Raekwon
Blow Your Mind

Interview: Noah Callahan-Bever

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Street rap is the new jock that has everyone itching for a scratch, right? Well, my young friends, believe it or not, long before Young Jeezy, Clipse or even 50 Cent, there was a stout rapper out of Staten Island who essentially drafted the blowprint, excuse me, blueprint for the genre. His name is Raekwon the Chef, and, in his day he served up some marvelous ish for that ass—namely his mouthwatering debut, Only Built For Cuban Linx….Sure, there were coke-obsessed rappers long before him, but their influence was minor. He was major, so he deserves kudos as a player because, on one level or another, his album more or less set the tone for everything that appeared in its wake.However, the rest of the Chef’s career has been, well, less than spectacular. Though his rap game never slipped, the three albums that followed his debut failed to captivate the public as their predecessor had. In an effort to reassert himself as the Black Trump, Rae has embarked on crafting a sequel to Cuban Linx with RZA (who was inexplicably absent on production on all of his subsequent records). As he prepares to release this make-or-break album—not only for himself but truly the entire Clan (short of Ghostface)—the Chef took a moment out his busy day to make mince meat out of some of XXLMAG.COM questions. Dig in, it’s sweet!

This record will kind of define your career and your legacy. What exactly are you hoping to get out of doing a second Cuban Linx?
First and foremost, I’m having fun with this, man. I’m taking it back to the golden era, when I really didn’t care about too much about the politics, you know? And that included radio, magazines and all that. My mind frame ain’t even on that right now. I’m mentally sniffing coke right now. I’m on drugs, mentally. Not on them physically, you know what I mean?

I was just listening to the original Cuban Linx. I could be wrong, but it sounded like you were doing a lot of drugs during that period.
I mean, I wasn’t doing a lot of drugs. I was selling a lot of drugs. But all that shit stopped because it was something I had to do, not something I wanted to do. When I make my music, I become this author of shit that I’ve been around. Them were some of my glory days right there. Just being around that shit, you know what I mean? I always stay talking about what’s reality, man. You can go back and check yourself.

So you mentioned you aren’t trying to pay attention to politics this time around. Do you feel like you were over-thinking shit on the last two records?
I mean, nah. I think on the last two records I was just doing my job, letting everybody know I still do what I do. This album right here got me in a whole new zone, where I feel all I could do is let the music speak for itself. Really, I ain’t caught up in anything else except making a classic album. Right now, I’m like a boxer training for the championship. He ain’t got too much to talk about until he gets in the ring and show his skills. Other than that, I ain’t really with the questionnaires and shit right now. That’s no disrespect to you or XXL, but that’s just the vibe I’m on. I’m on some straight Cuban Linx shit. I’m not really with the paparazzi shit.

Is there anything that you would like to talk about?
I mean, I want you to write it the way it’s sounding so they’ll know what time it is. For you to keep asking me questions, whatever, whatever. I’ma give it to you, but I can’t even get caught up in any kind of politics no more. It’s about artistry. I’m in there making a painting right now.

So do you feel like at other points in your career, you lost your way artistically?
I never lost my way. Muthafuckas lost their way, if anything. You got a lot of dudes out there that’s legendary [who] ain’t really got the politics behind their art. My shit stay growing, it’s just that the people need to grow with me. It’s a new generation, [but] I’m from a generation where [everyone is] very solidified in knowing who I am. I can’t keep trying to satisfy everybody that don’t understand. I’ll give it to the people who know about me, and that’s it. Me making good music, that never went nowhere. It’s just that people always try and come up with an excuse: This [rapper] ain’t on the record or this one ain’t do the production or the Clan ain’t there. Nine times out of ten, it’s about people’s personal feelings, not about artistry. I’m not saying that a muthafucka gotta like everything I make, but you can’t say in two sentences, Yo, the nigga still got it, or, No, he ain’t got it ’cause this one ain’t there. I’m pissed off with that right now. And I respect the criticism, [but] I don’t give a fuck about criticism.

Who are you collaborating with on the new album?
It’s back to the formula. Me and the Abbot, we know what time it is. I would never try to come out and do a Cuban Linx part two and not have the people that were involved with [the first] Cuban Linx. I got enough common sense to know that that ain’t the way to go.

What has Ghostface’s involvement in the album been?
I mean, Ghost’s involvement is what his involvement is. I’m not really gonna sit here and talk about that too much because it’s a Rae show right now. It’s not a Ghost show, it’s a Rae show. When you talking to me, you talking to me about what Rae is dealing with. As far as Ghost being on the record, y’all gonna see if he on the record or not. I’m not really gonna add on too much about that. I love my brother and he know I love him, but right now he doing what he gotta do. Chef doing what he gotta do. If you remember the formula from the first Cuban Linx, then you gotta know what the formula is for Cuban Linx II. I’m not saying that it’s the same, nothing can ever be the same, but Chef knew the ingredients that were needed for Cuban Linx II, and Chef went and got those ingredients. But I just don’t want to get too caught up in what Ghost is doing because, like I be telling dudes, me and Ghost are like two generals. It’s not no competition. But this is not about if Ghost is on the record or none of that shit. Them is the questions right there that I can’t stand right now.

You must understand why I would ask about Ghost, though.
I know, I mean, you the writer. You gotta do what you gotta do, but this is just me saying what it is.

So what have you been doing for the last two years?
I’ve been living. I’ve been doing the writing thing. I’ve been being the family man. I’ve been traveling the world. I been to like 18 cities last year. I’ve been getting my thoughts together, trying to figure out what’s going on with hip-hop itself. Like, is this shit all about money, or is this shit about the real shit? I’m serious about money, but it’s too much crooked shit. The way the game is, it’s like a crooked government right now. I’m tryna figure a way that I can crack it without being something I’m not.

raekwon2.jpgWhat are your thoughts on hip-hop today? Does it even make any sense to you?
It makes sense, but then it don’t make sense. I never been a hater of these other cats who never really had nothing being successful. That’s not my problem. The problem is how these corporations and how these labels [making decisions] by figures and by money. That’s the side that really be fuckin’ me up. They look at this shit like the muthafuckin’ wolves and you kinda get discouraged ’cause you not saluting what hip-hop is really about. [They] keep going on about that dancing shit, coming out with a fuckin’ suit on. Get the fuck out of here, man. When has it ever been like that? I been getting fresh from the door. That’s how I get down.

