By Rob Markman
Raekwon and Kanye West sure make a good combo. Whether the pair are collaborating on Justin Beiber’s “Runaway Love” remix or on “Gorgeous” off of Yeezy’s 2010 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the results can’t be denied.
Most recently, Yeezy included Rae on “The Morning,” the reggae-tinged album cut off G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer LP and now that the Wu-Tang Swordsman is beginning to work on a pair of solo projects, including Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. III, one can’t help but wonder if his boy ’Ye will lend a hand.
“It’ll only be right,” Raekwon told MTV News while he hung out on the set of N.O.R.E.’s new video “Tadow” in Union City, New Jersey, last Wednesday. “One thing about me with that III, if I do that III the way I want to do it, I wanna break bread with everybody. There might be a young n—a out there that I feel got it.”
While landing tracks from Kanye would be major, don’t expect Rae to compromise his vision for the third installment of his iconic album series. In fact, the “Criminology” MC is in no rush. While he doesn’t have a date for the next Cuban Linx, he says fans can expect it sometime before 2014, which gives him and Yeezy plenty of time to get the right collaboration going, if they actually decide to work together.
“The main thing is just the vibe, when we come together if we don’t got a vibe, we don’t got nothin’,” Rae explained. “So we’re really just taking our time, but we know we gonna do something.”
Still, even with all of his big-name homeys, Raekwon definitely has his ear to the underground for upcoming talent as well. His 2009 album Cuban Linx… Pt. II featured production from veterans like RZA, Dr. Dre and Pete Rock, as well as newcomers like BT and Icewater Productions. “I would love to have an assorted selection and I believe that real talent comes from the street,” he said. “I’m always gonna be that guy.”
Would you like to hear Kanye West contribute to Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. III?