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Raekwon

Raekwon may not have achieved the solo stardom of his fellow Wu-Tang Clan mates Method Man or Ol' Dirty B**tard, but along with Genius/GZA and frequent partner Ghostface Killah, he's done some of the most inventive, critically acclaimed work outside the confines of the group. Born Corey Woods and also nicknamed the Chef (because he's "cookin' up some marvelous sh*t to get your mouth watering"), Raekwon joined the Staten Island, NY-based Wu-Tang collective in the early '90s and played an important role on their groundbreaking late-1993 debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

Although the group's contract allowed its individual members to sign with whatever label they chose, Raekwon stayed with Loud when the first round of Wu-related solo projects began to appear. Following his 1994 debut single, "Heaven and Hell," his own solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, appeared in 1995; while it didn't sell on the level of Method Man's Tical, singles like "Ice Cream" and "Criminology" earned him a reputation in the hip-hop underground. Moreover, the album received near-unanimous critical praise for its evocative, image-rich storytelling and cinematic Mafia obsession (on some tracks, he adopted the guise of gangster Lex Diamonds). Also notable was Raekwon's crackling chemistry with heavily featured collaborator Ghostface Killah, who enjoyed something of a coming-out party with all the exposure (he hadn't been nearly as much of a presence on Enter the Wu-Tang).

Raekwon returned to the Wu-Tang fold for the group's 1997 sophomore effort, Wu-Tang Forever. That LP was followed by a second round of solo albums, and Raekwon's Immobilarity was released in late 1999, this time on Epic. This time around, neither RZA nor Ghostface Killah contributed to the album at all and perhaps as a result, reviews were more mixed. Raekwon recorded with the Wu on their subsequent albums The W (2000) and Iron Flag (2001), and returned in 2003 with another solo album, The Lex Diamond Story. He also released a sequel to his solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2, in 2009. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Comments

Smoking mad bluntz, drinking mad 40z.. mind still in the 90s/ sitting in the steps/pop in that purple tape/running from the jakes/ New York New York, yonkers bronx....
Bigger for life
Rainy dayz used to have me in tears. Touch ya soul if u listen close
Jennings f2f
Classic!!!
I wore my purple tape the f**k out back in the day
Best cd in rap history
Yo classic hip hop.
ICe CREAM
TRUE THATS WHY RAE AND GHOST DID IT BIGGIE WAS BITING THERYE STYLE AND NAS HE WAS A BITER HE DID IT TO TUPAC PAC GAVE HIM, A STYLE AND LYRICS
listening to this until i od!
Damm good song overall nice a** beat biggie kills it
What......th i s be on thAt ol skool tip! !!
Lov this track
PEACE TO THE GODS
Smoking wet to this back when it droped
Reakwon lyric and delivery is top notch
Shaolin keep moving sh!t!! Stapleton 4 ever$$$$!
the purple tape for ever classic...Br o o k l y n stand up..
Cookin' up some marvelous sh*t to get your mouth watering. Oh, I love that quote.
zaypb11
Andre nickatina!
Aaahhh, the good lo days 95. When I used to go cop good weed on 145 and Malcolm X Blvd. and 25 a gram on 163 an St. Nick. The adventurous times.....fi s h scale.

Wu bangerz
greendagger8 7
uncle drew biggie stole a lot of lyrics from thw wu wich is why they had beef
Y'all are idiots, that is biggie. Those bars were from his song "Everyday Struggle"
zaypb11
Mac dre!
No he doesn't sound like biggie >.<
I agreee wit u saranthouse
Yo if anything biggie sound like rae
This is wu tang forever u cant fuk wit the classics
Nothing like biggie lol
How hell dose tha Chef sound like Biggie? Clean out your ears. Their delivery is waaaay different plus Raekwon's voice is more gritty.
he sounds like biggy
Wu-Tang, Wu-Tang,-Wu- T a n g .
Pure dope
Oh yeah karate flick too god !!!
Wu tang straight gangster pure knowledge and what ghetto drug dealers and people who live in it go through musical s**t wu forever
The Purple Tape
Dont sleep
rype wu tang grinds on youtube. sk8 vid
Wu peace god
Oh author of summary wrote it as "solo stardom" as Meth or dirty I disagree
I don't agree with summary author saying Rae did not achieve level of popularity as meth or ol dirty? Or recognition ? Based on what was that statement written?
anukra
Damn you kids who think this sounds like biggie ate ridiculous.. . . But at least your listening to good music
WU-TANG FOREVR DUNN! YO BOI JAE-1???
Cypress Hill's Breal is still my favorite rapper, but my 2nd choice back then was Wu-Tang, sucks ODB had to be stupid and overdose.. :(
best rap group to ever come out
Staten island... STAPLETON 10304
Follow me
New York city had the best rapper of all time... I love my city NYC the city that never sleep..
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