R.A.G.U. – Raekwon & Ghostface Killah Collaborations

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They’re the dynamic duo of hip-hop.

Ghostface Killah and Raekwon have been tag teaming raps since the early ’90s – naturally they provided the first two verses on Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

While they have technically never released an album together under the banner of just Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, they’ve been all over each other’s projects, not to mention the many Wu-Tang Clan releases on which they were both prominently showcased.

As far as solo releases, both Rae’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… and its sequel are credited as “guest starring Ghostface Killah” while the cover of Ghost’s Ironman and Bulletproof Wallets both include the subheading “featuring Raekwon” (Cappadonna is also featured on Ironman).

In 2010, they went a step further and released a collaboration along with fellow Clansman Method Man titled Wu-Massacre.

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They have also been tapped to appear together on tracks by numerous artists over the years. They were supposed to be on Jay-Z’s “Heaven” on 2013’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail but couldn’t get it done in time. No problem. We have plenty of other Rae & Ghost collaborations to keep us satisfied.

Since it’d be easy to just list nearly every cut from Cuban Linx… or Ironman, I made the decision to take no more than three songs from any one album to give it the feel of a mixtape or shuffle playlist.

Let’s explore some more chambers…

Album Cuts

“Bring Da Ruckus” off Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) [1993]

“Can It All Be So Simple” off Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) [1993]

“Can It All Be So Simple” [Remix] off Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… [1995]

“Criminology” off Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… [1995]

“Rainy Dayz” off Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… [1995]

“Rainy Dayz” [Remix] off Raekwon’s “Rainy Dayz” 12” [1995]

“Investigative Reports” off GZA’s Liquid Swords [1995] 

“Iron Maiden” off Ghostface Killah’s Ironman [1996]

“Fish” off Ghostface Killah’s Ironman [1996]

“Daytona 500” off Ghostface Killah’s Ironman [1996]

“Older Gods” off Wu-Tang Clan’s Wu-Tang Forever [1997]

“Cash Still Rules/Scary Hours (Still Don’t Nothing Move But the Money” off Wu-Tang Clan’s Wu-Tang Forever [1997]

“The M.G.M.” off Wu-Tang Clan’s Wu-Tang Forever [1997]

“Apollo Kids” off Ghostface Killah’s Supreme Clientele [2000]

“Never Be the Same Again” off Ghostface Killah’s Bulletproof Wallets [2001]

“The Hilton” off Ghostface Killah’s Bulletproof Wallets [2001]

“Missing Watch” off Raekwon’s The Lex Diamond Story [2003]

“Clientele Kidd” off Raekwon’s The Lex Diamond Story [2003]

“D.T.D.” off Masta Killa’s No Said Date [2004]

“Kilo” off Ghostface Killah’s Fishscale [2006]

“R.A.G.U.” off Ghostface Killah’s Fishscale [2006]

“Yolanda’s House” off Ghostface Killah’s The Big Doe Rehab [2007]

“Rec-Room Therapy” off Ghostface Killah’s The Big Doe Rehab [2007]

“New Wu” off Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II [2009]

“Penitentiary” off Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II [2009]

“Troublemakers” off Ghostface Killah’s Apollo Kids [2010]

“Our Dreams” off Method Man, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah’s Wu-Massacre [2010]

“Dangerous” off Method Man, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah’s Wu-Massacre [2010]

“Silver Rings” off Raekwon’s Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang [2011]

“Crack Spot Stories” off Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch’s Wu Block [2012]

“Comin’ For Ya Head” off Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch’s Wu Block [2012]

“4 in the Morning” off Raekwon’s Fly International Luxurious Art [2015]

“Return of the Savage” off Ghostface Killah’s Twelve Reasons to Die II [2015]

“Blackout” off Ghostface Killah’s Twelve Reasons to Die II [2015]

“This Is What It Comes Too” [Remix] originally off Raekwon’s The Wild [2017]

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As Featured Artists

“Right Back At You” off Mobb Deep’s The Infamous [1995]

“Freek’n You” (Mr. Dalvin’s Freek Mix) off Jodeci’s “Freek’n You” 12” [1995]

“Tha Game” off Pete Rock’s Soul Survior [1998]

“The Heist” off Busta Rhymes’s Anarchy [2000]

“New York” off AZ’s A.W.O.L. [2005]

“Roosevelts” off DJ Muro’s Tokyo Tribe 2 O.S.T. [2006]

“Batman and Robin” off True Master’s Master Craftsman [2013]

“Slim Thick” [Remix] originally off Fabolous’s The Soul Tape 3 [2013]

“All About the Money” [Remix] originally off Troy Ave’s Major Without a Deal [2015]

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Randoms and Unreleased

“The Rich”

“The Watch”

“Belt Holders”

“Good Times”

“The Sun”

“Eye for an Eye” (Original)

Bonus:

For nearly a quarter-of-a-century, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah have been teaming up to create fantastic hip-hop.

Hopefully they won’t stop anytime soon.


Christopher Pierznik’s eight books are available in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, Medium, Fatherly, Hip Hop Golden Age, and many more. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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