Photos by Mark Whiteley
Starting with Wu Tang’s seminal jump-off album back in ’93,
Raekwon has been one of the most influential members of the clan,
and his solo joint from 1995, Only Built For Cuban Linx, is generally
regarded as one of the most important hip-hop albums of all time.
His intense story-telling style is crafted with equal parts gritty realism
and almost incomprehensible slang that is the stuff of legends,
and he manages to make the much-explored subject matter of
crime and drugs sound brand new with his deft lyrical puzzle pieces.
March ’09 will see Rae’s third solo album, Only Built For Cuban Linx II,
dropping—long-time fans wait with bated breath for what could
be a return to prime form for The Chef. We caught up with
Raekwon recently while on tour with the majority of the
Wu and had the chance to speak to him for this,
his third SLAP interview…