Blue Sky Black Death meets Hell Razah Interview

by Todd Davis


Blue Sky Black Death meets Hell Razah InterviewHell Razah, nee’ Chron Smith, and the alternative production duo Blue Sky Black Death, comprised of members; Kingston and Young God, have joined forces to form the ultimate triumvirate. Fresh on the heels of Razah’s debut solo album, Renaissance Child, and B.S.B.D.’s, collaborative sophomore effort, Presents: The Holocaust, featuring the Wu-Tang Clan affiliate of the same name, the Brooklyn, New York rapper, also known as Heaven Razah, and the S.F. Bay Area based beat-smiths are introducing their own unique brand of Hip-Hop. MVRemix recently caught up with the former Sunz of Man emcee, and his latest musical partners, on the eve of the release of their very first joint project entitled, Razah’s Ladder, on Babygrande Records.

MVRemix: Let’s just jump right into this brand new Blue Sky Black Death and Hell Razah record – Collectively how did you guys even come together?

Hell Razah: We hooked up through My Space first, and the rest was history.

Blue Sky Black Death: Originally, we hit up Razah to see what he was working on to submit some beats, and we just built off that. The chemistry was there with the beats and sound, so we ended up turning it into a project.

MVRemix: Aside from the fact that it features another emcee – Musically, how does it either differ and/or compare to your other records?

Blue Sky Black Death: This album differs from B.S.B.D. Presents: (The) Holocaust because it’s not entirely dark tracks. Although we did stick with our layered/dense production style, we tried to provide a range of moods for Razah to record and we are really happy with the outcome.

MVRemix: The album is titled Razah’s Ladder – What does that name represent both to and for you?

Hell Razah: Razah’s Ladder represents my elevation, and the ladder is the messiah that raises me out of hell to be a Heaven Razah.

Blue Sky Black Death: This album is about elevating through struggles. There was a lot of stressful situations going on during the process of recording this album – Family members died from Razah’s and Kingston’s families. R.I.P.

MVRemix: When it comes to the actual production aspect, how much input do you all usually let the emcee have?

Blue Sky Black Death: We like to get an idea of what sound the emcee is going for, and just craft the song around that. We are really open to input from the emcees we work with. Everyone’s gotta be happy with the final product.

MVRemix: Did B.S.B.D. have any influence over the lyrics you contributed?

Hell Razah: A little bit. The influence comes from pain, blood, sweat and tears, and the beats married my feelings perfectly.

Blue Sky Black Death: Sometimes we throw around concepts for songs, but in general the music is the main way to influence the lyrics. Good emcees match whatever you throw at them.

MVRemix: Walk me through a typical B.S.B.D./Hell Razah studio session…

Hell Razah: Studio equipment, Hennessy bottles, spiritual books, sour diesel, and a box of dutches. No groupies, just work. I like to be concentrated on my music, I ain’t with all that.

Blue Sky Black Death: We show him a lot of beats, and he would vibe on them for a few days before he chose which ones to move forward with. The vocals were recorded at Top of the Building Studios by Chokehold, out in Brooklyn.

MVRemix: Take me back…When did you first become interested in music?

Hell Razah: Since I was young, my pops was into Doo Wop and my moms played all the oldies in the house.

Blue Sky Black Death: Young God came from a family that had a lot of musicians, Kingston got into Hip-Hop at a very early age in the mid-eighties.

MVRemix: Coming up, who were your biggest musical influences?

Hell Razah: My oldest brother who gave me that spark, ‘cause he was doing it in the early 80’s, and I watched him and learned how to be an emcee.

MVRemix: Where did the name Hell Razah originate from?

Hell Razah: My name was originally Reality the Hell Razah, and people kept calling me just Hell Razah. So, I just stuck with that. Now (they) just call me Razah Rubies or Heaven Razah.

MVRemix: What does the moniker Blue Sky Black Death really mean?

Blue Sky Black Death: It’s a skydiving phrase alluding to beauty and death.

MVRemix: How do you describe or define your sound and style?

Hell Razah: I would say spiritual, political, conscious street music, with a lot of soul – I call it Hell-Hop.

