

    wu album shud b good

  • LLLIM

    sure i heard sumwer dr dre mite b on it 2

  • ANDREW

    I WILL COP IT

  • Atl’s own

    Next!

  • Caine

    So this is da bullshit ya’ll waitin on to “Bring New York back”?…HAHAHAHA! Get real…

  • diaz

    no one’s as ill as diaz,
    i’m dead serious,
    even tho you’re laughin like ticklish hyeenas

    hit me up at myspace.com/diazhyeenaz

  • TheRefriedMexican

    Another Wu album? Does anybody care about the Wu anymore?

  • NY Will be back

    NY is coming back, when saigon drops the greatest story never told, it’s gonna shut everything down. There’s nothing coming from the south that’s gonna touch that. Just Blazeeeeee

  • capp34

    THIS IS WHY YALL EAST COAST NIGGAS BE HATIN BCUZ YALL STILL WANT NIGGAS LIKE THIS TO SELL RECORDS.GET YALL SOME NEW ARTIST AND QUIT HATIN THE SOUTH

  • Ghost Deini

    Does anybody care about Wu anymore? Are you outta your fuckin mind? You know how much talent Wu has. Wu-Tang is the only thing left in this fucked up game that reps real hip-hop. You young fucks need to learn some respect. We aren’t waitin on this album to bring New York back, we are waitin on this album to bring real hip-hop back PERIOD. You young cats kill me sayin “Dip Set & G-Unit are the best crews” Both of them crews have weak ass rappers. The least talented memember of Wu would MURDER just about anybody in those camps lyrically. Wu-Tang is back. Real Hip-Hop is back. Stand The Fuck Up.

  • Ghost Deini

    P.S. I’m not hatin on the south either. South has alot of fire. But the game is so saturated with all this BULLSHIT from every region. The game is fucked up.

  • triplesixninja

    Atl’s own Says:

    July 11th, 2007 at 11:04 am
    Next!

    Ur a Homo

  • triplesixninja

    Caine Says:

    July 11th, 2007 at 12:05 pm
    So this is da bullshit ya’ll waitin on to “Bring New York back”?…HAHAHAHA! Get real…

    UR a Homo

  • triplesixninja

    TheRefriedMexican Says:

    July 11th, 2007 at 12:53 pm
    Another Wu album? Does anybody care about the Wu anymore

    Ur a Homo

  • triplesixninja

    capp34 Says:

    July 11th, 2007 at 2:03 pm
    THIS IS WHY YALL EAST COAST NIGGAS BE HATIN BCUZ YALL STILL WANT NIGGAS LIKE THIS TO SELL RECORDS.GET YALL SOME NEW ARTIST AND QUIT HATIN THE SOUTH

    Ur a Homo

  • diggs

    fuck who hates Wu-tang. when this hits ya’ll dead in the mouth….you’ll quit yappin’ that south shit.

  • triplesixninja

    this shit is bigger than the south west east north nonsense. im from the south and I rep all the true talent from the south. but wu tang is the best rap group of all time. that is a fact mafuckas. wu tang is the greatest. nobody can touch them. wu tang is for the children as well.

  • triplesixninja

    and the Wu TAnG Three SIX collabo.
    been waiting a long time for that one.

  • Taliban

    This album sounds like the shit! Just wondering when it’s going to drop. Oh yeah, sorry to say the Wu ain’t bringing hip hop back, including none of the legends. We need some new talent to bring it back.

  • Caine

    triplesixninja Says:

    July 11th, 2007 at 2:51 pm
    Caine Says:

    July 11th, 2007 at 12:05 pm
    So this is da bullshit ya’ll waitin on to “Bring New York back”?…HAHAHAHA! Get real…

    UR a Homo

    Too much time on yo hands pimp…Go outside and get ya weight up.

  • J.R.O.

    Your mindless sense of hatred disgusts me. Kill yourselves… But, what’s up with those names, Polite, Stomach, Paulie Caskets and Donnie Cash??

  • BlakSteel

    The G.O.D’s are back and not a moment to soon, this rap shit has gotten out of hand and only true Mic gods can put it back in it’s proper place. WU-TANG FOREVER!!!!!!

  • RLW

    FUCK.
    RZA needs to stop doing this. This is what ruined the W, and 4:21, and Made in Brooklyn, and every Raekwon album since Cuban Links. It’s like he’s afraid to actually make a whole album, like he’s worried can’t do it anymore. He’d rather make soundtracks than save the Wu Tang Clan from becoming irrelevant. Jesus.

  • http://JANILLZYAHOO.COM JANILLZ

    TO ALL YOLL BITCH ASS NIGGAS OUT THERE HATIN.WHEN THIS ALBUM DROPS YOLL WILL BE THE FIRST ONES TO BUY IT. THE SHIT IS HOT.BIG SHOUT OUT TO STUMIK, POLITE, P.C, AND D.C

  • http://JANILLZYAHOO.COM JANILLZ

    BIG UP. THE ALBUM IS GONNA BE POPPIN. GO BUY THE SHIT AND SHUT THE FUCK UP

  • mrLex

    Rza employed outside production? Q-Tip might be on the 1st single? WTF? Sounds like the W album. WTF is Rza doing? Produce, mix and arrange the whole Wu album from start to finish. This album will make or brake the Wu. I just hope it’s as good as Enter The Wu-Tang. No outside production and guest appearances, please! Just the Wu-Elements, Cappadonna and Street Life.

