News: Raekwon Reflects On 2009 Success, "I Still Got A Lot More To Go" [Video]

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2009 10:35AM

Written by Rosario Harper

After seeing his long-awaited Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II album reach the Top 5 on the charts, Raekwon has made a special fan dedication video thanking his followers for their support.

In the video, Rae also promises more quality music to come in 2010.

"Just wanting to say love and peace to all my fans out there, have a happy, happy holiday ya heard," Raekwon said in a video. "You made my holiday special, you made me and my family feel great this year and I just wanted to definitely let y'all know from the bottom of my heart I appreciate the fans' support you know. With this album right here, y'all allowed this album to be a real big giant album for us and we getting ready to go into the new year so I thought it was very important for me and my family just to reach out to everybody that's been supporting us and saying 'Yo man, good looking.' Thank-you, we gonna continue to make good music, we gonna make great heat, at the end of the day y'all know I ain't ever gonna give up on y'all. I hope y'all don't give up on me. I still got a lot more to go, I still got a lot more work to do and I'm not giving up." (YouTube)

Rappers like N.O.R.E previously showed support toward Raekwon by publicly purchasing the rapper's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 album last September.

"Do I really want to buy [the album]," Nore asked in a self-recorded video. "I believe so. Purchasing, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, that's hip-hop y'all -- this is the time for everybody to come together despite different disputes people have and come together and support real hip-hop. As you can see, I woke up in the morning, it's before nine o'clock and I'm buying the album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. And then I'm going to the store and I'm gonna get another hard copy -- I've never downloaded anything illegally and all y'all that's talking about that Jay-Z album should be ashamed of yourself that you ain't go out there and get it today, that you downloaded that sh*t. I'm buying Hov's album today and filming it and showing proof." (NORE TV)

Rae recently spoke on why Busta Rhymes was removed from one of the album's Dr. Dre-produced tracks.

"'Catalina' was a vicious record, and we always knew that was going to be a hit," he explained in an interview. "I remember when I actually sat in the studio with Dr. Dre and he first played it for me. I looked at his face and I could tell that he really loved the beat. I loved it because it's my kind of beat. It was still hip hop, but it had savoir faire to it...At first we didn't have the hook. Believe it or not, the first hook had Busta Rhymes. Busta's the one that put me and Dre together. The first hook had a little reference from Busta Rhymes. He was singing and having fun. I liked his hook too, but we decided to change it because we don't want people to start thinking Busta's a singer. He's not that kind of artist, plus he was having fun. It wasn't nothing that he was banking on doing. We knew that record was going to the top." (Artist Direct)

The album made it into the Top 5 last September.

Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon has returned to store shelves with his long-delayed Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Part 2 landing at No. 4. The Chef's new album has sold a total of 67,900 records after one week on store shelves. (Sales Wrap)

Check out Raekwon speaking to the fans below:

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