Streets of SXSW: Raekwon Keeps His Pants Up & His Haters Down


Performance footage shot and edited by JP DelaCuesta

Apparently, Raekwon doesn’t require sleep. One would be hard-pressed to find a time when the Wu-Tang Clan veteran is not touring around the world, participating in a panel discussion or TV appearance, or marketing his latest line of what-have-you. In fact, one might ascertain that “The Chef” has just as much work and stamina as he did back in the glory years of Wu.

So, it came as no surprise when caught up with Raekwon at the 2012 South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas this week, that he was performing multiple sets and pushing his latest venture – belts???

However odd it may seem, the Shaolin MC insists that belts are key for those making a transition into manhood, and he’s always, always worn a belt as a grown a*s man. And, while he’s not ready to knock the young boys for their “sagging,” he is committed to keeping his own pants up – at least in public anyway. Watch the video below as we checked in with Raekwon during his stop to promote his belt line:

Outside the trendy boutique where we spoke with him, Raekwon moved with ease through the Austin streets with his small but faithful entourage of helpers and bodyguard in tow. He performed alongside a few of his Wu brethren during SXSW, and threw a little of his own solo flavor into the festival mix. Below is footage of the hard-working Raekwon ripping the Mass Appeal/ Decon Showcase at Kung Fu Saloon with GZA and JD Era:

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