Rhyme Master Run Amok

If you ever require solid proof of Raekwon's care for his craft, dig into "C.R.E.A.M.," from Wu-Tang Clan's agile 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Early into the track, the Clan's resident Chef is dispensing slang-heavy, machismo-laced life advice (one of his specialties) when he says, "Only way I begin to G off was drug loot." As user Maboo on the online hip-hop database Rap Genius pointed out, "G off" can simultaneously refer to getting off, becoming a gangsta, and making Gs (as in thousands of dollars). That's a triple entendre in just 12 syllables. After 36 Chambers showcased his rugged rhymes, Staten Island's greatest mean-mugging MC never needed to prove himself again, so it's to everyone's benefit that Raekwon has released solo affairs like 1995's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... and the 2012 mixtape Unexpected Victory to allow his mic skills more space to run amok. Witness them in person when Raekwon performs with JD Era, Kofi Black, and Ant-1 on Thursday, March 22, at 103 Harriet.
Thu., March 22, 9 p.m., 2012

 
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