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Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Turns 20

At this past year’s Coachella festival, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, the only heritage rappers on the whole weekend’s bill, came out to a loud mid-afternoon reception on one of the two main stages. But when they told the crowd that they’d be performing all of Rae’s 1995 album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, I don’t… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 31, 2015 - 9:11 am

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – “Let The Record Spin” (Feat. Raekwon)

Ghostface Killah teamed up with the cinematic soul bandleader Adrian Younge for the rap opera Twelve Reasons To Die two years ago, and now they’re back with its sequel. Twelve Reasons To Die II is coming next month, and we’ve already posted “Return Of The Savage,” featuring Raekwon and album narrator RZA. And now Ghost… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 10, 2015 - 10:28 am

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – “Return Of The Savage” (Feat. Raekwon & RZA)

In 2013, Ghostface Killah teamed up with the psychedelic-soul producer and composer Adrian Younge to make Twelve Reasons To Die, a rap opera about a legendary killer who gains his power from 12 vinyl records, or something. It was good! And now they’re doing it again. Ghostface and Younge will release Twelve Reasons To DieMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 18, 2015 - 9:35 am

Raekwon – “1,2 1,2″ (Feat. Snoop Dogg) Video

Raekwon’s new album Fly International Luxurious Art came and went without a whole lot of notice last month. But that album had some joints on it, and one of those joints was “1,2 1,2,” on which Rae and Snoop Dogg teamed up for bring a surprising level of old-rap-dude energy. Those two have styles that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 11, 2015 - 2:36 pm

Raekwon – “I Got Money” (Feat. A$AP Rocky)

For what feels like years, the Wu-Tang legend Raekwon has been promising a new album with the excellent title Fly International Luxurious Art. Next week, the album will come out, and it will feature a roster of guest stars that includes Ghostface Killah, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, and a whole mess of others. We’ve already… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 21, 2015 - 9:24 am

Raekwon – “1,2 1,2″ (Feat. Snoop Dogg)

A Raekwon/Snoop Dogg collab is the sort of thing that would’ve set the world on fire in 1995, and as it turns out, it still sounds pretty goddam good today. Rae’s long-in-the-works new album Fly International Luxurious Art is finally set to come out later this month, and we’ve already heard him team up with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 7, 2015 - 3:17 pm

Raekwon & Ghostface Will Review Your Mixtape If You Contribute $200 To Their Documentary

As the great Wu-Tang resurgence continues, Raekwon has announced plans to crowdfund a film about his debut solo album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… This August will mark the 20th anniversary of the tape’s release, and the video will use interviews with industry professionals, musicians, and journalists about the album’s ongoing legacy. According to theMore »

By: Caitlin White / March 9, 2015 - 5:47 pm

Watch Kanye West Do New Song “U Mad” With Vic Mensa And “C.R.E.A.M.” With Raekwon At Surprise London Show

Kanye West’s been hanging out in Europe over the past week since his appearance at the Brits, and tonight he performed a last-minute surprise concert at London’s KOKO that sold out in minutes. During the show, Kanye brought out a bunch of guests, including Big Sean, Raekwon, Vic Mensa, Skepta, CyHi The Prynce, Skepta, JME,… More »

By: James Rettig / March 3, 2015 - 10:33 pm

Raekwon – “Wall To Wall” (Feat. French Montana & Busta Rhymes)

The eternally tough and hardnosed Wu-Tang rapper Raekwon has been working on his album Fly International Luxurious Art for what feels like forever, and he recently announced that it’ll finally come out this spring. “Wall To Wall,” the album’s first proper single, has more energy and swagger to it than most of what Rae’s Wu-Tang… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 23, 2015 - 2:07 pm

Raekwon & Ghostface Announce Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Documentary At Sundance

Raekwon and Ghostface Killah hosted a preview “#PurpleCarpet” screening yesterday at the Sundance Music Festival. At the screening, they previewed a trailer for The Purple Tape Files, which is a documentary detailing the making of Raekwon’s debut solo album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. The album will celebrate its twentieth anniversary later this year. No… More »

By: James Rettig / January 25, 2015 - 4:17 pm

Watch Young Thug, Killer Mike, Danny Brown, Pusha T, & Dozens More On 42-Minute Posse Cut “The Rap Monument”

