Raekwon: Show Preview

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.

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