How do you feel about the fact that a lot of the things you set off on that first album people have been imitating for the past 10 years?
They following the fuckin’ leader. If you gonna challenge my ways, know my history. Don’t put nobody in my face that don’t know about me or they here to write an article on someone they thought was hot when they was hot. Come on, man. I been hot. That’s why a lot of rappers respect me to the level where they know, Nigga don’t put my name in [your] mouth or I’ma crush you. I’m a good humble dude, but don’t ever cross me, man. But a lot of shit is being stereotyped based on dude’s feelings. I ain’t hear from Rae in so long or whatever, whatever. Rae is over with, whatever. Muthafuckas will say anything.
I just continue to do my work and take constructive criticism when it’s time. Not no muthafuckas with double standards saying, Yo, your shit is hot, but…Come on, man. It gotta be either one or the other. Either I suck or I don’t suck. It’s like in the Vibe magazine, how the fuck y’all niggas gonna give me two [stars]? How the fuck y’all gonna give me two [stars] and then give [more] to all these country muthafuckas, who I feel really don’t get busy like that. That’s not saying that I don’t got a lot of respect for country niggas, ’cause I do got a lot of respect for country niggas, but that shit is bullshit, man. Niggas is classifying that shit as hip-hop? Get the fuck outta here, man. I ain’t going for that, man. And I ain’t stooping myself down to another level to be some shit that I’m not. And I ain’t got nothing against nobody in the South. This ain’t me going at the South, ’cause I was the first nigga to give OutKast and them niggas a muthafuckin’ shot in New York. If you really wanna go back and check your history, at who helped muthafuckas’ careers, I was the one that gave Nas his fuckin’ shot. Me and my family. We were the dudes that gave all these niggas a shot…Kanye West, all these niggas, and now muthafuckas act like they don’t got to pay homage? We gon’ make y’all pay homage with this record.

“State of Grace” is amazing.
“State of Grace” is a piece of chicken on top of a plate at Thanksgiving. I’ma give y’all niggas the ultimate feast. Nigga, you just walked into Red Lobster.

Do you ever feel like it would be better for you not to read the press?
Yeah. [Laughs] But if I don’t do that, like right now if I said, “Nah, I don’t want to fuckin’ talk to you right now,” that might put something in the magazine’s head to start up some more shit. I might not even get a shot in the magazine because of somebody’s personal feelings. It’s like, Oh, he didn’t want to come up to the table for us, so fuck him. So remember, y’all made me who the fuck I am, so when I take the shit 1,000 times more serious, don’t get mad at me. Just respect what I’m trying to do, ’cause I know I’m a winner.

  • Stealth

    Interesting interview, can’t wait to hear the album, big up Rae and the rest of the clan. Raekwon keep doing your thing man! Maybe it’s just me but audiences in recent years seem to be so fickle, they go with whatever reviews the media outlets put out, magazines radio, tv etc, rather than go to proper record shop and listen to a hip hop record and decide for themselves whether a album is good or not. I think young people account for a lot of sales in Hip Hop, are they mislead to what I call “glossy rap”? “Look how much money, jewels and hoes I got rap”? These fomulas are boring, rap about something else. Hey this sh*t is a long f*cking comment, big up my true Hip Hop massive, London, Hackney in da place! Peace!

  • Begiroquai

    RAE is the truth and we need to bring this type of shit to the frontline so everybody gets exposed. I understand all these pop acts tryna get moey but this is hip-hop at its highest form.
    “When i’m gone just let of like forty rifles/Aim it at rappers biting up the gods bible”
    I don’t wanna go buy some candy after hearin a track fuck that.

  • http://www.myspace.com/geoffdilkes G Off

    Damn, sounds like a serious case of denial.

    lol @ Red Lobster being the ultimate feast!!!

  • Mr. Me Too

    Raekwon quit yer bitchin’.

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  • http://hhboard.com jacob

    raekwon is one of the GOAT…word!!

  • ethics

    Rae sounds pretty bitter at the state of hip-hop and the media right now. I just hope he comes with that good old NY shit on this new joint.

    I feel him on this quote:
    “I do got a lot of respect for country niggas, but that shit is bullshit, man. Niggas is classifying that shit as hip-hop? Get the fuck outta here, man.”

    And I’m not from New York b, im from New Zealand

  • http://www.echoshock.net distinkt

    Definitely one of the best in the Wu, and in the world, but I think people are getting their hopes up a little too high. He was good on Ghostface’s album, but after ten years, I dunno how he’ll be received by the rap community, especially if his album flops.

  • http://xxl Emoney

    I’ve always liked Rae and have baught even the 2 albums after “Only built for Cuban linx” I support him in what he does, I just hope this album sounds fresh and is done right for the fact that he does have a lot riding on this one. One love Rae, and I’m deff be waiting on this one too, do ya thing…………………

  • http://www.bangbus.com j dogg

    fuck that fat nigga

  • http://www.digital-djs.com Saskwatch

    Cuban Linx was the official truth. I am not agreeing with him saying that the Wu gave Nas a shot since Nas had already made Illmatic, but I feel this dude’s pain. Hell it my pain. I have claimed Hip-Hop as my culture since ’83 – word is bond. Its no longer about skill level, its about following a formula to make money. Its about tits and ass – fa real. As musch as I like tits and ass, I have yet to see a nipple or an ass cheek spit a hot verse. Hip-Hop right now is too damn simple minded. Nobody hardly makes any music that challenges you. When somebody like a Little Brother comes through and spits some proper shit, cats call them backpack niccas, and their fans are back packers too – bullshit! I am not hating on nobody getting their paper. Yeah – I think a lot of this corny ass rap is detrimental to the community, but if these cats weren’t rappin – they would probably be doing other shit that would be even worse. Again, I am not dissing nobody – I haven’t called a corny rappers name. However, what set Rae apart from thers other clown is, he spoke on the subject with reality and perspective. Dude came equiped with a flashlight and shined on yall. Dude made you think about how grimey shit really was, but he gave you reasoning. These new schools cats got no reasoning in their cat-hat-bat style of rhyming. Rae has personality and a swagger. He and the Clan set themselves apart from waht everybody else is doing. Nowadays, everyody just trying to find the next bandwagon to jump on after Screwed and Chopped Trill shit plays out. Cats don’t even know history. People thinking Screw music is some new isht, that shit has been around forever, but now the labels embracing that isht like its Reggaeton or something. Though, I have wrote what seems to be an essay on Rae, I am not on this dude’s dick, but I do feel his frustration. What they are calling Hip-Hop Culture nowadays is not from the blueprint I was reading from for 15 years since ’83. Its a violation, but I am sure somebody will clown my ass for telling it like it is. Peace to Rae for Cuban Linx 2, and State of Grace does sound like something that could have been on the first. Respect due.

  • Icey G!

    WU Tang Clan ain’t nothin to f@!k wit! Yes, it’s about time to kill all that wack ass bama music down south! (except Little Brother & Justus League)Ghost kicked in the door w/ Fishscale now Rae it’s up to you to do your thing! Keep the Iron Flag waving high…Wu 4 ever!!!

  • daesonesb

    The south isn’t bad, I come from there.
    But a lot of rappers comin out of the south suck. If you cant see that, then there is no hope for you. Outkast, little brother, goodie mobb, scarface, shit even TI, slim thugg and lil wayne (sometimes) are good.

    But fuck mike jones or little john. That music isn’t rap, it is chanting. Half the time it is hard to tell if they aren’t making fun of themselves. Whack is whack. Whether it is a puff daddy album or paul fuckin wall (Who honestly admitted on that mtv barber shop thing that “I aint too good of a rapper, but I can market myself.”)

  • Killa Bee

    I fully agree with the Chef on all his feelings, and I’m really glad the fucking General is back to show mothafuckas what hip-hop is really about.

