“I don’t make records for pleasure. I did when I was a younger artist, but I don’t today. I record so that I can feed people what they need, what they feel. Hopefully, I record so that I can help someone overcome a bad time,” Marvin Gaye said in a 1982 interview with NME.
Fast forward 35 years, and Raekwon Da Chef serves up an awesome biographical cut in the vein of Nas‘s “Unauthorized Autobiography of Rakim,” for The Wild standout, “Marvin”. An ode to soul crooner Marvin Gaye, this song comes on the 33rd anniversary of Gaye’s murder (Apr. 1) and birthday (Apr. 2).
The flavorful Wu-Tang wordsmith dedicated a track to the “Prince of Soul,” which features Cee-Lo on the hook, and details the soulful artist’s troubled life in a four-minute tribute. “Once I heard the beat, his name kept coming to me,” Raekwon said in a press statement. “The beat reminded me of him and it transported me back to that time. It was like his wife flashed before me and the words just began spilling out organically.”
We have Frank G to thank for that then.
“Marvin’s music transcended genres and it can speak to anyone, but it especially speaks to those of us who come from the inner city; poverty, oppression, the good and the bad. Living in the inner city, his music helps us reflect. He was real and you could hear it in his voice and in his music. That is where we have parallels, he spoke to a generation and so do I and Wu-Tang,” Raekwon said.
Raekwon shares more than just a musical lineage on “Marvin,” which you can hear below. “I wish I could sit down with him and play him this tribute,” he said, “and just smoke a spliff and vibe.”
Listen to the unauthorized biography of Marvin Gaye below, plus don’t forget to cop The Wild, which is available on all platforms now.