Raekwon is one of the seminal rappers to exist over the last 20-plus years. With his new album The Wild arrive last night (and being the wild influence he is), The Chef talked to Consequence of Sound about his top 10 favorite hip-hop records ever.
Naturally, he included one of his own (Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…), but the releases range from the mid-80s up until Ghostface Killah’s Supreme Clientele in 2000. The list, in no order, goes:
Slick Rick – The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele
Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…
Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle
Big Daddy Kane – Long Live The Kane
The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death
Nas – Illmatic
Mobb Deep – Hell On Earth
Mary J. Blige – My Life
Eric B. & Rakim – Follow The Leader
In the interview, he gave short explanations for including each album, from its storytelling influence (Slick Rick) to the style (Big Daddy Kane) to its influence on hip-hop overall (Mary J. Blige).
Rae also discussed the difference between The Wild and his last album, Fly International Luxurious Art:
“This album was definitely created in a period of time when I didn’t get a chance to promote FILA in the way I wanted to. That was around the time of the Only Built 4 Cuban Linx anniversary, so there was just a lot going on. I didn’t get to give you guys an opportunity on FILA in the way that I’m doing now on this album, The Wild. Now I’m able to paint pictures and give you exactly what I want to give you now along with a great visual. It’s just about the timing sometimes.”
Download The Wild on iTunes.