Raekwon: Fly International Luxurious Art

Wu-Tang chef dishes up a course of vivid, celebratory rhymes

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"More money, more problems?" asks Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon on his sixth solo LP. "You gotta be kidding!" For more than 20 years, Rae has been one of the most gifted heirs to Slick Rick's storytelling legacy; here, he keeps it going with a 44-minute journey into opulence. His rhymes are no less impossibly dense, his metaphors no less vivid ("Meatloaf your man up in the back of the wagon"), his flow no less free-associative ("Knots of hundreds/It's lunch, kid"). Some of the Nineties-style boom-bap beats sound a little on the cheap side, but this stands as a worthy addition to the decent-to-great output of Raekwon's past decade.