Blue Sky Black Death: We don’t really like labels. As producers, we are pretty diverse. We produce pop, Hip-Hop, acoustic stuff, dub, whatever, but it’s all got our sound to it.

MVRemix: What has been your secret to success?

Hell Razah: Stay hungry, loyal and dedicated. No matter what goes on in this business, keep being creative and stick to your guns – “If you good with swords use a sword!”

Blue Sky Black Death: It’s a little premature to label us a success story, but we’ve accomplished what we have just by nonstop grinding. You really gotta be devoted. We are really happy to have had an outlet to share our music with people, and work with some of our idols.

MVRemix: Do you have any outside aspirations?

Hell Razah: I would love to open up a Hip-Hop school one day – One for every continent.

Blue Sky Black Death: Becoming Trillionaires!

MVRemix: Are you happy with the current state of Hip-Hop music?

Hell Razah: Not really. That’s why I make the music I’m making, because these record companies know exactly what they doing because Hip-Hop is a powerful tool, and they want to control that, too.

Blue Sky Black Death: It is what it is!

MVRemix: Biggest Hip-Hop moment?

Hell Razah: Recording ‘Shining Star’ off (Sunz of Man’s) The Last Shall Be First (album), with Earth Wind and Fire, Wyclef (Jean), and O.D.B. R.I.P. Nothing still can top that.

Blue Sky Black Death: Getting sued.

MVRemix: What is the biggest misconception about you as an artist?

Hell Razah: I’m not heard enough.

Blue Sky Black Death: That we’ve never used samples.

MVRemix: What do you enjoy doing in your off-time?

Hell Razah: Being a father to my seeds, a husband to my wife, (and) building and studying with my brothers.

Blue Sky Black Death: There’s no such thing as time off.

MVRemix: What does your future hold?

Hell Razah: I am the future. Since I dropped Renaissance Child the future (has) begun – I’m about to raise the stakes after this Razah’s Ladder.

Blue Sky Black Death: The future is now.

MVRemix: Any parting words?

Hell Razah: Thanks for the support! Lookout for my future projects; the Heaven Razah album, (The Ghetto Govt. project called) Article Two Right to Bear Arms (with) 4th Disciple, and always remember (to) put God first, and everything else will fall in place.

Blue Sky Black Death: Thanks for the interview, big up to the site and everyone on the album, and everyone who shows us love – Peace!

Original Hell Razah Interview

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The outstanding young production duo of Blue Sky Black Death and Wu-Tang/Sunz of Man affiliate Hell Razah unveil the epic track “Halos” from their forthcoming album “Razah’s Ladder” (October 23rd).

“Halos” features the scalding hot west coast sensation Crooked I as well as veteran New York emcee Hell Razah, both injecting poignant emotional complexity into their signature fiery flows.

Kingston and Young God (Blue Sky Black Death), best known for their brooding, instrumental production, keenly complement the insightful and introspective delivery of the two emcees as they reflect on the perils of the game. Crooked I graces the guitar-riff studded track with a soulful flow and a rhythm that speaks to the gravity of ascending Razah’s Ladder: the bittersweet inevitability of growing up and leaving friends behind.

BLUE SKY BLACK DEATH
Hell Razah: Razah’s Ladder
In stores October 23rd

Adult Swim Presents Ghostface Killah Featuring Witchdoctor National College Tour

Adult Swim Presents Ghostface Killah Featuring Witchdoctor National College Tour

Adult Swim and Helio Team Up for Free Shows Across the Collegiate

Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s highly rated late-night programming block for young adults, announced today a 12-stop college tour beginning October 1 with Ghosface Killah and Witchdoctor. Ticket information can be obtained online at www.adultswimpresents.com.

This marks Adult Swim Presents’, a series of live entertainment performances, premiere event. Adding fuel to the fire, the college tour comes just in time to support the release of Witchdoctor’s new album, The Diary of an American Witchdoctor, due out on October 23, courtesy of Adult Swim’s Williams Street record label.

Headlining the tour will be the musical styling of Def Jam’s Ghostface Killah. Perhaps best know for his contributions to the Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah has continued on with his solo career while releasing six influential hip-hop records. Warming up the crowd will be Atlanta’s own Witchdoctor. Coming from the Dungeon Family collective with artists like OutKast, Organized Noize and Killer Mike, Witchdoctor has made a name for himself by standing out with his spiritual lyrics while blending soul, rap, and rhythm and blues.

