Ooh La La La
The Chef is keeping up with the times by dropping off throwback records each Thursday, and today we've received the fourth instalment in the series. Last week Rae took on the Isley Brother's "Footsteps In The Dark," and today's record pays homage to r'n'b singer Teena Marie's 1988 cut "Ooh La La La."
Footsteps In The Dark
Raekwon is taking throwback Thursday a little further back than most. Each week, he raps over a different classic instrumental, but so far he's been going back to a time before hip hop, today, taking on The Isley Brothers' "Footsteps In The Dark". This particular loop does have a significance in rap, namely that it was the sample source for Ice Cube's classic single, "It Was A Good Day". Rae however, let's the loop breathe a little more, letting the sample ride out after his first verse, and allowing the soulful vocals of the Isleys to play through.
Raekwon is dropping a throwback track every week, last week taking on Rose Royce's "Wishing On A Star", rapping over the song on the first half before letting the sample ride out. On his latest the Wu Chef applies the same formula to Horace Brown's 90s R&B classic, "Trippin". Rae sounds more than at home on the smooth record, bringing his clever quips and wordplay out in full measure.
Wishing On A Star
Raekwon decided to reach way back on his most recent freestyle. While the trendy remix record right now is easily Drake's "0 To 100" (which picked up right where "Chiraq" and "The Worst" left off), Rae has revived the 70's soul/disco classic "Wishing On A Star" by Rose Royce. The Wu rapper delivers a verse over the first half of the song, before singing with Rose on the hook, and then letting the sample play out from there.
Busta Rhymes Feat. O.T. Genasis & Raekwon
Busta Rhymes has been throwing down plenty of freestyles with his pal O.T. Genasis over the last little while. His latest offering also adds a verse from fellow 90s New York legend Raekwon, as the three emcees go in over a reworked sample of The LOX's "Get This $", keeping with the NY vibe of things.
Call Of Duty
Raekwon Feat. Akon
Over the weekend, Rae released a quick preview of this single "Call Of Duty" featuring Akon on the hook. Now the full single has been released, and it definitely has a radio-friendly potential (with Akon on the hook, how could it not?) while the Chef keeps the grimy rhymes he's known for.
Call Of Duty (Preview)
Raekwon Feat. Akon
Raekwon is not one to compromise his distinct style, and his new single does a good job of preserving his hard-edged street lyricismm while adding a dose of catchiness to the mix. Akon provides the hook here, taking on the propulsive instrumental with an intensity that plays off of Rae's dealer wordplay quite well.
Fuck Dat Shit
Bodega BAMZ Feat. Raekwon
Bodega Bamz is preparing a collaborative project Sunday Service with producers The Martinez Brothers, and today we've received one of the first leaks off the upcoming EP. Both Bamz and Raekwon paint a vivid picture of their lifestyle & native city, with a crazy, slightly old school beat from The Martinez Brothers. What do you think of the collabo? Bodgea Bamz was recently featured on the "Game of Thrones" mixtape with his track "Win Or Die" here.
Raekwon Feat. Bodega BAMZ & SpankJusBizness
It's a New York affair on Raekwon's latest release. He connects with East Harlem native Bodega Bamz and Staten Island's SpankJusBizness for verses on "Gamble" which has some really nice production from Scram Jones. Rae is currently prepping his solo album, Fly International Luxurious Art, and he's locked down a release date for it, so expect to find that out in the near future.
Gangsta Boogie (Remix)
Chase & Status Feat. Raekwon & Knytro
For those unfamiliar, Chase & Status are an electronic production duo from London comprised of members Saul Milton (Chase) and Will Kennard (Status). "Gangsta Boogie" is a choice selection from their October 2013 LP Brand New Machine which has since received the remix treatment, a verse from Raekwon having been added alongside Floridian emcee Knytro's. Can you dig it?
