Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
by Raekwon

CD [Explicit Lyrics]
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Track Listing

1 Striving for Perfection
2 Knuckleheadz - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Golden Arms)
3 Knowledge God
4 Criminology - (featuring Ghostface Killah)
5 Incarcerated Scarfaces
6 Rainy Dayz - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Blue Raspberry)
7 Guillotine (Swordz) - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Inspectah Deck)
8 Can It Be All So Simple - (Remix, remix, featuring Ghostface Killah)
9 Shark Niggas (Biters)
10 Ice Water - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Cappachino)
11 Glaciers of Ice - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Masta Killa/Blue Raspberry/62nd Assassin Of Sunz Of Ma
12 Verbal Intercourse - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Nas)
13 Wisdom Body - (featuring Ghostface Killah)
14 Spot Rusherz
15 Ice Cream - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Method Man/Cappachino)
16 Wu-Gambinos - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Method Man/RZA/Masta Killa)
17 Heaven & Hell - (featuring Ghostface Killah)
18 North Star (Jewels)

Featured Artists: Ghostface Killah and Nas and RZA and Method Man and Inspectah Deck and Golden Arms and Blue Raspberry and Cappachino and 62nd Assassin Of Sunz Of Man and Masta Killa

Genre: R&B
  • Genre: Soul/R&B
  • Release Date: August 1995
  • Label: Altered Ego
  • Rating: Parental Advisory (this format contains explicit lyrics).
  • Format: CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio Format: Stereo
  • Producer: RZA
  • Engineer: RZA
Music Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.74) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."

Spin (9/99, p.162) - Ranked #83 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."

Spin (12/95, p.63) - Ranked #14 on Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '95.'

Spin (11/95, p.125) - 8 - Very Good - "...the sonic equivalent of a John Woo movie; tales filled with gunshots...assassins with their own special codes of morals...and a beautiful woman mourning the loss of a lover caught up in the drama....Raekwon paints pictures so vivid you smell the gunpowder and wipe the blood on your shirt-tails..."

Entertainment Weekly (8/18/95, p.57) - "...rapper Raekwon at his lightning-quickest and producer RZA at his razor sharpest....Underneath the meaty rhymes are RZA's spooky, discordant keyboards and wailing female vocal samples..." - Rating: A-

Q (8/00, p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Thrillingly malevolent...and surprisingly melancholy...with RZA's dense sample collages as labyrinthine as the lyrics....[It] remains one of the milestones of '90s hip hop."

The Wire (10/01, p.46) - "...Irreducibly New York, smeared and self-referential, like a neighborhood that feels familiar but isn't....An album of sense and sensibility..."

Vibe (9/95, p.180) - "...Raekwon rips through rhymes like no other lyricist exists--he looks at every other MC like dinner. Not quite a solo debut, Rae puts his man Ghost...down on practically every cut....since practically every MC who knows...something was itching to get...on this album, those who made the cut...are cream..."

The Source (9/95, p.97) - 4.5 Mics - Superior - "...Raekwon...sprays out lyrics like gunfire....On CUBAN LINX, a barrage of sound effects, screams, samples and dialogue conjure up images of a gangsta movie....another success for Shaolin's finest..."

Melody Maker (8/26/95, p.37) - Recommended - "...frequently excellent....the offshoots [of the Wu-Tang Clan] have been phenomenal....If ONLY didn't outstay its welcome by about 10 minutes, it'd be sharing a pedestal with [Method Man's] TICAL..."

Rap Pages (10/95, p.31) - 9 (out of 10) - "...Much like the main character of Cain in MENACE II SOCIETY and Biggie in his READY TO DIE odyssey, Rae is threatening, funny, calculated, arrogant, charismatic, talented, so on and so on..."

Village Voice (2/20/96) - Ranked #15 in Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.

New York Times (Publisher) (1/6/96, p.C16) - Included on Neil Strauss' list of the Top 10 Albums of `95 - " intricately worded, copiously produced disk that unravels with the delirium of an action film..."

NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, pp.22-23) - Ranked #29 in NME's `Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995.

NME (Magazine) (8/19/95, p.51) - 8 (out of 10) - "...a serious depth charge of an LP....When you hear the rough street-edged voices, spouting gritty rhymes over heavy beats, you hear the word from the `ghetto' as if handed down from the mount..."

Customer Reviews