Attendees of New York City’s Studio 48 last night were in Hip-Hop dreamland, as legendary MCs Raekwon The Chef and Rakim graced the stage. The night was filled with nonstop performances of hit after hit, first by the Wu-Tang lyricist, who ran through an assortment of joints from the Clan and surprised folks by unveiling a few new solo tracks in the process.
As a surprise, GZA also showed face for an interactive rendition of the classic “Protect Ya Neck,” during which the crowd rapped more than the actual rappers. That was pretty much how the night went too, with the crowd pretty much reciting all lyrics verbatim
Raekwon let the fans know that they were witnessing a moment that’s near and dear to his heart. “I would never have thought in a million years when I was younger [that] I would ever have an opportunity to be on the stage with the god, Rakim Allah,” said The Chef, who admitted to being a reflection of Rakim. “He taught us how to get fly. He taught us knowledge of self. He taught us how to put the right s**t on, the real s**t on, and not that fugazee baby.”
That intro pretty much set the stage for Rakim to bless the microphone with his classic rhymes. See footage from the show below and on the following page after the jump.