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Raekwon sets sights on 'Cuban' road trip

Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon continues his current headlining outing late into the year as he supports his long-awaited new solo album, "Only Built For Cuban Linx... Pt. II."

Album Chart: Jay-Z takes No. 1, Beatles still going strong

Jay-Z's string of No. 1 albums remains unbroken, with the rap mogul's latest set, "The Blueprint 3," debuting in the top slot after easily outdistancing the competition.

Featured Photos: Wu-Tang Clan, Rock The Bells, SF CA - Aug 18, 2007

There are few hardcore rap groups with more street cred than Wu-Tang Clan. So notorious is the crew that legend has it an FBI informant was once planted in the circle of group members RZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, GZA, Masta Killa, U-God, Inspectah Deck, and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard. In contrast, the name "Wu-Tang" was inspired by the enlightend spirituality of the Taoist culture--specifically the Hubei Province in China, home of the Wu Dang Mountain.

Rock the Bells tour adds names, confirms venues

Organizers of the Rock the Bells traveling hip-hop festival have unveiled additional acts and venue details for the tour, which is being headlined by A Tribe Called Quest.

Redman, Raekwon lead Rock the Bells fest

Rappers Redman and Raekwon highlight the lineup of this year's Rock the Bells festival, a traveling hip-hop caravan headed for more than 20 cities beginning in late November.

Briefly: KISS, Raekwon, Mary J. Blige, K.D. Lang

"KISS Symphony, Alive IV in Concert from Melbourne, Australia" is airing on Pay Per View television through Jan. 31.

Wu-Tang Clan has planned a month-long tour that will take the influential hip-hop collective to clubs in more than 20 cities during July and August. Troubled Wu-Tang member Olí Dirty Bastard, who must undergo a court-ordered inpatient drug rehabilitation program, wonít join the rest of the group for the tour.