by Carla Bynum
The album starts with the title track “The Wild Intro.” Raekwon acknowledges that he is back in rap mode and he’s ready to do things to the maximum skill level. He also declares that this album is dedicated to the honorable Mel Carter.
“Nothing” is dedicated to all the “skunks,” angry men, and robbers out there. Raekwon the Chef raps about the consequences for when a man gets him out of his character. He put the Mac in his mouth while the man tries to plead his case by yelling “I have nothing.”
Next, we are presented with the first skit of the album, “Skit (Bang Head Right),” where Raekwon has everything his lady needs to get her head right.
“Marvin” is a song dedicated to the legendary Marvin Gaye. Raekwon raps about the many ups and downs during Gaye’s life while CeeLo Green sings about how heavenly his voice was. He raps about the start of his life and journey in DC and even mentions his passing at the close of the song. Raekwon hopes that Marvin is happy now since he wasn’t happy on earth. “He was far from happy, he wore a smile just to hide it behind them doors,” Raekwon raps over the soulful beat.
Raekwon reminisces on his childhood on the song “Can’t You See.” He remembers how he used to run the streets and a youngin but now he’s living good raising his own children.
“My Corner” is the album’s third single and was released on March 9th. The song features Lil Wayne as they rap about the days when they used to run the streets and how they weren’t afraid to kill if somebody stepped out of line.
“Skit (F**k You Up Card)” features Raekwon’s encounter with a “wild lil’ ni**a” who passes him his business card, or “F**k you up card” as he calls it and tells him how much it will cost for his services. The skit closes with Raekwon declaring that he liked the young man because he’s wild.
“M&N” is a unique song that features rapper P.U.R.E. The song features the pair alternating alliterative verses and rapping words that start with the letters m and n. The song was released on March 24th.
Raekwon reflects on his mindset on the track “Visiting Hours.” He raps about the life of someone facing 25 years to life in prison. The song features vocals from singer Andra Day.
“Skit (Bang Fall Down)” features Raekwon singing about letting the lames fall down.
The lessons Raekwon learned while in the drug game have helped him in the rap game as well. “Hustlers mentality, you know me, son, for slangin' that shit, Apply the same rules to music and watch words flip,” he raps on the track “The Reign.”
On the track “Crown of Thorns,” Raekwon raps about life on the streets and how loyalty will make you rich. He also notes that he’s royalty and his cloth is purple.
Raekwon wants people to salute his presence on the track “Purple Brick Road.” The song features G-Eazy and is produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. Raekwon wants to showcase his diversity and show his fans another side of him and he was able to do so on this track.
Raekwon wants to know if you hear him on the closing track “You Hear Me.” He raps about his past experiences and their effect on him now.
The album officially closes out with the “Bang Outro,” which features him talking about how he is a real G and he has let his wings go so he might really fly. He’s focused on “hustling, bubbling, jugging.”
Raekwon’s delivery and lyrical style are perhaps the things that have given him longevity in the rap world. It’s rare for a rapper to last as long as he has and still remain relevant, but somehow, he does it. The Wild is true to style for Raekwon while it still offers a little wiggle room for him to showcase a different side to him. Overall, I enjoyed the album but to me the skits felt a little out of place.
Recommended Tracks: “Marvin,” “M&N,” “My Corner,” “The Reign”