Saturday, October 17, 2009

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2

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The past 9-10 years hasn’t really been too kind to the hip-hop community, musically and creatively speaking. In a lot of ways the grit, grime and humble beginnings of rap music in the late 80’s into the 90’s gave way to glitz, glamour, “flashing lights” and “high life” of hip-hop music in this decade. You can thank Jay-Z for that. If you can’t relate to the struggles of daily life in the projects I guess it’s not too bad to rap about the good life with nice cars and hot women. br / br /That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when everyone else starts copying that it gets too much. Besides, rap music originated in the streets, not the mansions. It feels like forever that we had a good Wu related album. But in reality it’s not THAT long. Ghostface Killah had 2 great albums in this decade with Fishscale and Supreme Clientele. But with hardcore rap it’s been way too long or at least not too often. It seemed like in the 90’s we had at least 3 excellent hardcore-gangsta rap albums a year. But now it’s become watered-down “safe” top 40 rap music. While 50 Cent had a nice boom there with that one album of his, lyrically speaking and let’s be honest here, the guy was no more creative or clever than a 15 year old kid. But at least he had some catchy beats to keep you interested. br / br /Now this album from Raekwon has been delayed a couple of times. I think this release date is just about right, just after Labor Day weekend. Plus the hype only built up after hearing a couple of songs. On ‘House Of Flying Daggers’ you hear GZA’s verse from ‘Clan In Da Front’ from the first Wu album ‘Return To The 36 Chambers’. Just hearing this song makes you realize that you have something great going on here. One of the best songs from Rae Wu in many years. Everybody here makes an appearance and most importantly they all brought back the fire, the desire and the hunger to be great once again. Lyrically speaking they’ve went back in time at least 10-15 years to when they always writing edgy and slick lyrics. The beats are also back too. It’s almost as if the mediocrity of the last 10 years never happened. I can’t put enough emphasis on this but this is a true return to form Rae and his Wu counterparts. I know that term is thrown around rather loosely but in this case I really mean it. Now I hope they can sustain this for future releases. Because not only do WE need it, but the hip-hop industry needs it just as much, if not more. It may be only a day old as I write this. But this album will go down as a classic. br / br / br /
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2 Artist: Raekwon
Label: ICEAL
Category: Music

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Return of the North Star (feat. Papu Wu)
House of Flying Daggers (feat. Inspectah Deck,Ghostface Killah and Method Man)
Sonny’s Missing (Produced by Pete Rock)
Pyrex Vision (Produced by Marley Marl)
Cold Outside (feat. Ghostface Killah and Sugar Bang)
Black Mozart (feat. Inspectah Deck)
New Wu (feat. Method Man and Ghostface Killah)
Penitentiary (feat. Ghostface Killah)
Surgical Gloves
Broken Safety (feat. Jadakiss and Styles P)
Canal Street
Ason Jones
Have Mercy (feat. Beanie Sigel and Blue Raspberry)
10 Bricks (feat. Cappadonna and Ghostface Killah)
Fat Lady Sings
Catalina (feat. Lyfe Jennings)
We Will Rob You (feat. Slick Rick, GZA and Masta Killa)
About Me
Mean Streets (feat. Inspectah Deck and Ghostface Killah)
Kiss The Ring (feat. Inspectah Deck and Masta Killa)
South Star (feat. Papa Wu)