THROWBACK THURSDAY #3: Raekwon ( @Raekwon ) Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey

Every Thursday here on Quitetrillworldwide we are doing a throwback Thursday. We will pick a jam from the past in any genre and give you some info that you may not have known before about that artist.


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There are very few crews in hip hop that command the RESPECT that Wu Tang Clan does. When they came through in the early 90s it was rare to see rap crews with 9 main members that all rapped, sure many had large crews but they were usually the hard looking dudes that were probably carrying some type of firearm or they were there for scenery. But Wu Tang had 9 members and they all had individual styles, it wasn’t 9 of the same emcee. The flyest out of these 9 emcees was Raekwon and Ghostface, these were the cats that put Wallabee Clarks back on the map, they had the flyest jewelry out the whole crew and the perspective they took in their verses was cinematic both literally and figuratively. They also had some of the hardest bars out of the whole squad.

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The solo album from Raekwon was one of the most anticipated out of the whole group. When it dropped on August 1, 1995 “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx” changed everything and established Rae and Ghost as a one two combination that would be one of the dopest in hip hop history, it was like they were related. It also established them in my opinion as 2 of the top emcees in the clan. OB4CL was an important statement for New York hip hop which was battling to preserve its spot at the top of the hip hop pyramid amid heavy competition from the west and south. OB4CL was the soundtrack for fly east coast cats but really it was for cats across the country from north to south and east to west. 1995 was the middle of the “Big Willie” era and Wu Tang was a hardcore unit and seemed to go against that whole movement yet Rae and Ghost were able to preserve the hardcore formula of Wu Tang while attracting followers from that “Big Willie” crowd to what Wu was doing. One of the most distinguishing things about the OB4CL album was the “Purple Tape” that it came on, the standard look of most cassette tapes was either white or a dark clear plastic. The purple tape became a classic just because of the look and how it went with the sound. This album is a must listen to anyone who loves hip hop period.

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