Raekwon

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A legend of hip-hop touches down in Philly, this time at the Blockley in University City. It wasn’t long ago that a reunited Wu-Tang Clan hit the stage at the Trocadero, but Raekwon the Chef’s obviously a thoroughly accomplished artist in his own right. His 1995 solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, is now considered iconic.

Raekwon is Corey Woods, a 43-year-old N.Y.C.-born emcee whose tightness with Tony Starks, aka Ghostface Killah, has yielded some of the most brilliant hip-hop of all time. It’s hard to believe, but Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang’s debut, is almost 20 years old. Their stunning statement from Staten Island basically laid the blueprint for hardcore and mafioso hip-hop for the next two decades. And then two years later, Raekwon’s Cuban Linx cemented fans’ of Wu-Tang’s hopes in main members like the Chef himself, Ghostface, RZA, GZA and Method Man as the future of hip-hop. Check out what the Miami New Times said about Raekwon’s ghetto epics: “Straightforward yet linguistically rich universes not unlike a gangsta Iliad.” Fans begged for a follow-up, and they got it in 2009 with an acclaimed sequel, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II, which was executive produced by Busta Rhymes, plus boasted spots helmed by Dre and RZA. It topped a bunch of Album of the Year lists. It was a serious accomplishment, a return to the game and a revisiting of the moment that Rae’s ‘95 debut captured, one that galvanized his reputation as one of the most heralded men in his field. Immobilarity (1999) and The Lex Diamond Story (2003) aren’t to be forgotten, but the story of Raekwon as a solo artist is perfectly told via his two Cuban Linx classics.

Rae’s known as the Chef for cookin’ up tasty treats to get your mouth watering, and there’ll definitely be some hefty appetites brought to the Blockley Thursday night. Should be a heady mix of herbal ingredients, and the drink will flow. With four openers and a show that starts at 9 p.m. sharp, we recommend you plan your night accordingly. / Bill Chenevert

Thurs., Feb. 28, 9pm. $20-$22. With Rowboat Casino, Don McCloskey, Storyville + Voss. The Blockley, 38th and Chestnut sts. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com
 

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WHEN
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Recurring: ONCE

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9pm. $20-$22

WHERE
The Blockley , 38th and Chestnut sts., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 02/28/2013. .

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