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Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II  Hear it Now

RS: 4of 5 Stars

2009

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Raekwon's 1995 classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx defined a certain type of underground hip-hop hit: Rather than try to bully you into submission, it surrounded you with a haze of impressionistic street stories, filled with cocaine, gun violence and high-living hustlers. Pt. II approximates the feel of the original, with Dr. Dre, RZA and the late J Dilla working up a slicker version of the first volume's eerie production, as Pyrex bubbles and bodies drop. Raekwon's eye is colder than ever as he delivers asymmetrical rhymes and piles up dirty details — the first verse of "Catalina" alone mentions red tops, nickel-bag valcyte, narcs, fire escapes and Gillette razors. This one will make heads from Shaolin to San Diego happy.



CHRISTIAN HOARD

(Posted: Sep 28, 2009)

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