Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan has sold millions of records and traveled the world performing his music during his 25-year career. But according to the longtime hip-hop artist, there is something particularly humbling about a parent choosing to name their child after his rap moniker.
Miami Dolphins rookie Raekwon McMillan, 20, was named after the hip-hop icon, whose real name is Corey Woods. McMillan’s mother, Monica Washington, is a fan of the Wu-Tang Clan and was inspired by Raekwon’s music in the 1990s.
Only recently did word get back to the elder Raekwon, as McMillan rose through the ranks as a standout middle linebacker at Ohio State and now second-round pick of the Dolphins two weeks ago.
It’s a blessing to be able to get that kind of support from people that you never met, and they get an inspiration from you based on your talent and your work ethic in the music business. It’s an honor. I feel honored. I’m happy that I can be some kind of inspiration to somebody to pass down to their family. That’s a beautiful thing.
McMillan wants to meet his hip-hop namesake and the feeling is mutual. The two briefly communicated over social media, according to McMillan, but that was the extent of it.
McMillan is not alone. According to the Social Security Administration, there were 1,459 documented children named Raekwon, and all were born between the years of 1995 and 1999. It is not a stretch to assume many – if not most or all – were inspired by Raekwon’s music.