Words by Khalid Strickland
Yesterday in Sayreville NJ, the marquee outside of Club Abyss boldly announced its big event of the day as Raekwon was there shooting the video for his bangin’ new single, “Wu Ooh,” featuring Ghostface and Method Man. Before The Chef arrived, I shot the breeze with Rae’s brother/manager DonPerrrion Woods as we stood in the club’s parking lot. Mid-convo, Don glanced up at the marquee emblazoned with “Built 4 Cubin Links 2.”
“They ain’t spell it right,” Don muttered. “Whoever put that up gotta fix it.”
That offending slang-illiterate must not know that Cuban Linx 2 is one of the game’s most anticipated albums; have respect. Judging from its leaked joints, Linx 2 is a heat rock. This must be the gritty sound that Raekwon wanted RZA to use on 8 Diagrams. I can dig it.
Even after four-hour “Wu Ooh” marathon I experienced at the filming, the song’s still dope. It has a dusty, hard-edged sound that’s been recently missing from Hip-Hop. Directors John Colombo and Caleesh Lewis helmed the action at Abyss. In the filming area, The Chef and his homies sat on a wraparound couch overlooking a smorgasbord of beverages. There was Ace of Spades champagne, sparkling Nuvo and Henny by the bucket. Shit, I still have a bottle of Ace on lay-a-way. As cool as Rae is, that booze was reserved for his crew. But I packed a lil jug of Patron for the trip, so I survived. Ghost and Meth weren’t present this go-round but Joell Ortiz, Noreaga and JoJo Pelligrino supplied cameos at the shoot. One by one, the ladies trickled in and each well-stacked honey was worth the wait. The finished video ought to be hot.
Raekwon is a down-to-earth dude and that’s good to see. Many rappers act like divas who sashay around with Louis purses; it warms my heart to meet a real nigga once in a while. We’re the last of a dying breed. I look forward to toasting the overdue release of Cuban Linx 2 with some Ace of Spades. That is, if I can finish making the payments on it.