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Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2
     

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2

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by Raekwon
 

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Like the original, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2 sets the stage with the intro, but here it's some Raekwon history courtesy of Papa Wu. On Pt. 1 it was fictional dialog introducing a loose concept album. Besides the introductory dialog and the album's look-alike cover -- tinted purple, as if it were a Cash Money screwed & chopped mix of Pt. 1 --

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Like the original, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2 sets the stage with the intro, but here it's some Raekwon history courtesy of Papa Wu. On Pt. 1 it was fictional dialog introducing a loose concept album. Besides the introductory dialog and the album's look-alike cover -- tinted purple, as if it were a Cash Money screwed & chopped mix of Pt. 1 -- the only traits this sequel shares with the original Linx is that it's the Wu rapper in top form, spitting out rhymes worthy of the Wu logo and pushing his guest list to work harder, as evidenced by Ghostface, Jadakiss, and Cappadonna all sounding at the top of their game. The productions are equally magnificent, with Pete Rock, the Alchemist, and even Dr. Dre all living up to their lofty reputations. Inspectah Deck and Wu secret weapon Mathematics out-RZA the RZA on their 36 Chambers-flavored cuts -- the awesome "House of Flying Daggers" and "Mean Streets," respectively -- but if it's possible to create a poignant beat track, it has to be the soulful loop on "Ason Jones," a tribute to Ol' Dirty Bastard made all the more moving when you notice the beat comes from the late J Dilla. Raekwon's lyrical highlights come back to back as "Gihad" slaps the current rap scene for all it's worth while "New Wu," with Ghostface, Method Man, and RZA on production, renews hope that the Wu-Tang dynasty will return with a vengeance. If it looks long at 22 tracks, it'll still leave the Wu heads wanting more. This sequel may have little to do with the original, but if the title helps to point out this is the Shaolin poet's best work since 1995's Pt. 1, then so be it.

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Release Date:
09/08/2009
Label:
Ice H20 (Ice Water)
UPC:
5099996879429
catalogNumber:
38794

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Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BROOKLYN-QUEEN More than 1 year ago
OB4CL2 is an excellent project! Listed as a sequel to its instant-classic predecessor, this latest installment continues where CL1 left off. Appropriately guest starring GFK (Ghost Face Killah), the energy and chemistry between the duo is undeniable. Raekwon smartly looked to credible hardcore rap producers to help bring to life the street energy that the Cuban Linx theme embodies. Notable producers such as RZA, Marley Marl, Pete Rock and J Dilla add necessary ingredients to the Cuban Linx recipe. The only people missing from this project are ODB and Nas. However, his lineup is not saturated with guest appearances. Instead, Raekwon successfully manages to hold his own for over half of the albun. His equally imaginative music video to "House of Flying Daggers" is a wonderful complement to the song. Raekwon's sound takes listeners back to gritty Shaolin of the 1990s; however, the production does not sound like leftover beats from that era. Instead, it is a fresh, new take NYC street life and drama. Raekwon tells terrific stories throughout, narrating a journey through New York's underbelly. There is no glitz and glamour here. This album features no hollywood name-dropping, european exotic car and exotic vacation destination references. Raekwon's focus is clear and it is all about a genuine agenda to keep Hip Hop culture fresh, consistent and authentic. OB4CL2 demonstrates the Wu are not only still relevant to Hip-Hop, but they are also still necessary for properly representing the culture. Throw your W's up! Salute to Raekwon and the Wu family for a successful release!