Harold Stallworth fell to the third round of the draft. Shallah Raekwon is more observant than the secret service. He whips the Call of Duty Wrangler, frequents warehouses furnished with strippers, punches holes through his lady’s drywall partitions, and occasionally serenades bitches. These are just a few of the devilish details from “Stop Tripping,” the […]
Max Bell wishes Santa Monica had bodegas.  Bodega Bamz has always had potential. His alignment with A$AP Mob garnered deserved exposure, but I’ve always hoped for a different sonic direction. A$AP already does A$AP what does. And while the fellow Harlemite is competent over A$AP’s blend of grim Three 6 Mafia trap and ethereal Clams-Casino-esque atmospherics […]
Chef Raekwon Bakes Marble Cake September 30, 2013
Harold Stallworth sips the Pora and listens to Cappadonna. Last Thursday, I made an impromptu visit to “Fuego,” a Maryland strip club nestled behind an industrial strip off Kenilworth Avenue. It’s the neapolitan ice cream of adult entertainment. Three different exotic dance troupes, divvied by ethnicity, take turns occupying the main stage in half-hour rotations. […]
If you had told me in ’95 that in 2012, Raekwon would be the only one still really holding the Wu Tang legacy down, I’d have argued but agreed that it was reasonable. If you had told me the same thing in 2002, I would have laughed at you. In 2012, I would have to […]
A decade ago, the underground would have sacrificed several hundred cattle to see the union of the Wu and the Oxes. The Cold Vein dropped ten years ago this month, ushering in a new chapter of serrated sewer rap and catch phrases that only your friend who still wears Ecko would understand. Vast and Vordul […]
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Raekwon – Butter Knives from LRG on Vimeo. Parkhill & Stapleton, the Dodge City and Tombstone of the Wu-Tang clan mythos — twin landmarks enclosing an enormous civilization. Though they might as well have been ancient Assyrian, for the way the Clan depicted them as crumbling but still-vibrant ruins. Stairwells smelling like piss, gunpowder and […]
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Word to the Gold Panameras February 23, 2011
Say what you want about Rotund Ricky, he holds his own in rap battles like he does at an all-you-can-eat crustacean buffet. Forget “Devil in a New Dress,” he first put everyone on notice with “Knife Fight” where he arguably topped Kool G Rap. Blasphemy yes, but even if that’s hyperbole, the finish was photo. […]
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Shaolin Poison February 11, 2011
While Facebook feeds rightfully go Zuckerberg over the new Odd Future video, old man iced out river Raekwon quietly drops the video for the lead dart from Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang. It’s Friday afternoon and Sach already said it best: it’s easy to tell that Raekwon’s having fun again, trying new flows and tweaking old formulas […]
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A Seven Nation Army couldn’t hold Sach O back. I don’t know enough about the crack game to compare, but rap certainly reminds me of the pimp game in that it’s all about confidence. Theoretically, Rae shouldn’t be able to pull a track like this off but he knocks it out the park on momentum […]
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Sach O used his Shaolin poison to set up your master. Rae’s got the juice now. With the knowledge of an older God and a rekindled fire that has him out-spitting young Turks left and right, The Chef has the “elder rap statesman that can still rap” spot in a sleeper-hold and it doesn’t look […]
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