We heard the album last night, son. Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II is a certified gem. That very last song on the LP, “Kiss the Ring,” is amazing. He’s has those mafia war stories, the sharp wordplay, Wu-Bangers and even some Dr. Dre G-Funk. What the Chef was unable to get was Nas. One of the main show-stealers from the original Only Built 4 Cuban Linx never gave Rae a verse for the new LP. So much for nostalgia.
“He committed to it,” Rae told Mixtape Daily. “I knew dude be busy. However it goes down, it’s cool with me. My thing is, I sacrificed to even ask because of the fans. But if dudes be too busy in their own minds, they don’t have to do it. Because Rae continues to do Rae anyway. Y’all came to see me. It’s the Rae show anyway.”
The Chef does have a couple of non-Wu-Tang castmembers — Beanie Sigel and The Lox’s Jadakiss and Styles P — participating on the CD.
“I had to go back and deal with brothers I felt was really next to me, like a Sigel,” Chef said. “The way he came across, y’all gonna know he’s nothing to play with. He’s a vicious MC. When me and him get on a track, everybody gotta sit down. I got Kiss on the album. He’s like another one of me. I’m like him. We seen the same things. We share the same stories. I’m just a little older than Kiss, but we’re compatible. I wanted to keep it real Cuban, where people be like, ‘That’s how they talk.’ Jeezy would have been a good dude for the album, but maybe I’ll get him for [Cuban Linx III]. I wanted to keep it light on the features. I didn’t want everybody to [feel] like I’m looking too hard and leaning on features. I put Wu all over the joints because that’s how we made the first one.”
According to Rae’s camp, he definitely has enough quality material to put out an Only Built 4 Cuban Linx III at the top of the year.
The Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II track listing:
“Return of the North Star,” featuring Papu Wu, produced by BT (interlude)
“House of Flying Daggers,” featuring Deck, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, produced by J-Dilla
“Sonny’s Missing,” produced by Pete Rock
“Pyrex Visions,” produced by Marley Marl
“Cold Outside,” featuring Suga Bang, Ghostface Killah, produced by ATL
“Black Mozart,” featuring Inspectah Deck, produced by RZA
“Gihad,” produced by Necro
“New Wu,” featuring Method Man, Ghostface Killah, produced by RZA
“Penitentiary,” featuring Ghostface Killah, produced by BT
“Baggin Crack,” produced by Eric Sermon (explicit version only)
“Surgical Gloves,” produced by the Alchemist
“Broken Safety,” feat Jadakiss and Styles P, produced by Scram Jones
“Canal Street,” produced by Icewater
“Ason Jones,” produced by J-Dilla
“Have Mercy,” featuring Beanie Sigal, produced by Icewater
“10 Bricks,” featuring Beanie Sigal, produced by J-Dilla
“Fat Lady Sings,” produced by Icewater
“Catalina,” featuring Busta Rhymes, produced by Dr. Dre
“We Will Rob You,” featuring Slick Rick, GZA, Masta Killah, produced by Allah Justice
“About Me,” produced by Dr. Dre
“Mean Streets,” featuring Inspectah Deck, produced by Allah Mathematics
“Kiss the Ring,” featuring Inspectah Deck, Masta Killah, produced by Scram Jones
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