  • Tarak from philly

    Feed the lobster yo!!! straight off the meat rack, keep make’in love to my ear drumz, cause forever WU-TANG I’m gonna feel that. R.I.P. Osiris…

  • Tarak from philly

    Mr. Me Too, know your rap, then critize you bitch ass nigga. WHAT!!!!!!

  • Tarak from philly

    lil wayne iz a suspect azz nigga…

  • Tarak from philly

    Bottem line… WU-TANG FOREVER!!!

  • http://www.murphyprojects.com SHAHEIM ALI

    yo rae don’t blame nobody for ya bullshit music aight! WU WAS on top of the world, than ya FUCKED UP and came out with that TRASH ASS wutang forever album! so itz ya fault son, face the music and go out like barry sanders not MJ! PEACE..

  • Seasonal

    Cuban Links is from an era where shit was real. Let’s hope money will be able to bring that same flavor back wit that ingredients he talking about.Cuban Links definetly goes down in the top 10 classics…Immobilarity wasn’t that bad neither.1

  • Streets Disciple

    OBFCL was the epitome of a classic album, and although Rae is talking about a similar formula, i heard that the main co- lyricist from the Wu isn’t gona be ghostface, but will be GZA, i haven’t got any complaints coz the jizzah i think is the sharpist clansman with his lyrics.

  • Kev-la G

    Rae does his thang but shit man, the WU’s over..that i can tell you…and wats this whole thang bout ya’ll giving Nas his shot,kno wat..nobody in the WU can see Esco lyrically,lets not get to the flow,Rae and i kno that…and you kno wat,im gon cop that Cuban linx 2 album….

  • rellmo84

    I got a lot of respect for the wu,but rae was talkin a little reckless. I feel his pain hip hop is very watered down now anybody can get in. But saying he gave nas and outkast they shot was kinda arrogant.Them niggaz already had they movement,so for him to say he somewhat put them on is kind of stupid. And yes there are a lot of rappers down here that can rap, and there are a lot that are garbage.But what people dont know up there is they know they suck,they jus tryin to make a quick buck. But the wu are legends but unfortunatly that era is over cuz people hav lost what hip hop was really about.People jus followin suit now.I dont think the album will do well,not cuz hes bad but ask someone under 21 about the 1st cuban linx,they aint gon no what the hell u talkin bout. BE EZ PEOPLE

  • King

    thats that shit I’mtalking bout rep where you from to the fulliest cuz DA SOUTH aint gone stop actin a fool there are a lot of “POP” acts out there right now especially coming out of the south cuz its are turn just like when them niggas from up north were coming out corny where they at now though? gone in the wind. real recongnize real and the realist are always going to be at the top at the end of the day. RAE and the rest of the clan been here for a decade and some so start paying homage for the real niggas the niggas thats been here from day one on that real grit and grind shit. Keep doing it Rae keep bust these wack ass rappers upside the head with that true hip-hop. To all these haters out here sideline hatin, who can’t see pass all the glits and glame SHUT THE FUCK UP and get out the way. Keep it real and you’ll always succeed. QUIT HATIN’& make room the real niggas in the game.

  • KlientL

    Im from the south and Wu Tang was one of the first c.d’s i bought but alot of these NY niggas need to release the hate for the south. Quit talkin in tongues and call names because you cant generalize the south in one category. Call out those acts like D4L, Paul Wall, Mike Jones etc. but dont put everyone in one box. Every region has its time to shine. Dont hate because you cant beat the south in this game right now. I noticed in the beginning we couldnt get love from the north. Then cats started to see how things got poppin down here and wanted to be a part of it. Now that the south is ruling the soundwaves there is a little animosity in the air. Fuck real hip hop. Its about doing what you do. Handle your business in this (business). Dont hate on a region because it has all the shine. In due time you will have your time Rae make your music for the people.ALL HAIL THE SOUTH!!!

  • bluerid

    EMINEM IS DRUGS TO MY MIND.AND DRUGS KILL.IM REALLY SORRY IVE BEEN BLIND SO LONG.

  • Steels Kitchen

    coutry ass niggas

    im sick and tired of this shit…

    ohh by the way….

    fuck field mob

  • http://xxlmag.com G.Wynn

    I respect Rae and the whole Wu. They have their spot cemented in history. I am from the dirty and we have always given other regions their props. But what is so disturbing to me is that I have not heard so much hate on a region in my life. Everyone has their chance to shine. By Rae saying that he let Kast get their shine. Are you crazy. That was Kast third album. They had already gone double platinum with their last two. So how did you give them shine. Rae you living off one album as a solo artist. That is Cuban Linx. The Wu had it’s era. We are moving on. I think Cuban Linx II will be tight, but where it falls in this new landscape of hip-hop no one knows. When you all were hot we respected it. When The West and Mid-West was hot we gave respect. Pay homage to you and the Wu we have. You just make sure you and N.Y. pay homage to those that got the crown right now. Times have changed. Jeezy double platinum and Ghost 110,408 first week, same machine pushin the albums. The South Got Something To Say Like It Or Not!

  • maxamill

    I HOPE RAY DO HIS THANG BECAUSE I LOVED THE FIRST CUBAN LINK ALBUM SO I HOPE HIS NEW VERSION IS HOT OR HOTTER THAN THE LAST BECAUSE HIP HOP NEEDS THAT RIGHT NOW BUT THE ONLY THING THAT TRIPS ME OUT IS WHEN THE EAST WAS KILLING THE GAME THE SOUTH JUST SET BACK AND WOR ON THERE CRAFT AND YEAH THERE’S A LOT A BULL SHIT COMING FROM THE SOUTH BUT YOU ALSO HAD SOME BULLSHIT COMING FROM THE EAST LIKE WHEN RZA WAS RAHEEM AND HE HAD THAT BULL SHIT RECORD I LOVE YOU RAHEEM OR WHEN OR WHEN GZA WAS THE GENIUS AND HE HAD THAT SONG COME DO ME WEARING THE MC HAMMER PANTS AND LEAN WIT IT ROCK WIT IT AINT NO DIFFERENT FROM GIRLS I GOT’EM LOCKED BY CASANOVA AND SUPER LUVA, ITS THE SOUTH TIME SO DEAL WIT IT AND STOP BITCHING CAUSE REAL NIGGAS DONT BITCH THEY MAKE MOVES AND A LOT OF YALL JUST SOUND LIKE A LOT BITCHES RIGHT NOW

  • bfschiavon

    by givin nas the spot on cuban linx, it paived the way for nas to drop ‘it was written’ which had a cuban linx vibe to it. street dreamz for example. its do or die rae!!!! bring it back, we need it

  • Doc Flav

    Good Points Max. I Guess Being Country Is Supposed To Be Negative Or Subpar. Rae Chill Out, Make A Got Album And Cats Will Hold You Down, You Soundin Like The Old Widower Man On The Front Porch, Spitting Sesame Seeds Cursing At Kids Cause They Stepped On Your Lawn.

