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Raekwon

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    August 14, 2014

    Ranking the 2014 Wu-Tang Clan From Worst to Best

    A week ago all nine of the surviving members of the Wu-Tang Clan returned on The Daily Show to premiere a new song from their upcoming album A Better Tomorrow. This was a bona fide, anti-cynicism Good Thing. We all love the Wu-Tang Clan, and any time they collectively decide to return to their art s ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    The ten worst collaborations in metal

    Magic can certainly happen in the recording studio, but with some collaborations, a witch's brew with a horrid stink can also boil over. Huge lottery-sized paychecks evidently blinded these poor fools from seeing what truly awful things they were creating. Where's Marty McFly when you need him? If o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Mac Miller talks about building his fanbase organically by focusing on making dope music

    While conventional wisdom would have Mac Miller parlaying his "brand" to create a line of energy drinks, or headphones, or body spray, Mac Miller doesn't have any such agenda. There's no master plan in place to create multiple revenue streams. Instead, his focus is simply on making dope music with p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now: What's on your playlist this week?

    Music is life. Or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon now. Sharing is caring. Don't ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Photos: Hoodlab's Extravaganja celebration lights up 4/20 weekend

    While people puffed and passed in public and private this weekend, the Extravaganja (say that five times fast -- without giggling) party lit up the Hoodlab over the weekend with a performance from Raekwon himself on Friday evening. Continue reading for scenes from the 4-20-friendly celebration, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    The twelve best concerts in Denver this weekend

    LUCERO @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | THURS, 4/18/13 Outside of perhaps the Hold Steady -- which shares a proclivity for Bruce Springsteen -- nobody plays straight-up rock these days as convincingly as Lucero. Led by Ben Nichols's gravelly croak, Lucero borrows liberally from the Boss and Lynyrd Skynyrd on so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Raekwon's thoughts on storytelling in hip-hop

    This Friday, Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan is teaming up with DJ Premier to celebrate 4/20 with the legendary DJ Premier at the 420 Extravaganja this Friday, April 19, at HoodLab. This show marks the first time Raekwon and DJ Premier share a bill. We spoke with Raekwon about the prospect of performing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    The 50 best rap lyrics of all time: Complete list

    Last week, we took a look at the fifty worst rap lyrics of all time. Going through all the dreck and drivel to get to the crème de la crème of crappiness was tedious and rather exhausting. This week, we even things out by taking a look at the other end of the spectrum and examining rap lyrics to f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Dave Matthews to perform for free Sunday in Aurora for Obama/Biden grassroots event

    Update: Campaign reps alerted us to an error in the initial release: Dave Matthews will be appearing solo. Our post has been amended to reflect this. There's four days until the election. Only four. We know this first because, well, at least a dozen helpful Obama for America volunteers reminded us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    The Head and the Heart perform for free tomorrow in Boulder for Obama/Biden event

    Okay, so while the election is reducing some little girls to tears, we're nowhere near sick of all the attack ads and gladhanding leading up to the big day next week. Kidding. That's sarcasm, in case you missed it. We're as sick of all that crap as you are, Ms. Abigael Evans of Fort Collins. But eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Gotta Vote: Ryan Adams playing free acoustic set tonight at Boulder Theater for Obama/Biden

    While Mitt Romney may have Kid Rock, Rodney Atkins and, uh, Meat Loaf (!) in his corner, El Presidente has Ryan Adams in his, and, well, musically, that's pretty much a trump card if ever there was one. Adams is throwing his muscle behind the Obama/Biden campaign this evening by playing a free acous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Raekwon Rocks the Vote at Auraria, 10/25/12

    RAEKWON @ ROCK THE VOTE ROAD TRIP / AURARIA | 10/25/12 "Whether there's twenty people or 2,000," said Raekwon, painfully aware of which side of that spectrum this small gathering was on, "I'm always gonna give it 200 percent." And he did, with grace. He spoke directly to the front row, despite the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Reader weighs in on the irony of the venue choice for Tuesday's Romney/Ryan Victory Rally

    So as many people were stoked for the Romney/Ryan Victory Rally last night at Red Rocks (more than ten thousand folks reportedly showed up and thousands were turned away), not everybody was jazzed for the event, including a group of commenters. "Interesting that a dude who got his start in rap music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Fresh local hip-hop from Foodchain, Spoke In Wordz with Myke Charles, Sid Fly and more

