Raekwon’s real name is Corey Woods. He was born on 12 January 1970 in Brooklyn, New York. In school, he met the future rap star, Ghostface Killah, who became the artist’s best friend. The two aspiring rappers grew up on the streets of Brooklyn, watching gangs fight and sometimes breaking the law.
Both artists became interested in hip-hop when they were still children. In the 1980s, this music genre was extremely popular and prestigious. However, Raekwon never thought about becoming a professional rapper.
Corey and Ghostface, just as many children on the streets of New York, were offered drugs. Woods became a drug user. When he was 16, the addiction became severe. The young man realized that he couldn’t say no to drugs and continued using crack until it was almost too late.
One time, Raekwon almost died during a fight between two neighborhood gangs related to drug dealing. Corey’s friends managed to run away, but he was caught. The rapper doesn’t reveal details of the event. Somehow, he managed to escape. After that, the rapper stopped using drugs and devoted his life to music.