After a quiet 2016, Wu-Tang Clan’s resident chef Raekwon will be back cooking with new music next year, according to a post on his Instagram account.
“LP IS DONE !!!!! #blades is sharpened. # 2017 release litted !!!!! I will always appreciate real rap…..#factual” he wrote in the caption of a shot of himself getting a trim from the barber.
This new LP will be Rae’s seventh solo studio effort since his Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… debut in 1995. Since then he’s also dropped more than a dozen mixtapes, as well as the Wu-Massacre collaborative album with Ghostface Killah and Method Man in 2010.
His most recent release, 2015’s Fly International Luxurious Art, came out after a long lead-up and earned him a 3.5/5 in DX’s review, where contributor Homer Johnsen wrote, “He certainly isn’t at fault for thinking outside the box, but considering the anticipation and buzz generated for any Raekwon product – especially F.I.L.A.— the finished product doesn’t quite match the overwhelming talent and legacy of the legendary emcee.”
That album featured guest spots from Ghostface Killah, 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, French Montana and A$AP Rocky, among others.
So far, Rae hasn’t released any feature details on the upcoming project, though he toured with Ghostface over the summer and his IG shows him pictured with producer/record exec/turntablist A-Trak and, uh, Justin Bieber.