This Classic Raekwon Mix Is Scalding Hot. Even The Chef Says So. (Audio)
Raekwon is just less than a month away from his album, The Wild (March 24). The ICE H20/Empire project has rolled out two singles in “This Is What It Comes To” and the G-Eazy-assisted “Purple Brick Road.” Those records feature the backbones of samples that Rae’ is known for, since the days when he was working in tandem with Wu-Tang Clan Abbott The RZA.
In the last 21 and a half years since Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, Raekwon has put in work with some of Hip-Hop’s greatest producers, from Dr. Dre to Pete Rock, Kanye West to Marley Marl, Erick Sermon to J Dilla. Naturally, there are some incredible samples involved in those creations. Somebody paying attention is New York producer Scram Jones. The veteran DJ/producer (Ghostface Killah, Scarface, Styles P) invited Raekwon to Shade 45 for his “Scramble Mix” segment. For nearly an hour, Scram constructed Raekwon classics (spanning his whole catalog) from samples on up. Unlike so many similar technicians, Scram did it live, with Raekwon right beside him. The MC reacts strongly to the digging, and drops some anecdotes and imagery that make the moment all the more certified. Within, Raekwon says some powerful words about Dilla, Marley, and how certain break-beats “cannot be broken.”
Scram produced three songs on 2009’s acclaimed Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II, three on Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang, plus three more on Lost Jewlry. He did two on the Wu Massacre side project by Chef, Method Man, and Ghost.
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