Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

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by Raekwon
     
 

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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,See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/1995
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0078636666327
catalogNumber:
66663
Rank:
17466

Tracks

  1. Striving for Perfection
  2. Knuckleheadz  - Golden Arms
  3. Knowledge God
  4. Criminology  - Ghostface Killah
  5. Incarcerated Scarfaces
  6. Rainy Dayz  - Ghostface Killah
  7. Guillotine (Swordz)  - Inspectah Deck
  8. Can It Be All So Simple  - Ghostface Killah
  9. Shark Niggas (Biters)
  10. Ice Water  -  Cappachino
  11. Glaciers of Ice  -  62nd Assassin Of Sunz Of Man
  12. Verbal Intercourse  - Ghostface Killah
  13. Wisdom Body  - Ghostface Killah
  14. Spot Rusherz
  15. Ice Cream  -  Cappachino
  16. Wu-Gambinos  - Masta Killa
  17. Heaven & Hell  - Ghostface Killah
  18. North Star (Jewels)

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