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MCYYZ XX: The Freezing Point

My introduction to Rap music came via Young MC and his smash single, “Bust a Move.” However, the genre did not envelop me until the rise of the Wu-Tang Clan. Like many 80’s babies white and stranded in the suburbs, Enter the 36 Chambers hit me like a sucker punch. Thereafter whether it was Gza or the GP Wu, Killah Priest or Killarmy I listened to anything affiliated with their movement. However, when the 90’s eclipsed so too did my hip hop snobbery. This is not to say that my love for the Shaolin faded, but rather that I ventured into additional sectors and styles. Nearly twenty years since my taste has grown and so too has my appreciation for the founders of my faith.

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Today I’d like to talk about one the Clan’s key members, Raekwon. Less than two months ago the Chef purchased a pad here in Toronto and set up shop in the same. In bringing his label (Ice H2O) north of the border he’s further confirmed the urban importance of our beloved city. Past his plethora of TDot focused caps and clothing he also purchased the recording rights to two local artists. First, there’s Gangis Khan AKA Camoflauge AKA Gangeezy the Greezy. This man of many monikers has been on his grind for over six years. With an outstanding work ethic there’s little question as to why Rae signed him. His street cred is uncontested and his skills scientific. For those interested in hearing more download his mixtape Scardogg Millionaire.

Debatably the bigger signing is the radio ready JD Era. He’s well known by hip-hop heads and Flow 93.5 listeners all over the GTA. This Sauga side success has been garnering heavy attention for the last five years. With hit singles like “Fame and Fortune” JD comes equipped with the swag necessary to capture crowds and bring life to his new label. Yet, if all these quotations are going over your head be sure to grab his mixtape Th1rt3en to get the inside scoop.

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If you’re unwilling to do either Raekwon has just released a street album featuring all of the above. In addition to his Canadian cohorts the record features artists such as Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep, and Fred Da Godson. He’s calling it “Unexpected Victory” and it’s sure to guarantee the same. From Shaolin to the YYZ get the money, dollar dollar bill y’all!






  • Chris Elliott

    Dude, awesome piece. I’m just as excited as you over this news. Rae is an absolute ICON in the game and the fact that he’s brought his talents (and wallet) to Toronto is a fuckin blessing. It’s just another notch of credibility on Toronto’s fame-belt. This city is looking stronger than ever, and as always, one of it’s strongest written series prevails. Great work.

    • Anonymous

      Appreciated! Thank you as well for getting the news to Raekwon. I’m happy he read the piece, I only hope he enjoyed it as much as I did writing it. 

      • Chris Elliott

        I’m sure he did. You did the God’s work and legacy justice. Slime!! Sent wirelessly from my BlackBerry device on the Bell network.
        Envoyé sans fil par mon terminal mobile BlackBerry sur le réseau de Bell.

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