New York, NY – August 25, 2009 – In celebration, Hip Hop royalty and fans alike will gather together on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at Santos Party House, to welcome back one of Hip Hop’s favorite MC’s Raekwon The Chef. To host the evening festivities will be none other than recording executive, performer, producer writer, arranger, clothing designer, and Broadway actor Sean “Diddy” Combs alongside HOT 97 morning personality Peter Rosenberg as DJ Kid Capri warm up the crowd on the wheels of steel. This album release party, presented by Ice H20 Records and Littles, is expected to be one of those legendary moments in New York City Hip Hop.
Easily considered one of the most influential Hip Hop albums of its time, Raekwon’s 1999 smash solo project “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx” remains oat the top of every Hip Hop “Best of” list. After a brief recording hiatus and years on the road as both a solo artist and a part of the ground breaking Wu-Tang Clan, “The Chef” returns with “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II“, to be released on September 8th on his Ice H2O Record label. Regarding the follow up of his classic Raekwon states,
“I’m excited about this project. This is a true evolution from where we began. I’m also overwhelmed by the love and support that I’ve received. My long time friend and Hip Hop veteran, Diddy reached out to offer his support and agreed to host the event. It’s going down at Santos Party House, which is one of my personal favorite spots. I also knew it would be the perfect environment to celebrate with my core audience.”
With many of his friends in support, to whom are actually featured on “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II” such as Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Lyfe Jennings, Talib Kweli, Beanie Siegel, Ghostface, Slick Rick, and countless others will take to the stage and bless our guest and fans with a night to remember.
The stars will align, as the celebrities converge on the hottest red carpet of the summer. Invited guests include: Kanye West, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Naughty By Nature, Ice T & Coco, Anthony Anderson, Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, and many more.
Raekwon was born in Brooklyn, New York, but moved to Staten Island’s Park Hill projects at an early age. He joined the Wu-Tang Clan in time to participate on Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, the group’s massively successful debut. He later signed a solo deal with Loud Records and, working with Ghostface Killah, released his first solo LP, Linx, which debuted in 1995 to rave reviews and went on to sell 1.1 million copies per Nielson Soundscan. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is perhaps the most influential of all Wu-Tang solo projects, thanks to Raekwon’s cinematic imagination and his creation of a narrative album format revolving around cocaine trafficking, criminal activity, and a rise through the ranks of the illegal industry. Albums to follow this thematic pattern, and to rely on the Cuban Linx’ format for song construction, include Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt, Nas’s It Was Written, Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death, and even Raekwon’s subsequent The Lex Diamond Story, which is organized around Mafia-based narrative progression, and first-person reporting on the drug trade. If the GZA is often described as the Wu’s best overall lyricist then perhaps Raekwon is their best storyteller, and here he translates the epic themes and narratives of a Mafia movie into what critics consider a startlingly accomplished hip hop album.
press release courtesy of McQueen Media
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Fri, Sept 4, 2009: I see All Hip Hop just caught on to this event, a WEEK after I posted it here, but if you want to peep what they have to say, here’s a link to their announcement “Diddy hosts start studded event for Raekwon’s OBFCL2”