"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.
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »