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Lex Diamond Story

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Raekwon should be forgiven for his Immobilarity meltdown. Far greater emcees have crumbled under the task of following up near-perfect debuts, and Raekwon's 1995 debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linx remains tough to beat. This time around, Raekwon curiously comes out swinging again without RZA--or any other credible producers to back up his reliable street manifestos. Beat deficiencies notwithstanding, "All Over Again" works as a great signifier of sorts because it lays out the template for future hustler-cum-emcees looking to get over. And certainly, the rhyme chemistry between Raekwon and Wu buddy Ghostface works as well as it always has on "Missing Watch." Sadly, the same can't be said for the bushels of guest rhyme spitters. And why Raekwon would employ the same dated Mafioso motifs he popularized nearly a decade ago is anyone's guess. Likewise, tracks like "Robbery" and "Wyld In Da Club" do nothing to disprove the accepted posse-cut theory, which posits that most homies of A-list rappers would serve better as hype men or security guards, for example, as opposed to collaborators. While Raekwon's original slanguage creations are still amusing, it's hard not to think that he, like most members of the Wu, have overstayed their welcome. --Dalton Higgins
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 16, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B0000Z80FM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In 2003, too many rappers went pop, with overuse of club and sex anthems with whack bubblegum pop beats. "The Lex Diamond Story" is different. Raekwon has some nice beats, a few even reminiscent of the older school mid 90's New York beats like "Clientele Kidd" and "Pa Blow Escablow". He does not go too pop. He does go "Wyld in Da Club," but doesn't overdo it. While his hard core raps like in "King of Kings," "Clientele Kidd," and others are not groundbreaking because gangsta rap has been around for so long, but he executes the songs well. His music sounds more like rap as opposed to pop! I have to give him mad props for that. If you love pop-rap, this one may not be for you; if you love classic rap, this one is definitely for you.
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Rae is back after taking just over 4 years off since his last solo, the widely hated (for reasons I'll never know) "Immobilarity" (Which I like as much as "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..."). This album still deserves 4 stars, but I think it's by far his worst solo project to date. It has 20 tracks, but only 14 songs (1 of which he isn't on) so it has a little too many skits. The sound isn't very Wu either. Production is by 13 different people (and like his last album, none are Wu affiliated!!). Mizza does 2 songs, and Crummie Beats, Andy C (both who I never heard of, do very good jobs) and some other notable producers are EZ Elpee, Hangmen 3, Emile, DJ Khalil, Smith Bros. (the other 5 I never heard of). Guests are all over the album, so not enough of Rae is on here. It has 1 classic, 7 good songs, 3 that are ok, and 3 I skip. A good cd to have for his fans but his other works are better.

#2 - 8.5

#4 - 8.5 (f/ havoc -- odd but goo dbeat)

#5 - 8 (f/ shostface and American Cream Team --a good story about Rae's missing watch that cost as much as a mansion)

#6 - 8 (deeper song)

#7 - 10 (CLASSIC gangsta $h!+ -- great beat -- f/ ghostface killah (One of his best verses ever so you know its HOT), and Fat Joe)

#8 - 7

#10 - 8 (Ice Water Inc. -- no Rae on this track)

#12 - 6.5 (a story about the coke man -- bad beat)

#13 - 6 (f/ masta killa & inspectah deck)

#14 - 7 (remake of his classic "Ice Cream" -- nowher enear as good -- f/ cappadonna & method man)

#15 - 7 (f/ tiffany vilareal -- deeper song)

#17 - 9 (f/ sheek of the Lox & Capone of C-N-N)

#18 - 8.5 (f/ Ice Water Inc.)

#19 - 5 (f/ tekitha)

Corey Woods -- b. 1/12/68 -- Staten Island, NY

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The album title begins the myopic vision, Raekwon telling the tales of a unknown fictional hustler and gangster named Lex Diamond. That doesn't automatically spell doom but I was suspicious that this LP was going to be a few notches below his Only Built 4 Cuban Linx album (I love that crazy album). Unfortunately, there was no RZA on any of the production (sample clearance problems) so Raekwon went a different route, beat wise. Raekwon says his fans wanted it like that but you don't expect mix tape flavor from Raekwon. According to him "This album right here is nothing but hard beats. I came a little bit more gritty because that's what my fans wanted. They want me on that street sh*t. But at the same time I'm a conscious MC so I kind of mashed all of these thoughts together amongst hard beats." I have to disagree, this is not what Raekwon fans want and you can't be too conscious of an MC when you have drug glorification issues throughout even if the drug glorification comes in the form of guest artist bragging about how much weight they dropped on the block and who they killed over it. It's hard for today's MC to actualize being hard and tough without equating it with selling drugs and the homicides that ensue. I think Rae wanted to copy the success of his first album but not do the same thing as his last. However, he makes the mistake of being be too different from either of his previous works. When you are the type of artist that he is, that has a fan base that require certain integral things, you have to stay focused. Rae can still flow but conceptually this is not a vintage Raekwon album. Rae is not known for being the hardest rapper he is known for being original and clever something that is only present on skits and intro's. Rae of the Wu-Tang Clan is a different person on this album.Read more ›
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By A Customer on January 21, 2004
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The album is worth buying if you know how the chef get down and like mind blowing lyrics and distinctive beats this is for you.Some people say there's just too many skits but they all play a part into making this a follow up to the classic "ONLY BUILT FOR.... I like the whole feel of the album because when I listen to it it's like watching a movie ,but you're visualizing it and raekwon is very imaginative he has a flawless flow you'll love from start to finish it's like he's in a league of his own. My favorite songs are"smith bros.,"missing watch" (feeling the old school beat and ghostface apperance)also I think that the track "robbery " has a good beat this the song where rae let his squad shine on their own they make a good group effort.Also this wouldn't be a raekwon album without him telling ill mob type stories while he rap someone else cosign and narrate and at the end it's to be continued.This album have alot of creativity and that wild chimpanzee skit is funny and ill.
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