  • http://YAHOO 1 K.I.N.G W.A.T.R

    KING I FEEL U PIMPIN THESE FISH ASS NIJA FROM THE NORTH R SO LAME.RAE SAYS THIS AND THAT BOUT NIGGAZ HE PUT ON AND THIS NIJA SORRY AND THESE ARE R GOOD. WHAT THE FUCK EVER HOMIE SOMBODY NEEDS TO PUT U ON….WITH AT LEAST A GOLD RECORD. FISH ASS NIGGA I DONT CARE AND HALF OF THEM NIGGAS IN NEWYORK DONT CARE IF FUCKIN GHOSTFACE IS ON THE ALBUM!!! THIS NIJAS ALBUM WONT MAKE IT PASSED 200,000 COPIES.

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  • child of hip hop

    i think everybody has a good point to add about to dissemination of the culture of hiphop….im 20 and i can vividly remember the time when i found the purple tape in my sisters room…when i pressed play, my soul was opened up….my favorites vary from nas, mega and big to ugk , scarface and 36 mafia…but as of right now i cant recall an album, a movement, a ghetto enterprise that has had a profound effect on a generation of hip hop listeneres, enthusiasts and wateva u wanna call yaself other than the purple tape…remember, it was the purple tape, even b4 the release of the red cd, it was the PURLPE TAPE!!!!! NEVER FORGET THE PURPLE TAPE AND ITS INFLUENCE ON the true fan of hip hop

  • Danja29

    Well, I say to Rae: if you don’t like it, CHANGE IT. Make that great sequel to OB4CL you were supposed to have done like 6 years ago, instead of wasting people’s time like you did with ‘Immobilarity’ and that other shit. THEN maybe you won’t have time to complain about the “country niggas”.

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  • bluerid

    i belong in scotland if they want to have me there…

  • Keith

    i didnt like cuban linx
    boring…
    2nd will probably be boring…

    R.I.P Proof

  • http://www.nubreed.com Deal

    Rae is a real one no doubt, I bet everything in my pocket that cuban linx 2 will be that crack!!

  • 50 Cent

    The south is slow. They dumb their music down to make it “appeal” to other idiots and young white teenagers. Maybe if something good came out the south, you would get respect. Fuck it, Young Buck shouldn’t rep the south anymore, ya’ll niggas is straight up wack. I think i should buy the south and make it my personal garbage dump.

  • mize2

    Rea is right…Niggas need to respect the God !

  • http://xxlmag.com boakye i like it

    thanks

  • http://www.thepro.info PROFOUND THE ARTIST

    Chef got some good points. I’m not the advocate of being stuck in the 90′s, but for real sh*t isn’t quality music right now.

    Are we men or mice, stop following the cheese!!!!

    http://www.thepro.info myspace.com/profoundmusic

  • reality

    its just goood to see the god and listen to whats on his mind real hip no filler half of the new rapcats havent even risen to the level musically to fuck with cuban linx1 keep it real

  • SMOKE J

    WHO RUNNIN’ THE GAME RIGHT NOW ? THE SOUTH. ‘NUFF SAID. BOW DOWN NIGGAZ. FUCK WHAT YOU SAY…AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU ALL KNOW WHO GOT THE CROWN. THE SOUTH. WE OUTNUMBER ALL YOU NIGGAZ.

  • DC Kid

    Some of the south is cool, but that shit thats really popping on the radio is straight garbage ! Maybe its cause I’m from the north but spit something that makes sense, spit something that make you think. I’m sure if anybody had a half decent beat and a catchy as hook anybody can make millions. Thats why Rae gonna keep doing it. If anybody know hip hop they gonna cop this album regardless and if you don’t, shame on ya’ll! Rae do your thing. And to those who don’t know, listen to Child of hip hop and cop the purple tape you bitches ! One.

  • Bollus

    What happened to the damned R.A.G.U. (Rae and Ghost United) album??

  • Wu-Fan

    All you lil’ youngstas take notice and do your homework!! Respect the G-O-D’s!!! Wu-Tang Clan did A LOT for Hip-Hop. All these “rappers” out now, they all wish they could impact Hip-Hop the way Wu did. Wu-Tang Forever you not-knowin-fake-frontin-ass-trend-followin-haters!

  • 50 Cent

    SMOKE J Says:

    April 22nd, 2006 at 8:48 am
    WHO RUNNIN’ THE GAME RIGHT NOW ? THE SOUTH. ‘NUFF SAID. BOW DOWN NIGGAZ. FUCK WHAT YOU SAY…AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU ALL KNOW WHO GOT THE CROWN. THE SOUTH. WE OUTNUMBER ALL YOU NIGGAZ.
    ^^^^

    I’d have to disagree, becuase the Midwest is selling more then any southern artist.

    Nelly
    Kanye
    Eminem
    Chingy
    Hell even Obie Trice sold over a million

    G-G-G-G-UNIT!

  • http://www.myspace.com/throwuprecordspro PRO@THROWUP RECORDS-Philadelphia,Pa

    Raekwon been the hottest dude around he was just on Cassidy’s hustla album killin it. Raekwon ai’nt never fall off he don’t gotta make no more albums and still be the King of NEW YORK. I like other dudes but, if you ask me ,between Jay-z,Nas,and Raekwon; Raekwon is the KING OF NEW YORK. Nas said in “Last Real Nigga Alive” on the God’s Son album that he borrowed from Raekwon. Jay-Z wouldn’t be where he’s at without NAS and Foxy. So Raekwon is the Foundation for both of them and they need to give him his crown back. “Incacerated Scarfaces” a banger for life.

  • trakdeala from dc

    tarak from philly is a bitch. rae is some shit the south is on top bitch

  • 50 Cent

    ^^^

    How’s the south on top? G-UNIT sells more records then any southern artist.

  • john cochran

    first off, alot of these dickheads thats out now thats spittin that hustler shit need to know who started it. Niggas like rea built the shit. the reason why the south got the game right now is cause it aint no young niggas like rea, ghost, nas, etc. from up top who bringin it no more. if it is, yall need to holla. I GOT BEATS FOR SALE!!! JCOCRAHNGC@HOTMAIL.COM

  • Lyzzo

    Muthafuck that nigga. He givin himself props for Nas and Outkast blowin up? Stop it. It’s niggas down here that’ll rip that dude apart.

  • C Knight

    First off Rae is the shit matter of fact the whole WU is the shit, I like them all and listen to them to this day, and all ways will, but I’m from the South and for real straight up niggas hating something terrible on us, for what stuff changes over time the crown never stays in one place with any sport, down here we rolling with Scarface for real he is the best no matter what muthafuckas say, so Rae do you, we love your music down here for real, but all that salty talk all yall kill it, or just step your rap game up and call names dou scared say you scared

  • babyboy

    WU-TANG CLAN 4ever, u may not believe it but, in POrtugal, Wu tang is the best hip hop group ever, i am still a big fan, but can u guys pleace make a new cd, rae i am gonna get ur cd, urs and Ghost fishscale, i bet they r classics like the old times.. peace my brothers

  • http://www.ananzi.co.za PHONY YAYO

    WU TANG 4EVA…..
    GGGGG-UNOT

  • babyboy

    50 response- G-unit is on top, thats tru, but for how long? u niggas r really starting to get some haters man, i like g-unit i am a big fan of 50 work, hes really clever and shit, but, i see a lot of cats now say dat u guys suck, Mobb is mobb u know, Mase my bro 4ever, spider loc, nigga please, olivia sucks, 50 u dope u got me, loyd banks not bad, young buck he rocks all over europe , MOP dem nigga s r fresh do death but, u have to slow down beef man, u know better den dat, try to make more fans all over instead of giving dem a reason to hate u, go back to ur formula, i saw ur concert in Portugal i was there on holiday, i also saw u in wembley, u doin it big, kee it up u da man, but u know dat Wu tang Rules the hip hop group shit, holla bck… Fabio

