Nas' first four albums famously wore portraits of the MC in a different light.
He was a kid on Illmatic.
He was an adult on It Was Written.
He was a pharaoh on I Am...
He was Nostradamus on Nastradamus.
If you need some vintage/old school sounds in your life, Raekwon's got you. The Wu-Tang Clan rapper has been going strong for the past twenty weeks with a slew of TBT cuts, but real throwbacks, often heading to the '70s and '80s for his instrumentals.
Rae decides to give fans a two-in-one special this week for his on-going TBT series. It looks like the series will finally come to an end and cumulate into a mixtape this Friday, containing all past TBT cuts plus four new tracks. The Chef recently delayed his F.I.L.A. album, so these work to hold fans over.
It's hard to believe that this is the 19th #tbt track that Raekwon's released in what began as a summer series. "Can't Believe" follows 18 weeks of Rae going in over classic-flavored instrumentals, all reworkings of R&B/Soul tracks that are over a decade old.
T.I. is a legend at this point. For nearly 20 years he has been blessing the mic with verses of the hustle, the struggle, roads to success and pimpin'. He's a rapper, actor, convicted felon and one of the south's most heralded artists.
Raekwon has been reaching back a little further than most for throwback Thrusday. The rapper has been consistently dropping a weekly freestyle, often sampling soul and disco, rather than you know, like "No Flex Zone" or something.
Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz would go on to do plenty of collaborations, but this "Duffle Bag Boy" was the first big one, and it came back when Chainz was still Tity Boi. Playaz Circle scored a hit with this one, with Wayne delivering arguably one of his all time best hooks.
Death Row Records had quite the run in the 90s. Picking up where N.W.A left off, Suge Knight assembled an all-star crew that would come to epitomize the West Coast hip-hop sound, along with bringing it to popularity. 2Pac, Dr.
Plenty of rappers celebrate Throwback Thursday in some way or another, but few of them take it as far back as Raekwon. Every Thursday leading up to the release of his forthcoming studio album, Rae has been putting out freestyles.