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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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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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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
Most recent customer reviews
Classic album, so many great songs. In my opinion this is the best album from any of the Wu-Tang Clan artistsPublished on Sept. 19 2013 by Regis Joseph
JUST TO BE CLEAR THIS IS THE PURPLE SPECIAL EDITION VINYL AND IT IS VERY NICE! I am going to frame the cover art and store the translucent purple vinyls in the sleeves that came... Read morePublished on June 29 2013 by Ethan Macdonald Jasper
LP cover that was received looked more like a dj cover, rather then the one advertised, which left me a little disappointed.Published on Aug. 27 2012 by PpAaSs
Raekwon has made a masterpiece. Every track is truly ill. Rap cd's today are complete crap, but this is real. It's rare when you have a cd and you never need to skip a song. Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Sean S
Its good to know after all these years after the realease of this album people are continuing to cop and review this cd, its a great reasurrence to know that people arnt caught in... Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Jonathan Leonard
I started my "wu expeditions" with the chef and ghost on this cd,and I'm glad I did!If you've never heard "ice cream man"you are depriving yourself and other... Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by Trottin'-Butterz
I always have loved Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Raekwon and Ghostface are the best rappers on wu tang in my opinion, and they have the best storytelling. Read morePublished on May 25 2004