Raekwon Speaks On Self-Preservation, Reuniting With Nas

The Chef discusses how he's learned from his mistakes and how he and Nas interacted when they recently reunited.

Raekwon recently spoke on how he’s stayed relevant in the game and what he and Nas discussed when they recently reunited. Speaking with Ruby Hornet TV, the Wu-Tang Clan swordsman explained that he’s learned how to build himself as a brand and to learn from his mistakes.

“I learned about myself and how important my brand is as a person and as a company. I definitely won’t allow myself to fall short on any kind of failure. Based on all the experiences I have in life, especially in this music business, that these are the times you gotta know,” he said. “I realize my powers and where I went wrong with certain things and where I’m able to fix things and that’s all I’ve been working on for the last five years, is self-preservation. Not depending on anybody to make my career be more than what it is. It’s like, it’s just about me. What you wanna do, Rae? That was something I had to just go through, know what I mean?”

He also spoke on reuniting with Esco for the track “Rich and Black,” included on Rae’s most recent release Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang.

“We was out there chillin’ having a lot of fun, reminiscing, getting drunk, talking about yesterday, talking about today. Really exercising that time of being around each other as far as, ‘You’re my homie, we came up together.’ And then there was so much off the beat that we was talkin’ bout. Everything wasn’t pertaining to rap. It was fam and things we talked about, dealing with certain situations as far as with your business, talked about touring things. We feel that we a great team together, and we get up and talk, but most importantly, we just building.”

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  • Unbelievable

    They should reunite The Firm and put Rae in there!

  • Anonymous

    OB4CL is a top 10 album of all time and Rae is one of the best to ever do it, OB4CL Pt. II was the best album of 2009. Glad that Nas and Rae are doing more music. Hip Hop needs them.

  • Sensaye252

    One of the truly unique Hip-Hop personalities ever and to me a top 10 All-time MC. One the Wu's first album, Rae was the weakest and least polish MC in the group. Now, in my opinion, he's the sharpest and most complex. He never copies nobodies style. From the rhyme scheme to the flow to the imagery, Chef has his own chamber. I thought the Shaolin Vs. WU-Tang album wasn't as strong as it should've been. But he's put out so many heaters over the years that he's absolved of that. The purple tape came out when I was like 13 or 14. I can definitively say that the Wu's shit had a good influence on me as a kid. They never got preachy with thier shit, but they were always empowering their listeners instead of talkin' down to the listener. Rappers don't have a connection with their listeners anymore.

  • slapyobitchass

    Niggas the Chef is an example of an MC that still go hard, make hot music and niggas still fuck with and bump. better than all that garbage shit that comes hot. Rae & Nas on a track, shit is gonna be hot.

  • G

    Rae defo one of the few from the 90's era that be still dropping crazy music. peep the track he did with Havoc on Shaolin V Wu Tang, Mad Joint!

  • Goodman

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, GuruBids . com


    Stay on track Rae, you be on fire lately Wu world wide

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