Hip-hop heads, did you know that the beat for the classic Raekwon joint “Incarcerated Scarfaces” was intended for GZA?
In an XXL feature on the making of Raekwon’s 1995 debut album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, RZA recounted how he made the beat with GZA in mind but Rae heard the beat and started writing to it straight away.
RZA: I wasn’t making that beat for Rae. I was finished with Rae. I like having 13 tracks. I don’t like having 18. I was making it for GZA probably. He was next. But then Rae heard that beat, grabbed his pen and paper, and started writing. Two hours later, it was written.
Released in September 1995 as the B-side to “Ice Cream,” “Incarcerated Scarfaces” has gone on to become one of Raekwon’s most beloved songs and definitely a Wu-Tang classic.