Staten Island’s own Raekwon the Chef of Wu Tang Clan fame teamed up with several artists, industry personalities and organizations to host a hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Jaguars 3 in Brooklyn on December 13, 2012.
Murdah Mook, DJ Spin King from 106 and Park, Reek da Ville, fellow Wu Tang member Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon’s new artist Lil Caesar were just some of many famous faces in the building.
The real star of the night, however, was the cause. “It’s not about me right now,” says Raekwon. “More importantly it’s about awareness. We over here having fun and doing this [concert], there’s still people f**ked up.”
Raekwon was, of course, referring to the persistent state of devastation of Staten Island in particular and other hard hit areas like Red Hook, Coney Island and Far Rockaway. “I just felt like it was time to do something and do it with great intentions,” says Raekwon.
To that end, Rae teamed up with South Shore Kiwanis Foundation, Affinity Cycles and others to put on the benefit show and raise money for families still reeling from Sandy. “Anybody can give money, but it’s about who getting up and making sure it touches the right people,” says Rae.
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Affinity Cycles’ Jason Gallacher worked with Rae to design a series of Wu Tang charity bikes. These fixed, or brakeless bikes, feature top-end parts and production in the signature black and yellow styling of Wu Tang merchandise.
Though the Staten Island bike was the only one at Jaguars 3 that night, Rockaway and New York City at large also have branded bikes. Each of the custom bikes has sold on eBay for between $1,200 and $1,700.