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..... The 2nd best CD in the Wu Tang catalog,
This review is from: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (Audio CD)
After the Wu Tang Clan's debut CD, they had taken the rap world by storm. Classics such as "Protect Ya Neck", "C.R.E.A.M", "Can It Be All So Simple" and "Method Man" was fresh in everyone's minds. The Wu Tang Clan had stated from the beginning they were trying to make the success of their debut CD beneficial to other Wu Tang members so that they would be able to get solo contracts for each artist as well. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which two Wu Tang artists stood out the most, Method Man and ODB. However, when both of their solo CDs came out there was something missing. Both CDs sounded like they were rushed, especially Method Man's. They both had good singles and their were some other classic songs as well, but you didn't get that on the whole CD like you did on Wu Tang's debut. The next one up to bat was Raekwon, which surprised me at first, because I would have figured GZA would have been released as the 3rd solo CD. The first time I heard Raekwon rap without being featured with a Wu Tang artist was on Mobb Deep's "Eye For An Eye" on Mobb Deep's "The Infamous" CD. His lyrics were razor sharp as usual but I did not think that Raekwon could carry a whole CD. Enter, Ghostface Killah. The Wu Tang Clan probably figured it was easy for Method Man and ODB, but they knew that only die hard Wu Tang fans would know about Raekwon. I'm sure that the pressure was on the Wu Tang Clan to make sure that they did not disappoint their fans. With Raekwon and Ghosface Killah on the mic and the RZA on the boards, they figured it wouldn't be a problem. The first single, "Glaciers Of Ice", demonstrated that. The track featured Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Wu- affiliate Masta Killa. At the same time this was released, "Criminology" featuring Raekwon and Ghostface was also released and the buzz of the killa bees had started again. "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx" was Raekwon's solo debut, but this was the breakthrough CD for the Wu Tang Clan and Ghostface Killah. Tony Starks is featured on 75% of the CD. This CD sounded like RZA had something to prove and it's definitely in my top 10 of all time, as far as, hip hop CDs are concerned. While the whole CD can be listened to without fast forwarding there are definitely some stand out tracks. "Guillotine (Swordz)" w/ Raekwon,Inspectah Deck, Ghostface and the GZA, "Rainy Dayz" w/ Raekwon, Ghostface and a nasty hook by Blue Raspberry, "Incarcerated Scarfaces" w/ Raekwon holding his own and "Ice Cream" w/Method Man, Ghostface and Cappadonna. I have to agree with reviewer "John Storm" and say that the best song on this CD is "Verbal Intercourse" w/Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Nasty Nas. This is one of Nas' best verses of all time. This track is also one of the RZA's best tracks of all time. This song had the stereo repeat button in constant use when this CD first came out. To any hip hop fan, this is a must have for your collection, it's as simple as that.