From his slang to his dresscode, Raekwon has never been a follower of trends. He spent months promoting his new album, The Wild, as opposed to releasing the project with no warning like many rappers have been known to do in the digital age. Some maneuvers are still useful for the O.G.s.
Today (March 24), The Chef’s new album has finally arrived, and the 16-track effort is nothing short of Wu-Tan gold. With guest appearances from Lil Wayne, G-Eazy, Cee-Lo Green and Andra Day and production by G Sparkz, JUSTICE League, Xtreme, the album fits right in with hip-hop’s current musical tone.
Recently, Raekwon went book shopping with VIBE where he shared some of his sources of early inspiration.
“I used to sit on the block and listen to the old heads — Nation of Islam members, 5 Percenters and just old school cats. [From] just listening to them, I received the knowledge of life,” the Wu-Tang Clan member remembers. “We would be on tour, and GZA had us watching all types of documentaries on the tour bus. Documentaries about Earth, Animals, all types of shit.”
Yesterday, Rae released a lyrical masterpiece with Ghostface Killah, “This Is What It Come Too (Remix).” Other singles from the album include “Purple Brick Road” with G- Eazy and “My Corner” featuring Lil Wayne.
Stream The Wild below or here on iTunes.
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