Recap: Raekwon Unveils "Lost Jewlry" Mixtape at Listening Session/Q&A
Last week, in a quiet and unassuming building on the fringes of Brooklyn, Wu-Tang veteran Raekwon shared his latest EP, Lost Jewlry, with a slew of eager fans. Held in the PNC Radio studio space, and hosted by PNC and Charged.FM, the Chef gave a preview of his mixtape, which released yesterday. The small studio, brimming with photographers, up-and-coming rappers, and music enthusiasts, overlooked stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, and FDR Drive. It was at once intimate, and grand.
The listening session began with a set by DJ Ernie B, and was soon followed by an up-close-and-personal conversation with the Chef, who rapped along with his tracks, and gave some insights into their origins. The title of the EP, he reasons, was chosen because each song is a “scrap of gold.”
The artist goes on to acknowledge his roots: “I came from a powerful team, but really I’m just an emcee.” No stranger to the rap world, Rae hopes (and feels obligated) to lead young rappers in the right direction. “Gotta stay humble, gotta grow up and not get too caught up in the bullshit,” he says. “My job as a big brother is to school you, make you a better man later on.”
Check out photos from the event above and be sure to download Rae’s new EP here!
Text and Photo: Nicola Parisi