Review of Can Say Goodbye by Raekwon
Raekwon was one of the founding members of Wu-Tang Clan and definitely one of the standout rappers in the group. Raekwon always seems to deliver rough and rugged lyrics with some kind of caramel coating. No idea how or even how thought of this but it worked.
Fast forward to 2012 and moving in to 2013 is Raekwon The Chef still relevant? Well his ‘Lost Jewellery’ (Although he is American so likely to be lost Jewelry) EP is due soon and there are rumours abound that the title of a forthcoming album will be announced on 1 January. So the signs are there that the demand exists, or is it just a case of a veteran artist living through his own hype?
If anybody thinks it is the latter, then hush your mouth and please leave the site now. Raekwon delivers a great track here, he spits his lyrics in trademark Raekwon fashion. His muddy sounding voice, delivers lyrics in a smooth, stick your feet up and kick back type of feeling to the listener. Sonically the music is not the most complex, but hell who needs it to be.
Raekwon‘s ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ uses the brilliant original recording by The Jackson 5 as the hook to the tune. Yes he has reworked it, but maintained the integrity of the Motown classic whilst laying over some masterful hip hop verses.
‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ may not win any awards, it may not even trouble the charts, but it is a triumph! The track is brilliantly put together and shows you can create tuneful Hip Hop that has a slightly mainstream feel without compromising on your integrity.
So to answer the question at the very start of this. Yes, Raekwon is still relevant now. He even shows why he is the leader and teaches all current rappers a lesson. Well done Rae, look forward to the album,
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