“Williams Street records and Adult Swim have really opened doors for me to communicate directly with my fans,” said Erin Johnson also known as Witchdoctor. “This is the kind of tour every artist out there wants to be a part of and I’m one of the select few to be able to offer free shows to my fans in this incredible setting.”

Schedule for Adult Swim Presents Ghostface Killah Featuring Witchdoctor:
10/01/07: State University of New York, Albany, N.Y.
10/03/07: University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.
10/05/07: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.
10/06/07: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.
10/07/07: University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
10/09/07: American University, Washington, DC
10/10/07: Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Ga.
10/11/07: University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.
10/14/07: University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.
10/16/07: UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif.
10/17/07: University of Arizona, Tuscon, Ariz.
10/19/07: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.

Adult Swim (AdultSwim.com), launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network offering original and acquired animated comedy and action series for young adults. Airing overnight 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday (ET, PT), Adult Swim shares channel space with Cartoon Network, home to the best in original, classic and acquired programming for children and families, and is seen in 91 million U.S. homes.

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Russian rapper Ivan Ives announces East Coast tour in support of upcoming album Iconoclast featuring Cappadonna of Wu-Tang Clan, Vast Aire and 2MEX, releases video for latest single, Got It

“Ives’ got the all lyrical skill and ability to become a microphone champion.” – URB

“…there’s a lot of satisfaction in ‘discovering’ a rising talent before everyone else does, and it makes it all the sweeter when that talent is as obviously worthy of your support as young Mr. Ives is. “ – cdreviews.com

LA-based Russian rapper Ivan Ives has announced an east coast tour in support of the release of his newest album Iconoclast. The tour will kick off following a CD release party in Ives’ home base of Los Angeles on September 14th. See below for complete tour dates.

Iconoclast is a particularly important album for Ives personally, as it gave him the chance to work with other hip hop luminaries that he has been a long-time fan of including Cappadonna of Wu-Tang Clan, Vast Aire and 2MEX. Ives comments, “Working with all the artists featured on Iconoclast was a trip, because they are all emcees that I have been listening to for a long time — to actually be able to work with them was an honor.”

The ultra-catchy Iconoclast lead-off track “Got It” — which features another of Ives collaborators, producer Fresh aka The Hitman — was recently immortalized as the album’s first video.

More about Ivan Ives:

Mother Russia has churned-out more than her fair share of wordsmiths who are swelling with passion, and deeply entrenched in heavy analyses of human behavior; finding inspiration in the drab, surroundings of their icy landscape. Following the footsteps of such Red luminaries as Fyodor Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Ives imports a flowing dose of his Russian roots to the LA hip-hop scene. With Iconoclast, Ives’ second full-length, released under the wings of his own No Threshold imprint, the street-savvy emcee brings an outsider’s view to the Capitalist migraine that dominates so many of hip-hop’s affairs. Indeed, Ives possesses the qualities and skills of “indie” hip-hop’s articulate style and DIY convictions, but the staccato and glitch-laden production of songs, like “Carpe Diem” (featuring 2MEX), “Honor” (feat. Cappadonna of Wu-Tang) and “Revenge” come together with an adventurous and old school flare. His songs are catchy on a level that transcends the experimental leanings of collegiate beats and rhymes.

And though his writing is informed by his early experimental days when he went by the name Nicotine, Ives knows that in order to break the rules, one most first know the rules. This West Coast by-way-of Brooklyn by-way-of the former U.S.S.R. immigrant has more in common with the auditory appeal of such acts as Kanye West, Jay-Z and 50 Cent thanks to the accessible beats by his longtime producer and collaborator Fresh aka The Hitman. Ivan Ives manages to keep his underground credibility while flirting with mainstream sensibilities – and that’s a tough line to walk. His words are strong, and long is the way and hard is the road that leads out of hell into the light. For Ives, the beauty is in this dark ride on the mean streets. Ives’ inspiration comes not from blingin’ and big pimpin’ but by thriving on integrity in the shadow materialism in a cut-throat world. Love lost, the great beyond and personal improvement are part of the game as Ives composes a body of work that shines with honest-to-goodness talent. Like Bob Dylan, 2Pac and Grandmaster Flash, Ives’ songs are his own stories and his own commentaries shaped by his unrestrained style.

