Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

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, 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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Release Date: 08/01/1995
Label: Rca
UPC: 0078636666327
catalogNumber: 66663
Rank: 16475

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Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago