Feature: Time For Another Raekwon Classic
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:45:57
It feels like high time for another classic from Raekwon.
Let's face it. Rap music thirsts for the storytelling that only the Chef can spit. 2011's Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang holds up in terms of that powerful panache and mind-blowing wordplay, and Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2 has been solidified as downright timeless in the five years since its release. The truth is everything continually built off of the lore and myth of his iconic solo debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., and it's forged into one of the greatest hip-hop stories ever told on tape and off. Thankfully, that continues on September 16, when the world receives Fly International Luxurious Art [F.I.L.A.].
Raekwon remains the genre's ultimate storyteller and one of history's greatest lyricists. Recently, he delivered a chilling poetic turn on "Blind Threats" from ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron, and it served as a reminder to the entire rap community of his mic prowess—not to mention how prolific he is. This is a man whose voice fueled cuts from everybody ranging from Kanye West to Limp Bizkit. However, we need another full body of work from the man, and that's what we're going to get on Fly International Luxurious Art.
Nobody takes the time to make "albums" in the old school sense the way that Raekwon does. It's a tradition as old as Shaolin, and he does it with the spark of an epic poet—of course maintaining that street elegance throughout. Raekwon hasn't ever stopped either. He's delivered at every single turn, and that's why we can definitely expect something on the level of rap's own The Godfather when F.I.L.A. hits.
The Chef's definitely cooking up a classic and we need it. Get ready for Fly International Luxurious Art and the return of one of the all-time greatest to ever pick up a mic.
What's your favorite Raekwon song?