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A quick chop up with The Chef: Four minutes with Raekwon [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – While in Vancouver on the first stop of his Fly International Luxurious Art Tour, Raekwon was gracious enough to give us a few minutes of his time amidst the pre-show, backstage chaos. HipHopCanada’s KassKills got to chopping it up in a quick interview with The Chef on his up-coming album, being a boss and his idea of luxury. Check it out after the jump.

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Raekwon: Q&A

Written by KassKills for HipHopCanada

HipHopCanada: What can be expected from the upcoming album, Fly International Luxurious Art?

Raekwon: The album comes out in September, October area. The album is official. It’s a great album. Each song represents strong. Each song you can see the growth in my music – you could see me challenging myself for the best and still having that rugged Raekwon flow but just taking it to a bigger level with a bigger audience of people to support it. It’s another movie! You gonna love it though, all the tracks is solid. Just picture Rae doin’ what y’all know he know how to do but then picture Rae on his business game and analyzing the business and how it works and making it happen for the music again. Everything’s about the music, it’s about making hit shit.

HipHopCanada: What is your idea luxury?

Raekwon: Luxury is just your way of succeeding. It’s getting to where you wanna go in a situation – it’s a goal. A goal is a luxury to me. Something that you believe in the most that you want to achieve on top of actual luxury shit. I like expensive shit though, I can’t help it. Luxury is what you paint it to be too. If you think wisely and smart, that’s luxury. That’s a form of slang right there.

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HipHopCanada: How do you balance the business side with staying true to your art?

Raekwon: It’s like selling crack. You just don’t lose something that you want. It’s the same tactics. You get out there, you hustle for what you want and what you want to happen. That’s why they say the rap game is like the crack game ’cause if you ain’t out there actin’ like you tryin’ to sell your stuff that you feel is worth selling, then what are you doin’? I’m here to keep my brand going, my legacy. We already been doing it 20 years, I’m going for 20 more and still doing what I do best.

HipHopCanada: Do you have plans to expand IceH20 Canada? Out West perhaps?

Raekwon: Absolutely. You know, even though my shop is in Toronto it represents Canada period but it’s just that I happen to be in Toronto. Right now we lookin’ at a new location. We already moved out of our old spot and we pretty much looking where we gonna target. We been thinking about coming to Vancouver too because we see the hip-hop scene is big out here as well. It’s all about us really just setting up. The company is still young out here. We only been in business for like a year and a half. Era is still working hard, his album ain’t even dropped yet but we still making sure that he gets that shot that really shows the other Canadian artists they could have that. He’s the boy for Canada.

A quick chop up with The Chef: Four minutes with Raekwon [Interview] - HipHopCanada.com

Written by KassKills for HipHopCanada
Photography by Mark Gutknecht for Fortune Sound Club


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Kassandra has her hands in several cookie jars. Born in Ontario but raised on the West coast, she is currently located in the wonderfully diverse East side of Vancouver. With a passion for all things creative KassKills is a hair stylist by day and HipHopCanada's West Coast Regional Editor by night. Music and public relations are her true passions and although she didn't inherit the talent of her musician father she makes her mark on the industry through other avenues. By night you can catch KassKills at almost every Vancity hip-hop show, shaking hands and snapping photos while covering and supporting the local music scene. On top of that she works closely with one of the cities most reputable concert promotors, Timbre Concerts. Kass is a hustler by nature and works hard to play a key role Vancity's hip-hop scene. Over the years she has seen, photographed and interviewed many of hip-hop's top artists such as T.I, Raekwon, Sheek Louch, Noreaga, Black Milk, Waka Flocka, Ab-Soul & Dizaster.

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