Guest Star: "Kanye's Showing You Don't Have To Be Scared To Let Your Motherf*cking Feelings Be Heard"
Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010 1:30PM
[With Kanye West's much-anticipated comeback nearing fruition, "Gorgeous" collaborator Raekwon recalls contributing to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.]
The first thing I can tell you about Kanye West is that he's a hard worker. When you look at him, you can tell that he still has that whole hip-hop thing in his bones. When I was around him, I could definitely feel the energy that this guy is really taking things serious and he's not trying to give [you] no watered down album.
Listening to what was being made, you could hear and know that you were feeling it. So for the most part, I can say the music is great as far as him being creative and brilliant and he makes sure to keep those things around him. Everybody that says he's bringing this album back to the 1990's, [but] I think it's more about him being creative.
Kanye's album is not just about bringing hip-hop back, it's showing his love to cherish it and do it. Kanye is showing that you don't have to be scared to let your motherf*cking feelings be heard. This is about creating something, that's what it all came to. I think right now he's just focused on challenging himself. He's definitely one of the best, hardest artists when it comes to music.
Another thing I can say is we made sure to get it in. Me, Kanye and Kid Cudi did "Gorgeous". Before that, I had never worked with Kid Cudi, but he always seemed like a cool fella and we had some talks in the past [about collaborating]. I like working with the youth and right now I feel like I have a lot to say.
Working with Kanye, it just shows me getting better and better. Right now, that's my main focus. I try to see what's going on with other n*ggas but at the end of the day, it's about making quality music.
Raekwon is a veteran hip-hop artist and one of the original members of the Wu-Tang Clan. In addition to appearing on Kanye West's new album, Rae has collaborated with the producer/rapper on multiple G.O.O.D. Music Friday tracks.