It's All Love
DJ Absolut Feat. Sheek Louch, Raekwon, Nathaniel & Uncle Murda
DJ Absolut who is on rotation at New York's Hot 97 unleashes something new today, which definitely has feel good vibes ready in time for the summer. Every summer Absolut gives us something new to jam too, last summer was "All We Know" with Ray J, Ace Hood, Swizz Beatz and Bow Wow. This year, Absolut keeps things in New York by recruiting NY natives Sheek Louch, Raekwon, Nathaniel for the hook, and Uncle Murda.
The Living Room
Raekwon is definitely keeping busy these days, as we recently learned the entire Wu-Tang Clan have been working on a very expensive album in top secret for the past few years, The Wu- Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, n addition to which there's the reunion LP
Thim Slick (Remix)
Ghostface Killah Feat. Raekwon
The duo behind the classic album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (And Only Built 4 Cuban Lix II, for that matter) have reunited on a new remix of Fabolous' Soul Tape 3 highlight, "Thim Slick". Leaving Fab's verse and the hook intact, Ghost and Rae follow the final verse, trading bars back and forth, recalling the chemistry that made their collaborative efforts so special. Both of the Wu rappers have albums in the works, and of course there's that promised Clan album as well.
Work's Never Over (Funk Flex Freestyle)
Kid Ink Feat. Raekwon
You probably were not expecting to see Kid Ink x Raekwon on a track together today, but lo and behold, Funkmaster Flex got it done. The West Coast native and the East Coast native spit together for Funk Flex, over the classic Mobb Deep "Shook Ones Pt. 2" sampled production by The Raiderz. And vintage record scratches by DJ Ever. How do Ink and the Chef stack up together? Should they collaborate more often? If you're digging it, click download.
The Worst (Ted Smooth Remix)
Jhene Aiko Feat. Raekwon
Ted Smooth has taken Jhene Aiko's hit "The Worst" and completely reinvented it. Flipping a sample of The Fugees "Ready Or Not" for a 90s rap version of the track. Sticking with that theme, he recruits Raekwon for a new 16, and the Wu-Tang rapper sounds right at home over the beat. "The Worst" is definitely a popular song to remix, particualarly from rappers. So far we've heard Skeme, Cap 1, and Jaden Smith take on the track.
Raekwon Feat. Redlight
Raekwon gets together with UK Producer Redlight on his latest track, "Get Money". The Wu-Tang chef decides to revisit portions of his classic verse on "C.R.E.A.M." for this similarly cash-fueled verse.Rae might be the last person you'd expect to hear over UK Bass production, but his hardened baritone sounds perfectly natural over the icy synths presented here, opting for a more simple and straight ahead flow, rather than the usual windy imagery we hear on his Wu records.
Blind Threats (CDQ)
ScHoolboy Q Feat. Raekwon
Yesterday ScHoolboy Q held a live Oxymoron listening session, and while most of us expected more new tracks to be previewed during the stream, there was just one new record: "Blind Threats" with Raekwon.
ScHoolboy Q Feat. Raekwon
ScHoolboy Q just previewed Oxymoron live on HOT 97. While we were hoping to hear the full album, it turned out that only one new song was played. That song happened to be the Raekwon-assisted "Blind Threats", which you can now listen to in anticipation of the album dropping next week. The track has a more understated feel than some of the more hard-hitting songs we've heard from the album thus far. Rae comes through with the final 16, bringing his usual knack for cinematic imagery to Q's track.
Ransom Feat. Jadakiss & Raekwon
Ransom continually releases freebie for the fans, but today we've got an official single from the prolific rapper. "Shampain" features verses from two vets in the game, Jadakiss and Raekwon. After dropping The Proposal earlier this year, Ransom is already back at it working on yet another album in the pipeline, Pain&Glory. "Shampain" is the first taste from the upcoming effort, and it sounds on-point, with production from MVP. The three rappers offer up a remedy to cure all that ails you: champagne.
Maino Feat. Raekwon
Maino delivered his freEP, King Of Brooklyn, moments ago. The 11-track project features Meek Mill, T.I., French Montana, Troy Ave and Raekwon, with three bonus cuts. We were treated to several leaks leading up to the release, including "Tupac Problems" which received mixed reactions.