Over the weekend, an alleged tracklist for Raekwon’s Wu-Tang vs Shaolin album leaked promising a reunion between The Chef and Nas. XXLMag.com chopped it up with the Wu-Tang vet to find out if God’s Son was indeed able to make it onto his new LP.
According to Rae, the tracklist, although not listed in the right sequence, is in fact correct, and will feature a track with the Queensbridge MC. Nas wasn’t able to make it onto Lex Diamond’s last project, 2009’s critically acclaimed CD Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II due to a scheduling conflict, but he made sure to come out this go-round. “It definitely sounds like vintage Rae and Nas again,” the Staten Island rep told XXLMag.com.
“I [saw] Nas across seas, we had a show together, and we talked about a lot of things,” Rae explained about how the two linked up. ”We went from A-Z how we felt about things what was goin on at the time, and by the grace of God we was able to get this thing happenin’ again. That was definitely one of the surprise things that I wanted to alert the fans with, just to let em know that my brother came up to air for me and I know through his busy schedule I guess in the back of his mind he was like ‘Yo I gotta come up for Rae.’”
Along with Nas, Wu-Tang Vs Shaolin boasts cameos from Rick Ross, Lloyd Banks, Black Thought, Busta Rhymes and Jim Jones, as well as fellow Wu members Ghostface Killah and Method Man. On the production side, Rae enlisted the talents of DJ Khalil, Scram Jones, The Alchemist, Erick Sermon and longtime Wu beatsmith Allah Mathematics.
Wu-Tang Vs Shaolin hits stores on March 8. —Elan Mancini with reporting by Thomas Golianopoulos