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Learn more about Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (Explicit Version):

Format: CD
Sku: 60132184
UPC: 078636666327
UPC 14: 00078636666327
Release Date: 8/1/1995
Sales Rank: 298
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Striving For Perfection ~ Raekwon
2. Knuckleheadz - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Golden Arms) ~ Raekwon
3. Knowledge God ~ Raekwon
4. Criminology - (featuring Ghostface Killah) ~ Raekwon
5. Incarcerated Scarfaces ~ Raekwon
6. Rainy Dayz - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Blue Raspberry) ~ Raekwon
7. Guillotine (Swordz) - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Inspectah Deck/Genius) ~ Raekwon
8. Can It Be All So Simple - (remix, featuring Ghostface Killah) ~ Raekwon
9. Shark Niggas (Biters) ~ Raekwon
10. Ice Water - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Cappachino) ~ Raekwon
11. Glaciers Of Ice - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Master Killa/Blue Raspberry/62nd Assassin Of Sunz Of Man) ~ Raekwon
12. Verbal Intercourse - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Nas) ~ Raekwon
13. Wisdom Body - (featuring Ghostface Killah) ~ Raekwon
14. Spot Rusherz ~ Raekwon
15. Ice Cream - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Method Man/Cappachino) ~ Raekwon
16. Wu-Gambinos - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Method Man/RZA/Master Killa) ~ Raekwon
17. Heaven & Hell - (featuring Ghostface Killah) ~ Raekwon
18. North Star (Jewels) ~ Raekwon
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Raekwon, 62nd Assassin Of Sunz Of Man, Lucky Hands a/k/a Golden Arms, Cappachino, Noodles a/k/a Master Killa (rap vocals); Blue Raspberry (vocals).
Muze PNote Personnel: Raekwon (vocals); Masta Killa, Nas (vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Fourth Disciple; RZA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Daniel Hastings.
Muze PNote Arranger: RZA.
Muze PNote The Wu-Tang saga continues. Raekwon "The Chef" is already an irreplacable part of rap music's largest breed, the Wu-Tang Clan, but his debut proves him also capable of standing on his own two feet. On ONLY BUILT 4 CUBAN LINX..., Raekwon's street-tough lyrics spotlight the roughness of his everyday life and, combined with short story interludes, shape the plot for this gangster movie of an album.
Muze PNote The topics on CUBAN LINX are all Chef-centered braggadocio, and the beats constantly reflect the hip-hop underground. Raekwon defines the politics of the rap game on "Incarcerated Scarfaces," and invites any non-believers to test his skills. Joining Raekwon on just about every cut, fellow Clan-man Ghost Face Killer gives a great solo effort on "Wisdom Body."
Muze PNote In fact, CUBAN LINX bares closer resemblance to an actual Wu-Tang Clan album than any solo record by a Wu-Tang member. The backing track for "Guillotine (Swordz)" was previously introduced on Method Man's solo album TICAL, and Raekwon and his crew expand on it for a quick flashback. "Can It Be All So Simple" also returns--this time in a remixed form. These two songs, along with "Ice Cream" and "Wu-Gambinos" (both of which feature Method Man), should feed the habits of hungry Wu-fiends. Raekwon's chamber briefly escapes the Clan's musical borders on "Verbal Intercourse," and though the track evokes other Wu-Tang material, Nas' lyrical presence adds a different dimension to the album's haunting reality.
Muze PNote As usual, The RZA dominates the production on each razor-sharp cut, and with appearences from just about every Clan MC, ONLY BUILT 4 CUBAN LINX... could easily be a Raekwon-sponsored Wu-Tang reunion.

Producer: RZA

Engineer: RZA

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Ghostface Killah
Muze Guest Artist Nas
Muze Guest Artist RZA
Muze Guest Artist Method Man
Muze Guest Artist Inspectah Deck
Muze Guest Artist Golden Arms
Muze Guest Artist Blue Raspberry
Muze Guest Artist Cappachino
Muze Guest Artist 62nd Assassin Of Sunz Of Man
Muze Guest Artist Masta Killa