He doesn’t mince words, nor does unleash a torrent of expletives to underscore the immediacy of his message. He understands that the pen is mightier than the sword and his seamless lyrical transitions from English to Russian and back unfold with a poetic surge that will have you rushing to rewind. He’s a salt-of-the-Earth man, and his subdued accent, informed by his bi-coastal upbringing culminates in a sound that’s smooth and angst-ridden, energetic and hard, but never stoops to a simple thug vibe. His shit is for real, and the epic Rusky tone that rises up in the anthemic “Victory” (feat. Vast Aire) (MP3) informs Iconoclast, forging an album that is as stoic and eloquent as the Eastern land in which his roots are planted.

Ivan Ives Live:

09/14 Los Angeles, CA The Airliner (Iconoclast Release Party)
09/28 Athens, GA WUOG-FM Halftime Hip Hop Show
09/30 Gainesville FL Civic Center (w/ Chef Blesn, Prophet Of What)
10/02 Atlanta, GA Lennys
10/05 Boston, MA McGanns
10/08 Brooklyn, NY The 5 Spot
10/09 Burlington, VT Club Metronome
10/10 Washington, DC 9:30 Club (w/ 2MEX, Vast Aire, DJ Drez)
10/11 Baltimore, MD Sonar (w/ 2MEX, Vast Aire, DJ Drez)

Iconoclast Tracklisting:

01. Got It
02. Victory (feat. Vast Aire) (MP3)
03. Mad Game
04. Carpe Diem (feat. 2MEX)
05. Olivia Josephs
06. Soul (feat. O.C. of D.I.T.C.)
07. How It Is
08. The Recipe
09. Honor (feat. Cappadonna of Wu-Tang Clan)
10. Worldwide Hits (feat. Fresh aka The Hitman)
11. Lay Low
12. Rap Ethics
13. Revenge
14. Zzyzx Road
15. Life Is A Bitch

Raekwon presents Ice Water Clique

Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan to unveil the long awaited debut from the Ice Water clique on August 28th via Babygrande Records

Highly anticipated album features Method Man, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Three Six Mafia, Remy Ma, Jagged Edge & more.

Under the tutelage of Wu-Tang Clan’s resident chef Raekwon, the four-man crew of Polite, Stomach, P.C. (Paulie Caskets) and D.C. (Donnie Cash) marks Staten Island’s return to prominence as a hotbed for fresh, credible talent. Die hard fans may remember Ice Water from their appearances on several tracks on Raekwon’s last album, 2002’s “The Lex Diamond Story,” as well as their opening stints for the Chef on his subsequent 30+ state tour. As Raekwon confirms, “We knew these cats had potential way back, but the timing wasn’t right. I always kept a radar on dudes, and when I felt they was ready mentally and lyrically, I helped ‘em get on.”

Raekwon compares his protracted development of the group to raising pitbulls: “I’m training these pits. I’ve got them on the treadmill, and I’m beating ‘em, feedin’ ‘em hot sauce and steaks, so they’re ready for this industry.”

Honed and focused, Ice Water’s debut, Raekwon presents…Ice Water: ”Polluted Water,” will finally be released on August 28th on Babygrande Records, home to such renowned and critically acclaimed talent as Hi-Tek, GZA, Jedi Mind Tricks, Immortal Technique and more. Raekwon states, “Babygrande recognized that Wu is a brand, and we’ve got so many different divisions of rappers around us.”

But is Ice Water really ready for the spotlight?

