Raekwon: “There’s Still a Lot of S*** That I Don’t Feel is on My Level”
“My set-up was just to give my fans some new music because they ain’t hear from me in a minute. So this music right here, “The Lost Jewelry”, was just certain pieces of joints that I had that I didn’t finish up that I felt I had a lot of good songs and shit I just never threw them out. But at the same time I did give them all new, free, quality music. You know what I mean? It wasn’t like a mixtape. All this was stuff that I didn’t really fuck with but they was hot still.
“Yeah, Roads Arc and my man Frank G. They pretty much is big fans of my music. It’s almost like it’s funny how I met them because they already envisioned themselves working with me. I love pulling in young guys because that’s what it’s all about. The new generation of hip-hop accepting the newer generation of hip-hop. People still look at me as a relevant artist because I keep myself knowing fresh all the time. So you got these young kids that’s still out there looking at my bars and saying, ‘Yo, we need to rock!’ And that just happened with these producers and they came with some fire.
“Buck is a legend. He’s from the Diggin’ in the Crates Crew. We always wanted to work together, but we never had an opportunity. So one time he gave me some music. But I was like, ‘Yo, that’s some chick, radio shit.’ I like that for the girls. So I never really got an opportunity to work with it but at the same time I did contact my girl Faith [Evans], and told her to get on it. Like, ‘Yo, Faith, Fizzy. This your world right here.’
“[Freddie Gibbs] is a real good friend of mine. We always talked about doing a joint. Because a lot of times I might’ve seen him at a show and shit and we was like, ‘Yo, we gonna do a joint together.’ So that we gave him, ‘A New Day,’ it’s for me working with merging international and domestic artists that I never got an opportunity to work with before. [Freddie Gibbs] is from the Midwest. That’s all in the Chi-Town area and Indiana and all these places that I know love me and love Wu that we never got to touch. So I feel like me and him merging was letting them niggas know out there like, ‘Yo, Chef fucsk with us. he fucks with one of ours.’ You know what I mean? That’s important right there.”