  • ZAKAR*7

    Do you read or skim thru shit? Rae said he was the first in NEW YORK to give outkast a shot.and its true.No-one in NY was fucking wid outkast and Mr.Cuban Linx is a very credible cosign.And nas..Remember in 95, WU RAN THIS SHIT.They had the power(5 albums out at once?ALL selling?C’mon).They gave him the first outside guest appearance on a wu album ever.They made him an honourary wu-gambino.they crowned him nas ESCOBAR(check the cd credits).And that verse(maybe his best EVER) made alot of people pay attention to him.It made me buy It was Written.Illmatic was CLASSIC,but didnt sell remember?(never even made gold=CRAZY)if that aint givin someone a shot,i dont kno what is.

  • bigbodylicious

    all yall niggaz hattin on wu keep yo comments to yoself

  • 50 Cent

    Babyboy, get off my dick.

  • maxamill

    FIRST OF ALL OUTKAST DIDN’T NEED RAE ON THERE SHIT WHEN HE RAPPED ON THAT RECORD SKEW IT ON THE BARBIE, OUTKAST WAS ALREADY SELLING MILLIONS OF RECORDS. THEN NIGGAS HELD THE SOUTH DOWN FOR YEARS WHEN IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE EAST AND THE WEST THEY STILL SOLD RECORDS AND RAE ONLY GOT ON THERE RECORD CAUSE THEM BOYS ARE HOT LYRICALLY,PERIOD. EVENTHOUGH OUTKAST IS ON SOME OTHER SHIT NOW THERE STILL THE ONLY GROUP TO SELL MORE RECORDS EVERY ALBUM OUT THE ONLY OTHER GROUP TO DO THAT WAS PROBABLY NWA AND NIGGAS DIDN’T WANT TO LISTEN WHEN GOODIE MOB WAS SPITTING THAT FIRE SO KNOW THERE’S A LOT OF BULLSHIT RECORDS ON THE RADIO SO DON’T HATE ON THE SOUTH JUST (GET UP ,GET OUT & GET SOMETHING) THE EAST NEED TO MAKE BETTER RECORDS BECAUSE THE OLD NIGGAS LIKE JAY Z, BUSTA,NAS AND NOW 50 WITH HIS SOUTHERN FLOW THE ONLY NIGGAS WHO REALLY SEEM TO GIVE AT LEAST MORE THAN ONE HIT SONG ON THERE ALBUMS EVENTHOUGH BUSTA HAVEN’T HAD A RIDE OUT ALBUM SENCE WOO HAA.

  • gerv

    Rae need to make some good music that sells so he don’t just end up another washed up rapper complaining all day.Cuban Links was the shit no doubt but come on now he ain’t had a album that was even half as good as that since.Oh yeah and he ain’t put one rapper on that he mentioned and anybody that knows thier Hip-Hop history knows that foreal.

  • Babyboy

    50 Dicks response- Nigga plz wat u know about hip hop? all u know is ride da dick of dis snitch azz suckers , who cant even sing. Hip hop is a culture, a movement, not a shoot u 9 times bang bang, in da club we make party, nah fuck dat.. wu is da bomb, and stop talkin about 50 cuz dis is Rae interview dick azz Mother f*cker

  • GAGE

    I understan where the fuck Rae is coming from. He’s been repping for the hustlaz from day one, before snowman and before 50 cent before all them niggaz even tought about picking up a mic. D4L and those bullshyt ass kiddy rhymes come on man that shyt dont make no sense and is no way called hip hop. Give props where props is due. T.I. Outkast, Young Jeezy, Scarface them niggaz got skillz on the mic and know whats the fuck is going on but u got niggaz making the same shyt and calling it different names. Call it what it is a hustle not hip hop. Rae fuck them niggaz hatin on the Wu and The real essence of hip hop. Real niggaz thats been there for real the real 80′s babies know what the fuk the Wu is aboiut knows taht Raekwon the CHeft be cookin some marvelous shyt. The south gets respect to those who’s real wiht the shyt and does real hip hop. I was born and raised in ny and i live in south fl now, they got niggaz down here that rhyme that hip hop shyt and is being under rated. But yo speak that real shyt cuz hip hop is about the real shyt. And all them niggaz hatin on what the chef is doing pck up a only built for cuban linx, pick up that wu 36 chambers where the fuk u think C.R.E.A.M. came from? If its hip hop then it is what is if its garbage call it garbage.

  • Verbal

    Rae’s truly one of the greatest emcees ever. But that sneak diss about the south was out of line! Hip-hop’s for everybody. NY ain’t got no lock on the shit. I’ve always been a supporter of NY hip-hop, but niggas need to get off the South right now. What ya’ll want?! South niggas to sound more East Coast? Lyrics iz lyrics, fam! Just cuz a nigga got a lil’ drawl to ‘em or a different swag don’t mean he ain’t sayin nuthin. I agree that a lot of whats bein pushed right now is trash, but don’t dis a whole section of tha country! This sound like tha bullshit East Coast vs. West Coast bullshit all over again!

  • Shad

    “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx” is a masterpiece. Hopefully the sequel will be a worthy follow-up, like what The Godfather Part II is to The Godfather.

  • bluerid

    my mind gone..

  • Raskel

    I am from L.A. and only built for cuban linx 1 was truly a classic album.He got to go get nas though and ghostface better be on the album.Raekwon is a thorough niiiia, you can tell he come from the street and thats what his album need to be about. Really doe he dissapointed me with immobilary everybody out here at the time was waitin for that solo album just to here some weak shit. Get it right RAE Only built for cuban linx 2 will get copped but will it get returned??? Westcoast got alot of love for Wu-tang dont dissapoint me again

  • Raskel

    The south is alright but I always said the reason why they sell what they do is because they get on stage with they gold teeth and doin them little stupid dances and the white people say “oh look they doin the jiggaboo dance” david banner beeen garbage. Slim thugg be holdin it down thoe. got respect for Scarface, getto boys, master P,DJ SCREW, MIKE JONES been garbage lil flip is alright he need to get on some grown shit though I know the kids love it but shit i was born in 77 i dont listen to kid hop. Seriously I need another GAME album or Jigga.

  • Raskel

    oh yeah hella respect for OUTKAST, and goodie MOB thats when the south really was doin they thing as far as ATL. By the way that fuckin movie sucked TI you aint no actor my little brother will slap the shit out of you. Get yo block knocked off, but you got some little lyrics that king album aint gettin no rotation in my benz thoe.

