Rapper Raekwon is preparing to release his first solo album in six years after signing a new distribution deal with EMI Records.
The Wu-Tang Clan member has been shopping around for a record deal since negotiations to join Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records on Interscope collapsed in 2007.
But he has now taken his ICEH20 Records over to EMI and will release Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II as a joint venture on the two labels this summer (09) - two years after he initially revealed plans for the disc, reports MTV.com.
In a statement released on Wednesday (15Apr09), Raekwon says, "The wait is finally over. Words cannot describe how extremely happy I am to work with EMI Music to put out my album."
The disc is Raekwon's first since 2003's The Lex Diamond Story, released on Universal, and is the sequel to his 1995 debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...