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Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... AUS-Import

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 4 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: AUS-Import
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Run Time: 73.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002WU9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. I Keep Asking You Questions
2. The Way We Were
3. If You Think It (You May As Well Do It)
4. Could I Be Falling In Love
5. "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Baby"
6. Striving For Perfection
7. Knuckleheadz
8. Knowledge God
9. Criminology
10. Incarcerated Scarfaces
11. Rainy Dayz
12. Guillotine (Swordz)
13. Can It Be All So Simple (Remix)
14. Shark Niggas (Biters)
15. Ice Water
16. Glaciers Of Ice
17. Verbal Intercourse
18. Wisdom Body
19. Spot Rusherz
20. Ice Cream
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2008 release containing the instrumental version of this album from the Wu Tang member, originally released in 1995. Only Built 4 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, cinematic soundscapes support the album's tone; the appropriately dark or melancholy, shifting moods layer like different scenes in a film. 17 tracks. Altered Ego.


Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is arguably the best quasi-solo Wu-Tang album (Ghostface Killah literally gets equal billing). Most of contemporary hip-hop's Mafioso-inspired themes and MC street aliases are inspired by the "Wu-Gambinos" motif introduced on this 18-cut LP. As the Wu's preeminent storyteller, Raekwon (a.k.a. "The Chef") paints Technicolor Kool G Rap-style pictures of high-stakes drug trafficking on "Criminology," and then mixes his street sensibility with 5% Nation of Islam reasoning on "Knowledge God." This album is loaded with RZA's finest production moments, as he samples a barrage of kung-fu flick sound bites, plays discordant keyboards on "Incarcerated Scarfaces," and utilizes some eerie female vocals on "Rainy Dayz." Rae's timeless duet with Nas on "Verbal Intercourse" further cements the album's status as one of the best of all time. --Dalton Higgins

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In 1993, The Wu-Tang Clan exploded on the scene with the classic (in every sense of the word) album "Enter the Wu-Tang:36 Chambers". Raekwon was featured on 7 of the 12 tracks so the fans got enough of Raekwon but they wanted more. In 1994, WU-Tang broke out into the game again, but this time as soloists. Method Man was the first with his album "Tical". The album was a success but wasn't really critically acclamied (Wu-Fans were dissapointed, hoping Meth would've brought the charisma he brought on Enter The Wu-Tang). Ol' Dirty Bastard was next with "Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Versions. Wu-Fans were pleased this time to get more of Ol' Dirty (since his appearance wasn't really felt on Enter The Wu-Tang). The album was about 4 1/2 but not considered a classic though. Finally it was Raekwon's turn. Appearing on 14 of 18 tracks is Tony Starks (or Ghostface Killah). Ghost's presence was also felt equally on Enter the Wu-Tang, being featured on 7 of 12 tracks.
Starting off the album is "Striving for Perfection". It's basically Rae and Ghost talking about what's best for them and whatnot. "Knuckleheadz" is a pretty grimey track. U-God (who usually doesn't wow you actually does on this track) does good."Knowledge God is also a very grimey track. This is the first of the Raekwon's solos. "Crimonology" is no subject in school. Rae and Ghost rip this track up. Very good beat by RZA. "Incarcerated Scarfaces" (like everyone says) is probably in the list of best rap songs of all time. Rae takes this one on his own lyrically slashing the track starting with the hook "Now yo,yo/what up, yo/Time is running out/It's fo' real though/Let's connect politic, DITO/We can trade places/Get lifted in the stair cases/Word Up, Peace Incarcerated Scarfaces".
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The beginning of this classic album sets you up with Ghostface and Raekwon talking about how they have to make it big, and how they're putting this classic out. And on the first song they completely blow you away. The two have been bruthas since they were kids, and as Method man once said "they hate the rest of the world." So Cuban Linx (which is as much Ghostface's as it is Raekwon's) is founded on the friendship of two bruthas from the streets who love the mafiaoso stye, and with an eerie (yet genius) mix of shaolin. The result is a dark , powerful force which cant be ignored.
Rakewon displays his abilities as a soloist in knowledge god, which he deserves great praise for:
"Mafia flicks, tyin up tricks was his main hobby
Teachin his seed, Wu-Tang karate."
Incarcerated scarfaces is another all time rap classic which in my opinion is not only the best track on this excellent album but one of the top five tracks in hip hop history. It opens up with a great scence from a kung fu movie of a shaolin hero. It is a Raekwon soloist track as well. Great beat and incredible lyrics: Can't stand unofficial, wet tissue, blank bustin Scud missles
"You rollin like Trump, you get your meat lumped
For real, it's just slang rap democracy"
Incarcerated Scarfaces like so many other songs on this album has ghostface and Raekwon coming up with hilarious, witty phrases with street grime to them.
Even the song ice Water which has a pretty weak beat is totally redeemed by lyrics like : "I know a few niggaz sniff coke, it cause seizures
Peace to half-moon Caesars
and all the bitches in the bleachers"
Then you have the Nas collaboration with Ghostface as well in "Verbal Intercourse" which is anther indubitable classic. Which is shortly followed by Ice Cream.
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1995 was a HOT year in hip hop music, and this album shows why. With Wu-Tang still in their primes and dominating the scene, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah hooked up to drop one of my favorite albums of all time, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. This album is EXCELLENT, from start to finish. This is the Wu-Tang at it's finest, and no other album (solo that is) will EVER take this as far as Wu-Tang solos go. Here's the review:
Album Highlights: The entire album. There's NO fast forward material here.
Production: Thumbs up. Quite possibly the BEST production The Rza has been responsible for.
Lyrics and Subject Matter: Thumbs up.
Originality: Thumbs up. No other MCs had "guest starring" in their albums before this one.
The Last Word: Hip hop today would be SO much better if albums like this were released. It's too bad that hip hop right now is being dominated by such wackness (Lil Jon, Chingy, etc). But Raekwon and Ghostface dropped a GEM on hip hop that will always be remembered. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND this album to you, die hard Wu fans or not. You MUST own this. A TRUE masterpiece.
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Here is the song by song review of The Chef and The Ghost album each * will be a song on wich Ghostface Killah appears on it.
2.Knuckleheadz-He kills it * this is a 10/10
3.Knowledge-Grimey Beat and he does great 10/10
4.* Criminology-what a serprise it is Grimey 10/10
5.Incarcerated Scarfaces-Grimey Awesome 10/10
6.Rainy Dayz-Another Banger 10/10 *
7.*Guillotine(Swordz)f INS & GZA-Awesome 10/10
8*Can it all be so simple-better then Original 10/10
10*Ice Water-this sounds like one of the best albums 10/10
11.*Glaciers on ice-Another Banger 10/10
12* Verbal Scarface-f Nas a sneak peak he does great 10/10
13*Wisdom Body-Piano Beat 10/10
14.Spot Rusherz-Again great 10/10
15* Ice Cream-Banger of Bangers this is better then Ice Cream 10
16.*Wu Gambinaz-Meth-GZA-Masta are here tired awesome 10/10
17.*Heaven & Hell-Great Beat 10/10
This album will be bought and eaten this is all just sick
that is all there is to say just very awesome gravy and Butta.
Lyrics 10/10 Production 10/10 X Factor 10/10 Style 10/10 Voice10
Music 10/10 Innovative 10/10 Classic 10/10 Guest 10/10 Blends10
Overall 100 wich means it is a Flawless Masterpiece *****Classic
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