  • wimpye

    REA WENT A LITTLE TO FAR SAY’N HE BLEW OUTKAST UP,THEM NIGGAZ WAS ALREADY TEARING SHIT UP CUZ.I’M FROM CINCINNATI,OHIO WE LISTIN TO EVERYTHING(NORTH,SOUTH,EAST,WEST)SHIT WE’LL LISTIN TO A MONKEY RAP IF THE NIGGA CAN GO.I CAN’T KNOCK WEAK ASS NIGGAZ LIKE(MIKE JONES.LIL FLIP AND CHINGY.IF THEY CAN GET 500,000 STUPID MUTHUFUCKAZ TO FOLLOW THEY WACK ASS, MORE POWER TO THEM.THOSE RAPPERS MIGHT DUMB,BUT THEY AIN’T STUPID BESIDES OUTKAST,T.I,FEILD MOB,8BALL&MJG AND SCARFACE”MASTER P AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME” NIGGAZ IS WACK.NOW I’M THE TYPE OF NIGGA WHO CAN’T RAP FOR SHIT.BUT HELL I’M STILL GONE PUT ME OUT A WEAK ASS ALBUM,AT LEAST I NOW I CAN GO GOLD IN THE SOUTH ALONE

  • milo

    the chef is back with a vengence

  • TheTruth

    Raekwon: Thats a one hot album every 10 year average.

  • Robb the Ready Writer

    Dude…I’m from Birmingham, Alabama and that built for cuban linx was in fact….the shit. Please don’t insult the SOUTH because everybody puts out some weak ass bullshit including niggas in NY and everywhere else. Just because you can’t relate ..don’t hate. You may not like grills and too big rims but niggas down here do although I don’t. Outkast and the Goodie Mob put us on the map in a major way. I feel like Rae on the politics of hiphop … true hiphop heads want quality lyrics mixed with the dopest of beats. There is a age gap even in the hiphop culture and it’s a problem too. Niggas in the their late 20′s and 30′s remember a different hiphop than what these kids prefer today.

    It’s easy to see that NY is trying to regroup after the west coast spanked that ass and then the south just took the mic. It’s good to see NY coming back to the forefront …it all started in NY and I believe hiphop should be represented well by NY. big ups to the dipset, g-unit, and the whole south that’s doing it right. Damn, badboy …where u at?

  • Mr.Scatter a.k.a Move Niggas in Bunches

    I love to see my people eat off of a genre we have created, fought and died for. I’m from the Apple and I now reside in the Dirty. I love the beats from the south but lyrically with the exception of Outkast, T.I., Face, Juvenile, Lil Weezey, Lil Brother, and Nelly, the south needs to pick up some F**king books and expand their vocabulary which can also enhance their subject matter. It appears to be a whole lot of shuckin’ and jivin’ in videos and less concentration on how to really take over the industry that exploits us. Remember what the Wu-Tang deal did for hip-hop and yeah Rae is right homage should be paid. Peace to the Apple and the Dirty everything goes full-circle.

  • J SUN

    FUCK THE SOUTH, EAST COAST FOREVA, NIGGAS FROM THE SOUTH HAVE NO WORDPLAY AND THERE HOOKS ARE TRASH, NOT TO MENTION THEM MICKYMOUSE BEATS. THERE ARE VERY FEW MC’S FROM THE SOUTH THAT GOT FLOW(TI, LUDA, LILWAYNE’S OK, JEZZY ALRIGHT) NO ONE PUTS IT DOWN LIKE EAST COAST MC’S. RAE, DO YOUR THING MONEY….

  • J SUN

    SPEAKING OF TRASH HOOKS. I HEARD THIS HOOK ON SOME VIDEO THE OTHER DAY. YO, WHAT THIS MUTHAFUCKA SAY? “I’M FROM THE GHETTO HOMEY, I WAS RAISED ON BREAD AND BOLOGNA” WHAT THE FUCK. THAT SHIT IS GARBAGE. I DONT EVEN KNOW WHO THE FUCK SPITS THAT SHIT BUT THAT SHIT IS STRAIGHT TRASH. BIG UP TO WU TANG… ONE….

  • TheTruth

    Yall Ho ass East Coast niggas act like everybody up thier lyrical and cold. Yall have wack ass rappers just like the
    South ie(D4L,Lil John,Lil Flip, etc),
    West ie(Snoop,GuerillaBlack,E-40 etc),
    MidWest(Nelly,Chingy,Murphy Lee, etc),
    Man yall gave us Ja Rule need I say more.

  • mathew

    First off, no one in his rite mind can disrespeck the Wu b4 98. but Rae fell off, and he should quit whinin jus cause he been trash for a minute. everyone knows the south is fuckin hip hop up by the day. the only decent dudes in the south r outkast, T.I, goodie mob, scarface..u know the real dudes. the rest is trash
    Rae need to keep whining, New york is asleep and the whole hip hop game is sufferin now havin to listen to retard music frm the South.
    Rae need to do sumth big if he wants his name bak in the limelight. and btw, how the F** he gon talk about Nas, he cant be on Nas level. he should jeep Nas dick out his mouth..fuks!!

  • mathew

    dont get me wrong tho, Raekwon The Chef is in my Top 30 list of greatest MCs of all time,along with ghost but he need to step his game up if he wants dudes2 notice.
    As for the South, with a few xeptions I say stop it with that Minstrel Show shit!!! wot nxt u start rappin in the cabbage patch??wtf? white ppl now laughin @ black dudes coz of dat south minstrel show shit…

  • TheTruth

    Minstrel show! East yall gave us
    Flavor Flav. Need I say more.

  • maxamill

    IT’S FUNNY TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE CRYING OVER THE SOUTH BEING ON TOP OF THE GAME RIGHT NOW I WOULD PUT WEEZY,T.I,DRE FROM OUTKAST,CEELO WHEN HE RAPPING AND NOT SINGING,SCARFACE, AND EVERYBODY KNOWS THESE NIGGAS DON’T WANT IT WITH LUDDA REMEMBER THE THEY SHOOTING REMIX WITH NAS,JADDA AND LUDDA,LUDDA MERKED THAT SHIT SO PUT SOME OF THESE SOUTH NIGGAS AS A FEATURE AND I BET YOU THEY WOULD OUT SHINE A LOT NIGGAS ON THEY ON SHIT SO DON’T HATE PARTICIPATE AND GET YOUR GAME UP WRITE A HIT OR SOMETHING UNTILL THEN STOP BITCHING

  • http://myspace.com/getthebloodmoney Def of Blood Money Productions

    Hott interview I’m so hyped 4 his album I been bumpin’ my Cuban Linx Part 1 album and Fishscale all week. Wu-Tang 4 life!

