"The wait is finally over," an excited Raekwon exclaimed recently. The wait he's talking about is his long awaited second installment of his classic solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.
OB4CL 2 is finally set for release, thanks to a recently inked deal with EMI Music, and the Wu-Tang Clan member is as excited about the album's release, as are fans.
"Words cannot describe how extremely happy I am to work with EMI Music to put out my album," he said.
During the recent Rock The Bells press conference, where it was announced that Raekwon would be on the bill, the rapper revealed some of the things people should expect. Bragging, the rapper simply stated "Fire," before explaining a little more in-depth.
"For real, I wanna tell everybody that I've been working real hard on this album. This album means more than what it means to ya'll. It means more to me because this is my debut of going back to the essence of the first one," Rae said.
"There's a lot of pressure about what Rae's gonna do. I'm just taking it back to my roots -- Champion hoodie, Timbos on, just getting it in like I'm broke again."
The first buzz single for Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 is "The New Wu," featuring fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Method Man and Ghostface Killah. It's currently getting mixshow airplay at radio stations across the country, including Hot 97 in New York, and a video is soon to follow.
Features on the album include the RZA, Dr. Dre, J. Dilla, Wu-Tang Clan, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, Bun B and The Game, among others.
Rae's debut and the original Only Built 4 Cuban Linx dropped in 1995, and had bee universally hailed as a rap classic, selling mroe than 1.1 million units in the US. His second solo album, 1999's Immobilarity, was certified gold. To date, Raekwon has career sales of more than 1.6 million units as a solo artist.
Now, with the impending release of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2, Raekwon is ready to release his second masterpiece.
"It's been a long time coming," he says, "and I've put my blood, sweat and tears into making this classic album for my fans."
The album is slated to hit stores this summer.
Until then, you can catch the rapper on the road for the 2009 Rock The Bell's North American tour, which kicks off June 27 and runs through August 9, hitting several of the nation's biggest markets along the way.