Raekwon Says "F.I.L.A." Is "More Stadium Style Music"

Raekwon talks about his upcoming album, says "I have nothing to prove. I'm already in the books."

Appearing on B Real’s Smoke Box Internet series, Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon recently spoke about his plans to release a new album.

“My next move is this next album I’ve been working on,” he said. “It’s called Fly International Luxurious Art. It’s a long title but that’s how I felt right now. It’s a fly album though. You know me. That’s my thing. I like to make a body of work that I could put in people’s cars and they could just listen to it.”

Earlier this month, Raekwon told DJ Whoo Kid that F.I.L.A. is tentatively scheduled for a late Spring release. “We shooting for May right now,” he said. “We got like an early May release. Like May 6 or May 11 or some shit like that.”

In his interview with the Cypress Hill leader, Raekwon described making an album accessible to a range of audiences.

“This album is well-rounded,” he said, “I wanted to show people that I’m still at my best, but I’m into making now more stadium style music and catering to every audience. I want to give him a slice, him a slice, you eatin’. You over there in the corner that really don’t like me, I made something for you. Really just to give everybody that...stew pot that is me at my perfected level. You know, ‘cause I feel like I’m perfected...because of the fans, the way they salute me, the way they speak of some of my classic albums and shit. They make me feel like the hero. So this album is Fly International Luxurious Art. It’s nothing but me just really just showing niggas like, ‘Yo, his pen game is right. He’s being smart about the records he’s making. He’s catering to every audience of music.’ I have nothing to prove. I’m already in the books, so all I can do is keep giving people quality music. I went out and merged with some killer producers.

"I don’t know if you’re familiar with Jerry Wonda,” Rae said of Jerry Duplessis, “you know, he was a part of The Fugees project and working with Lauryn Hill and made a lot of bangers. I got a couple of the swordsmen and producers that I been fucking with and some new cats. I’m always looking for that fresh batch.”

Raekwon Says He Likes Kendrick Lamar & Meek Mill's Material

Speaking to artists other than himself, the Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… emcee described younger emcees he's currently listening to. “I may feel them for the reason of their movements,” he said. “It ain’t necessarily a crazy hit maker. But, at the end of the day, I respect what they created. It’s a lot of them. You know you I like the Kendrick Lamar fellow. Meek Mill, he came in and carved his way in. You gotta couple of these other young cats that’s making commercial music that’s being successful too that I respect.”

Raekwon qualified his choices by adding that he likes to see artists passionate about their work. “A hit is a hit,” he said. “A lot of these cats is really just excited about their passion and I see all of that. Only one’s that’s really gonna prevail is the one’s that’s really working hard. You know what we tell motherfuckers all the time, ‘You wanna fucking eat nigga, you gotta know how to fucking go out there and grind.’ So the one’s that’s grinding. My hand is up to them.”

In the same interview with DJ Whoo Kid, Rae described his respect for recent Grammy winner Macklemore. “I fuck with Macklemore too though,” the Staten Island rapper said. “You know what I mean? I respect Macklemore for even just going back and really looking at the demographics of how that Grammy shit work. We know and all that he’s the popular—more popularity based on the fact of how he came in. But he still recognized that Kendrick—he felt Kendrick had a better Hip Hop album than him. So, for a man to just feel in his heart that he feel like he ain’t the winner or however the case may be, I respect him for that because niggas would have questioned that like, ‘Yo, hold up.’ You know what I mean? But he was a man to admit that…So, in all reality both of those niggas won to me, man.”

Before the end of the interview with B Real, the Wu rapper touched on his own group’s close relationship with fans. “I love it,” he said. “That’s what I think people really respect about Wu. Because not only they seen every individual in they eyes and say, ‘Yo, I know a nigga like that. I been around and held guns with niggas like that.’ But then to see us and know that we carry out the same situation. It’s like, ‘Yo, them is not fake rappers. Them is real rap motherfuckers.’”

RELATED: Raekwon Says Collab With Jay Z Is "Tucked" Away & Discusses "F.I.L.A." Album Release

36 Comments

  • Anonymous

    " I fuck with Macklemore too though," the Staten Island rapper said. "You know what I mean? I respect Macklemore for even just going back and really looking at the demographics of how that Grammy shit work. We know and all that hes the popularmore popularity based on the fact of how he came in. But he still recognized that Kendrickhe felt Kendrick had a better Hip Hop album than him. So, for a man to just feel in his heart that he feel like he aint the winner or however the case may be, I respect him for that because niggas would have questioned that like, Yo, hold up. You know what I mean? But he was a man to admit thatSo, in all reality both of those niggas won to me, man."

