Raekwon Speaks To XXL

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There’s a new Raekwon interview up over at XXL and it it looks like somebody had an extra helping of crabby patties for breakfast that day. There are so many quotables, but here are some of the standouts people will be talking about tomorrow:

For you to keep asking me questions, whatever, whatever. I’ma give it to you, but I can’t even get caught up in any kind of politics no more. It’s about artistry. I’m in there making a painting right now.

I never lost my way. Muthafuckas lost their way, if anything. You got a lot of dudes out there that’s legendary [who] ain’t really got the politics behind their art. My shit stay growing, it’s just that the people need to grow with me. It’s a new generation, [but] I’m from a generation where [everyone is] very solidified in knowing who I am. I can’t keep trying to satisfy everybody that don’t understand.

Either I suck or I don’t suck. It’s like in the Vibe magazine, how the fuck y’all niggas gonna give me two [stars]? How the fuck y’all gonna give me two [stars] and then give [more] to all these country muthafuckas, who I feel really don’t get busy like that. That’s not saying that I don’t got a lot of respect for country niggas, ’cause I do got a lot of respect for country niggas, but that shit is bullshit, man. Niggas is classifying that shit as hip-hop? Get the fuck outta here, man. I ain’t going for that, man. 

And I ain’t stooping myself down to another level to be some shit that I’m not. And I ain’t got nothing against nobody in the South. This ain’t me going at the South, ’cause I was the first nigga to give OutKast and them niggas a muthafuckin’ shot in New York. If you really wanna go back and check your history, at who helped muthafuckas’ careers, I was the one that gave Nas his fuckin’ shot. Me and my family. We were the dudes that gave all these niggas a shot…Kanye West, all these niggas, and now muthafuckas act like they don’t got to pay homage? We gon’ make y’all pay homage with this record.

So there you have it. Take it how you want to take it, but I understand where the man is coming from. This is the guy responsible for one of the greatest albums ever recorded and I feel his pain. If you want to get all offended and emotional, as I’m sure some of you will, then as The Chef himself would say: It’s whatever whatever.


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260 Responses to “Raekwon Speaks To XXL”

  1. Blood Hound aka Slum Lord Says:

    Last but not least. R.I.P. Lisa Lopez and Aahliyah….

  2. D-Dot Says:

    There are two issues here: the first being that Rae and Ghost are known for being some hateful dudes. Lets put aside their message and review their history. On Shark Niggas they call out BIG. We all know Biggie is no D4L but they still come at him. Method (who is an obvious sell out) even admitted to the fact that Rae and Ghost are haters. So I think Rae is a bit flagrant when speaking all that shit. True, the country niggas may not be putting out classics, but who is right now? No one is releasing music on the level of OBFCL or Ironman. 94 – 96 Still remains the golden era of hip hop.
    The second issue is the fact that the albums this nigga has put out (after OBFCL) has been some garbage. I loved OBFCL. I loved the purple color case. It set the standard for all the other rappers to follow, but damn, all of your other shit was so weak. Its the truth. Rae, it not about other motherfuckers needing to grow up, its really about you needing to stick to formula that would have possibly placed you in the legendary status. Everyone is good at something, and rapping about coke and hustlin was his thing. Shame on the nigga for trying to switch it up. It was a valiant effort, but we will give you no credit if the experiment failed, Its that simple. Lastly, I must also say that I do understand his pain and frustration. Rae is a genius. And to be looked over time and time again must feel shitty. I hope he just puts all the crabbiness aside and delivers on OBFCL2. That is the only way he will make niggas shut the fuck up.

  3. eskay Says:

    >>it not about other motherfuckers needing to grow up, its really about you needing to stick to formula that would have possibly placed you in the legendary status.

    ^ see now that’s the problem. fuck ‘sticking to a formula’ this is an artform and an artists work should progress and change and in no way follow a formula. I mean the basic suject matter and what not will probably not vary too much, but if Rae doesn’t wanna fuck with Rza on production or switch up his delivery or whatever, why shouldn’t he?

