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Raekwon is finalizing deal & 3rd solo LP - 2003-02-15 11:36:32

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Raekwon has inked a multi album deal with Ice Water, becoming Chief Creative Officer of the newly formed multimedia company. The company executives include members of Raekwon's camp, along with top executives from Los Angeles based labels Vocab Records and Goodvibe Recordings.

Ice Water's first order of business is to drop Raekwon's hotly anticipated third solo LP. Ice Water is finalizing a major label deal with Universal Records.

According to Vocab and Ice Water joint founder Eric "Big E" Hochstein, Raekwon's next effort will be a banger.

"This record will be on some classic Cuban Linx shit and will put Rae back where he always deserved to be in hip-hop," Big E told AllHipHop.com. "We are planning to make this record a modern day classic which will have features from all of his brothers from the Clan, along with many more special surprise guests."

Big E also said Ice Water plans to release additional projects which Raekwon likely will executive produce. Selected tracks have already been completed for Raekwon’s Ice Water debut, which should hit stores in the second quarter of this year.

One of those joints is "Smith Bros," currently garnering spins on Hot 97 and other prominent radio outlets. While many listeners of this popular, promo only cut contend its title to be "Won’t Stop," Big E confirms it’s "Smith Bros," named after the song's production team. Big E expects the record to be commercially available on vinyl soon.

In other Raekwon news, the Chef will be featured on Vocab Records' debut full length, a producer LP from Philly's Chops of Mountain Brothers fame.

Other guests on that effort include Bahamadia, Planet Asia, Talib Kweli, Grand Agent and Ras Kass. That album should hit store shelves in late April.

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