Posts tagged ‘Raekwon’

July 26, 2013

MTV The Wrap Up: Raekwon [Interview]

The Wrap Up caught up with the Wu-Tang Clan’s own Raekwon as the crew get ready to come to the UK in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of their monumental debut album ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’. The record brought East Coast rap to permanent prominence, influenced the careers of artists from Jay Z to Nas and pushed hardcore hip-hop into the face of the mainstream. Simply put – they are your favourite rapper’s favourite rappers.

We gave Raekwon a call at his hotel in Milan during the clan’s tour through Europe, and the lyricist was in high spirits. He said of their forthcoming UK performances: “It feels good to come to the UK ‘cause we don’t get to come too often. We felt it was important for us to do an international tour and talk about the twenty years that we’ve been in the business – and of course, perform.”

Wu-Tang Clan members GZARZAMethod ManGhostface Killah, Masta Killa, U-GodInspectah Deck, Raekwon (and not forgetting the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who passed away in 2004) have been a collective for over twenty years; a long time in an industry that sees groups split frequently.

“You know, we brothers. We’re able to still have that respect for one another and love each other. Of course, we grew up in the business together, and everything’s been cool. But the politics and the business side of things – we have to protect ourselves when it comes to business, you know what I mean?

“Personally it’s been good but with business, we’re still learning and it’s important for everyone’s business to be right.”

Speaking of their upcoming album which was said to be called ‘A Better Tomorrow’, Raekwon revealed: “The name might change. It was a name that RZA wanted, but we all agreed that it might change. We’re still trying to sort out the production side of things; we still got a lot of stuff we need to do. We don’t wanna rush something that’s not what it’s meant to be. We taking our time right now.”

The crew will be performing in Manchester on July 25 at the O2 Apollo, and will then come to Brixton Academy on July 26 before performing at Bestival on September 5.

Mic Righteous is supporting the south London show. We asked the ‘Ice Cream’ artist to share his thoughts on UK rappers.

“We’ve been hearing a lot of guys getting strong with their music out there [in the UK] and it’s a good thing, because believe it or not, a lot of production that comes to the States are made by international artists and producers. Everyone is starting recognise hip-hop for what it is – one nation. Everybody’s growing, you know what I mean?”

Moving forward, not only can we expect a record from the collective, their first since ‘8 Diagrams’ in 2007, but we can also expect solo projects from the clique.

“I got an album coming out possibly at the end of the year called ‘Fly International Luxurious Art’. I’m still working on it right now and I feel good about it. Because it’s our twentieth anniversary, there’s gonna be multiple projects coming up from the whole of Wu this year.”

You can get tickets to see the Wu-Tang Clan HERE.

July 26, 2012

Raekwon – Keep It Politics

Chicago indie label Closed Sessions release a new track from their compilation Closed Sessions Vol. 2 courtesy of Raekwon, Keep It Politics. The single is produced by Dilated People’s DJ Babu.

July 22, 2012

Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap

 

Last night saw the European premiere of Ice-T’s highly anticipated documentary, Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap. The event was not one to be missed for any hip-hop heads and lovers of wordplay. UK rappers we saw there included Sway, Wretch 32, Jehst, K. Koke and Exo

Contributing founder of gangster rap Ice-T enlisted legends of the hip-hop scene to talk us through their thought-processes, favourite rap lyrics and how they started out in the game.

An impressive amount of artists were featured, including Chuck DImmortal TechniqueNasRun-DMCSnoop DoggEminemDougie FreshGrandmaster CazDr DreKanye WestRakimJoe BuddenMelle Mel, Common and more.

We were taken right back to the basics, with New York back-drops heavily featured in the visuals, reminding us of hip-hop’s place of birth. Ice-T then took us through to Detroit and of course, to his turf – the West Coast. Interestingly enough, the south was not featured, leaving out some key players.

The film was quite fast-paced for a documentary film, which would keep some people entertained; however I found the quick transitions quite overwhelming at times.

Regardless, the film was informative and funny. Ice-T ensured there were many moments of humour, which made the film for me. Hip-hop is known to be an egotistical form of art, so it was refreshing to see lyricists discuss their most vulnerable moments.

 

One cringe-worthy revelation ironically came from Kanye West. As he was interviewed, he told us about his first rap battle, which went miserably wrong when his opponent delivered the line, ‘wassup, my name is Chris and let me tell you one thing, you smell like p***’ – obviously he lost that battle!

Snoop had his normal banter in check, saying his ‘main inspiration was having two women by his side.’

Ice-T asked the rappers to spontaneously spit their favourite lyrics of all time, and of course, they had to deliver. As expected, Ice-T knew every rhyme they presented to him and often rapped along.

When talking rap essentials, a lot of the rappers agreed that their voice and delivery was an important part. Chuck D said: ‘you had to have a strong voice to cut through the systems.’ Ice-T later praised Cypress Hill for their delivery of rhymes, saying: ‘When you came out, the vocal delivery was so real.’

Salt n Pepa and MC Lyte were the only females in the film, which was a bit disappointing as I felt others could have gotten involved, such as Lauryn Hill.

Overall, the docufilm delved into interesting subjects, thankfully neglecting the money, women and bling side of 21st century rap and concerning itself more with the technicalities of the art form and the business.

As the film finished, we were treated to phenomenal performances by Melle MelChuck D, RaekwonGhostface Killah and Ice-T; it was a tremendous showcase of linguistic skill which left me simply mesmerised.

June 3, 2012

Estelle – All of Me: The Reminder

Estelle has gone all out for her new mixtape which has 37 songs and features from John Legend, Talib Kweli, David Guetta, Cee-Lo Green, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Mavado, Gym Class Heroes and more.

Estelle – All of Me: The Reminder (Tracklisting):

1. Cupid
2. The Don (Freestyle)
3. Guilty as Charged (with Gym Class Heroes)
4. Circulate (Freestyle)
5. Change is Coming
6. True Keys Ninja (with Raekwon)
7. Dance Bitch
8. London Town
9. Funky Dineva (Speaks 1)
10. Rollacoasta (with Robin Thicke)
11. Boarderline (Feat. Josiah Bell)
12. Ready for Love
13. Still Love You
14. Oliver Twist (Remix)
15. One Love (with David Guetta)
16. I’m the Shit (Estelle Remix)
17. Funky Dineva (Speaks 2)
18. Waste My Time (BMH Remix)
19. I Wanna Love You
20. Fly Girl Power (Feat. Rapsody)
21. To Remember Me
22. Which Way To Go (with Consequence)
23. Star (with Kardinal Offishall)
24. Hey Girl (with John Legend)
25. Funky Dineva (Speaks 3)
26. Play My Part
27. Everyday Stuggle (Feat. Rhymefest)
28. Dance With Me
29. Paragraphs of Love (with Ghostface Killah & Vaughn Anthony)
30. Mercedes Benz (with David Banner)
31. No Other Love (with John Legend)
32. My heart (Remix) (with Wayne Marshall & Mavado)
33. Grown Man (with Gucci Mane)
34. Pretty Please (Love me) (Feat. Cee-Lo Green)
35. Freedom (Feat. Talib Kweli & John Legend)
36. Funky Dineva Speaks 4
37. DJ Play the Beat

Download Estelle – All of Me: The Reminder mixtape here