    That’s what I feel Rae is mad about. He’s like no matter what ya’ll think about immobilarity and lexx diamond, I gave ya’ll what I was feelling at the time but ya’ll were looking for another OB4CL. I mean whatever, I think Immobilarity had it’s moments and I wasn’t crazy about lexx Diamond but I wouldn’t call either album wack. To me Rae doesn’t really make wack music, he makes dope music and aiiight music. If you can take off your rap critics hat for a minute and just listen to music and accept if for what it is maybe you’ll hear it, maybe you won’t. that’s why I like a whole lot of shit, cuz I just accept it for what it is, the artists vision. unless it’s some totally unlistenable shit.

  4. D-Dot Says:

    >>see now that’s the problem. fuck ’sticking to a formula’ this is an artform and an artists work should progress and change and in no way follow a formula. I mean the basic suject matter and what not will probably not vary too much, but if Rae doesn’t wanna fuck with Rza on production or switch up his delivery or whatever, why shouldn’t he?

    ^ I also said that experimenting was fine, but if it turns out wrong, no one will give you credit for it. I feel this is the case with Rae.

  5. BBN2 Says:

    U niggas is sick! E-40 wack! That nigga got longevity n the game an responsible for more than half the slang that’s bein used by these rapper’s east/west & south. Tupac trash! What planet r u from? That’s gotta b some of the most funniest shit I ever heard n my life. You should never mention Ice Cube an Xzibit n the same sentence b4 NWA came was’nt no rapper on no coast talkin about gangsta shit. If a nigga consider these niggas to b trash than what do u consider to b hot?

  6. MadeInMilwaukee Says:

    >>Stop living off of 1988-1997. It used to be that you could pick up just about anybody from NY and hear something fresh, amazing, and inspirational. Now everything is cookie cutter and run of the mill. Even the dude who hot don’t move us like they used to. They don’t give me the feeling of hear Jay for the first time or hearing Pun rip a track. Bring that feeling back, ASAP!!

    Just wanted to reminded ya’ll

  7. Dumb Nigga Says:

    ^^^

    Hey thanks for reminding me, i thought it was the 80’s still man. Forgot it was 2006 for a minute. Good lookin out homie.

  8. Money Mission Says:

    This Whole Blogg shit is a joke; It aint nothing but kids going back an forth about stuff they dont understand anything about, of course NY gone say they tighter than any region, and of course the SOUTH gone say they runnin shit now, stop spending your time on this wack shit do any of you have anything better to do.

  9. E.J. Says:

    We should have a solid stipulative definition of the noun contradiction… Raekwon almost provides as good an example of this concept as his Fish-Fry buddy did a few weeks back…

    “I never been a hater of these other cats who never really had nothing being successful.”

    Contradiction comes in…

    “Either I suck or I don’t suck. It’s like in the Vibe magazine, how the fuck y’all niggas gonna give me two [stars]? How the fuck y’all gonna give me two [stars] and then give [more] to all these country muthafuckas, who I feel really don’t get busy like that.”

    Contradiction comes in…

    “That’s not saying that I don’t got a lot of respect for country niggas, ’cause I do got a lot of respect for country niggas…”

    Contradiction comes in…

    “…but that shit is bullshit, man. Niggas is classifying that shit as hip-hop? Get the fuck outta here, man. I ain’t going for that, man. And I ain’t stooping myself down to another level to be some shit that I’m not.”

    Sigh… I was disappointed not by what “The Chef” cooked up in this interview (because we all know Rae, and any former member of Wu-Tang is going to say whatever the fuck is on their mind which is why Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers will forever be a classic), but because a few weeks ago I had given Rae so much credit for not stooping to the “I’m a grown-ass man who like a bitch hates on the success of others” level that Fish-Fry managed to reach.

