In this episode of "People's Party With Talib Kweli", Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, writer, author and one of Wu-Tang Clan's founding members:
Shallah, Lex Diamonds…
RAEKWON (The Chef)
The impact of 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…' aka 'The Purple Tape', cemented Rae's legacy as one of the original kings of Mafioso hip hop. Here's what they covered in this one:
- Rae and Talib meeting for the first time at Loud Records headquarters
- Coming up in the Park Hill aka 'Killa Hill' projects of Staten Island
- His past of identifying as a member of the five percent nation
- How the Wu-Tang Clan came together, RZA calling on Rae to help form the group
- A deep dive into the process of penning classics like "Can It Be All So Simple"
- Discussion of the real story behind the backronym of "C.R.E.A.M."
- How Rae and Ghost became such close friends through sharing the same creative vision
- Talk of the "Wu-Tang: An American Saga" series and Rae's take on how it turned out
- His 611 Purple Factory located in Toronto, Canada dedicated to Rae and the Wu
- Breaking down notable verses on the song "Incarcerated Scarfaces"
- The scientific study done on which rappers have the largest vocabulary
- Explanation of the mindset when Rae and Ghost did the "Striving For Perfection" intro
- Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Kool G, Slick Rick, LL, and KRS as Rae's Justice League
- Center piecing the cocaine underworld on 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..'
- Wu-Tang member Cappadonna and what he means to the Wu legacy
- Rae's favorite Gangster movies of all-time
- The Force M.D.'s paving the way for future Staten Island artists
- Love for all music and how special the 90's were
- Advice for up and coming emcees about not skipping steps to success
- Bringing the East and South together on Outkast's "Skew It On The Bar-B"
- The pressure of meeting expectations on 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II'
- Rae's book "From Staircase To Stage: The Story Of Raekwon And The Wu-Tang Clan"