And let's start it like this son...
Despite my disappointments, I always looked forward to anything from Rae because he can rhyme like no other (ahaa, yes, even better than Vast Aire. Take that Muttpop Bob). If you can't tell yet, I'm a fan of flows, and not just any flows. Double and triple-rhyme infused lyrics like the ones from "Skew it on the BBQ" (from Outkast's Aquemini album) blow my mind. Just check how he keeps rhyming the "o" sound and how many times he'll do it in a single line (up to four), and how many times he does it in a entire verse (26).
Deliver this through your audio, ghetto mafioso
Grow hydro, then bag it up yo
Price that longevity, suggest make moves
slow take time grow eight, react nine blow
Hydro slide raw like fuck Renaldo
Fly ride though, shit lookin wild dope
then glide yo, flippin the page, I go
Watch five-oh, jump on my meat, ride slow
Watch those, undercovers, cop those, rock those
Glocks blows leave em baggy and collect spot grows
Keep a watch froze, lean on the yacht and wash clothes
Let the chop' blow, bag a half a block plot grows, what?
Skills. No wait, make that skillz (yes, italicized and with a "z"). Not to mention how he uses aliteration and the ghetto mafioso imagery he evokes in his lyrics. Yes, I know that other emcees do this too, but nobody handles the mic like Lex.
Aaaanyways, The Hippo recently copped an early release of the Chef's album (if you don't know how Rae earned that name, check out the story here, it’s almost funny) and despite my initial excitement that it would really be the sequel to Cuban Linx, there’s little continuity between the two albums lyrically or production-wise. Not only that but Rae’s partner in rhyme, Ghostface, is hardly on this album whereas Busta is on four tracks. Let me just say that Busta and the Chef just don’t set it off the way Raekwon and Ghost do. Since it's an early edition release with 28 tracks, let's just hope the final cut is stronger and more of a true sequel.
So rather than post up a bunch of the so-so Cuban Linx II songs you all might be looking for, here’s some classic Rae bangers, and a couple of the better new ones to keep you from breaking down the door.
[MP3] Outkast and Raekwon :: Skew it on the BBQ
[MP3] Cocoa Brovaz and Raekwon :: Black Trump
[MP3] Raekwon :: Guillotine
[MP3] Raekwon feat. Supernatural :: I Got Bars (new)
[MP3] Raekwon :: State of Grace (new)