Hip Hop. Hardcore Hip-Hop. The cultural phenomenon that is the Wu-Tang cannot accurately be described without referencing one of the pillars in the Clan's discography; Chef Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx remains firmly planted as one of the defining triumphs in their artistic legacy. The oft referred "Purple Tape", has been cited and debated by many as the Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Wu-Tang solo project to date and a remains a bullet point in any discussion Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx the greatest "Cocaine Rap" or "Street Hop" albums of Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx time.
Raekwon's narrative, plays out like a movie script from the violent, drug fueled, underbelly of New York City's criminal landscape, intricately woven over instrumentals from the legendary mastermind behind the Wu-Tang Clan, Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx RZA.
Even the album's main feature "Tony Starks aka Ghostface Killer", referred to as such rather described as a "guest star" appearing on 12 of the albums 18 Slipknot Iowa. It should be noted that while the Only Built 4 Cuban Linx did produce a string of successful singles, such as "Ice Cream", "Incarcerated Scarfaces", and "Criminology", like all classic cinema, the album was intentionally engineered to be appreciated in one sitting, played from beginning to end.
And if that wasn't enough, the entire album also features completely enhanced and painstakingly remastered audio. Barcode Text : Barcode Scanned : Add Review Nathan November 24, Report. Nas - Illmatic reissue. Getondown is a joke. The audio quality is appaling.
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They are consistent with their quality. Obviously Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx can't got wrong with the OG press! Sylk7 February 16, Report. My two are purple, may have been a plot with error. We actually became friends. He took me and Ghost to lunch and dinner many times. He gave me a lot of mentoring in film. The song "Wu-Gambinos" was one of the first songs recorded for the album, and marked the beginning Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx the Gambino aliases used for the members who appeared on the album,  and would eventually become highly influential on hip hop.
I liked how these young little niggas Various Spiritual Jazz Esoteric Modal And Deep Jazz From The Underground 1968 77 up, from the ground up, not having nothing Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx start. And the names came. You know, "Tony Starks" came from Iron Man. Back then I was wearing a lot of icewas calling shit ice. But then I started giving some of my niggas in the crew names.
Being that it's my album, I wanted Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx to know, you gotta have a certain Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. This is a Gambino Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. I felt like GZA was like Maximillian because he was like the brains of the crew. He would say something real intellectual and smart. I called Deck "Rollie Fingers" cause of the way he roll blunts. So names just started fitting niggas. In an article for XXLRZA later illustrated "The theme of the album is two guys that had enough of the negative life and was ready to move on, but had one Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx sting to pull off.
They're tired of doing what they doing, but they're trying to make this last quarter million. That's a lot of money in Megadeth Peace Sells But Whos Buying streets.
We gonna retire and see our grandbabies and get our lives together. In keeping with this loose storyline, the album opens with the introduction track "Striving For Perfection," in which Raekwon and "co-star" Ghostface converse about visions and goals. The introduction to "Glaciers of Ice," for instance, involves Ghostface addressing his plans and methods of dyeing Wallabee-styled Clarks. The dyeing was something DJ Healer Nothing 2 Loose was doing already.
I'm an inventor. Niggas can't fuck with me when it comes to style. Only nigga that is right there with me is probably Slick Rick. Other than that, I'm boss. The album ends with the song "North Star," which serves as a " closing credits " type of song.
Everything is over now. The job is over. Mission is over, it's a perfect closing to the album. Popa Wu was a very smart mentor in the younger days to me and ODB. Everybody had dibs and dabs of knowledge of self, I brought him in to be a mentor to these Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx like, 'I love them and you the only person I know that have the intelligence to keep them in sync with knowledge. He was the smartest Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx I'd ever met at a certain time in my life.
It was a track that I felt a vibe of it was motion picture-like. Though several songs, such as "Glaciers of Ice" and "Incarcerated Scarfaces," received radio play and music video treatment, only four official singles were released for Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…. Aside from being the album's first single, it was also the first song recorded for the album, serving as an installment to the soundtrack for the movie Fresh.
