Nas and Raekwon count “Verbal Intercourse” and more recently, “Rich and Black” as some of their most memorable collaborations.
But will the day ever come that the lyrical duo will do a joint album together? Raekwon, for one, says it’s on God’s Son.
“I mean, whatever Nas wants, that’s my nigga,” the Chef told XXLMag.com. “As far as an album? We talked about that—Me and Nas sat down like real niggas like, ‘Yo, wassup! We need to do that!’ If everybody want that and me and him be able to sit in a room and business is correct and we both respecting what it is, I’m down.
“So whatever happens in the future, hey, you know what I mean,” he added. “He know how I get down. My clips is loaded. It’ll be a rhyming album, I know that, but whatever. That’s a good friend of mine so, whatever.”
For such a collaborative album could ever come to fruition, though, Raekwon is looking forward to Nas’ 10th studio album, Life Is Good, which is scheduled to hit stores on July 17.
“I support anything he does,” Raekwon said of his fellow New York City rhymeslinger. “He’s a revolutionary such as myself and I look up to him and he looks up to me. He tells me this like, ‘Yo son, you like one of my only true friends.’ So it feels good to cover that department with a brother. Like a lot of relationships I have with artists, it ain’t just music. It’s brotherhood, it’s that respect we carry when we see each other and it’s always like that.”
As for his own album, Raekwon hesitated to delve into the specifics, but did mention that’s he’s always cooking up heat in the lab.
“I’m very unpredicatable but at the end of the day I’m working,” Raekwon offered. “Sometimes things change in my life. It’s like, ‘Hold up that ain’t feel good. That felt good.’ And that’s how I look at anything I do.
“I’ve been in the business for almost 20 years,” he added. “I understand what it means to be a legend in a great way and still be a brand that’s relevant. All I’m trying to do is broaden that, you know what I mean?”—Chanel Clark