Raekwon Connects Wu-Tang Clan’s Hip Hop to Fresh MC’s at Colonial [Berkshire on Stage]
History doesn’t only include the past, it can include the present too. One of the historic figures in hip hop is Raekwon, considered by many to be one of the pioneers of the Mafioso rap sub-genre, who doesn’t perform songs, but rather “street epics” that are “straightforward yet linguistically rich universes not unlike a gangsta Iliad.” (Matt Preira, Miami New Times)
In 1993, hip-hop would be forever changed by the emergence of Rawkwon and the gritty, Shaolin style of the seminal rap clique, the Wu-Tang Clan. It provided listeners with a fresh approach to hip-hop. Moreover, the Wu set trends in a time when hip-hop’s radio play and sales were championed largely by west coast artists. Wu style was soon imitated. Their grimy, sparse beats and incredibly diverse lyrical flows, which creatively drew from Kung-Fu flicks, became the musical blueprint for many hip-hop cliques. To this day, the Wu-Tang’s impact on hip-hop culture is unyielding. The Wu not only influenced the state of music as a group but also as individuals. Each member seems to have his own exceptional characteristics which resulted in almost cult followings.
Raekwon (the Chef), one of the nine talented emcees, shines as the purist of lyricists. Watching him perform is watching history being made. So listen up and take note – Raekwon, arrives at The Colonial on June 13 at 7:30pm with his musical prowess and unstoppable talent. It’s going to be a night to remember.