Thursday, February 17th, 2011

What Do Raekwon, Kobe, Ghostface Killah And Jim Jones Think Of When They Think Of "Rock N' Roll"?

The great Wu-Tang Clan rapper Raekwon releases his next solo album next month. Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, it's called, the follow-up to 2009's terrific Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2. Some of the new music sounds good. The latest song to leak, "Rock n' Roll," which features Rae's frequent collaborator Ghostface Killah, the singer Kobe, and Jim Jones of the Diplomats, sounds less so, to my curmudgeonly autotune-averse ears. But it's interesting to look at which rock n' rollers get namechecked in the lyrics. Not necessarily ones you might expect. For instance, Raekwon's first shout goes out to Willie Nelson.

And then Bob Dylan.

Kobe, on the hook, cites Bon Jovi. Specifically, the song "Livin' On a Prayer."

And Mick Jagger. Which, God, wasn't he great at the Grammys on Sunday?

Ghostface references Pink Floyd.

And Ozzy Osbourne.

Jim Jones proves himself to be the rock n' rollest of the crew (which you would be expect, given his fashion sense.) He rattles off the names of a full seven super-famous rock bands in his verse. In order:

And Sheila E.!

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Keith Kisser (#9,714)

So their conception of rock n' roll includes an elderly country singer, a folkie and a handful of aged rockers even my grandma would know by name. I can understand name checking the Beatles and Rolling Stones. They're fundamental. But nothing more recent than the chili Peppers or GnR? That's just sad. Maybe I should write a rock song name checking all the great contemporary rappers like Run DMC and Grandmaster Flash.

scratch (#9,949)

Willie Nelson isn't a country singer, he's a singer of gentle pop songs. Why does no one realize this?

Adouble (#1,300)

"Well, what matters here is every rock 'n' roll reference of Raekwon's is probably actually some drug reference. "Willie Nelson" — that was a package that was moving out of Philly 3 years ago. And "Bob Dylan"? Like half of Seattle od'ed on that." I wrote that before even listening to the link, and now, having listened to it, I realize that I was accidentally being surprisingly accurate.

Dave Bry (#422)

Oh, yes. The term "rock n' roll" is slang here for "crack rock."

It nods to the way Jim Jones and the Diplomats turned Starship's "We Built This City (On Rock and Roll)" into, "We built this city on rock…" a few years back. Which I will never forgive for them for. Because Starship's "We Built This City" is the worst song ever recorded by anyone.

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