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Raekwon's sound takes listeners back to gritty Shaolin of the 1990s; however, the production does not sound like leftover beats from that era. Instead, it is a fresh, new take on NYC street life and drama. Raekwon tells terrific stories throughout, narrating a journey through New York's underbelly. There is no glitz and glamour here. This album features no hollywood name-dropping, european exotic car and exotic vacation destination references.
Raekwon's focus is clear and it is all about a genuine agenda to keep Hip Hop culture fresh, consistent and authentic. OB4CL2 demonstrates the Wu are not only still relevant to Hip-Hop, but they are also still necessary for properly representing the culture. Throw your W's up! Salute to Raekwon and the Wu family for a successful release!
The long-awaited follow-up to the classic masterpiece 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx', Raekwon has gone back to the genre he created back in the 1995 (aka Mafioso Rap) and has created another instant classic in 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2'.
As a 33-year old native New Yorker, I grew up listening to Raekwon, Nas, and other great story-tellers (aka rappers) of the mid-90's. To me, this new Raekwon album is a breath of fresh air for 2009.
If 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx' is a 5-Star CLASSIC hip-hop album, 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2' should easily be rated 4-1/2 Stars, an INSTANT CLASSIC as well. The only reason for 1/2-Star deduction is because rapper Nas couldn't join Raekwon for the follow-up to "Verbal Intercourse" (Nas was going through his divorce with Kelis, so his absence is understandable).
Regardless, if you're reading this you owe it to yourself to buy this album and support the original pioneer of Mafioso Rap, Raekwon (who inspired Jay-Z's 'Reasonable Doubt', and The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Life After Death', among many others). If you've never heard the original Raekwon album 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx', I urge you to buy it and listen to it back-to-back with this new Raekwon album right here.
To Raekwon: I want to personally say THANK YOU for bringing back CLASSIC 90's style rap into 2009 for all hip-hop fans.
THIS ALBUM IS A MUST-BUY.
"Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Part 2" is another classic (albeit with a more polished, '09 feel). Raekwon, along with his Clansmen, step up and deliver street anthem after bloody street anthem. Each track is mad "niggerish" (as Charley Murphy would say).
"Return of the North Star" welcomes the listener back into Chef's Cuban Linx world. (Play both albums back-to-back.) "House of Flying Daggers" is a pure Wu-Banger. "New Wu," which most of us heard online, represents the Wu in the same vein as "Triumph" (or even "Careful (Click, Click)"). "Surgical Gloves," "Pyrex Vision," "Penitentiary," and "Baggin' Crack" are perhaps my favorite tracks. (Raekwon can spin a story, son.) "Ason Jones" is a wonderful tribute to Big Baby Jesus. "We Will Rob You" and "10 Bricks" are some of the best displays of witty, unpredictable talent and natural game in recent years. Ghostface Killah slays the competition on these tracks. And likewise, Method Man comes correct (and as grimy) as usual.
Some of the aforementioned tracks are short (2 to 3 minutes or so). But the album clocks out at 1:10:52...so really, we get plenty of street knowledge.
All in all, this album is a fitting sequel to one of the best albums we've ever heard. Raekwon (and his posse) give us another standard in hip-hop lyricism and production. (Thank God RZA produced several key tracks on this beast.)
I keep telling people: Raekwon never fell off! Hopefully...while all the shark biters are waiting...these Cats will smash the world again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still hip-hop in its truest form! Killer beats with MCs not rappers.Published 5 months ago by Aaron L. Dawkins
Yo,the chef is a genius.OBFCL2 is just as good as the first joint.It sounds like no time was lost at all,and that he made this album a year after the first joint,its the same... Read morePublished 10 months ago by M.B
Another classic ta fallow up OB4CL pt.1. With Raekwon & GFK and all tha other Wu-tang Clan members that came through on this make it perfect. Read morePublished 13 months ago by John Tidwell
Loved Cuban Linx 1 and this is nothing like that album....except that it Rocks the House and is just as or more essential for one to have in their Wu CD/Vinyl Collection.... Read morePublished 20 months ago by excellent
There are a lot of Wu-Tang albums. Some good, some not so much. This is a must have.
This is one that you can play from start to finish and not feel too tempted to... Read more
I am a huge fan of everything Wu, and so I got this on the day it was released. I feel now I should write a review in support of this already classic album. Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by B-Goody
i really can't get into this album, reakwon has lost the touch he once had.While listening to cuban linx part 2 and seeing the producers i could not believe Pete rock and Marley... Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Realness