From staircase to stage : the story of Raekwon and the Wu-Tang Clan /

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Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.,, New York, NY, United States, p.308 pages ; (2021)

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(OCoLC)fst01089960, African American musicians, Biographies., Biography., fast, Musiciens noirs américains, Rap musicians, Rap musicians., United States


"There are rappers who everyone loves and there are rappers who every rapper loves, and Corey Woods, a.k.a. Raekwon the Chef, is one of the few who is both. His versatile flow, natural storytelling, and evocative imagery have inspired legions of fans and a new generation of rappers. Raekwon is one of the founding members of Wu-Tang Clan, and his voice and cadence are synonymous with the sound that has made the group iconic since 1991. Now, for the first time, Raekwon tells his whole story, from struggling through poverty in order to make ends meet to turning a hobby into a legacy. The Wu-Tang tale is dense, complex, and full of drama, and here nothing is off-limits: the group's origins, secrets behind songs like "C.R.E.A.M." and "Protect Ya Neck," and what it took to be one of the first hip-hop groups to go from the underground to the mainstream. Raekwon also delves deep into the making of his meticulous solo albums--particularly the classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx--and talks about how spirituality and fatherhood continue to inspire his unstoppable creative process." --A child is born -- Boyhood -- No half-steppin' -- Young thugs -- Street life -- I watch my back like I'm locked down -- Six man symphony -- Clan in da front -- My shit -- Wu-tang clan ain't nothin' to f' wit -- Striving for perfection -- What do you believe in, heaven or hell? -- Wu-tang forever -- Real life -- Hollow bones -- Return of the north star -- Shaolin vs. Wu-tang -- Into the wild.