  • monique

    i love dat purple tape still! that one just can not be topped

  • Ryan

    Mr. Lex just echoed all the sentiments I was about to express. Sometimes guest shots on solo albums are fun, but for the Wu to make a real Wu album, it needs to be just them and the affiliates. Get Cappadonna, Killa Sin, PR Terrorist, Street Life, whoever on there, as long as they bring the Wu vibe. Q Tip was over when Tribe broke up. No System of a Down on this album either, the last thing they need is nu metal on a Wu album.

  • T.R.E.Y.

    Wu’re gonna be irrelevant no matter what RZA decides to do.

  • blackbetty

    The W was one of the most slept on albums ever! “I can’t go to sleep” was pure genius(not gza) and “The jump off” was slick, n then 5 years later everybody n their momma talkin bout “ph this the jump off right here…same ol’ shit. The iron flag was the album that lacked that wu appeal but it still had some heat on it. I hope this is the best wu album out since Wu forever. Nothing will to their first because it was their first and was brand new to the world at the time. You can never get that first high back no matter how long you chase it. Nuthin but respect for the Wu.

  • Wu Clanman

    Fuck all yall with irrelevant shit. Wu for life. Every album a classic. We’re talkin the original rap generals. I do agree that they shouldn’t have any guests on the album. They come so hard that they don’t need that shit. RZA is the greatest hip hop talent ever. And where the hell is the Purple Tape Pt. 2. Dr Dre better not shelf that shit, matter of fact he’s the only aftermath dude that deserves 4 bars on that bitch. Put it out big man…. Detox too, but keep 50′s silly ass and g-unit the hell off of it.

  • tony starks

    not holding my breath da last 2 wu albulms were spupposed to be sick and i was really looking forward to it but they were a dissapoinment, these days i just stick to solo projects raekwons last two albulms hve been sick cant wait to hear dis rae, ghost, cappa, masta killah and inspectah for life!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    ICE WATER IS IN THE TOP 5 RAP GROUPS EVER

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    STOP HATIN ON ICE WATER THE ALBUM FIRE (G-STAKS)

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    THOSE NAMES ARE JUST FINE. YOLL HATERS

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  • the G.O.D

    Peace

    it feels good to see that some of y’all know what this game is about–and all of you dissin’ the Wu they are not irrelevant it is the audience that has proven to be irrelevant–well, some I have one of my people’s son who was quoting wu songs since he was like 7 and that was 8 years ago and still does the same now is 15–wu irrelevant I doubt it–who will quote 5.0 cent, young wakk etc…8 years from now

    peace

  • http://xxl.com iatom7154

    Peace. It’s about showing and proving. What you did in the past is one thing but what you’re doing now is what’s relevant. The game has changed since the Wu first came in. There is a quote that says: “A tree must bend with the wind or snap trying to resist it”. The “game” now is polluted and poisoned and it will take someone nfew to bring about change. Nas, Jay, Busta and even the Wu cannot do it. They can only add on to the cipher with what they do best but change the climate? No. That will take a breath of “fresh” air to do that just as the same way when Big, Jay, Wu & Nas first came in. They were a breath of fresh air at the time that changed the game at that moment. Now, you see the South doing their numbers which is peace but they will see what the west coast saw, the midwest and other areas outside of NYC saw when their run ended. It all comes back home. Time is circular and it all revolves in 360 degrees. “The first shall be last and the last shall be first”. The same applies within the hip hop cipher as well. The ONLY reason why the south is doing the numbers that it is is one, they are supported in FULL by their area and two, the tri-state area has become “dick riding central”. Some of the south songs are fire and some are not. They aren’t lyrically superior at all and Weezy’s style was built by Gilly and shaped by Jay. I use Weezy because everybody in Newark is on his hard (extra). It is going to look REAL funny in the hood when the south loses its “swagger” the same way the west looked when Death Row went under. No more kicking down buildings but being real humble when you in NYC. You cannot ignore what the Wu has brung to the game. Tell me the last time you heard 9 emcees and all of them could rhyme? (not rap, because that’s what most of these “rappers” do nowaday.)And actually, the south is falling into the same trap the west did. Cookie cut raps and rappers and we all know what the eventual outcome will be.

  • RLW

    Don’t get me wrong I’m not hating on the wu. It goes without saying that Wu-Tang is the best rap group ever, period, and every one of them are legends in their own right (except maybe U-God, sorry buddy). It’s not Wu that’s the problem, it’s the fact that they let their albums be polluted by wack producers and incongruous guest spots. What was the last Wu album RZA handled? No Said Date, and it was sick. For the life of me I do not get why RZA won’t do the same for the rest of the clan, especially when it’s been so long and the re-up is needed so badly. The Wu name has been dragged through enough mediocrity. Dude needs to get his priorities straight.

  • facescar

    triplesixninja Says:

    July 11th, 2007 at 2:58 pm
    and the Wu TAnG Three SIX collabo.
    been waiting a long time for that one.

    CO-SIGN ma dude..

  • diaz

    I’m back and if you think Ice Water is dope
    then you’re smoking crack
    they lack
    creativity and intelligence
    but they don’t care cuz their record company is selling it

    UUUUHHHHHH!!!!! Diaz is the dopest, thats rite! I’ll battle ICE WATER, THEIR MOMMA, RZA, GZA, MZA, AND NZA!!!

  • cut throat

    yo these niggaz iz straight fire son i heard some of thier old shit in like 02 that shit was crazy i know they only got betta