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Seven Questions: Raekwon, Wu-Tang Clan

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Raekwon hits the stage at Rock the Bells this afternoon. His long awaited album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Part 2 will be released in September.
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LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email.Today's subject is Raekwon.

Raekwon, born Corey Woods, is a member of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. Also known as "The Chef," Raekwon won over a following of fans for his incredible storytelling rap flows first heard in the Clan's hit single, "C.R.E.A.M." In 1995 Rae released his debut solo effort, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, a certified platinum masterpiece that was uniquely narrative driven with a groundbreaking cinematic approach to the album. He followed up the highly influential Cuban Linx, also known as "The Purple Tape" for its distinct purple tinted plastic cassette and CD case, with less successful solo efforts Immobilarity (1999) and Lex Diamond Story (2003).

The Chef, who has also appeared on all five Wu-Tang Clan group albums, has created a sequel to Cuban Linx cleverly titled, Only Built for Cuban Linx Part 2. After several delays, Part 2 which features production from legends Rza, Dr. Dre and J Dilla will finally be released in September.

LAist had a chance to talk to Rae, who has made Los Angeles his second home and will hit San Bernardino’s San Manuel Amphitheatre stage this afternoon (approximately 3 p.m.) at Rock the Bells, about the upcoming album, spending time in LA and more.