After being out of the game for a few years, Raekwon took hip hop by storm this year with the release of his Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. II album. He had gone several years without releasing an album. When he returned, he introduced himself to a hip hop scene that is dominated by the likes of Drake and Lil Wayne. There was some doubt of Rae being able to survive in this climate, he proved them all wrong.
Even with the huge Jay-Z comeback and the acclaim of his The Blueprint, it would be Raekwon to receive the album of the year award from Time. Despite the acclaim and his return to relevance, his album still did not sell many copies. That has not left him in a down mood because he has been one of the more successful rap acts of the year.
At this point in his career, Raekwon realizes that it does not matter how many copies that an album sells. Instead, it matters more about the impact that an album has on the culture and how it is received by the public. After all, MC Hammer has an album that sold 10 million copies and it was not critically-acclaimed.
Counting his blessings in 2009, Raekwon has plans of being a team player next year. He plans to build his IceWater brand, which now includes CNN. Their new project will be delivered through his label in 2010. Also, the much-speculated album, The Wu Massacre, a collaboration between himself, Ghostface, and Method Man, will be released in 2010.
Depending on the mind state that he is in, Raekwon may also record a new solo album and release it before the end of 2010.