Wow, a new official Raekwon mixtape? This one I HAD to hear. Of all of the artists who regularly drop mixtapes, Raekwon is not one of them. Coming from the background of Staten Island, NY and being one of the key members of influential hip-hop mega-group Wu-Tang Clan, Raekwon has always been known for his drug dealer rhymes, where you can see the sky and smell the coke cooking in the kitchen. His first album “Only Built For Cuban Linx” is in my all time rap classics, and so I was eager to hear this 2013 drop of all new material from Raekwon.
Suffice to say, I was not diappointed. This one starts off hard and never lets up. Opener “Prince Of Thieves” starts with a clip from HBO’s “The Wire” with the one lesbian cop putting the little girl to bed and saying “Good night hoppers, Good night scammers, Good night hustlers…good night everyone”. I remembered this clip right away. Raekwon comes in and just murders the track with the good old Raekwon you know and love. The line that jumped out at me was “Chilling with my boo-boo, in France and Honolulu, between me and you, in this rap thing I’m a guru”. Whaaaatttt???
Also track 5, “For The Listeners”, has a real 80′s hip-hop feel but not old sounding. Rae goes in and just airs it out. Honestly every song on here is hard and well thought out, though these two remain my favorites. It’s always so good to see a classic MC still come with some material that makes the rookies check themselves. 5 stars. Click here for hip hop mixtapes …..