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Every track is great, there is not a single bad track on the whole album! The best tracks are 'ice cream' and 'verbal intercourse'. This is a must have for any hip hop fan, and certainly for any wu fan. Although this is Raekwons lp he certainly could not have done it without the help of ghostface, who is featured in most of the tracks, and of course the RZA. In my opinion RZA is the greatest producer of all time and this album is proof of that. Appearances not only include ghostface but most of the wu tang clan, and nas.
If you like hip hop take my advice and buy this CD now, on first class delivery so you get this as soon as possible!
'... Cuban Links' wasn't particularly sought after upon release. Compared to Ghostface's staccato, Method Man's stoned bassy voice and ODB's crazy shouting, Raekwon seemed to get a little lost in the mix during '... 36 Chambers'. He's certainly the Wu member who performs the least guest spots. A combination of this led to this LP receiving a slightly muted reception when it was initially released. It didn't take long for the hip hop community to realise what a classic LP this is.
With their first solo releases, each of the Wu members adopted different personas, which was part of their appeal. While Gza's gimmick was the interspersed 'Shogun Assassin' samples, ODB's behaved and sounded like he had just escaped the lunatic asylum and Ghostface's inimitable staccato made him sound totally original, Raekwon's persona is that of the urban gangster.
The gangster rap / Mafioso imagery was nothing new in 1995, Kool G Rap (amongst others) had popularised the idea a few years earlier, but it had not reached the saturation point that it currently has. However, there had not been an LP that had so successfully blended such imagery with the music. It is the track 'Criminology' that gives us the first taster.Read more ›
Along with 36 Chambers and the GZA's Liquid Swords, this is the best stuff that the Wu-Tang Clan has produced. Their releases over the last 5 years haven't come close.
Basically you've got Raekwon and Ghostface Killah at the top of their game with some fantastic MCing. Then there's the guest spots- check out Inspectah Deck's verse in Guillotine (Swordz) or Nas in Verbal Intercourse; even Cappadonna is brilliant on Ice Cream. Masterminding the whole package is the RZA: the production is his finest work, in particular the beats and clever samples.
What else to say? If you haven't heard of this before other Wu-Tang works (like I hadn't) and wouldn't normally get something you hadn't tried first, make an exception. One of my favourite rap albums, no question.
The album contains to many classic songs i cant name all of them. However these 3 are my favourite....Criminology, Verbal Intercourse (Nas's verse in a classic) and Guillotine.
There are 18 songs all in all and this album is one of a very small group of albums which you can listen to again and against without hitting skip or fast forward. The lyricism and the song content of almost every song is superb!
I would definitely recommend buying this album 10/10
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Great delivery time, good price, and quality. Worthwhile purchase. This is an immense album as well, by the wayPublished 4 months ago by Simmo92
Outrageously good album, probably the best solo work of any individual clan memberPublished 14 months ago by Sean
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