Raekwon Speaks on “Canal Street” Video

Months after the release of Raekwon’s critically acclaimed album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II, the Chef is still shooting music videos. XXLMag.com is proud to present Rae’s the video for “Canal Street” [watch below].

Directed by LaMarck, the concept shows jewel thieves double crossing one another on a heist, while police believe Rae’s character knows something about it.

“Coming up, Raekwon was my favorite artist, so doing the video with him was a career highlight,” the director said. “He’s a visionary who know what he wants. CL2 was so cinematic. His style of MCing has always been so vivid and clear. That makes creating a visual counterpart easy. Most importantly, Rae knows what he’s looking for. He comes in with a direction, but is also open to the collaboration of ideas.”

“I write rhymes that paint clear pictures,” the Wu-Tang rapper adds. “You can almost close your eyes and see every scene, character and location. I feel like every song off the album deserves it’s own visual. The video for ‘Canal Street’ is another installment.”

As previously reported, Rae is currently working on a film called C.R.E.A.M. loosely based on his life growing up in Staten Island. —Elan Mancini

  • MR. UNDI$PUTED THE MOGUL

    ANOTHER CLASSIC VIDEO FROM A LEGENDARY ARTIST!!

    KEEP THAT HOT ISH COMING CHEF!!!!

    PEACE & GET MONEY!!!
    MOGUL $$$ GAME ’10!!

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  • TheRefriedMexican

    REALLY THIS IS THE VIDEO!? WHAT WAS THE BUDGET? 20 PESOS! CLASSIC CUT,WACK VIDEO!
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  • that nigga

    dope, fuck you Rae haters. And fuck a video budget.

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    XXL caught that premiere! Nice.

    You can’t even comment over there with all the pingbacks.

    I like how OB4CL2 is still getting play. No shock videos and press, just straight banging out videos of good music.

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  • brand-new

    does anyone else feel like that wu massacre was way to short? 5 of the tracks have been out for about a month and 2 bullshit skits. hell, the total time of the cd ain’t even a half hour. thats less than 10 minutes a piece for each of them. i’m a little dissapointed with this project. and i almost bought all 3 covers,glad i didn’t.

  • Jonan

    I love Raekwon’s music. I love OB4CL2, it is definitely the best hip hop album of the year. You can tell this video had a low budget but I don’t blame ‘em. It was a good time to release this video now that the Wu-Massacre just came out. Could increase the sales of it and of OB4CL2. Good move. The Wu-Massacre did feel extremely short, those 2 skits were very unnecessary and some tracks felt too rushed. I wish Meth, Ghost & Rae had been together in most of the tracks, Raekwon wasn’t even on the album as much as the other two. With a few more tracks and more time to record, master and improve it could of been a classic.

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    Yeah it’s short, I think this is why they were saying they wanted more time to get other cats on there. But I’m still digging it. Copped the Ghost cover.

  • brand-new

    at $yk, they should have delayed it i think. wu massacre seems more like a good mixtape than an album. which is kinda weird considering it was a major label release through def jam. not saying i don’t like it, but i think it could have been much better. oh, i also went with the ghostface cover…i thoght the rae cover was kinda weak out of the other 2.

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      That’s xactly what I was saying over at bboycult. This being a push back would have been a good thing, Def Jam got a lil thirsty.

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  • http://www.wtnrradio.com A-Beatz of WTNRRADIO.COM

    Strange. The OB4CL2 has been out for a while and this video is only NOW coming out? Especially with the WU-Massacre album just coming out, doesn’t this all seem counter-productive? No disrespect to Rae, or any Wu..I love that shit, but the timing is wierd…

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      The Wu-Massacre timing helps push the sales of their individual albums released last year (strange enough, 2 of them were released on Def Jam, same label as Wu-Massacre).

      OB4CL2 is still going strong, that’s the testament to all of this. If it wasn’t there would be no need for a Wu-Massacre. This is also why I see the shortness of Wu-Massacre being a very productive move, you want more buy the individual albums.

  • Anonymous

    Video is aight track is phat for real,Wu ain’t the same But this is classic Rae,all Day….

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