Lex Diamond Story

Lex Diamond Story

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by Raekwon
     
 

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For his third album, The Lex Diamond Story, Raekwon again evokes the gangsta mythology of his classic debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995), while at the same time stretching out into new territory, to generally impressive results. The Wu-Tang member's previous album, Immobilarity (1999), also stretched out into new territory, but for that verySee more details below

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For his third album, The Lex Diamond Story, Raekwon again evokes the gangsta mythology of his classic debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995), while at the same time stretching out into new territory, to generally impressive results. The Wu-Tang member's previous album, Immobilarity (1999), also stretched out into new territory, but for that very reason the album was met with general indifference, which very well may be the fate of Lex Diamond also. After all, it's no secret: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx had been a masterstroke, not only one of best Wu-Tang albums ever but also one of the best East Coast gangsta albums ever. It was such a masterstroke that Raekwon struggled to follow it up. Perhaps that's why it took him so long to record his follow-ups, taking several years between albums to record Immobilarity and The Lex Diamond Story. Whatever the reason, the wait was worthwhile, for The Lex Diamond Story is a worthwhile album, not a masterstroke but an impressive accomplishment nonetheless. It makes heavy use of cinematic storytelling, framing the album as if it were a gangsta film with Raekwon's Lex Diamond alias as its main character, and a conflicted character at that. It helps, of course, that there are quite a few hot tracks here, particularly "Pit Bull Fights," "All Over Again," and "Once Upon a Time." The album employs a relatively large supporting cast, some good (Ghostface Killah, Method Man, the latter on an "Ice Cream" sequel) and some not so good (Rae's new posse, Ice Water). As all longtime Wu fans will no doubt wonder, RZA is nowhere to be heard here, which is a mixed blessing. Sure, who wouldn't love to see him drop some Cuban Linx-style beats? But at the same time, it's nice to hear Raekwon work with some original sounds from a wide-ranging pool of largely underground production talents. The overall result is a good album, not an especially great one on a par with Cuban Linx but certainly a better one than most other rappers out there were capable of in 2003.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/16/2003
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602498613719
catalogNumber:
000171602

Tracks

  1. The Lex Diamond (Intro)  -  Raekwon
  2. Pit Bull Fights  -  Raekwon
  3. Hitman Salary Skit  -  Raekwon
  4. King of Kings  -  Havoc
  5. Missing Watch  - Ghostface Killah
  6. All Over Again  -  Raekwon
  7. Clientele Kidd  - Ghostface Killah
  8. Smith Bros.  -  Raekwon
  9. Restaurant Skit  -  Raekwon
  10. Robbery  -  Ice Water Inc.
  11. F**k You Skit  -  Raekwon
  12. Pa-Blow Escablow  -  Raekwon
  13. Musketeers of Pig Alley  - Masta Killa
  14. Ice Cream, Pt. 2  -  Cappadonna
  15. The Hood  - Tiffany Villarreal
  16. Wild Chimpanzees Skit  -  Raekwon
  17. Planet of the Apes
  18. Wyld in da Club  -  Icewater
  19. Once Upon a Time  -  Tekitha
  20. Lex Diamond Story (Outro)  -  Raekwon

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raekwon   Primary Artist
Method Man   Guest Appearance
Fat Joe   Guest Appearance
Ghostface Killah   Guest Appearance
Havoc   Guest Appearance
Masta Killa   Guest Appearance
Cappadonna   Guest Appearance
Capone   Guest Appearance
Spontaneous   Piano
Ultra   Guest Appearance
Tekitha   Guest Appearance
DNA   Background Vocals
Icewater   Guest Appearance
Tiffany Villarreal   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Norman Whitfield   Composer
Cam Wilson   Composer
Raekwon   Executive Producer
Andy C.   Producer
Chris Athens   Mastering
R. Shulman   Composer
Brutal Bill   Producer
T. Washington   Composer
Spontaneous   Producer
Ez Elpee   Producer
R.C. King   Composer
C. Smith   Composer
R. Tufo   Composer
C. Woods   Composer
E. Turner   Composer
J.K. Hunter   Composer
Hangman 3   Producer
J. Backues Neal   Composer
L.J. Porter   Composer
Emile   Producer
Matt Lavella   Engineer
Annalee Valencia-Bruch   Art Direction
DJ Khalil   Producer
Crummie Beats   Producer
Jacob Rodriguez   Engineer
Eugene Toale   Engineer
Zephlon   Producer
Kejuan Muchita   Composer
Clifford Smith   Composer

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