  • Rekboogie

    The only reason the south got it right now and had it since 99..Niggaz got lazy in NYC..but that don’t mean this south shit is the official…50 cent made this south shit expand more in 2004 and he’s from NY..but we also got to know niggaz like Jay z is giving the south a ghetto pass thru Def Jam Oh..I mean Def Scam…Nigguhz need to put that main ingredient back into NY..I moved down to the “A” because the homes were cheaper..but so is the Music…

    Check it.. NYc got fat and lazy Its time to stop eat that southern cookin and put on some east coast muscle…

  • gerv

    I thought it was bad when east coast niggas was haten on the west coast.Shit now yall fools haten on a whole region the south is big.Why don’t some of yall just come out and say it you hate to see anyone except for east coast NY artists making money in rap.What did yall actually think Wu-Tang and other groups was gonna have hits 4ever.And it don’t suprise me that most rappers that kinda got an east coast style are the only rappers yall like from other places.Shit that’s why you muthafuckas stay on Jay-z’s dick 24/7 365 because he the only one really making good music that actually sells other than 50.So stop yall bitching and complaining and make some music that will actually sell outside NY so you can all stop crying like bitches.The 90′s are over and so is alot of what yall like to call real Hip-Hop as you muthafuckas put it.Just because rap came from NY does not mean that you muthafuckas have the only valid voice on what’s Hip-Hop.Raekwon wasn’t the first muthafucka to rap about selling coke and he ain’t the best his last albums proved that.I got to give it to yall only a NY rapper can make 1 good solo album and the others straight garbage and still get super props.Let that fool be from anywhere else and you niggas would be calling him a has been foreal.

  • mathew

    no one hatin on the south, they got some good artists but they not in the majority. sum of them do some minstrel show…makin a foll of theyslef. and the lyrics cant inspire a cat..lol

  • J robb

    Built for cuban linx: classic. Supremme clientele :classic. Cuban lynx 2 wil not be nothing without Ghost. Hip hop is the only music genre that has all this bullshit with zip codes and towns . We lost two all time MCs bcause of that shit. give props to you hood fo sho, but write hip hop not Post office music. Do you hear rock stars fussing about hometowns and coasts all the time .No They just write music .We need to preserve the history of our music. All the kids know of the Beatles. When you mention Run DMC or Rakim they look at you funny. If we preserved the music Rae would get his props when necessary along with present rappers of today as well. One LOVE

  • J robb

    OH YEAH AND WE INVENTED ROCK AND ROLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • gerv

    What’s all this bullshhit about lyrical content damn near all your favorite rappers talk about the same shit.Money,hoes,clothes,jewely,guns,murder,and drugs.

  • gerv

    Can’t forget the free advertising for all those cars either.

  • DC Kid

    Man for anyone to say that the south is running shit or is better based on record sales don’t know hip hop, they don’t appreciate hip and they dumb as fuck !! (ahem) 50 cent ….

    The new south is gabage. Simpled minded filler rap crunk music is all that shit is. To say that the South is running shit is like saying Lil Jon is nice on the mic. Throw me some old school and I’ll listen. Tru there are some nice cats from the South like (Luda, Outkast, Goodie Mob, them old school cats) but the new South is Lame . Big ups to Rae. Do your shit homey !

  • jojochicago

    Rae gon bring it on this one. i do have to say the 2nd joint was cool but i really liked the 3rd CD. people just slept. he came at them niggas from the south, although he should have clarified hisself. i know he talkng about that laffy taffy shit! Ghost shitted on that bullshit too. we know TI and them cats are hip hop. but with all this hype, this shit better be good and if its good it better get promoted. I know Ghost gon on the joint, probably not that many, maybe 2-3 joints. Peace to the Chef!

  • http://richardfranklinphotography.com MZN

    get the money. C.R.E.A.M. 2006

  • me

    Rae always been that nigga. He gone keep on being that nigga. real talk imma buy three of them albums. Cuban Linx and The Infamous were the first two C.D’s i ever owned and i still got em 10 years later. One

  • Da South’s Prodigy

    I feel Raekwon and alot of so-called NY rappers are hatin on the south. Callin our music some bullshit like your music is all-dat. We make feel good music down here, while ya’ll rap wit dat same ol’ 93 flow. Stop hatin and make some muthafuckin hitz.

  • Da South’s Prodigy

    P.S.

    Fuck all you cocksuckaz dat got a problem with South Hip-Hop. Any nigga from tha south beat beat tha fuck out of any 2 east coast pussy….Play wit it!!!!

  • Rodney Clay

    Yo Rae, as long as you creative.. you gonna shine. we all know what you capable of and if you got the Riza with you, you even more dangerous.
    Just remeber, Music changes, and since we all acknowledge that there is alot of wack shit out there, that means a change is coming. Just continue to be a trend setter- YOU AND YOUR CLAN. As far as the south is concerned…. Let them niggas get
    thier money… alot a real gangstas is out in the south, ofcourse its gonna be wack niggas but they dont last. -Rodney Clay

  • J SUN

    DA SOUTH, “YOUR WACK NIGGA FACE IT. IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME YOU HAVE NO PLACEMENT”

  • http://xxlmag.com Lyric Assassin

    HEY MAN,I’M FROM THE SOUTH AND I AGREE THAT WE NEED TO PUT THIS HIP-HOP THING BACK IN PERSPECTIVE BUT I CAN’T CONDONE RAE & GHOST’S BASHING OF THE SOUTH AS A WHOLE OR THIS (COUNTRY BULLSHIT)AS YOU NIGGAS CALL IT CAUSE I CAME FROM THAT WU ERA AND NIGGAS DOWN HERE EMBRACED YALL BECAUSE YALL WERE REAL NIGGAS AND YOUR DARTS WERE ACCURATE ALSO.SO CALL A SPADE A SPADE RAE AND QUIT BASHING THE WHOLE SOUTH CAUSE ALOTTA NIGGAS DOWN HERE LOVE WHAT YOU NIGGAS DO LYRICALLY.AND AS YOU AND OTHER EAST COAST NIGGAS SOON WILL SEE THAT WE GOT REAL NIGGAS DOWN HERE THAT CAN AND WILL MATCH YOU LYRICALLY.NOW I’M FROM MEMPHIS,TN AND IF NIGGAS IN MEMPHIS FEEL YOU THEN ALOTTA OTHER SOUTHERN NIGGAS DO ALSO.SO DON’T TURN YOUR BACK ON THE SOUTH AND THEREFORE TURN YOUR BACK ON NIGGAS WHO TRULY SUPPORT YOU.STOP THINKING LIKE THESE OTHER NIGGAS AND GET BACK ON YOUR GODLY MINDFRAME.AND BY THE WAY YOU’VE USED BEATS FROM CARLOS(6 JULY)BROADY,A SOUTH NIGGA AND YALL SAMPLE ALOTTA AL GREEN WHICH IS A,SOUTH NIGGA.BE CLEAR KING WE LOVE WHAT YOU DO SO SHOW AND PROVE GOD!ONE.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com BEEF RIDER

    RAE is one of them hard niggas keepin the game up,he is representing the streets 100% no doubt, keep it hard gangsta and fuck al them young cats destroying the game WU-TANG for ever

  • http://RAE DAT DUDE

    YO MAN EVERYTHING REAL HIPHOP AINT BEEN THE SAME WITH THE CHIEF NOT BEING IN THE PICTURE IM HAPPY AS HELL HE COMING BACK TO COOK THAT DOPE MUSIC. EVERYTHING REAL HES IN MY TOP 5 DEAD OR ALIVE. 1.B.I.G 2.NASTY NAS(JUS NASTY NAS)3.RAE 4.JADAKISS 5.JAY-Z

  • star

    yo i got love for the south, yea some niggaz is wack but u got wack niggaz everywhere, its a shame though that these young niggaz hear these new rappers & think this is some new hot shit, back then it was real, u hustled cuz u had to, now these young cats hustle cuz jeezy says he hustle or cuz cam say he hustle wasnt that the same nigga ridin with mase on horse & carriage, us new york cats do gotta quit hatin on the south, but know this we made this shit up here so no matter how hot u think u are u MUST pay homage, just cuz radio play you doesnt mean that u hot so hide ur face

  • throwback

    I appreciate hearing the truth, and thats what Rae has just given us. Whether I agree w/ some comments he has made or not, I like the truth. He is REAL, the wu is REAL, and no, they have not been as successful lately as previous years, but they are keeping it real. I am from the south, and I agree with Rae all of the way about the elementary rhymes and pety artists these days. It is a new generation, but those who know about rae and the rest of shaolin will never forget. Who knows, will Rae be able to re-kindle the original ways of the wu and hip-hop like it was I dont know, but the Wu will never fall off. Much respect to you Raekwon and all the rest of your fellow clansmen, the definition of ORIGINAL HIP-HOP, you will shine again, and people will see. Stay up Rae.

