Raekwon Releases New Single 'Butter Knives'

By D.L. Chandler

Tapping into hip-hop’s fountain of youth is no small feat — but it's something the Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon the Chef has mastered at the ripe age of 40. The veteran MC announced the title of his forthcoming LP, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang, and followed the news by releasing the track "Butter Knives" on Wednesday (December 8).

In the typical relentless style that is Wu, "Butter Knives" echoes the feel of Rae's critically acclaimed 2009 album Only Built 4 Cuban Links... Pt. II. Produced by Bronze Nazareth, The Chef’s lyrical assault on the beat is readily evident.

"Who give a f--k if he’s a swordsman I’m a gunman, I run from nothing, chain came from rim days of pumpin'," spits Lex Diamonds. "YSL with velour on, draws is colorful/I do this forever n---- raw style."

Raekwon announced the title of his fifth studio album on Shade 45’s Morning Show with host Elliott Wilson, when he called in for the show’s entertainment report segment and triumphantly discussed the completion of his project.

"Just finished up that Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang album,” said the Chef. "It took me a couple of months to get it done though, but as far as I feel, it’s a quality album. It’s one of them albums that you definitely ain’t gonna have to keep pressing fast forward or nothing."

The prolific MC, who’s done a slew of high-profile features this year including guesting on Kanye West's "Gorgeous" alongside Kid Cudi from the Chicago MC's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy LP, has set March 2011 as Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang’s tentative release date.

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