Raekwon talks to AWE
I sure there are exceptions replica louis vuitton bags , but I almost never encounter one. I don hold the tardiness against the rappers themselves, because more often than not, it has nothing to do with them it usually has to do with the machine around them. Example: I been trying to get in touch with the Wu Tang Clan label, publicist or really any official person of representation since I started working for AWE a year and a half ago, and I still waiting for my phone to ring. At first I thought it was replica louis vuitton bags because Wu Tang hated the Staten Island Advance Fake Louis Vuitton Replica Bags for covering some members run ins with the law, but I come to believe the reasons are more complex.
Whatever the case, cheap louis vuitton bags from china when I responded to a press release about a Wu Tang Clan tour stop in Miami, of all replica louis vuitton handbags places, I was dubious. Even fake designer bags when a guy I never heard of named John Nunez called me in response, promising an interview with Raekwon and press passes to Wu Tang sold out show at Hammerstein Ballroom last Saturday, I kept my hopes in check. From the signature on his e mail, it looked like the guy worked for a law firm that did credit analysis, which to my knowledge has nothing to do with the music business. sharp, to conduct my interview and receive my press passes to the performance.
About two hours after my arrival, I finally granted an audience with Raekwon the Chef, high quality replica handbags china aka Corey Woods, whose early solo work outside of the Clan, like 1995 “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx,” has long been critically praised. I brought a friend with me, and we both ushered into Raekwon small but posh hotel room, where the rapper alone, surprisingly is talking on his cell phone. When we come in, Raekwon puts his hand over the receiver, saying “Sorry fellas, just a couple minutes. Erykah Badu very important.”
My friend and I wait, trying to be polite and at the same time hearing Rae side of the conversation with who I can only assume was Badu. The room has plenty to take in: Louis Vuitton luggage on the red bedspread, a plate of cold spaghetti high quality designer replica handbags and velvet bagged bottle of Armand De Bringnac champagne on the desk, some pristine green and white Nike Air kicks, matching shirt and a diamond necklace that sports not only a cross, but a glass crack vial with a diamond encrusted lid that is filled with gold leaf, laid out on a chest.
It doesn take long to realize Raekwon is talking to Badu about the big news swirling around Wu Tang of late: The infighting about members disappointment with chosen leader and master producer RZA, whose moody production on the group new record, “8 Diagrams,” has drawn plenty of darts from Ghostface and Raekwon in the press, and bewilderment from fans. Badu performed on one of the album tracks, “The Heart Gently Weeps,” which interpolates The Beatles song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and it apparent she and Rae are friends, commiserating about the group problems.
Raekwon careful to point out that RZA has always been the leader of the Clan, but that he was elected to that position, and that Rae and others feel the responsibility to voice their concerns. He even uses the Wu Kung Fu imagery, saying that RZA is the “abbot” or master whose time has come to respect the style and ideas of pupils who have their own contributions to make to the Clan overarching philosophy. The bearded rapper also confirms that in the next year or so, the rest of the 1:1 replica handbags group will make a record without RZA, trying to forge their own album that has the energy and impact that “8 Diagrams” seems to be missing. It not meant as a slight or insult, he says. It because Raekwon and others feel a need to make records that all of the fans can get behind.
“All the guys wanted to push the record back, but we got these business people and they want that record,” he says, hitting the desk with his fist for the four last words of his sentence. “They don care about this st. If they really did care, and really meant it, they say right, I respect that, push it back. Let legends be legends, man. We not here to be sold off like we on some slave trader st which labels try do do to artists, you feel me? Fans keep believin in us, because they know we different from other rappers. They know we a different crew, so they keep giving us a pass. But eventually, we only going to have like, one pass left.”
After a lot more talking, Raekwon seems able to relax a bit. It not that he freaking out after all, he about to play a sold out show at Hammerstein (which the Clan will repeat tonight), and he probably about to kill it on a huge list of hits from multi platinum albums. So we go back to the beginning of it all: Shaolin. I ask Raekwon, who moved down to Atlanta years ago, if he ever misses Staten Island, and why he sometimes comes back to involve himself with local fledgling artists, cultural events and fund raisers on the North Shore.