This rap is like ziti: Ghostface Killah/Raekwon @ The Ritz Ybor this Saturday

By Cooper Levy-Baker, cross-posted from Creative Loafing Sarasota's blog, The 941.

You know what I’m effing pumped about? This Saturday night, I’ve got tickets to see Ghostface Killah and Raekwon live at The Ritz Ybor.

Both MCs may be members of the nine-strong Wu-Tang Clan, but they’ve backed each other so consistently over the years we can really think of them as a tight tandem, in the same league with names such as Eric B. & Rakim, Boogie Down Productions and Clipse. Don’t believe me? Raekwon’s debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, which bills Ghost as a “guest star” on the front, is a drug-rap classic, a touchstone for any contemporary MC who aims to depict the brutal hustle of the cocaine trade. And Ghost’s first album, Ironman, which has Raekwon’s name and visage on the cover, was the first salvo in one of the greatest NY rap careers of the past decade.

So this Saturday’s show? Kind of a big deal. Click here for videos featuring Ghost and Rae’s two all-time best team-ups.

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