  • peejay stanzianni

    no homo. i am one of wu-tangs biggest followers and rae has to be one of the most over-looked street-poets to touch ground since Big L. Fuck all that faggot G-Unot shit Wu has to be repped to the fullest and bring hip-hop back to ’95. illmatic, only built 4 cuban linx…, and lifestylez ov da poor and dangerous held the 90′s down like steel, rae lets make another classic.

  • fire

    That nigga sounds like every other BITCH who’s not selling records. Let that shit go. Look around you, the only dudes thats out there really selling records ( 2 mil or better ) are motherfuckers that bring something different to the game. Ludacris, Busta, Eminem, Nelly, Kanye West, Outkast, DMX even though his last 2 albums was garbage still went platinum. Now if a mothatfucka can go platinum puttin out his worst shit and you can’t sell 250,000 with your best shit between your last 2 album, It’s obvious you need cook up some new shit. If you keep doin what you been doing, you gone keep gettin what you been gettin. I agree with you on one thing 1986 – 1995 was the golden era of hip hop. But seriously dawg, that shit was 10 years ago. The problem aint your lyrics or your beats, it’s your motherfucking brain. You failed to learn how to adapt to your surroundings ( chameleon ). You can’t keep talking about the same old shit 10,11,12 yrs later. New York Niggas are so lame because they think they’re so smart. Smart dudes ( south ) always make there opportunities. People like Luke (miami )since 1985, J Prince ( rap-a-lot 1988 houston ) Master P ( no limit New orleans )etc. have been owning record labels for years. New York shit don’t last long because yall only make music for New York. I never thought that I would see the day when New York niggas would be using southern or midwest slang. I never ever,ever,ever heard a nigga from the south try to sound like he’s from New York. EVER. Stop sounding like a motherfucker who keeps gettin his ass whooped because he can’t fight. I had fun with this one. I will say this though , Only built for Cuban links was a classic, but that’s a one hit album in a 10yr average and that so lame.

  • Tyler Durden

    He looks like Theodore from ALvin and the Chipmunks

  • Wu Tang Foreva

    Big upps For WU TANG!!!! much love for da whole wu tang clan & Dipset The Game BLACKWALLSTREET yea & Nas is da shit yo FUck da haters

  • Wu Tang Foreva

    WU TANG!!! REST IN PEACE OL’ DIRTY BASTARD

  • Wu Tang Foreva

    fuck 50 cents listen to “THE GAME” that get rich or die tryn movie is al shit haha chicken little

  • Xavior

    I’ve been a Wu-fiend from the get. At first I bought all of the tapes including Words From The Genius (The Reissue & the original), and the purple tape (Classic) and then I had to get them all over again on cd. Rae was never really my fav artist, I related mostly to RZA, GZA, Deck, & Meth of course but I consider OB4CL one of my fav albums to this day. No bullshit I’ve been listening to it nonstop along with Liquid Swords. Nas is one of fav artists as well and I can honestly say that I believe the Wu benefitted from Nas and vice-versa in terms of inspiritation. Therefore I can not agree with Rae in that comment however I do agree with him about the hicks in the south. Yeah the beats bump in the club but they have no substance at all lyrically and that’s what hip hop is all about. The Wu will return to the forefront once again because everything is a cycle just like the 80′s fashion is returning with a modern twist so will the Wu and hip hop in general. Yo Rae, that Wu concert in Worcester 2 months ago was amazing god. Keep up the good work cuz i’m a Wu-Tang fiend 4ever. I’ma still cop all the albums and bump them shits in my whip. PEACE!

  • kc

    cant wait for cuban link 2 too come out i think rae got few more albums left,papoose is killing it in the streets and jeremiah matches is hott too those are my fav new rappers,but yea cuban link 2 i bet is gonna be hott.

  • kc

    cant wait for cuban link 2 too come out i think rae got few more albums left,papoose is killing it in the streets and jeremiah matches is hott too those are my fav new rappers,but yea cuban link 2 i bet is gonna be hott.

  • The Hip-hoplopidia

    Rae is right, hip-hop is not driven by the skill of the artist anymore it’s driven by media hype. For better or worse hip-hop is a billion dollar biz now & I love to see young black cats gettin money but corporate executives are really controlling hip-hop on some greedy enron shit. They want the club song & the cross-over song, Cuban Linx aint have none of that shit, niggas crossed over them not the other way around. Yo Rae just come with that pure scarface shit again, you done sat behind the desk with the mountian of coke on it, you done been taking shots from these lames, its time load up the M-16 with the grenade launcher & let these sosa niggas know what time it is.

  • Knowledge Speaks

    It ain’t gonna be the same without Ghost.

  • http://xxlmag.com buchi

    one love shallah,i really dig u’re shit to the bone,from the heart.just leave u’re shoes up in thier fake asses,it’s u’re time now playboy..pull skirts up,and let em kno what realness is about and what it takes yo’….PEACE GOD…

  • http://xxl T

    Anyone who did’t grow with Rae on his last two albums could’t because they lcked into one train of thought. If you really listen you’ll hear the sound of of real hip hop big up RAE.

  • http://myspace.com/donfrost Don Frost

    Raekwon the Chef Always been the God……. The uncrushable juggernaut….. I’m in ya corner… Keep holdin down the O.G.’s…..check the 2006 Chef rakwon “Rainy Dayz Remix” myspace.com/donfrost

  • Kgthe1

    I feel Rae and i always buy his music. Rae will always be lyrical and the problem with his albums have been the production not the lyrics, so with RZA on cubin Linx 2 it should be a good one. What happened with Rae and Ghost? Did i miss something? How can you not want to talk about Ghost when he was 1/2 of the Cuban Link album? Why are people saying the WU needs Rae to bring them back when Masta Killa(no said date), GZA(Grandmasters) and Ghost(Fishscale) just put out HOT albums and just about everything I’ve heard on Meth’s new CD is fire?

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  • Brett

    RAEKWON IS THE FU**KING KING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    period.

    NY HIP-HOP 4 LIFE!!!

  • http://frescoenerpriseyahoo.com fresco

    ghostface made that album a classic not rae thats why he didnt want to comment on ghost. i Belive hes in deniel onestly i aint gona buy it if tony iant on it