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Raekwon Discusses New Album, Kanye-Bieber Track

It's like I jumped in the fountain of youth," the energized rapper tells us at All Tomorrow's Parties

September 7, 2010 5:08 PM ET

"These rhymes come straight from the minds of criminals," Raekwon said midway through his Sunday night performance at All Tomorrow's Parties. And then he laughed. The rapper played a short, loose set: At one point, an apparently drunken man wearing a suit jumped onstage and put his mouth close to Raekwon's ear. "Get him off the stage — jumping in my ear, that crazy son of a bitch," Raekwon said. "I thought that was the promoter."

Greenhornes, Girls Close Out All Tomorrow's Parties

Later, Raekwon sat down with Rolling Stone in the piano room at the Kutshers Country Club, where ATP took place. He told us his ideal festival lineup ("Linkin Park, Wu-Tang, the Roots, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Madonna"), the story behind his Kanye West/Justin Bieber collaboration "Runaway Love (Remix)" and his upcoming solo disc, Shaolin vs. the Wu-Tang, which he describes as a "hot, action-packed Wu-sounding album." The rapper is busier than ever. "It's like I jumped in the fountain of youth," he said.

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