What do you get when you cross a Gorilla with a Ghost? If all goes according to plan, a classic hip-hop collaboration.
Just a few days after Sheek Louch took to his Twitter account to reveal that he's teaming up with Ghostface to record a collaborative album under the name Wu-Block, the LOX rapper spoke with VIBE.com to confirm that the pair is, in fact, planning on recording and releasing a full-length LP in 2011.
"Me and Ghost were just on tour together for about two months," says Sheek, who is getting ready to release his first Def Jam solo album, Donnie G: Don Gorilla, on Dec. 14. "So every night, we were writing and eventually the idea to do a project together came about organically. The plan is for me and Ghost to front it and to include certain cats from Wu-Tang and D-Block on some songs so that's it's a true Wu-Tang/D-Block album. I already told Raekwon, Styles P and Jadakiss that I'm going to need them on some joints. Cappadonna and Trife [Da God] are down. And we're going to get some RZA tracks, too. It's gonna be dope."
On Sunday, the pair gave us a taste of what we should expect from their newfound partnership when "The Eulogy"—a song that Sheek and Ghost recorded with rappers Diego Cash and Bully at Carmelo Anthony's home studio in Denver earlier this month—surfaced on 'Melo's new mixtape, Become Legendary. But Sheek promises that that's just the first collaboration between the two that you'll hear in the coming months.
"We don't have many songs done yet," Sheek says, "because we've been working hard on our solo projects. But while we were on tour, we were listening to a lot of beats and writing a lot of stuff together, so you'll start hearing some joints from us soon."
And lest you think this is just another rap fantasy project that'll never see the light of day—like Ghost's long-rumored album with MF Doom, Lil Wayne and Juelz Santana's I Can't Feel My Face LP, or the fabled Nas/DJ Premier project—Sheek is quick to point out that once his solo album and Ghostface's new project, The Apollo Kids, are released, Wu-Block will become a priority for both of them.
"Trust me, we're getting this done," says Sheek, who also pointed out that they haven't presented the idea to their label Def Jam or any other label yet. "We're going to start sending each other tracks and laying down verses. I'm gonna go out to Staten Island and record. Real talk: We're getting this album done. Next year, you're going to hear this Wu-Block project." —Chris Yuscavage