RAEKWON of the Wu Tang Clan

C1RCA and Degree One present....

Live in Victoria on his 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II Tour'.

plus special guests Zes Nomis & Perez, St. Kelly, Dirty Haze, IP and DJ's Murge & Marshall A.

Tues. February 2nd 2010.
at Element Nightclub - 919 Douglas St. Victoria.
Doors 9pm - 19+ w/ 2pcs. ID


This concert marks Raekwon's first ever time in Victoria and it's gonna be bananas. Fresh off dropping the most anticipated hip hop album in ages... the critically acclaimed 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II', Raekwon has been grabbing awards left, right and centre.

He was named 'Emcee of the Year' and his 'Linx ... Pt. II' was voted 'Album of the Year' in the 2009 HipHopDX.com Awards. http://tinyurl.com/yf6j54o

Pitchfork.com listed 'Linx ... Pt. II' at #5 in their Top 50 Albums of the year.

Time magazine voted 'Linx ... Pt. II' into #7 spot on their Top 10 Albums of the Year.

iTunes voted 'Linx ... Pt. II' as the 'Best Rap Album of 2009'

Don't miss the chance to see this Wu Tang legend live on stage right here in Victoria.

In 1993, hip-hop would be forever changed by the emergence of the gritty, Shaolin style of the seminal rap clique, the Wu-Tang Clan. Straight from the streets of Staten Island , New York , a unique conglomerate of nine individually exceptional lyricists flourished. Fondly referred to as the Wu; RZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, GZA, U-God, Masta Killa, and Ol' Dirty Bastard, released the epic album Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers. This debut garnered rave reviews because it provided listeners with a fresh approach to hip-hop. Moreover, the Wu set trends in a time when hip-hop's radio play and sales were championed largely by west coast artists.

The Wu style was soon imitated. Their grimy, sparse beats and incredibly diverse lyrical flows, which creatively drew from Kung-Fu flicks, became the musical blueprint for many hip-hop cliques. To this day, the Wu-Tang's impact on hip-hop culture is unyielding. The Wu not only influenced the state of music as a group but also as individuals. Each members is possessed his own exceptional characteristics which attracted cult followings. Raekwon (the Chef), one of the nine talented emcees, shined as the purist of lyricists. When the time came for him to release his first solo album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995), hip-hop, once again, underwent a momentous transformation. To give an accurate analogy Cuban Linx is to albums what Scarface is to movies. In fact, this classic album, which went gold in three days moves from track to track like a film moves from scene to scene. With its invigorating instrumentals and dramatic lyrical tales, Raekwon painted vivid pictures and presented powerful imagery through his enchanting verbal expression.

Rae's ground breaking debut album helped to bring the flavour of flossing to wax as well as the use of the moniker among Wu brethren and other prominent emcees. The single "Verbal Intercourse" featured the first appearance of Nas Escobar, Nas' alter ego. Similarly, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, who served as Rae's partner in rhyme throughout the entire Cuban Linx album, also developed a slew of other identities. Identities like Lex Diamond, one of the flashy, witty and intellectually stimulating personas of the multifaceted Raekwon.

In the years after the release of Cuban Linx, Raekwon continued to record several albums with the Clan including the platinum Wu-Tang Forever (1997) and The W (2000), as well as the gold Iron Flag (2001). He also starred in the critically acclaimed film Black and White, before releasing his second solo album, Immobilarity in 1999. Four years later another masterpiece from Raekwon was released in The Lex Diamond Story. Fast forward to 2009 and after crazy mixtapes and collabos Raekwon finally drops 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx pt. II' which has been speculated upon for many years, tracks leaked and release dates published, then always pushed back. Many feared it would never see the light of day, banished to come out in the fifth quarter of Nevuary. Finally, 14 years after the original, it's here, and it's well worth the wait. Cinematic drug-kingpin rap set to rugged New York beats as grimy as the Park Hill Projects on a cold winter night, it is exactly what we all hoped it would be. Rae's lyricism sounds just as raw as it did back in '95, proving that he hasn't lost a step when it comes to hyper-vivid storytelling.

~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~

Tickets ON SALE NOW.
Advance tickets $30. Available at Complex, Lyle's Place, Ditch Records, Platinum Lounge and The Strathcona Hotel.

This show will sell-out.... get your tickets ASAP...