Raekwon | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader
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Though he has two gold records to his name, Raekwon has faded into the background a bit over the past ten years, sitting at the deep end of the Wu-Tang bench and playing backup to Ghostface Killah (appearing on roughly half of Fishscale). But his 1995 solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, is a bona fide classic, a trafficking epic that paved the way for the current trap-rap phase. Raekwon's only mustered a couple of uneven LPs since, but early next year he's supposed to drop Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II (Aftermath)--and the early word is that not only will it put him back on the map, it may go down as one of the best Wu solo albums, period. That sounds like hype, but with RZA and Dr. Dre signed on as a dream production sandwich, not to mention confirmed contributions from GZA, Ghost, Inspectah Deck, and the late J-Dilla, for once it's hype worth believing. Redman headlines; Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Smif-N-Wessun, and Super Natural open; DJ Kool spins throughout the night. (Keith Murray, originally scheduled to appear, has dropped off the bill.) a 8:30 PM, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212, 18+, $28.50-$30.

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