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Raekwon, Unexpected Victory

Capping off a quiet 2011, Raekwon followed up his fourth solo album from last March, Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, with the New Year’s Day release, Unexpected Victory. The mixtape finds Rae trading bars with an assortment of fellow East Coast rap vets like Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep, Capone-N-Noreaga, Styles P, C.L. Smooth and Sauce Money, as well as introducing his new Ice H2O team. As expected, the Chef sounds the most energized, enthused, and entertaining while spitting alongside the 1990s-era lineup. On the Busta-assisted “MTV Cribs,” the Wu-Tang slangmaster takes privileged listeners on a tour of his “19,000 square feet deluxe villa” ...

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