One of the most prominent hip-hop duos of the ’90s is getting back to work on its first album in nearly eight years, and it might have some help from another well-known rap collective. No, we’re not talking about Outkast…but rather Mobb Deep. Member Prodigy told XXL that fans should expect to hear new verses from members of the Wu-Tang Clan when Mobb drops a new record during 2014.
The catch is that those verses won’t necessarily be featured on The Infamous Mobb Deep (the previously announced title for the new album). Prodigy revealed that the new album would come packaged with a remastered copy of the band’s 1995 classic The Infamous, as well as an additional 10 tracks that didn’t make the cut. Prodigy guaranteed the latter ten tracks would include unheard verses from Wu-Tang and Ghostface Killah, as well as fellow ’90s-era emcee N.O.R.E.
The rapper didn’t say whether any brand new Wu will appear on Mobb Deep’s forthcoming record, but he did compare its sound with that of The Infamous.
“I would just say, our signature sound is a dark, sinister-type of sound,” said Prodigy. “There’s certain things we’re going through in our lives right now, [and] the lyrics are just up to date. Everything that we’re saying is going on right now. Each album is like that, it’s a time capsule of that time period. So now in 2014, you’re gonna hear what we’re going through in our lyrics, what’s going through our head as grown men.”
The Wu-Tang Clan is also reported to have a new album coming out during 2014, but member RZA has claimed Raekwon was slowing down the process. Ghostface Killah had reportedly already recorded his verses for the album. We’ll update you when we have a more solid update on that album.