The veteran multi-platinum selling MC speaks earnestly, justifying the time he’s taken to refine the quartet’s innate skills: “I can’t put my name on anything that I feel is not on my level. These dudes are on my level, that’s why I pushed for the project; I believe in them.” A-listers such as Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Remy Ma, Three Six Mafia and Jagged Edge believed too, appearing on a number of the album’s tracks, which also features appearances from Rae himself and Method Man, along with production by such renowned producers as Scram Jones, Jagged Edge and EZ-Elpee. According to Rae, the collaborations weren’t just a result of Rae’s industry stature: “Yea I pushed a couple of buttons. Busta Rhymes, he’s a good friend of ours; but he knew where these dudes was at. Nobody would represent these guys if they didn’t have a good taste in they mouth about dudes”

Honing their craft for over a decade, Ice Water has paid their dues. Indeed, the release of “Polluted Water” marks both the return and rebirth of Staten Island hip-hop. The significance of the group’s long awaited emergence from the Wu-Tang Clan’s very own Shaolin stomping ground is not lost on Master Chef Raekwon: “At the end of the day, I knew I’d never build another dynasty with eight or nine dudes. But these dudes’ chemistry is perfect. This is the next dynasty.”

Raekwon presents…Ice Water: “Polluted Water” hits stores August 28th, 2007.

Cilvaringz debut album “I”

In Stores June 12th!!!

Wu-Tang affiliate/constituent for the past 10+ years, Cilvaringz’ has
achieved a level of notoriety primarily reserved exclusively for the
Clan’s core members. Boasting appearances from the core of the Wu-Tang
Clan (RZA, GZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon & more) his debut
album “I” will be in stores June 12th on Babygrande Records.

Cilvaringz was discovered by Method Man and Ol’ Dirty Bastard in 1997
when he was invited on stage to freestyle during their Wu-Tang
Forever world tour in Amsterdam. Five years later he was signed to
Wu-Tang Productions, performing worldwide (including a performance on
the ’97 Clan World Tour) and has recently achieved a record breaking
position for the artist with most international performances in the
history of Hiphop: 38 countries in 5 continents.

“I” features production exclusively by The Wu-Elements (RZA, 4th
Disciple, True Master, Mathematics & Bronze Nazareth)

The album also includes a 60+ minute DVD chronicling the 1997 Wu-Tang
Clan world tour(of which Ringz was a primary participant and
performer), interviews with the Clan, RZA & Ringz’ trip to Egypt,
recording sessions and more!

Raekwon Interview (Transcripts + Video)

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than a decade since the release of his highly-acclaimed solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Despite having dropped two other solo albums since – 1999’s Immobilarity and 2003’s The Lex Diamond Story – the streets have been fiending for more of Raekwon the Chef’s grimy street appeal that first caught their attention back in ’95. The streets asked for it, and the Chef responded.

This summer, Wu Tang Clan’s best storyteller will drop Only Built for Cuban Linx II. On one of many mini-tours to promote it, the Chef sat down with MVRemix to talk about the album, being an icon and a teddy bear, and hip-hop as a tall bitch with big feet.

Raekwon MVRemix.com interview

MVRemix: So how long you been on tour, like late March to mid-April?

Raekwon: Yeah, something like that. A two-and-a-half week thing.

MVRemix: Is that just on the west coast?

Raekwon: Nah, that’s international right now, you know, all the different countries, just letting people know to get ready for the album. Not too many artists that take it all across the world. I like to just travel the world, let the word be known, so I can be like, ‘Yeah y’all.’ At least the places I won’t be able to always to be at, at least I can show them some honor, you know.

MVRemix: The obligatory shit: You got a release date for [Only Built 4] Cuban Linx II yet?

Raekwon: It’s gonna be in the summer, you know. It’s not really no date solidified yet, because things can happen and change, you know. We’re gonna be shooting for, like, June or July, you know. It’s probably looking like a 70/30 probability.

MVRemix: I know you don’t want to give away too many details about the album. You’re very secretive about it—

Raekwon: Very much.

MVRemix: But Busta’s executive producing?

Raekwon: No doubt.

MVRemix: And mostly RZA beats?

Raekwon: Mhmm. [Nods]

MVRemix: Some Dr. Dre, some Erick Sermon, some Alchemist?

Raekwon: It’s possible, it’s possible. I mean, you doing all the answering! Saying everything that’s correct! You know, I don’t really want to give too much information, because it kind of takes the fun out of it. And, you know, my whole thing, at the end of the day, this album is just me with a street mentality. I’m not really worried about any press or any commercial radio, you know what I mean? I couldn’t make Cuban Linx [II] with that frame of mind because that wasn’t my frame of mind when I made the first one. So basically I just zoned out and just really got on some strong production shit, you know, compliments of Dre, RZA, Scram Jones, you know, J. Dilla, God bless him, he’s a maniac on the beats. Couple of things that are already going to make it classic, so I feel good right now.

