Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan to unveil the long awaited debut from the Ice Water clique on August 28th via Babygrande Records
Highly anticipated album features Method Man, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Three Six Mafia, Remy Ma, Jagged Edge & more.
Under the tutelage of Wu-Tang Clanâ€™s resident chef Raekwon, the four-man crew of Polite, Stomach, P.C. (Paulie Caskets) and D.C. (Donnie Cash) marks Staten Islandâ€™s return to prominence as a hotbed for fresh, credible talent. Die hard fans may remember Ice Water from their appearances on several tracks on Raekwonâ€™s last album, 2002â€™s â€œThe Lex Diamond Story,â€ as well as their opening stints for the Chef on his subsequent 30+ state tour. As Raekwon confirms, â€œWe knew these cats had potential way back, but the timing wasnâ€™t right. I always kept a radar on dudes, and when I felt they was ready mentally and lyrically, I helped â€˜em get on.â€
Raekwon compares his protracted development of the group to raising
pitbulls: â€œIâ€™m training these pits. Iâ€™ve got them on the treadmill, and Iâ€™m beating â€˜em, feedinâ€™ â€˜em hot sauce and steaks, so theyâ€™re ready for this industry.â€
Honed and focused, Ice Waterâ€™s debut, Raekwon presentsâ€¦Ice Water:
â€Polluted Water,â€ will finally be released on August 28th on Babygrande Records, home to such renowned and critically acclaimed talent as Hi-Tek, GZA, Jedi Mind Tricks, Immortal Technique and more. Raekwon states, â€œBabygrande recognized that Wu is a brand, and weâ€™ve got so many different divisions of rappers around us.â€
But is Ice Water really ready for the spotlight?
The veteran multi-platinum selling MC speaks earnestly, justifying the time heâ€™s taken to refine the quartetâ€™s innate skills: â€œI canâ€™t put my name on anything that I feel is not on my level. These dudes are on my level, thatâ€™s why I pushed for the project; I believe in them.â€ A-listers such as Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Remy Ma, Three Six Mafia and Jagged Edge believed too, appearing on a number of the albumâ€™s tracks, which also features appearances from Rae himself and Method Man, along with production by such renowned producers as Scram Jones, Jagged Edge and EZ-Elpee. According to Rae, the collaborations werenâ€™t just a result of Raeâ€™s industry stature: â€œYea I pushed a couple of buttons. Busta Rhymes, heâ€™s a good friend of ours; but he knew where these dudes was at. Nobody would represent these guys if they didnâ€™t have a good taste in they mouth about dudesâ€
Honing their craft for over a decade, Ice Water has paid their dues.
Indeed, the release of “Polluted Water” marks both the return and rebirth of Staten Island hip-hop. The significance of the groupâ€™s long awaited emergence from the Wu-Tang Clanâ€™s very own Shaolin stomping ground is not lost on Master Chef Raekwon: â€œAt the end of the day, I knew Iâ€™d never build another dynasty with eight or nine dudes. But these dudesâ€™ chemistry is perfect. This is the next dynasty.â€
Raekwon presentsâ€¦Ice Water: â€œPolluted Waterâ€ hits stores August 28th, 2007.
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