Raekwon:The Missing Link
This is the Wu beef version of Wu Tang Wednesday.
The Chef’s absence from the almost-finished reunion album A Better Tomorrow is the elephant gun in the room. He’s the reason the RZA can’t wrap it up (pause). Much like Marty, Rae’s been out to lunch. Despite shirking on Shaolin, he’s managed to keep up a steady stream of joints to prep for his upcoming record F.I.L.A.
Rae’s MIA status forced RZA’s hand. In an interview with the AP, the Abbot called out the missing MC:
“Everybody did their verses except Raekwon,” RZA said. “He hasn’t turned in his verses yet. I don’t know if he’s still trying to find the vibe of the music. We have to talk about it before it becomes too late. But he hasn’t come to the table yet.”
If his latest records are any indication, it’s time that Shallah steps to the mic. On “A Rainy Day,” RoadsArt samples the classic from Cuban Linx, adding an eerie vocal sample and some electronic piano. Straight film-noir shit—Rae’s calling card. The result is the perfect launching pad for the Chef to spit smooth bars: “The queen that I want/she gotta think like a king/respect mine boo, stay in line, do your thing/ and we can meditate do yoga, chillin’ on the sofa in my loafers/you making that bread, I’ll play gopher.”
Even more recently, Rae freestyled over the Preemo gem “Mass Appeal.” Before going in and talking about high-topped wingtips, he says, “Shit’s dusty, word.” That’s the Rae seal of approval right there.
He merks it, lacing the track with the quiet confidence he’s known for. Why’s he holding out on the RZA? He’s been sharpening his darts. Now he just has to get into the booth