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|Ghostface Killah||Guest Appearance|
|Mel Carter||Executive Producer|
|Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth||Producer|
|Mark B. Christensen||Mastering|
|Scram Jones||Producer, Engineer|
|Kareem "Kay" Woods||Executive Producer|
Posted October 1, 2010
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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!