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Raekwon

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Raekwon on the cover of his "Ice Cream" single

Raekwon (born Corey Woods, January 12, 1970, Brooklyn, New York) is an American rapper and a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Though not as well known as such other Wu-Tang members like Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard or RZA, Raekwon has released some of the most critically acclaimed solo work from the Wu-Tang, and his nimble flow attracts much admiration from hip hop enthusiasts and fellow rappers.

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Biography

Raekwon joined the Wu-Tang Clan in time to participate on Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the group's massively successful debut. He later signed a solo deal with Loud Records and released his first solo LP, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (originally to be titled Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Niggaz) in 1995 to rave reviews, though the album's sales were sluggish. Working with Ghostface Killah, Raekwon's solo album is widely considered to be one of the masterpieces of rap in the 1990s and is still remembered by many fans as perhaps the greatest Wu-Tang solo LP thus far. His storytelling abilities on tracks such as Spot Rusherz led to many a comparison with Kool G Rap, and the album as a whole is often credited for popularizing the use of Mafia and gangster movie motifs in rap music. Raekwon participated on Wu-Tang Forever with the rest of the group, and then released Immobilarity in 1999, to somewhat more mixed reviews than Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Many fans disliked his decision to use inexperienced, up-and-coming producers rather than the Wu-Tang's in-house producers, though the album went gold. Raekwon also featured heavily on Ghostface Killah's albums Supreme Clientele and Bulletproof Wallets, as well as featuring on high-profile singles from Fat Joe (John Blaze) and Outkast {Skew It On The Bar-B).

His most recent album, The Lex Diamond Story, was released on December 13, 2003, on the Universal Records label, to mixed reviews (generally lukewarm critical reviews and wildly varying public reviews) and moderate success. Raekwon's success has given him the chance to branch into business, become a Creative Officer of a major label and begin the creation of his own hip-hop team, Ice Water Inc. He plans to release the long-delayed sequel to Only Built 4 Cuban Linx in 2005.

Trivia

His alias Raekwon The Chef, perhaps surprisingly, actually does come from the fact he loves to cook. He claims to have "cooked for 30 niggas before".

Aliases

  • Lex Diamonds
  • Louis Diamonds
  • Rick Diamonds
  • Shallah
  • Louis Rich
  • Shallah Raekwon
  • "The Chef"

Discography

Albums

Singles & EPs

  • 1995 "Heaven & Hell"
  • 1995 "Ice Cream"
  • 1995 "Criminology"
  • 1999 "Live From New York"
  • 1995 "Planet Of The Apes"

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