From Staircase to Stage: The Story of Raekwon and the Wu-Tang Clan

From Staircase to Stage: The Story of Raekwon and the Wu-Tang Clan

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edelweiss, , 2021-challenge, Music, Autobiography, Biography, Nonfiction, Art

Legendary wordsmith Raekwon the Chef opens up about his journey from the staircases of Park Hill in Staten Island to sold-out stadiums around the world with Wu-Tang Clan in this revealing memoir—perfect for fans of The Autobiography of Gucci Mane and Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter.

There are rappers who everyone loves and there are rappers who every rapper loves, and Corey Woods, a.k.a. Raekwon the Chef, is one of the few who is both. His versatile flow, natural storytelling, and evocative imagery have inspired legions of fans and a new generation of rappers. Raekwon is one of the founding members of Wu-Tang Clan, and his voice and cadence are synonymous with the sound that has made the group iconic since 1991.

Now, for the first time, Raekwon tells his whole story, from struggling through poverty in order to make ends meet to turning a hobby into a legacy. The Wu-Tang tale is dense, complex, and full of drama, and here nothing is off-limits: the group’s origins, secrets behind songs like “C.R.E.A.M.” and “Protect Ya Neck,” and what it took to be one of the first hip-hop groups to go from the underground to the mainstream. Raekwon also delves deep into the making of his meticulous solo albums—particularly the classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx—and talks about how spirituality and fatherhood continue to inspire his unstoppable creative process.

A celebration of perseverance and the power of music, From Staircase to Stage is a master storyteller’s lifelong journey to stay true to himself and his roots.

Title:From Staircase to Stage: The Story of Raekwon and the Wu-Tang Clan
ISBN:9781982168728
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    From Staircase to Stage: The Story of Raekwon and the Wu-Tang Clan Reviews

  • Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Simon &Schuster - Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I have listened to many Wu-...

  • DJMikeG

    Raekwon's autobiography was a riveting read from page 1 straight through. He tells his story with unflinching honesty, from his troubled childhood growing up in poor areas of NYC straight through the ...

  • Joe Szalinski

    I’ve read all of the books by the other members of Wu-Tang. This was my favorite. Dealt with the philosophy of the group, the street life lead before the music took over, exploits before the street ...

  • Steven Whitted

    Outstanding read. The Chef was already one of my favorite Wu members and the book just solidified it. It’s was great seeing how one of the greatest groups of any genre came to be. If you love the Wu...

  • Femi Murphy

    Heart of a KingI had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book. I knew that Raekwon was one of the illest emcees to grace the mic, and his music has had a profound impact on me, but to r...

  • Albert E Russell

    Great ReadI respect the honesty in this book. I always looked at Raekwon as a guy who was super confident to the point of being arrogant. After reading this, I understand his attitude and he was very ...

  • Brett

    Like most musician's biographies, the first half is always the most enriching. This was a 4 star book until 3/5 in, which I expected.I loved how for most of the book, Rae had little bad to say about a...

  • Duane

    Pleasantly surprised with this one. I was a big fan of the Wu as a teenager into my early 20's. Not as much anymore, but reading this book took me back to when I got into them and showed me why.I'm no...

  • ruruisme

    To be completely honest I have to say I didn’t think the content of the book would interest me. I was a giveaway winner and therefore felt responsible to read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s...

  • William Russ

    Wow incredibly in-depth!A must have for any wu-tang fan or fan of hip hop in general. This whole story is wild from start to finish, from Rae’s early life to the struggles with the Wu, Rae has been ...