Everyone loves the magic that Ghostface Killah and Raekwon have together. More than anyone else in the Wu-Tang Clan, they bring out the absolute best in each other, their collaborations often yielding highlight tracks on each others' albums. Now that they're touring together, and hitting the Cabooze on July 12, you’re probably listening to the Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and Ironman albums repeatedly to catch up on all their outstanding duets over the years. Since their greatness cannot be contained to just commercial releases, we’ve assembled five non-album Ghostface and Raekwon collaborations that you have to hear.
Starting things off, we have this track that was supposed to open Ghostface’s Bullerproof Wallets album but was cut due to a sampling issue. “The Sun” features Ghost, Rae and Slick Rick all literally rapping about how great the sun it. From its place in symbolism to how it affects our everyday life, it’s a pretty great tribute and shows the playful side of all three without any sort of pretense within their zeal.Ghostface Killah — “The Watch (featuring Raekwon)”
From around that same time we have “The Watch,” a fun back-and-forth that shows how Ghost and Rae not only have great chemistry, but play into each others’ creativity perfectly. Here, Raekwon raps FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF GHOSTFACE’S WATCH, taunting him about the ever-presence of time as Ghostface defends himself, emphasizing the ever-presence of mortality over the fragility of a small accessory.Busta Rhymes — “The Heist (featuring Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Roc Marciano)”
Not a lot is really discussed about Busta Rhymes’ Anarchy album, which is probably why this track flew beneath so many radars and continues to be a hidden gem to this day. Busta is joined by Supreme Clientele-era Ghostface, Raekwon, and a young Roc Marciano during his Flipmode Squad years, a solid decade before his career resurgence with The Marcberg. Produced by Large Professor, it’s one of those moments where the stars aligned perfectly for a once-in-a-lifetime posse cut.Ruff Endz — “Cuban Linx 2000 (featuring Raekwon and Ghostface Killah)”
R&B group Ruff Ends seems like perhaps the least likely collaborators for a Rae and Ghost appearance, even more so when the track is a sequel to the Rae and Ghost classic five years prior. Still, “Cuban Linx 2000” is a pretty cool track, a fun touchstone of when Rae and Ghost were going musically, but aligning just quick enough to rock the party over a DJ Stretch Armstrong banger.DJ Clue — “Cream 2001 (featuring Raekwon and Ghostface Killah)"
Continuing the streak of seemingly random sequels is “Cream 2001,” which appears on DJ Clue’s The Professional 2, as if Clue’s perpetual reminders weren’t enough to drive that point home. While the beat doesn’t sound dusty like that classic Wu sound at all, Rae and Ghost’s verses are absolutely ferocious. While the track doesn’t really tie itself to the original “Cream,” it’s still outstanding in its own right.