Raekwon’s fifth solo album, “FILA” (Fly International Luxurious Art) is scheduled to drop on September 16th, according to XXL (where they oddly describe the Wu general as “the ‘Footsteps in the Dark’ rapper”, associating him with a recent freestyle, despite his 20-year career).
Everyone loves “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx”, but even Rae’s lesser acclaimed albums (“Immobilarity” and “Lex Diamond Story”) sound like masterpieces compared to the garbage rap that the mainstream is championing now. That’s not even to mention the return to glory that was represented by “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2”, which is second only to Chronic 2001 for the title of best hip-hop sequel album in history. So, expectations are high for FILA, which features guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, and Estelle, as well as buzzing NY rappers like A$AP Rocky and French Montana.
Rae’s new track with Busta Rhymes, “Oh God,” (which shares a sample with a Brand Nubian classic Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down) can be heard above. What really makes the cipher complete is the combination of the title (“Oh God”), the Brand Nubian sample association (complete with the horns!) and the gods Raekwon and Busta Rhymes teaming up to bless the mic (both of whom pledge allegiance to the Nation of Gods and Earths, as do Brand Nubian).