Raekwon the Chef is one of the fiercest MCs and hip-hop storytellers of all time. The Staten Island-bred artist is a member of the Wu-Tang Clan and has released classic albums on his own. His latest is Fly International Luxurious Art and is out now via his own Ice H2O imprint. I sat down with Rae at a listening party for F.I.L.A. at Red Bull Music Academy’s HQ in Toronto on May 22 and here, we discuss being a VIP, the Raekwon Canadian flag, sonic departures, some Wu-Tang fans are fantastic or fickle or stuck in the past, becoming successful early, nostalgia, the materialism on F.I.L.A. and tone deafness, making movies, what was up with A Better Tomorrow, whether or not Wu-Tang Clan have another classic left in them, if hip-hop is more revolutionary than rock music, the song “Revory (Wraith),” and then we out.
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