MVRemix: Yes or no: the whole Clan, minus the late ODB, is confirmed to appear on the album.

Raekwon: [Nods]

MVRemix: The tracks you and Ghostface did together were done via e-mail. How do you feel about the chemistry between the two of you when it’s done that way as opposed to in the studio together?

Raekwon: One thing about me and Ghost, we both extremists. We like powerful production and we know we got our hands on some big production. To me, it’s just natural, because when we get in a room together, the chemistry just falls in place. It’s like being around somebody that’s an athlete, and you an athlete, and when y’all talk the same talk and move the same way, things start to play out better towards the future of whatever you’re doing. It’s about that confidence, you know what I mean?

MVRemix: You’ve said repeatedly that this album is going to be what the fans want, what they asked for. For example, you told MTV.com: “Nobody’s ever satisfied. At the end of the day, this album is gonna be the album dudes want. It ain’t gonna be the album Rae felt he should have given. This is gonna be what y’all wanted.” What is the album you felt you should have given?

Raekwon: One thing about me, you know I like to be versatile, and not just go into a certain kind of world where— this world, which is basically the cocaine era. This is a movie right here, you know what I mean? This is a movie of my life and where I had been before I even became the successful Raekwon. So for people to want that, that’s cool for me, but when you look at my name chef, I have many different dishes that I like to serve, you know. For this fortunate album here, that I’m able to make, I love the passion of this album right here, because it takes it back to the hunger of hip-hop. It’s needed right now. I understand that I may be the last man on the totem pole that can pull of such an album with this kind of sound. You know, it’s about the production as well the gangsta lifestyle, you know what I mean? It was more or less about, we street, like all the way. You didn’t have to look at Wu Tang on any commercial level, or how big our fanbase got. We always had the slang, the talk, the style, the different kind of music, the beats. The formula was just totally upscale. Now, you just get a bunch of whatever. You don’t get art at its best no more.

MVRemix: Real quick: Any updates on the [Wu] reunion tour?

Raekwon: I can’t comment on that. [Smile] I can’t. I’m sorry.

MVRemix: Ghost was saying he was a little disappointed with the last couple [Wu Tang] albums [The W and Iron Flag]. What are your thoughts on that?

Raekwon: Ghost can say all that shit, but at the end of the day, it’s like, one thing people gotta realize about Wu Tang: we make good albums, man. We might not be the best single-pickin’ dudes, but I know as far as making good albums, you compare any Wu artist to anybody’s album and they can’t fuck with us when it’s more than one song. You may have one or two good videos, but— sometimes Ghost be exaggerating, you know what I mean, with his mind frame of thinking that the albums be wack. I know anything I do, I don’t never make nothing wack. Any of my songs, we might not have as much focus as we wanted to, but we don’t make wack shit, so I’m not going for that. You can go get anybody’s album, put our shit next to it, lyrics, beats, whatever you want to do, it’s self-explanatory how we really get down. That’s what people look at us for; they look at us for album. Wu is a whole different family. People gotta remember that. We can talk about tennis balls today and talk about big, heavy pieces of ice tomorrow. It’s about the creativity that lives inside of us. We’re unpredictable. You gotta remember that, you know what I mean? For me, it’s like, I learn from every album. It’s just a vibe. Everything is not made to be the same, so that’s just him talking that bullshit. I ain’t going for that. He might have not liked it, but that’s cool. To me, I think we overkill ourselves sometimes with just being our worst critics. Sometimes we don’t get a chance to promote our albums either, so they won’t get the proper loving they get, because there’s no promotion on it. We’re not moving it like that.

MVRemix: What did you get your first big pay check from and what did you do with it?

Raekwon: Robbin’ and stealin’! [Smiles] Nah. Um, I don’t even remember, actually. I think I bought me a car. Bought me a Lex, or Acura or some shit. Got up out the hood, you know what I mean? Gave my mom some money, my family some money, then kept it moving. I wanted to get out of the neighborhood. I went and bought me a house.

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