News: SOHH EXCLUSIVE: Raekwon Gives Diddy Props, "I Told Him 'You Our Mayor Bloomberg'" [Video]
Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 1:10PM
With Diddy hosting Raekwon's long-awaited Only Buit 4 Cuban Linx Pt. 2 album release party tonight (September 8), the Chef hit up SOHH to speak on his Bad Boy connection.
Despite his past claims that Bad Boy copied Nas' Illmatic album, Raekwon said his overall respect prompted him to reach out to Puff.
"My relationship with Diddy is fine, you know," Raekwon explained. "It always been cool, that brother, I got a lot of respect for him, just as being a business man, just as being a man you know? Whatever differences we had in the past, it was always dealt with accordingly like men and life goes on. We not here to dwell on the past, we trying to move forward and we been established that relationship fact already. There'd be times I'd see him in Miami, we throw bottles at each other, he threw bottles at me, it's just about growing up -- It was an honor for him to want to be a part of this because I told him, 'Yo man, you the mayor of the city, you our Mayor Bloomberg regardless of what and it'd be a honor if you could be a part of it.' Next thing you know, 'I'ma check my schedule' and it happened. And I felt real good 'cause this brother coulda said 'I need seven zero's' or five zero's but when it's true friendship in a situation of what we're dealing with far as growing up in this business, that's all a part of being a real dude." (SOHH)
Hosted by Puff and presented by Ice H20 Records and Littles, tonight's New York City event will be led by DJ Kid Carpi and take place in lower Manhattan with a strong line-up of Big Apple 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 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 has 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 portion of Raekwon's SOHH interview: