Raekwon – “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…” review

With 4 of the 10 Wu-Tang Clan members already having solo efforts (2 of them being well-known classics while the other 2 are the only solo releases before the group’s debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was released), Raekwon is the next swordsman at bat to shine on his own. The album features every single member of the Clan except for Ol’ Dirty Bastard (most notably Ghostface Killah on 12 of the 17 tracks & the group’s leader RZA producing every single one of them) as well as Nas earning the right to be the very first non Wu-affiliate to ever appear on a Wu-related album by providing a flawless verse on the perfectly titled Verbal Intercourse. Anyway, this is commonly hailed as one of the greatest hip hop albums ever made & there are pinpoints to why it is labeled as such. It’s an extremely well crafted album with vividly painted, rawly delivered mafioso lyricism & production so atmospheric that makes me feel like I’m listening to a movie rather than a studio album from an MC. Think Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) mixed with The Godfather or Scarface. To me, that’s the whole album in a nutshell

Score: 5/5


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