1.Get This Party Started!

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"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.

BY: WILLIAM GOODMAN

2.Get This Party Started!

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"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.

BY: WILLIAM GOODMAN

3.Bust a Move

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The show was more of a party, with the crowd onstage nearly matching that in the audience. Bouncers repeatedly attempted to remove "non rappers or DJs" from the stage to no avail, but Diddy (above, center), who was squished by a swarm of girls and photographers, didn't seem to mind as he chugged Ciroc Vodka (he's the spokesperson) and tossed bottle after bottle into the crowd. "Pass it around," he barked. "We gonna get wild in here!"

4."Put Your Blunts in the Air!"

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The crowd -- many of whom waited for hours outside in a line that stretched around the block -- danced, puffed blunts, and slapped high-fives with the rappers onstage, reveling in the fact that hip-hop's finest were onstage in one of Manhattan's smallest venues.

5."Bring Da Ruckus"

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With his crew behind him -- a 100-deep throng of managers, friends, family, DJs, and hangers-on carousing onstage -- Raekwon (above, right) performed cuts from Cuban Linx II, the sequel to his 1994 benchmark release, including "Catalina," which features the production work of Dr. Dre. But there were plenty of oldies, too: Raekwon dropped "Heaven and Hell," and later the Wu boys took the mic for "C.R.E.A.M." and "Bring Da Ruckus."

6."Y'all Love Hip-Hop?"

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Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah (above) joined Raekwon for most the show, dropping rhymes and playing hype man. "Put your Wu signs in the air," he instructed the crowd, joining his hands together in a "W" shape, the sign for the Staten Island hip-hop crew.

7.Payin' Respects

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Diddy, who didn't drop a single rhyme all night, instead hyped hip-hop: "New York, stand up! We all started together. Wu-Tang, Bad Boy, Big," he said. "Make some noise for a living legend, Raekwon the Chef!"

8.A Refreshing Drink of Ice-T

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Rapper-cum-actor Ice-T took the stage and delivered a stern message to the crowd: "Hip-hop is on life support. Raekwon is gonna try to bring the back to life."

9.Congrats!

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As the show came to an end, Raekwon signed autographs and posed for photos with fans. "They say that nig*a's washed up," said Raekwon, addressing skeptics. "Now look what happened."