Raekwon...tells the unvarnished truth about his life growing up in the Park Hills area of Staten Island ... Raekwon’s story is one of perseverance, discovery, and vision as he strives to become a better man and outstanding musician.
Raekwon is one of the most secretive of the Staten Island rappers, so it’s refreshing to see how forthcoming he is in his first book ... Raekwon offers revelations about how his relationship with Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA soured ... Raekwon’s raw memoir holds nothing back about his stormy life in Wu-Tang Clan and as one of hip-hop’s most-admired artists.
A sincere albeit wearying look at his rise from street hustler to star ... Raekwon laboriously traces the making of the group’s numerous gold and platinum albums up through the 2000s ... Remarkable as his story is, though, the narrative unfortunately moves at a plodding pace. Still, fans will relish Raekwon’s story of finding success against steep odds.