Cuban Linx was probably one of the best hip-hop albums of all-time with absolutely no fast forwarding whatsoever. Throw in Tony Starks in the mix, RZA's flawless production, a lil Capadonna, NAS, Goldenarms and it was beyond perfect. That was the problem straight from the beggining. Cuban Linx was so good that every Raekwon album released afterwards (Immobilarity in 99) has come up extremely short of Cuban Linx. This is unfortunate for Raekwon that his CD's have become the reflection of the Wu demise. The only Wu member who can still shine the Wu's light is Ghostface however, with ODB now part of Rocafella, Meth rollin w/ Redman and the other Wu member's MIA (Missing In Action) aside from GZA who's release in Jan was average and no where near Liquid Swords level.
This is not to say that The Chef's lyrics have fallen off though he doesn't captivate us like he did on Cuban Linz with the mafioso stories and well painted pictures of life in Shaolin, but with RZA no longer on the boards, Ghost working on his next solo release and being we're all mafia'd, cristalled out and the Wu no longer on top, the Chef's cookin ain;t as tasty as it was when he first fed us.