Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
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||Striving for Perfection||Raekwon||1:44||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Knuckleheadz||Raekwon||4:03||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Knowledge God||Raekwon||4:24||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Criminology||Raekwon||3:47||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Incarcerated Scarfaces||Raekwon||4:42||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rainy Dayz||Raekwon||6:02||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Guillotine (Swordz)||Raekwon||4:22||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Can It Be All So Simple (Remix)||Raekwon||5:38||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Shark N****s (Biters)||Raekwon||1:38||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ice Water||Raekwon||3:38||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Glaciers of Ice||Raekwon||5:20||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Verbal Intercourse||Raekwon||3:31||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Wisdom Body||Raekwon||2:38||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Spot Rusherz||Raekwon||3:13||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ice Cream||Raekwon||4:13||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Wu-Gambinos||Raekwon||5:39||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitHeaven & Hell||Raekwon||4:56||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||North Star (Jewels)||Raekwon||3:58||£0.99||View In iTunes|
A serious contender for the title of best Wu-Tang solo album (rivaled only by the Genius' Liquid Swords), Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is also perhaps the most influential, thanks to Raekwon's cinematic imagination. If the Genius is the Wu's best overall lyricist, Raekwon is arguably their best storyteller, and here he translates the epic themes and narratives of a Mafia movie into a startlingly accomplished hip-hop album. Raekwon wasn't the first to make the connection between gangsta rap and the Cosa Nostra (Kool G Rap pioneered that idea), but he was the one who popularized the trend. Cuban Linx's portraits of big-money drug deals and black underworld kingpins living in luxury had an enormous influence on the new New York hardcore scene, especially Mobb Deep and Nas, the latter of whom appears here on the much-revered duet "Verbal Intercourse." The fellow Clan members who show up as guests are recast under gangster aliases, and Ghostface Killah makes himself an indispensable foil, appearing on the vast majority of the tracks and enjoying his first truly extensive exposure on record. Behind them, RZA contributes some of the strongest production work of his career, indulging his taste for cinematic soundscapes in support of the album's tone; his tracks are appropriately dark or melancholy, shifting moods like different scenes in a film. Cuban Linx's first-person narratives are filled with paranoia, ambition, excess, and betrayal, fast rises and faster falls. There are plenty of highlights along the way — the singles "Criminology" and "Ice Cream," the gentle "Rainy Dayz," the influential posse cut "Wu-Gambinos" — and everything culminates in "Heaven & Hell" and its longing for redemption. Like the Genius' Liquid Swords, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx takes a few listens to reveal the full scope of its lyrical complexities, but it's immensely rewarding in the end, and it stands as a landmark in the new breed of gangsta rap.
Raekwon tells vivid storys of underworld life and crime. A hip hop classic, one of my all time favourites along with illmatic, the chronic, ready to die, liquid swords and more.
Best hip-hop album of all time
In my opinion better than 36 chambers. Should be on the top ten on anyones list.
Its not immediately pleasing to the ear like pop-type rap records. Do you find you listen to a Jay-Z/50 cent/luda/ track... really like it but after a short time it get fades from your playlistings... A paper plate record as GZA would say. Well I got this album in 97 and still listen to it regularly.
Along with classics such as: 36 chambers, forever, liquid swords, illmatic, The infamous, ready to die, be, moment of truth, aquemini, A must have
The chef adds lyrical flavour
For me this is the greatest hip hop album of all time. However I would admit at first its rough on ears but after a listen the album is very sharp lyrically. Also it shows RZA on form, every beat on this album had a hypnotic style especially criminology. iTunes are selling this album too cheap
Born: 12 January 1970 in New York
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s