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Genre pick of the week Cover of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx - Gold & Red Vinyl Edition by Raekwon.


Only Built 4 Cuban Linx - Gold & Red Vinyl Edition

Released in 1995 two years after "Enter The Wu-Tang", Chef Raekwon's first album is a truly a product of its time. "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..." is perhaps the quintessential Wu-Tang solo LP. Largely backed by Ghostface Killah, produced by the RZA and featuring an appearance by a youthful Nas on "Verbal Intercourse", it is fed by an obsession with John Woo movies and the gangster lifestyle.

The album has received acclaim from music critics over the years, with many lauding it as one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time. With its emphasis on American Mafia insinuations and organized crime, the album is widely regarded as a pioneer of the mafioso rap subgenre. Along with GZA’s "Liquid Swords", "Cuban Linx..." is widely classified as the best solo Wu-Tang material.

A Tribe Called Quest

The Low End Theory

De La Soul are remembered as the premier Native Tongues posse, those rappers who got low-key, self-consciously thoughtful, and jazzy in the face of gangsta's hardcore threats. But A Tribe Called Quest may have been even stronger, especially on their excellent second album, the bass-thumping, heavily jazz-sampling 'The Low End Theory'. According to the opening "Excursions," rapper Q-Tip's old man says the disc's jazz-rap "reminded him of bebop," and Q calls himself "prominent like Shakespeare." But if Charlie Parker had ever written poetic couplets and backed them with funky-drummer and Ron Carter-on-bass grooves this irresistible, he might have been as big as the Bard and Brother James combined.

Guilty Simpson & Small Professor

Highway Robbery

At long last, Coalmine Records is pleased to release Guilty Simpson and Small Professor’s highly acclaimed collaborative LP, ‘Highway Robbery,’ in vinyl format. Weighing in at 11 tracks, which includes the vinyl-only bonus track of Zilla Rocca’s Remix of “Go,” the album places the listener in a seemingly post-apocalyptic Detroit where the mentality is feast or famine. The LP plays as one long narrative of Guilty’s day-to-day survival in Detroit’s concrete jungle, all set to the tone of Small Professor’s foreboding, percussion heavy production. Featuring guest appearances from Detroit’s Boldy James, AG (of DITC), Elucid, and Castle, with both Statik Selektah and DJ Revolution handling the Technic 1200s, the vinyl format of ‘Highway Robbery’ is limited to 500 Units in a two colour vinyl edition, equipped with a digital download card. 


Includes MP3 Download Code.

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