A great live performance is something you’ll be able to describe to your kids someday, unlike the way they looked midbirth. Scream along to your favourites with this GrouponLive deal to see Raekwon at Sound Academy. For $15, you get one G-Pass for general admission on Wednesday, March 20, at 8 p.m. (up to a $31.75 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
“He’s the chef,” said Method Man of his Wu-Tang Clan cohort, Raekwon, on their debut album. Like each member of the seminal hip-hop group, Raekwon has many aliases—Rae, Shallah Raekwon, Lex Diamonds—but “The Chef” best captures his penchant for cooking up gritty, elaborate narratives that somehow go down so easy. Maybe it’s because of his charisma. Maybe it’s because of his beats, anchored by kung-fu sound bytes and sped-up soul samples. Or maybe it’s because of his voice, a haze of slow and steady cigar smoke that envelops the listener. In describing his sound, the Miami New Times states, “Raekwon’s street epics are straightforward yet linguistically rich universes not unlike a gangsta Iliad.”
Beginning with the release of his 1995 masterpiece Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, Raekwon has racked up both critical and popular acclaim for his work, landing on About.com’s list of Top 50 MCs of Our Time. Along with frequent collaborator and fellow Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah, Rae has developed a distinct vocabulary that portrays the duo as mafiosi in a seedy New York underworld, an aesthetic that blew up speakers once again on Cuban Linx’s 2009 sequel. In addition to collaborating with other hip-hop elite such as Kanye West, Rick Ross, and Nas, Rae put out a mixtape earlier this year as a warm-up for his forthcoming full-length, F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Art).
Guests at Raekwon’s live shows are treated to rambunctious versions of some of his biggest hits in the form of “Ice Cream,” “Criminology,” and “100 Rounds.” During his sets, the MC often spits out rhymes with no background music accompanying him, save for the sound of the crowd cheering him on.
Raekwon live at El Rey Theatre
Warning: contains coarse language and winter hats worn in the summertime
####Sound Academy Lights stream down from all directions onto the stage at Sound Academy as audience members stand transfixed. Heightening the kaleidoscope, the crystal-clear sound system allows concertgoers to hear even the most subtle hiccups of the performers.
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.
Lights stream down from all directions onto the stage at Sound Academy as audience members stand transfixed. Heightening the kaleidoscope, the crystal-clear sound system allows concertgoers to hear even the most subtle hiccups of the performers.