Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Lead Performer: Raekwon; Producer (group): Loud, RCA

The latest Wu-Tang Clan offshoot album boasts rapper Raekwon at his lightning-quickest and producer RZA at his razor-sharpest. Raekwon and guests transform themselves into self-declared mafiosi, dropping Gambino references and assuming aliases from Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America. Underneath the meaty rhymes of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… are RZA’s spooky, discordant keyboards and wailing female vocal samples. So mesmerizing, you won’t mind the inside references. A-

Originally posted August 18 1995 — 12:00 AM EDT

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