Only Built 4 Cuban Linx [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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: 8/1/1995
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636666310
  • Catalog Number: 66663
  • Sales rank: 26,619

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Striving for Perfection (1:43)
  2. 2 Knuckleheadz - Golden Arms (4:05)
  3. 3 Knowledge God (4:27)
  4. 4 Criminology - Ghostface Killah (3:49)
  5. 5 Incarcerated Scarfaces (4:30)
  6. 6 Rainy Dayz - Ghostface Killah (5:17)
  7. 7 Guillotine (Swordz) - Inspectah Deck (4:21)
  8. 8 Can It Be All So Simple - Ghostface Killah (4:10)
  9. 9 Shark Niggas (Biters) (1:39)
  10. 10 Ice Water - Cappachino (4:02)
  11. 11 Glaciers of Ice - 62nd Assassin Of Sunz Of Man (4:54)
  12. 12 Verbal Intercourse - Ghostface Killah (4:07)
  13. 13 Wisdom Body - Ghostface Killah (2:34)
  14. 14 Spot Rusherz (3:51)
  15. 15 Ice Cream - Cappachino (4:16)
  16. 16 Wu-Gambinos - Masta Killa (5:09)
  17. 17 Heaven & Hell - Ghostface Killah (4:57)
  18. 18 North Star (Jewels) (4:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Raekwon Primary Artist, Vocals
Nas Vocals
Method Man Track Performer
Masta Killa Vocals
Technical Credits
RZA Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Dennis Coles Executive Producer
Robert Diggs Executive Producer
Mitchell Diggs Executive Producer
Oli Grant Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    4 1/2 STARS hands down a classic

    You already know this album is a classic rae brought it on this album. This is what can make the non believers recognize that the wu is what's up now it's '04 and mabey the wu arent were they were around this time but if you dont like the wu now. The least you can do is go back and check out all there classic s**t such as this cd 36 chambers,tical, etc. Reakwon has always been one the wu's best solo artist.There are 2 many good tracks on here to even try to name them all but it's for certain real hip hop audience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS ALBUM CAN'T BE TOUCHED!!!!!!!

    Unquestionaly the best Wu solo joint(but you already knew that). And if you didn't, you need to listen to what Rae has to say. Includes essential tracks such as ''Verbal Intercourse''(one of the best posse cuts ever, featuring Ghostface and Nas), ''Criminology'', ''Ice Cream'',''Incarcerated Scarfaces'', ''Can It be All so simple(Remix)'', and so on.

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