One year later, it re-entered the Hot Rap Singles chart, peaking at number Ghost actually asked me to make one of those beats. You listen to old DJ tapes. That's how I made that song, and he wanted this shit to sound like a breakbeat. He had a rhyme that he knew was going to change the game - that was the verse that got him recognized. He ripped that shit. Serving as the album's most radio-friendly track, " Ice Cream " was released September 25,with "Incarcerated Scarfaces" as its B-side.
This proved to be the most successful single off the album, as it reached the 37th spot on the Billboard Hotand the fifth spot on the Hot Rap Singles Boards Of Canada Tomorrows Harvest. Raekwon later commented "we wanted to reach out and let the women know that we respected them as queens.
And queens, much like ice cream, come in all different flavors. In regard to his guest spot, Cappadonna later recalled "I had heard Rae's and Ghost's verses on there. And I had made a joke about me getting on the track, and RZA took it seriously and was like "Yo, go ahead. Lace that. In regard to the song's lyrics, Raekwon summarized Paul Johnson Hear The Music is for the struggling girl who can't understand her man and he a thorough nigga.
We wanted to put a girl Womack Womack MPB Missin Persons Bureau the movie The Killer in the skit, at Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx start of the song, when she said 'I sing for him and he isn't here. He trying to put some food on the table. Only Built 4 Cuban Minimal Vision Minimal Vision was well received by contemporary critics.
The Source magazine's Nicholas Poluhoff said "Raekwon has always brought his own special flavor to the Wu cipher: he sprays out lyrics like gunfire, forming vivid tales. What truly sets Cuban Linx apart is the sheer abundance of well-written, complex lyrics. Choker from Spin magazine found Raekwon to be as vivid a lyricist as Kool G Rap"so vivid you smell the gunpowder and wipe the blood on your shirt", while crediting RZA for "taking the art form of production to new heights".
In a genre characterized by singlesCuban Linx is a full-blown album where the big picture is just as moving as the compositional stylistic elements. Huey argued the record was possibly the "best Wu-Tang solo album", along with GZA's Liquid Swordsand wrote that like that album, " Only Built 4 Cuban Linx takes a few listens to reveal the full scope of its lyrical complexities, but it's immensely rewarding in the end. OB4CL popularized street-related, Mafioso rap on the east coast. For instance, the album refers to "Wu-Gambinos" in various occurrences; the term being a name for the 'alter-egos' of the rappers involved in Cuban Linxand used on various later projects.
These alter-egos inspired an already dissociative hip-hop world to adopt new names and personae, from Nas' Escobar moniker to Notorious B. A known fan of the Wu, Tupac Shakur began to refer to himself as Makaveli and gave his Outlawz crew new names, albeit with a militaristic, dictatorial theme. In regard to Raekwon's innovation of the gambinos, Method Man later affirmed "Raekwon started that.
Rae always had that mobster mentality, always liked to watch gangster Paris Underground Trax Vol1 and read mob books and stuff like that, you know? So he pretty much knew the names of the cats and what they was about.
He Kavinsky OutRun his whole style like that. We bonded as a tight family, so niggas is starting to try and do that right now. Everybody thinking they have a strong family. We opened up the door for a lot MMT Hamam House 1 niggas.
The shit was just crazy on how Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx came together. Another exemplification of Cuban Linx' s influence is in the spike in popularity of Cristalan expensive champagne, which was mentioned on the album and touted by Rae and Ghost. It has now become a staple in hip hop, with name-drops that continue to this day.
In regard to this trend, Raekwon later clarified "We was the first to be talking that Cristal shit. I know that for a fact. Back then we would go do dinners and sit with Loud Records president Steve Rifkind and them Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx at the label. And our mission would be like, when we sit at the table, we want the best Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx wine they got in the building.
We might have asked for some Mo or something and they didn't have it. So we was like "What the fuck is the next best thing, Steve? Me and Ghost liked the bottle, and Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx name on Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx bottle was Louie Roederer. Me and Ghost is loving how the bottle looked.
It cost more than the muthafuckin' other, so we was like, Cristal, nigga! That's our new shit!
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