Wu-Tang Clan have promised there's a new album coming in 2014. They've even given it an optimistic title – A Better Tomorrow. But before we get to hear it, two of the Clan's elder statesemen Raekwon and Ghostface Killah are bringing their "tiger-style" flow to Singapore's Zouk Club on March 13 for the Wu's first-ever Singapore show.
Raekwon and Ghostface are the group's premier rhyme slingers – just listen to Rae's game-changing Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and Ghostface's classic albums Supreme Clientele and Ironman. Together, they're a formidable force. Here's their best-ever team ups...
The M.G.M. by Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang Forever (1997)
Fight night in Las Vegas brings out the star power – as well as Raekwon and Ghostface Killah’s storytelling abilities. The pair re-imagine a Pernell Whitaker vs Julio Cesar Chavez bout that's got enough colourful characters to fill a comic book. It may be the best rap song ever about the Sweet Science.
Fish by Ghostface Killah featuring Raekwon and Cappadonna – Ironman (1996)
The lone ‘Ironman’ track not produced by The RZA, the True Master-produced Fish features the three lyrical swordsmen flexing esoteric rhymes that bounce between Ghostface’s mention of Afro picks to Raekwon’s name-dropping Fidel Castro and Liberace.
Bring Da Ruckus by Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
In what can now be deemed a clear case of career foreshadowing, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon deliver the two first verses on the Wu-Tang Clan’s landmark debut album. Tony Starks and the Chef rapped on this skeletal track in a much more straightforward style than they have displayed throughout the respective careers.
Apollo Kids by Ghostface Killah feat. Raekwon – Supreme Clientele (2000)
Ghostface Killah kicks the song off with lyrics of fury, documenting with a stream-of-conscious flow the aftermath of showing his face (he appeared in early Wu-Tang Clan press materials with his face obscured, as he was on the run from police) and how his raps are like baked ziti. Raekwon brings his own lyrical hustle with a dizzying third verse.
Verbal Intercourse by Chef Raekwon feat. Ghostface Killah and Nas – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… (1995)
On Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah introduced the signature coded rhyme style that would become their hallmark. On this majestic collaboration with Nas, the pair established themselves as more than simply Wu-Tang Clan rappers. They were bonafide superstars in their own right, able to shine on a track featuring the equally razor-sharp Nas. Ghostface says it best: ‘I’ma end this with a big, red cherry on top / Me, Nas and Rae got the best product on the block.’