While his albums haven’t sold huge numbers like fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Method Man and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Raekwon has still earned major kudos within the hip-hop community. He was featured prominently on the Wu’s undisputed masterpiece, 1993’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), taking memorable verses on “Bring Da’ Ruckus,” “Shame On A Nigga” and “C.R.E.A.M.” His first solo album, 1995’s Only Built For Cuban Linx..., has received massive critical praise, and is hailed as one of the best recordings of the 1990s by Pitchfork Media, Rolling Stone and The Source. (It also helped make a name for Ghostface Killah, who was underrepresented on the Wu’s debut album.)His solo career has slowed down in recent years, with 2003’s The Lex Diamond Story being his last full-length album, but the man keeps busy in other ways. He was vital to Ghostface Killah’s stellar 2006 comeback album Fishscales, and sounded strong on last year’s Wu-Tang album, the loopy and quasi-psychedelic 8 Diagrams.It’s that Wu recording that’s getting Raekwon plenty of press---but not for his rhymes. He and Ghostface Killah have vocalized their displeasure about the album’s production---mostly handled by rap producer RZA---in various interviews with the press (Ghostface only appears on four of the album’s 16 tracks). After 8 Diagrams’ release, Raekwon told New York radio personality Miss Info the album didn’t sound street enough, and that the rest of the Wu would attempt to put out an album without RZA. Bad vibes abound; Raekwon will hopefully put aside his ill will in the first of three Wu-related shows happening this fall in Halifax (Method Man and Redman are playing October 1, with the RZA-cousin GZA coming for Pop Explosion later that month).
Friday, September 12 at The Marquee Club, 2037 Gottingen, $29.95-$45 (VIP), 10pm, 429-3020.