More often than not, rap careers go the way of athletic careers once an artist hits 40. What is (currently) impressive about Raekwon is the way he has bucked this trend. He sounds as formidable as ever on his new album The Wild. At 47, he is the rap game Julio Franco.

This article traces his dominance in the mid-'90s, from his appearances on Wu-Tang's seminal album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) to his solo album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... to his dozens of collaborations, in particular those with Ghostface killah. Click through the gallery to listen.