Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (Explicit Version) CD (1995)

Artist: Raekwon

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Label Bmg/rca
SKU 60132184
UPC 078636666327
UPC 14 00078636666327
Format CD
Release Date 8/1/1995
Author Raekwon
Compilation Appearance Tical
Compilation Appearance Ironman (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Hell On Earth (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 2-Tical-Judgement Day (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Aquemini (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Art Of Storytelling (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Belly (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Wu-Chronicles (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits-Basic Training (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Endangered Species (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tical O: prequel
Compilation Appearance Tical 0: The Prequel (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Legend Of The Wu Tang: Wu Tang Clan's (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance The Big Bang (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Bulletproof Wallets Featuring Raekwon
Compilation Appearance LAX(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance LAX (Clean)
Compilation Appearance Funkmaster Flex Presents:mix Tape V1
Compilation Appearance LAX (Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Last Kiss(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Last Kiss (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Jay Stay Paid(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Legacy:best Of Big Pun(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Stimulus Package(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Heart Of A Champion(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance LAX(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Trunk Muzik 0 To 60(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tbd
Compilation Appearance My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version) (Deluxe Version)
Compilation Appearance Apollo Kid(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Give The Drummer Some(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Never Say Never:remixes
Compilation Appearance Legendary Weapons(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Cats Dogs
Compilation Appearance Black Belt Theatre(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Wu Block(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Man With The Iron Fists (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Man With The Iron Fists (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Murda Muzik (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Albert Einstein(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Piece Maker 3:Return Of The 50 Mcs(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance New York:love Story
Compilation Appearance Comin Back Hard
Compilation Appearance OXYMORON(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance INFAMOUS MOBB DEEP(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance NOREASTER(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance NEW YORK CITY(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Mega Philosophy
Compilation Appearance Dopium
Compilation Appearance ICON:GHOSTFACE KILLAH(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Twelve Reasons To Die Ii
Compilation Appearance VIRTUOSITY(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Gutter Water(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Excuse My French: Deluxe Edition (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Excuse My French
Compilation Appearance Excuse My French(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Extended Play(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance OXYMORON(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Pinata
Compilation Appearance Turndafucup
Compilation Appearance Time Flys Life Dies Phoenix Rise
Compilation Appearance LESSONS(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance TURN THE LIGHTS ON(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Meth Lab
Compilation Appearance Wonder Years
Compilation Appearance Wonder Years
Compilation Appearance Float(Explicit Version)
Artist Influence Big Daddy Kane
Artist Influence Boogie Down Productions
Artist Influence EPMD
Artist Influence Eric B. & Rakim
Artist Influence Ice Cube
Artist Influence Kool G Rap
Artist Influence N.W.A
Artist Influence Public Enemy
Artist Contemporary Big Punisher
Artist Contemporary Black Knights (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Buddha Monk
Artist Contemporary Busta Rhymes
Artist Contemporary Common
Artist Contemporary Cormega
Artist Contemporary Ghostface Killah
Artist Contemporary Gravediggaz
Artist Contemporary Hell Razah
Artist Contemporary Heltah Skeltah (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Icewater
Artist Contemporary Jeru the Damaja
Artist Contemporary Killah Priest
Artist Contemporary Masta Ace
Artist Contemporary Masta Killa
Artist Contemporary Method Man
Artist Contemporary Mobb Deep
Artist Contemporary Mos Def
Artist Contemporary Muggs
Artist Contemporary Nas
Artist Contemporary Ol' Dirty Bastard
Artist Contemporary Pharoahe Monch
Artist Contemporary Ras Kass
Artist Contemporary Redman
Artist Contemporary Royal Fam
Artist Contemporary RZA
Artist Contemporary Shyheim
Artist Contemporary Sunz of Man
Artist Contemporary The Genius
Artist Contemporary U-God
Artist Contemporary Wu-Block
Artist Contemporary Wu-Tang Clan
Artist Follower Capone-N-Noreaga
Artist Follower Cappadonna
Artist Follower Clipse
Artist Follower Freeway
Artist Follower Guilty Simpson
Artist Follower Pusha T
Artist Follower Sage Francis
Artist Follower Talib Kweli
Artist Follower Xzibit
Artist Follower Zion I
Technical Info
Engineer RZA
Producer RZA
CatalogID 07863666632
Lable Name Altered Ego
Released 08/01/1995
Original Release 1995
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 71m : 51s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00078636666327
Musical Guests
Ghostface Killah
Method Man
Inspectah Deck
Golden Arms
Blue Raspberry
62nd Assassin Of Sunz Of Man
Masta Killa
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Personnel: Raekwon (vocals); Masta Killa, Nas (vocals).
Audio Mixers: Fourth Disciple; RZA.
Photographer: Daniel Hastings.
Arranger: RZA.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 - " 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..."
Disc 1
1 Striving For Perfection
2 Knuckleheadz - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Golden Arms)
3 Knowledge God
4 Criminology - (featuring Ghostface Killah)
5 Incarcerated Scarfaces
6 Rainy Dayz - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Blue Raspberry)
7 Guillotine (Swordz) - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Inspectah Deck/Genius)
8 Can It Be All So Simple - (remix, featuring Ghostface Killah)
9 Shark Niggas (Biters)
10 Ice Water - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Cappachino)
11 Glaciers Of Ice - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Master Killa/Blue Raspberry/62nd Assassin Of Sunz Of Man)
12 Verbal Intercourse - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Nas)
13 Wisdom Body - (featuring Ghostface Killah)
14 Spot Rusherz
15 Ice Cream - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Method Man/Cappachino)
16 Wu-Gambinos - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Method Man/RZA/Master Killa)
17 Heaven & Hell - (featuring Ghostface Killah)
18 North Star (Jewels)

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