  • Infamous

    He also doing an ep on the side on some trap shit. REDLIGHT AND RAEKWON JOIN FORCES TO 'GET MONEY'.http://www.mixmag.net/words/news/redlight-and-raekwon-join-forces-to-get-money

  • imho

    so basically in a round about way hes letting his core fans know hes about to sell out.. not to mention it wont work the mans to old for this now.. not only will u not catch on with younger folks u will lose the core fans you have and in turn will sell prob 5k worth of albums bc u drove away all ur cuban link fans. what a shame this new era of rap even turns the greats into pop stars. (see jayz and eminem)

  • AR

    I don't think this will work. Rae is too old to cross over. These hipster swag rap fans won't buy it.

  • Sensaye Sixkiller

    One of my favorite MCs of all time. Unique style, takes pride in his lyrics, doesn't try to sound like anyone, and is one of the all time great story tellers. The details in his stories are hilarious and brilliant. "Live nigga fresh outta jail/ I used to play baseball with him 'til he got large, son bought a whale".

  • Anonymous

    i'm not worried about rae making a commercial tune because he never sacrifices artistic expression lyrics or integrity!

  • PAhiphopFAN

    B Real: who you feeling out there? Rae: Imma keep it 100, I judge a rapper not by the hit songs... (goes on rant and doesn't name who he's feeling)

  • PAhiphopFAN

    Rae talks alot when he's high. lmao

  • PAhiphopFAN

    Rae 40 years old and finally growing up. Talking about peace corps and shit. lol. Better late then never I guess. peace.

  • Anonymous

    Rae shit sound better than half these kids on the radio. Nigga just got that sound.

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  • Anonymous

    nothing to prove cause he not tryin to make a name for himself like alot of these young cats tryin extra hard to prove they gangsta. he makin music cause he loves to do it and wants to share it w his fans.

  • RHX

    'Stadium music' haha he means pop music he's just scared to say it. But y'all sleeping on that Immobilarity album I actually gave it a chance and there's some bangers in there it's way underrated.

    • Sensaye Sixkiller

      I always thought Immobilarity was dope. Niggas just don't listen. They put it on one time, realize it's not the purple tape, then they shit on it. "Yae Yo", "Casablanca", "My Favorite Dred", "Friday", "Jury", "Live From NY", "Sneakers", "The Table". All heaters.

  • Anonymous

    His last album sounded like Stadium music to me. I thought his last album was fairly good too. Nothing special but overall good.

  • Bieber-Tang Clan

    Im looking forward to a new collabo with justin bieber

  • Anonymous

    Nothing to prove? Then why you do music. A good rapper proves himself with every album. Besides Rae aint that good his first album was more a Rae and freinds album then a solo album. With exception of OB4CL 1 and 2 the nigga made some weak albums.

  • OnkelMichael

    COME ON SON! Dude had 1 great album in 1995. Everything else was trash in full.

  • Stackz

    Raes album is guna be pure fire. This nigga knows his music and would never put out some garbage. I think we in for a real banga wih this shit. Cant fkn wait to have new music

  • Anonymous

    B-Real is so awesome. One of the best dudes in rap.

  • Anonymous

    I hope we can get another Bieber collabo from Rae. Thats what the hip-hop fans are craving for.

  • BigDukeFrumCipherHeat

    Once you start catering to a variety of people, your album is going to fail. Why not just stick to the winning formula.. cuban Linx !!! Effed up, cause Rae is one of the biggest killers in the hiphop game

    • Anonymous

      ^whats wrong with that? So does Jay-z, Rick Ross, 50 cent, and damn near everyone else! His sound is just more gutter, and I'd rather that than this Versace, auto-tune, neo-fag,shit out now...

    • Anonymous

      whats a winning formula? Thats doing every album the same a good rapper switch his style up: beats, flows, lyrics etc. Rea still sounds like a old mobsta who sells coke

  • Anonymous

    Haha great shit good idea this from b realr

    • Anonymous

      yeah man its a regular series where they just get stoned as fuck in his car and talk about shit! i seen a few rappers on there.

  • blackula

    Never been a fan of the stadium sound that Jay and Kanye have been going for over the years. Hopefully Rae's album sounds nothing like those.

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