"I want to give a shout out to all the rap legends in the building," Raekwon the Chef (pictured above) shouted Tuesday night at New York's 550-capacity venue Santos Party House, where he held the release party for his new album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II. Take a deep breath -- the list is long: Diddy, Ice-T, Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah, Cappadonna, Q-Tip, Redman, Craig G, Melle Mel, Eric B., and Junior Mafia's Lil Cease were just a few of the big names helping the Staten Island rapper celebrate his new release.
If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know the fetching story of Shamir Bailey. A 20-year-old, male-pronoun-approving, gender-fluid African-American who grew up in Vegas and played country music until enough bizzers told him they didn’t know how to… More »