News: Diddy, Wu-Tang Clan, Beanie Sigel & More To Invade Raekwon's "OB4CL2" Release Party
Thursday, Aug 27, 2009 5:00PM
Diddy, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Slick Rick and more have been announced to attend and perform for Raekwon's upcoming Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. 2 album release party in New York City.
Hosted by Puff and presented by Ice H20 Records and Littles, the event will be led by DJ Kid Carpi and take place in lower Manhattan with a strong line-up of New York emcees.
Industry tastemakers and hip-hop royalty will be in attendance, as the crowd enjoys performances by: Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Lyfe Jennings, Talib Kweli, Beanie Siegel, Ghostface, Slick Rick, some who are featured on Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II. The stars will align, as the celebrities converge on the hottest red carpet of the summer. Invited guests include: Kanye West, Fabolous, Jay-Z, Swizz Beats, Naughty By Nature, Ice T & Coco, Anthony Anderson, Felicia "Snoop" Pearson and many more. The event takes place Tuesday, September 8th at 8 p.m. EST at Santos Party House. (Press Release)
Raekwon explained his relationship with Bad Boy CEO Diddy.
"I'm excited about this project," Raekwon said about his album. "This is a true evolution from where we began. I'm also overwhelmed by the love and support that I've received. My long time friend and hip-hop veteran, Diddy reached out to offer his support and agreed to host the event...All the artists involved, extended themselves for the release of my long awaited album because we all feel hip-hop as a whole is in need of unifying. Magazines are closing; online storefronts are struggling because music sales are down. It's time for vets like myself to set the trend and strengthen the lane. Dinosaurs like myself are supposed to create the blue print for the new breed to follow." (Statement)
Raekwon recently spoke on influencing hip-hop heavyweights Jay-Z and Nas and why, despite the popularity of rap beefs, New York emcees tend to pay homage to each one's lyrical craft.
"I know them from meeting them guys out once or twice and Nas I know a little bit more because we came in the game around the same time," Raekwon said in an interview. "Jay I met before. Jay is a cool dude when he wants to be. Everybody has a certain amount of respect for one another when they see 'em at the moment but I never really hung out with dudes like that to really know them like that. But it was ways that they said, 'Yeah, you know, you're ill.' Whether they looked at me a certain kind of way or they just walked up and said 'What up?' that's how Jay came at me one day. Like 'Yo, this is back in the day, I respect you.' And I was like, 'Yo, thank-you man, much respect back.' So you know at the end of the day, we all in competition and all competitors, but it's a certain amount of respect still that New York rappers are gonna give to each other in this time. (Anna Nathan's Footage)
The rapper also stressed the importance of new emcees maintaining their creativity rather than following popular trends within hip-hop.
"I'm a hater but I'm not a hater," Raekwon explained in an interview. "I just get tired of everybody following one lane, following one main mind frame. I just want the music to be more creative and not just be the same thing all the time. 'Cause kids are really starting to think hip-hop is just about being goofy or whatever, it's like yo, this is poetry man. This is poetry that's inspiring us and the people that we grew up to in hip-hop was real creative, so we gotta be creative as well. You know, like sound-wise, everything has got to change. Everything sounds great. At the end of the day, me being from the '90's, I salute the young G's, get your money, do what you do. I'm not pointing at you, I'm just saying the way the game has stopped thinking about creativity and just started thinking about money, that ain't fair to hip-hop. Let it be round, let everything surface..." (Go Where Hip Hop)
Check out a recent Raekwon interview below: