Posted in hiphop | music on July 8, 2011

Raekwon at Best Buy Theater (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
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Raekwon will headline Prospect Park Bandshell on Saturday (7/9 @ 7:30pm) featuring an impressive lineup of Smif-n-Wessun, Joell Ortiz, Large Professor & Neek The Exotic, and more. There is a suggested $3 donation to get in to the (free) Lyricist Lounge-sponsored Celebrate Brooklyn show.

While on the subject of Smif N Wessun, the crew joined Pete Rock in a protest earlier this week at City Hall regarding the incident following the Monumental release party at Tammany Hall. General Steele of Smif N Wessun also sat down with Planet Ill to discuss the madness:

As an artist with a socially conscious solo catalog, why was this the wrong show for the police to show out at?

General Steele: Oh yeah. Well they didn't know that; they didn't do their homework. And what I found out was after this event, after the melee they caused, they started going to clubs. I forget what the particular names of the clubs were, uh... UG Lounge, in L.E.S. [(CultureFix is one of them)] Why they would go there is beyond me, maybe they're the hub for criminals or something, but they went there asking about us. Inquiring about "what is these guys, who are they connected with? What is their real thing, what can we dig up on these guys?"

And to think about that is crazy to me.

This is our fifth album. This is our career. We just came from Norway. Before that we was in Czechoslovakia, before that we was in Poland. We do this for a living. Rap is not the side gig.

Investigations continue.

In other news, Raekwon and Nas recently teamed up for the track "Rich And Black" from Rae's new album Shaolin vs. Wu-tang. That song now has a video and related behind the scenes footage courtesy of LRG Films. Watch it all below.

Nas more recently teamed with Common for "Ghetto Dreams" from Com's forthcoming Warner Brothers release The Dreamer, The Believer. The just-released track can be streamed below and bought on iTunes.

AS announced, Nas and Damian Marley play Central Park Summerstage on 8/11. The show is still happening and tickets are still on sale, though the pair's show at Merriweather Post Pavilion (outside of DC) with The Roots, Chuck Brown and others has been cancelled. Chuck Brown however is also coming to NYC for some shows including one on the same stage Raekwon is playing this weekend in Prospect Park.

And last but certainly not least, Raekwon's partner in crime Ghostface Killah has a bit of legal trouble on his hands all of a sudden over his classic 2000 LP Supreme Clientele.

Hollywood composer Jack Urbont is suing Sony Music Entertainment and Ghostface Killah for illegally sampling his "Iron Man Theme," originally created for the 1960s television show, The Marvel Super Heroes.

Urbont is a veteran actor and producer on Broadway as well as the creator of theme music for Guiding Light, One Life to Live, General Hospital, as well as music for That 70's Show, Oprah, 20/20 and The View. He earned an Emmy for Lorne Greene's New Wilderness and won BMI's TV/Film Pioneer award in 1986.

... According to the complaint: "Defendant Ghostface is also known for the nickname, 'Tony Starks,' which is a take-off of the name 'Tony Stark,' Iron Man's real name and true identity. In this way, Defendants' use of Urbont's 'Iron Man Theme' gives them a substantial commercial advantage by linking Ghostface to Iron Man without paying for it." -[Hollywood Reporter]

While you ponder this lawsuit, Boing Boing has a fascinating piece on how Paul's Boutique would lose $19.8M in sales if it followed today's copyright law.

Videos & song streams below.

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Common - Ghetto Dreams feat NAS

Common/Nas - "Ghetto Dreams"

Raekwon feat. Nas - Rich And Black

Raekwon feat. Nas - Rich And Black behind the scenes

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Comments (18)

Common don't like white people

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 3:32 PM

Raekwon wearin Zips
it's fucked up son

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 3:51 PM

Oh, I get it. Smith and Wesson. YUKYUKYUKYUKYUKYUK!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 3:56 PM

Hey, Raekwon is kind of a fat bitch, huh?
Better watch out or he's gonna be looking like Ice Cube soon

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 4:01 PM

Smiff and Wessun. Are we supposed to take that seriously? English Mother F***er. Do you speak it?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 4:15 PM

True indeed. But, when it's real, you doing this even without a record contract. Knaaamsayin?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 4:22 PM

^Their music is classic hip hop idiot...who cares how they spelled their name. Oh...and they're the first group in history to purposefully misspell their name too, right? U2...English Bono. Do you speak it?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 4:23 PM

4:15 is from Canada and thinks Snow was a good rapper.

Cracker.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 4:23 PM

He was actually. I'm guessing you're probably a cracker too.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 4:51 PM

Anyone who criticizes a band for how they spell their name is a dumb motherfucker.

Anyone who criticizes a rap act for how they spell their name ... well, that's like saying the sky is blue. When you is oppressed by the white man, you get to call yourself whatever you want.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 4:55 PM

^^^ ok, nig-nog.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 6:17 PM

Jive ass muthafuckas

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 8:19 PM

Buncha jive-headed honky ass gatorade brains.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2011 12:10 PM

Boing Boing's piece is some snitch bullshit. Trying to blow people's spots up just so you can look like a know-it-all. We already know it has a bunch of samples, dick.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2011 9:23 PM

Paul's Boutique is like the Owsley acid tests for the sample generation. There were no rules and everything was still possible. A magical time, a magical album. Boing Boing was just pointing out how things done changed.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2011 9:48 PM

Popeyes and grape drink ... yum

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2011 9:49 PM

Can you email me with some pointers on how you made your site look this awesome, I would appreciate it.

Posted by jocuri | September 3, 2012 4:37 AM

Ah, jocuri, it is I who should be asking YOU for some pointers on how YOU made YOUR site look so awesome. And I am the one who would appreciate THAT.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2012 4:45 AM

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