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  • Audio CD (13 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000002WU9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  21. Wu-Gambinos
  22. Heaven & Hell
  23. North Star (Jewels)

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Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... - Raekwon [CD]

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Format: Audio CD
I shouldn't have to say more than "buy this album right away!". As a hip hop fan i have always liked the wu-tang clan and when i heard that this album was supposed to be the best solo release from a wu-tang member, up there with liquid swords, i went on a search for it straight away. This CD may prove difficult to find so i suggest that if you are planning on buying it you should get it from here!
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!
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Every hip hop fan knows the Wu Tang Story, but for the uninformed, here is a brief summary. Circa 1995, 5 MCs release solo albums and they are all fantastic. They wait a few years and they release another group LP, it's a touch self-indulgent and the fans begin to revolt. Then they each release another and they're mostly pretty bad. That's the story so far. Now rewind to 1995, Raekwon (along with substantial help from Ghostface Killah) releases what is critically considered by many Wu Tang fans to be the best album of the lot, and one of the best hip hop albums ever released.
'... 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.
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This album is an absolute gem, I implore you to order it now!
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.
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Arguably the best production of any Wu Album (perhaps only bettered by Liquid...), it's the archetypal 'tales of the street' LP. Filled to the brim with killer tracks and even some revolutionary ones (Glaciers of Ice?). Uniquely combines radio and underground appeal. Raekwon and Ghostface's rapping style is the true heir to original Hip-Hop in that the Medium is the message. These are people who have lived this, unlike Kanye West & friends; their use of language to paint a picture is without parallel Like a painting by Manet or a novel by Joyce, Rae and Ghost talk about their drug dealing past with no remorse, sentiment or glorification but paint a vivid picture. Like Manet, they chronicled the life of the city they knew like no-one before them and it is similarly shocking to contemporaries. But like all the best Wu work this is a team effort. The nion is greater than the sum of it's parts.
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This is without doubt my favourite Raekwon album and probably 1 of the greatest rap album's of the 90's. Also Only Built for Cuban Linx is just behind GZA's Liquid Swords as the best album from a member of the Wu Tang Clan in my opinion.

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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