Up until today, the Game’s 13-minute, 25-rapper “One Blood” remix has been the final word in absurd, overlong rap posse cuts. But now Noisey & Hennessy have outdone it by putting together the 42-minute, 36-rapper “The Rap Monument.” The new track has verses from a deeply ridiculous number of rappers. Plenty of them are relative… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 18, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Watch Jonah Hill Cover Drake, Scarlett Johansson Cover New Order, Stephen Malkmus Cover The Black Crowes, Jarvis Cocker Cover Celine Dion For Vice’s 20th Birthday In Brooklyn

There was a not-entirely-common sight down around the Brooklyn Navy Yard last night. Dozens of cabs lined the street, because depending on where you’re coming from the Navy Yard can kind of be a pain to get to, and also because NYC’s been doing this thing where it’s decided to just rain constantly in December,… More »

By: Ryan Leas / December 6, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Vice Turns 20 Party Brings Insane Lineup Feat. Karen O, Lil Wayne, Stephen Malkmus, Pussy Riot, Jonah Hill & Spike Jonze, Jarvis Cocker, Many More To Brooklyn Tomorrow

Vice is throwing an invite-only party tomorrow night in Brooklyn to celebrate their 20th anniversary, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner — who will be part of the house band along with Andrew Wyatt, Pauli PSM, and Jack Lawrence — posted the lineup for the event on his Twitter account tonight. It’s pretty crazy:… More »

By: James Rettig / December 4, 2014 - 8:57 pm

Raekwon – “Call Of Duty” (Feat. Akon)

When Raekwon was publicly sniping with the RZA over the direction of the Wu-Tang Clan, he was never quite specific about what his problem with RZA’s musical decisions was. Now, based on Rae’s new single “Call Of Duty,” we can now guess what his issue was: Not enough Akon choruses. Maybe Raekwon still hasn’t gotte… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 27, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Raekwon And RZA Reach Truce

The internal dymanics of the Wu-Tang Clan have always been a fascinating thing, but lately, they’ve been fascinating in the bad way, with Raekwon publicly bickering with crew leader RZA over the direction of the group and their in-progress album A Better Tomorrow. Last month, Rae announced that he was “on strike” from the group,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 12, 2014 - 11:51 am

RZA Gives Raekwon 30 Days To Get On Board Or No New Wu-Tang Album

In recent months we’ve been witness to an escalating feud between Wu-Tang Clan members RZA (who’s desperately trying to assemble one last group LP called A Better Tomorrow) and Raekwon (who declared himself on strike from the Wu because he thinks RZA is an out-of-touch control freak). RZA tried to win Rae over with kindne… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 23, 2014 - 3:24 pm

More Wu-Tang Drama: Raekwon Blasts RZA’s “Mediocre Shit,” Goes On Strike

As a rap crew, the Wu-Tang Clan has always been a notoriously chaotic and fractured entity, and no Wu-Tang member has been quicker to criticize crew mastermind RZA than Raekwon. When Wu-Tang released their last studio effort, 2007’s deeply underrated and commercially disappointing 8 Diagrams, Rae was the first person in the group to call… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 17, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Raekwon – “The Living Room”

It’s hard to say what’s going on with Raekwon right now. He doesn’t seem all that excited about either of the Wu-Tang Clan albums that are supposedly on the way. And while he’s got verses on two of this year’s best rap albums — Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron and Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s Piñata, there’s bee… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2014 - 5:06 pm

Schoolboy Q – “Blind Threats” (Feat. Raekwon)

Rock-critic first-world struggles: I can’t figure out what next week’s Album Of The Week is going to be until someone lets me hear Schoolboy Q’s forthcoming and hotly anticipated Oxymoron, but nobody’s sending me a promo, and it hasn’t leaked. It’s probably great, though! Early tracks “Collard Greens,” “Banger (Moshpit),” “Man Of The Year,” and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 19, 2014 - 9:34 am

Raekwon – “A Rainy Day”

Lately, there’s been some low-level public animosity between Wu-Tang figureheads RZA and Raekwon — RZA blaming the lack of a 20th-anniversary reunion album on Rae’s absence, Rae laughing it off. But it’s remarkable how capably Rae carries the spirit of the dark, inward old Wu on his new single “A Rainy Day” — a song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 20, 2013 - 2:22 pm
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