News: Raekwon On Jay-Z, Nas & New York Rap Unity, "Everybody Has A Certain Amount Of Respect" [Video]

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009 5:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Wu-Tang Clan's 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.

In addition to speaking on influencing the rap duo, Raekwon also expressed his respect he has for them.

"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)

Jay-Z previously weighed in on rap beefs outshining respect emcees have for one another.

"[There should be a committee] because beef now is so corny," Jay said last month. "It's not really about nothing, I don't know if I said anything to warrant having beef, or if I said anything derogatory about him. If I say I'm not talking about this man,you know, I just said I'm not talking about him. I ain't say anything derogatory about him. So a lot of beefs are either misunderstandings, ego or just stupid or just done for publicity purposes. That could become tiresome. If it's a genuine clash for the top a la Jay-Z and Nas, that's official because we handled it the right way and at the end of the day we ended up working for each other. But a lot of beefs are just frivolous, they lack merit." (DJ Semtex TV)

Fabolous recently spoke on his ability to bypass rap beefs and why the New York rap scene has fallen out of touch due to the popularity of diss records.

"If you know me and follow my career, you know I ain't never been the type to speak nobody else name really," Fab pointed out in an interview. "Or try to assassinate somebody else character and gain fame for myself -- I don't even speak n*ggas' names, to me, that's really bullsh*t, like, that's girl sh*t...I told [Maino] 'you gotta concentrate on making songs, like all the beef sh*t and all this sh*t n*ggas doing in the streets...' That's one of the things that hurt New York. N*ggas are not making songs, they're so busy talking about other motherf*ckers. I don't got no time to focus on other motherf*ckers, I"m focusing on my sh*t and me making hit songs continuously." (All Access DVD)

Raekwon previously made headlines for sparking a physical confrontation with Joe Budden, however, the duo have reportedly squashed their differences.

"First and foremost, what I would like to say, about that Joe Budden sh*t, we got the tape n*gga," Raekwon told a Toronto crowd. "Other than that, Raekwon loves you...I am a hundred percent street n*gga still, we don't get on camera and do that. Now my thing is this, I got love for Slaughterhouse. I like Slaughterhouse, them n*ggas already made it clear they have a lot of respect for Wu-Tang, for myself, this has never ever been a Wu-Tang versus Slaughterhouse thing -- This is about a kid who gets off on doing blogs. My thing is this, I'm a business man, I'm here to make money, take care of my family and keep as many people safe and sound as possible. We not gonna take it there 'cause that's little sh*t? we are grown men. I will never jump out the window to sacrifice the situation with my family for something that ain't worth it. I don't want nobody to hurt that man or do anything to him because I'm so known in so many different places, that's the easiest sh*t in the world? I don't want that. We are going to keep it moving with hip-hop, he knows to respect his elders." (YouTube)

Check out Raekwon's interview below:

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