Wu-Tang get territorial for their forthcoming album

European rap stars hand-picked for guest appearences on new Wu-Tang album...

The Wu-Tang Clan have invited prominent rappers from different countries to guest on a track from their forthcoming album. The track, called ‘Be Careful’, will appear in different version depending upon which territory the relevant version of the album covers.

Among the artist’s currently lined up to appear include London rap outfit, Blak Twang and Hamburg group Dynamite Deliuxe. No details of other artists are available at present, but the London office of Wu-Tang Clan‘s Loud/Epic imprint are expecting different versions of the album, with relevant local artists, to appear in the UK, Germany, France and Japan.

Blak Twang‘s Taipanic said he was “honoured” to be invited to guest on the track, which features Wu members Rza, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Masta Killa and associate member Cappadonna. Taipanic recorded his verse, which opens the track, on October 9 and wrote his lyrics in the studio. “I’d have liked it if there was more than just me on there to represent the UK,” he said, “but it wasn’t up to me. I’m just honoured to have been included, even though, despite the Wu-Tang Clan already being a big name, I still think doing this [the different international versions of the album] is a smart move for them.”

nmehiphop.com understands that the Black Twang version of ‘Be Careful’ is likely to be released as a single in the UK, with the various international versions likely to be released as a 12-inch EP via the Wu‘s independent US label, Wu-Tang Records.

Blak Twang, meanwhile, winners of the Best Hip Hop Act accolade in the first ever MOBO awards in 1996, have signed to Bad Magic, the rap imprint of the dance/big beat label Wall Of Sound. Despite Taipanic‘s lengthy discography, this marks the first time he has actually signed to a record label: all his previous deals have been conducted informally.

The first Blak Twang album for Bad Magic, ‘The Kick-Off’, is currently in preparation, with a double-A side single, ‘U Know’/‘Surround Sound’, due before the end of the year. “I thought, let me do something and let people know I’m back on the scene,” Taipanic explained. “I’ve been out of people’s minds for the last couple of years, but I’ve been all over the UK and Europe. Playing in Germany was a revelation to me – we played to 35,000 people in three weeks. It recharged the battery and made me want to get back and do some work.”

‘The Kick-Off’ will be compiled from around 10 tracks already recorded, and another eight to 10 songs that Blak Twang will be working on over the coming weeks. No firm release date has been set, but the album is expected to be released in the first half of 2001. Wu-Tang Clan‘s ‘The W’ album will be released by Loud/Epic on November 20.