Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style was one of my top 5 games on the Playstation. I played it for hours upon end growing up. If you’re not familiar, it’s a fighting game with the members of legendary hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. I had a go-to character like you always do in these games, and it was a guy in a hoodie with a boxing style of fighting. That guy was Raekwon, probably the most successful (and arguably the most talented) member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx was a regular playthrough on my iPod and I, like many others, saw Raekwon as a legend in the world of hip-hop. You can imagine, then, my reaction when I got invited to meet him and ask him about his new album. I bounced around in excitement until the moment I walked in to the room. It was a brief chat, and there was so much more I wanted to ask him, but read on to see the Chef’s thoughts on his new album F.I.L.A.
Album reviews is not really something we do here at Y&Y, as you may be aware. You can hit up the music blogs for that. So, I won’t be giving a review here. Instead, all I’ll say is that the album is of course now out, and it’s a real mix of old and new Raekwon. At times, it’s almost a tad messy with that mix, but his lyricism shines through as always and the chef delivers once again. Cop the album and listen for yourself.
I had a very brief chat with the Chef, shook his hand, and took his portrait. What more could I ask for as a hip-hop fan?
Adam: What’s the vibe with the new album? I know you’ve been working on the album for a while and it’s been pushed back quite a bit. Tell me a bit about the feel of it all and your take on it.
Raekwon: I’ve been working on the album for a little under two years. This album is really a lifestyle album. It’s about me giving you the new Raekwon after 20 years really growing with the music but still giving you what you expect from me. I think it’s important as an artist to grow and still feel that growth. The music now has changed from when we were coming up, and I had to change with it as well. But I couldn’t actually be different, all I could do was just blend with the time. And I feel like this album has allowed me to grow to where I feel like now I’m a master, and I can make a body of work that can please everybody.
You know, it’s 2015, and when you think of an artist from the 90′s nine times out of ten they’re going to be stuck just there. But that’s not the case with me. With me being an OG in the game, it’s important for me to keep developing myself and still make the changes in my career that can only make things better.
This album is a whole lot of 2015 going on. It’s heavy duty. My style is still the same, but more importantly you can see the growth shining through