    He even mentions how he was the first to bring Outkast to NY, even though I’m pretty sure Dre and Antoine had been there before (Source Award For Best New Artist in ’95; before getting boooed), and from many comments on this blog, I don’t know if NY will ever truly know who Outkast is so that point is close to null and void. But I do give credit where due…

    So with that credit, Rae should stop the generalizations because he knows good and damn well artists Down South do “get busy” because he’s worked with the highest selling Hip-Hop group of all time (cough… cough… Outkast… cough…). And, even if you do want to D4L generalize an entire region which you know is bullshit, why hate? Yes, it’s true, many of the commercial artists from The South who have blown up in the last couple of years are not on par lyrically with Raekwon and that seems to be why he was pissed. Somewhat understandable point…

    But if that’s the logic, let’s look further. Rae’s last commercial album was Lex Diamond Story in ’03 when the “New South” hadn’t even blown yet. So technically, shouldn’t we have seen the names of 50, the majority of Dipset (who have taken Rae’s subject matter full-on by the way…), Young Gunz, Memphis Bleek, etc.? I mean they all had and have had albums out after Rae’s last album and managed to not “get busy like that” (especially compared to Rae lyrically), yet his focus stayed on The South.

    See, little shit like this is where Field Mob comes up with “off-the-wall” hypotheses about people from the East Coast possibly wanting to say “Fuck The South.”

    And let’s not be ignorant and act like I’m wrong. Just check about every blog out there anytime something about The South is posted and watch the South Haters come out like the lights just got turned on while they were in a Lucky Charms box (if the author didn’t already subliminally or overtly get at The South himself; would say herself to be PC, but the only female Hip-Hop blogger I know of is Tara Henley and she doesn’t talk shit like that).

    The same way white people will alot of times state they “didn’t know they were being racist” (I think back to when Tiger won his first Masters and the announcer brought up about how collard greens and fried chicken would probably be served for the winner’s dinner) is the same way East Coast journalists approach The South. I mean, imagine if that same announcer would have asked Phil Mickelson that year, “How do you feel about all these black people winning The Masters?” Jesse Jackson would have been down there the next day protesting in vain as every minority group seems to do in Augusta, GA every year…

    Well, that’s how Southern Hip-Hop artists/fans feel everytime we read an article with an East Coast journalist asking some 41 year old East Coast Hip-Hop artist/producer “How Do You Feel About The South In Hip-Hop?” The question always randomly comes out of nowhere and usually is quite incongruent with the previous questions. And we all know where the answer always goes. Hell, the particular interviewer in Rae’s piece didn’t even ask him his views on that, but we got that answer anyway.

    Even if it is D4L and they’re the clownest cats on Earth, it’s acceptable to spend over 3 minutes speaking of them, emulating them, saying “no disrespect” while disrespecting them? Should I ready myself for the day I turn to ESPN and see Carmelo hating on LeBron for being a better basketball player (which he is…)?

    You may be envious to yourself, but that only provides the motivation for you to do your own thing the way you feel it should be done. You never talk about another man making money unless maybe he’s working for a gay escort service, and even in that case, you calm it down because talking down on another man’s successful business venture really makes you look more homosexual than the escort in question…

    To remind people that this is not the first time certain haters from the East Coast (not all people from the East Coast or East Coast Hip-Hop fans before everybody gets their panties in a bunch) have gotten on people’s nerves with petty generalizations stemming from what I assume to be a mix of envy and confusion.

    While those certain haters I speak of have painted the Southern Hip-Hop movement (all 17 years of it) as a lyricless, D4L embarassment to original Hip-Hop; back in the day they were painting the West Coast as a lyricless, too-gangsta therefore no depth, embarassment to original Hip-Hop.

  10. Money Mission Says:

    I’ve Found out the FIELD MOB tape was fake; someone cut and paste the scenes together to make it look like Field was dissin NY, the real tape is on http://www.myspace.com/fieldmob

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