Artist Overview

Charter Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon (aka Raekwon the Chef) immediately turned ears from his first raps on ENTER THE 36 CHAMBERS, particularly his turn on the 1994 hit "C.R.E.A.M." His solo debut the next year, the critically acclaimed ONLY BUILT 4 CUBAN LINX, easily held its own amidst a flood of individual releases from the hyped-to-the-hilt Staten Island collective. With his complex vocabulary wandering through dark recesses of both the mind and mystic urban landscapes, Raekwon swiftly became a cult favorite.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Tical
Muze Music Compilations Ironman (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hell On Earth (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Tical-Judgement Day (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Professional (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Aquemini (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Art Of Storytelling (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Belly (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Murda Muzik (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Wu-Chronicles (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits-Basic Training (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Endangered Species (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tical O: prequel
Muze Music Compilations Tical 0: The Prequel (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Legend Of The Wu Tang: Wu Tang Clan's (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Big Bang (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations The Big Bang (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 4:21: The Day After(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ny's Finest(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Wackness (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Last Kiss(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Flight 360:Takeoff(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Flight 360:Takeoff
Muze Music Compilations Sore(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tonite Show(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Legacy:best Of Big Pun(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations This Is East Coast Hip Hop
Muze Music Compilations Stimulus Package(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Trunk Muzik 0 To 60(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Heart Of A Champion(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Aromatic Album
Muze Music Compilations LAX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tbd
Muze Music Compilations My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hfm2 (Hunger For More 2)
Muze Music Compilations My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version) (Deluxe Version)
Muze Music Compilations Apollo Kid(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Give The Drummer Some(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Never Say Never:remixes
Muze Music Compilations Legendary Weapons(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Cats Dogs
Muze Music Compilations Black Belt Theatre(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Wu Block(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Man With The Iron Fists (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Man With The Iron Fists (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Float(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 13(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Excuse My French: Deluxe Edition (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Excuse My French
Muze Music Compilations Excuse My French(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Albert Einstein(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Extended Play(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Piece Maker 3:Return Of The 50 Mcs(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Comin Back Hard
Muze Music Compilations OXYMORON(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations OXYMORON(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations VIRTUOSITY(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations NOREASTER(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations NEW YORK CITY(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Mega Philosophy
Muze Music Compilations Turndafucup
Muze Music Compilations Manifesto(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX (Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Wonder Years
Muze Music Compilations Wonder Years
Muze Music Compilations Gutter Water(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations INFAMOUS MOBB DEEP(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Student Of The Game
Muze Music Compilations Monumental(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations New York:love Story
Muze Music Compilations Pinata

Associated Artists and Works

The Tonight Show [PA] ~ Fresh, DJ (Rap)
Ironman ~ Ghostface Killah
Ironman [PA] ~ Killah, Ghostface

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/01/1995
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1995
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 07863666632
Music Label Name Label : Altered Ego
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00078636666327

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.74)
- Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."

Spin (9/99, p.162)
- Ranked #83 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."

Spin (12/95, p.63)
- Ranked #14 on Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '95.'

Spin (11/95, p.125)
- 8 - Very Good - "...the sonic equivalent of a John Woo movie; tales filled with gunshots...assassins with their own special codes of morals...and a beautiful woman mourning the loss of a lover caught up in the drama....Raekwon paints pictures so vivid you smell the gunpowder and wipe the blood on your shirt-tails..."

Entertainment Weekly (8/18/95, p.57)
- "...rapper Raekwon at his lightning-quickest and producer RZA at his razor sharpest....Underneath the meaty rhymes are RZA's spooky, discordant keyboards and wailing female vocal samples..." - Rating: A-

Q (8/00, p.120)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Thrillingly malevolent...and surprisingly melancholy...with RZA's dense sample collages as labyrinthine as the lyrics....[It] remains one of the milestones of '90s hip hop."

The Wire (10/01, p.46)
- "...Irreducibly New York, smeared and self-referential, like a neighborhood that feels familiar but isn't....An album of sense and sensibility..."

Vibe (9/95, p.180)
- "...Raekwon rips through rhymes like no other lyricist exists--he looks at every other MC like dinner. Not quite a solo debut, Rae puts his man Ghost...down on practically every cut....since practically every MC who knows...something was itching to get...on this album, those who made the cut...are cream..."

The Source (9/95, p.97)
- 4.5 Mics - Superior - "...Raekwon...sprays out lyrics like gunfire....On CUBAN LINX, a barrage of sound effects, screams, samples and dialogue conjure up images of a gangsta movie....another success for Shaolin's finest..."

Melody Maker (8/26/95, p.37)
- Recommended - "...frequently excellent....the offshoots [of the Wu-Tang Clan] have been phenomenal....If ONLY didn't outstay its welcome by about 10 minutes, it'd be sharing a pedestal with [Method Man's] TICAL..."

Rap Pages (10/95, p.31)
- 9 (out of 10)
- "...Much like the main character of Cain in MENACE II SOCIETY and Biggie in his READY TO DIE odyssey, Rae is threatening, funny, calculated, arrogant, charismatic, talented, so on and so on..."

Village Voice (2/20/96)
- Ranked #15 in Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.

New York Times (Publisher)
(1/6/96, p.C16)
- Included on Neil Strauss' list of the Top 10 Albums of `95 - "...an intricately worded, copiously produced disk that unravels with the delirium of an action film..."

NME (Magazine)
(12/23-30/95, pp.22-23)
- Ranked #29 in NME's `Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995.

NME (Magazine)
(8/19/95, p.51)
- 8 (out of 10)
- "...a serious depth charge of an LP....When you hear the rough street-edged voices, spouting gritty rhymes over heavy beats, you hear the word from the `ghetto' as if handed down from the mount..."

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