    This week, we've got enough rap to make your head spin and then some. Check for hot new music from the Foodchain, Myke Charles and Spoke In Wordz murdering a dope boom-bap hip-hop beat, Myrical Child and the latest smoker's anthem to keep in heavy rotation, a peek at the latest video from Pries cele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Weekend's best live bets: Lucero, Flipper, the Ting Tings, Say Anything, Jewel and more

    Ah, yes, welcome to the weekend! Don't you just love living in the Mile High City? Besides the glorious weather we're enjoying right now, we have yet another weekend filled with a ridiculous number of enticing options: Lucero kicks off its two-night stand at the Bluebird, in addition to an in-store ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Weekend's best party bets: Paul Wall, DJ Khalib, Concept One CD release and more

    Spring fever!! This is the best time of the year to step outside, get some fresh air, and party your face off. Catch Paul Wall tonight at Casselman's, or you can saddle up to the Electric Pony tonight at Appaloosa Grill with DJ Khalib and friends. Tomorrow night, meanwhile, Concept One is dropping h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Suzi Q. Smith: Watch our cover poet perform with Lady Wu-Tang, Denver's raw and rowdy female tribute

    Image via​When we wrote on this week's cover that local slammer Suzi Q. Smith is "poetry in motion," we weren't kidding. In addition to owning one of the boldest voices in Denver's prolific poetry scene, Smith and her poet peers have also breached the world of music. In local tribute band Lady ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Travelogue: Snowdown, Brother Ali and Raekwon

    With SIA happening in Denver all this week, there's been no shortage of shows this week. As you know, the Backbeat crew goes hard in the streets. Last night, we caught bits of Dilated Peoples, Twista, DJ Vajra and the Foodchain at Snowdown 2012, Brother Ali at the Ogden with the ReMINDers and a surp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Raekwon at Casselman's tomorrow night

    Holy hip-hop nirvana! Why can't it be SIA week all year around? This week is straight bananas. So get this, as if there weren't already too many crazy good shows to choose from, here's one more: Tomorrow night at Casselman's, we're hearing that the one and only Raekwon is set to throwdown. Es-Nine o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Ten best hip hop shows of 2011 in Denver

    Eric GruneisenTyler, the Creator at the Ogden Theatre this past October​There were so many hip-hop shows and concerts this year, it was hard to keep count. The shows of note, though, were bangers and crowd pleasers and showcased dynamic artistry. With so many epic moments (?uestLove and Jazzy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Q&A with Raekwon on the passing of ODB and Wu-Tang's influence on the world

    As one of the nine original members of Wu-Tang Clan, Raekwon (due tonight at Summit Music Hall with BLKHRTS and Remo) helped make the renowned New York City hip-hop collective a permanent part of rap history. After branching out on his own in 1995, the Chef continues to spit out solo efforts left an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Is Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan a beer nerd?

    Raekwon (foreground) and Ghostface Killah (background)​Last week, we wrote that Wu-Tang Clan member and solo rapper Ghostface Killah made a sort-of surprising move by okaying the use of his name on a beer made by Boulder-based Twisted Pine Brewing. Ghost just asked that Twisted Pine sent him a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Hot geeks love Gary Busey?: Check out our Geek Bowl V photos and more weekend slideshows

    ​What is Gary Busey's mysterious appeal? Is it that he doesn't have any? Attempt to solve this puzzle by perusing photog Kate Levy's shots from Geek Bowl V at the Fillmore. And that's not all. Check out Raekwon at Summit Music Hall, RJD2 at the Gothic and more on our au courant slideshow page ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Colorado Beat Box Competition: Drama-free, with Raekwon on hand, and the winner is...

    ​ The last time we covered the beat battle thrown by the organizers from PMG, there was no clear winner because a fight ensued that shut down the event. Last night, the final round took place between B. Fields, TC Crook and Davey Boy at Twisted Olive. It was a rather subdued evening, despite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2011

    Raekwon at Summit Music Hall, 1/29/11

    Photo: Aaron ThackerayRaekwon last night at Summit Music Hall. See full slideshow.RAEKWONSummit Music Hall | 1.29.11 As with most shows put on by members of the Wu, who are largely moving about solo these days, whether it's Raekwon, or Ghostface, or the always touring Method Man, you expect them to ... More >>

  • Music

    January 27, 2011

    Raekwon

    Saturday January 29, Summit Music Hall, 1-866-468-7621.

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2011

    All-female Wu-Tang Clan cover group sells out Walnut Room, 1/22/11

    Stephanie Auld​ The first edition of Hip-Hop Covers, an all-female Wu-Tang tribute, was way beyond sold out. By the time the nine local MCs, poets and singers took the stage, the Walnut Room was at capacity, and there was a crowd of people waiting outside the door. It didn't matter if you wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Kanye West's SNL performance and a collection of everything else he's been up to

    Kanye West has been busy the past couple of months making everyone else in music look lazy. Not only did he perform on Saturday Night Live over the weekend with two of the best musical performances we've seen in a while, but he's also been dropping free MP3s in a series called "G.O.O.D. Fridays." ... More >>

  • Music

    July 22, 2010

    Freeway and Jake One

    Thursday, July 22, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Pitchfork Music Festival 2010: Interviews with Big Boi, Raekwon, Surfer Blood and more

    So this is pretty cool, particularly for those of us who couldn't attend. Our sister paper in Minneapolis, City Pages, just shared this with us. Seems they teamed up with MPLS.TV and sent a film crew to this past weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival, and they came back with some pretty cool footage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Disco Biscuits Aron Magner on making every Bisco show special

    ​ The Disco Biscuits aren't just about the jam scene - this year's installment of their summer music festival Camp Bisco will feature, among many others, LCD Soundsystem, Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon and Denver's own Pretty Lights. The Biscuits have actually been incorporating elect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Tom Waits top seller at Wax Trax

    ​Tom Waits' Glitter and Doom Live, which includes tracks from last year's Glitter and Doom tour, grabbed the top spot at Wax Trax for the week ending November 29. The Black Keys' hip-hop project Blakroc, which features rappers like Raekwon, RZA and Mos Def, came in second with their self-titled de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of October 12, 2009

    ​As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Avett Brothers top seller at Bart's CD Cellar

    ​The Avett Brothers' I and Love and You, released last week on American Recordings, grabbed the top spot at Bart's CD Cellar for the week ending October 4. Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 and Alice in Chains' Black Gives Way to Blue nabbed the second and third slots while Mariah Carey's Memoirs of an Impe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Om top seller at Wax Trax

    ​Stoner rockers Om grabbed the top spot at Wax Trax for the week ending October 4 with their latest effort, God is Good, released last week on Drag City. Muse's The Resistance and Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 came in second and third while Karen O & the Kids' soundtrack to Where The Wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Jay-Z grabs top spot at Independent Records

    ​Blueprint 3, Jay-Z's highly anticipated follow-up to his two previous Blueprint albums, grabbed the top spot at Independent Records while Raekwon's latest effort, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 came in second for the week ending September 13. Insane Clown Posse's Bang! Pow! Boom!, which was the top se ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009
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    August 28, 2008

    GZA

    Saturday, August 30, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2007

    Friday Rap-Up

    This may be Jay-Z’s last year at Def Jam Right now Jay-Z is celebrating a pretty good year as CEO/President of Def Jam. His label garnered 26 Grammy nominations last week, his artists Rihanna and Ne-Yo are blowing up worldwide and his own project, American Gangster, is topping year-end lists. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2007

    Friday Rap-Up: Pimp C Dies, Spice 1 Shot, Lauryn Hill Still a Pain in the Ass

    For those of you discontent with the hip-hop scene, Ghostface Killah released an excellent album this week along with this accompanying video. Veteran rapper Pimp C dies in L.A. Rapper Pimp C, of the veteran and legendary Houston rap group UGK (Underground Kingz), was found dead in a Los Angeles ... More >>

  • Music

    August 18, 2005

    ODB

    A Son Unique (Def Jam)

  • Music

    July 24, 2003

    Hit Pick

    The Procussions

  • Music

    February 13, 2003

    Nas

    God's Son (Columbia)

  • Music

    July 26, 2001

    Still Bringing the Ruckus

    Raekwon and Ghostface Killah stay tied to the Wu-Tang Clan as they invent their own legacy.

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    March 29, 2001
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    February 10, 2000

    Raekwon

    Immobilarity
    (Loud)

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    September 9, 1999
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    May 2, 1996
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