Mixtape Mahem: Raekwon

Wu-Tang Clan’s own Raekwon recently dropped a 12 song EP titled Lost Jewlry in anticipation of his album F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Art), which will be released sometime in 2013.

As usual, Raekwon delivers with his raps, keeping a high standard of rhyming and smooth delivery. The project also sticks to familiar subject matter for Raekwon, discussing the hustle of drugs and the music business, and warning others of the dangers of growing up on “Young Boy Penalties.” Freddie Gibbs and Maino provide two tough guest verses to the EP.

Despite having twelve songs, the project barely clocks in at over a half hour, with most songs under 3 minutes, and not a single song boasting over two verses. As such, listeners may be surprised when Lost Jewlry draws to a close just as they were starting to get into it. However, serving as a teaser for his upcoming album, this may be an intentional effect.

Perhaps the highlight of Lost Jewlry comes on the Altrina Renee assisted “86.” The song features a singular long verse from Raekwon, who delivers smooth bars over production from DJ Thoro.

Some of the production leaves a little to be desired, and there are a few forgettable cuts on the EP. However, Lost Jewlry serves as a reminder, if it was every in any doubt, that Raekwon is still a constant presence in rap. It gives fans a little something to hold them over while waiting for F.I.L.A., and new music from the legendary Raekwon is always welcome.

By Jordan Ferrin

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