|© The Wu-Tang Corp.- 2009-09-08
Today after 14 years and an endless series of release date postponements OB4CL2 the follow-up to the legendary classic album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx from 1995 will be released. OB4CL2 features cameos from many industry heavyweights such as the Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, GZA, Masta Killa, Cappadonna and Jadakiss, Styles P, Beanie Sigel and many others. It also features blazing tracks from the who's who of extraordinary Hip-Hop producers such as the RZA, Eric Sermon, Dr Dre, Scram Jones, Pete Rock, Marley Marl, Allah Mathematics and J-Dilla.
Cuban Linx II sticks to a classically New York template. The bulk of the production is decidedly East Coast, including RZA, Pete Rock, Marley Marl and Necro. Guest vocals come courtesy Jadakiss, Styles P, Busta Rhymes and assorted members of the Wu. Rae's raps still paint dusky pictures of New York's nefarious nooks, only this time around, he's projecting from secure surroundings. He sounds buoyed by a broad sense of familial responsibility. Asked about an online rumor suggesting the Wu may finally disband and that Rae’s forming a renegade group with Ghostface and Method Man, he sighs and says, "That was definitely put out there before I really had knowledge of it. Those are my brothers and we'll work it out and come up with the best solution. ... But there's also a Wu-Tang project soon coming, and right now Cuban Linx II is a Wu-Tang record that we all want everyone to love and enjoy.
"This record is me flashing back to the days when I was out there like that on the street corners, so I'd definitely say that it's a brother to the first album," he says. "I know people want those pictures of that lifestyle, but it's coming from an older brother perspective now." Then, as if manifesting the original Cuban Linx dream of getting out and getting comfortable but never forgetting how he made it there, he says, "It's about going back but also going forward. I've learned to better myself in the time between and I'm stronger now."
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01. Return of the North Star (feat. Papu Wu)
02. House of Flying Daggers (feat. Inspectah Deck,Ghostface Killah and Method Man)
03. Sonny's Missing (Produced by Pete Rock)
04. Pyrex Vision (Produced by Marley Marl)
05. Cold Outside (feat. Ghostface Killah and Sugar Bang)
06. Black Mozart (feat. Inspectah Deck)
07. New Wu (feat. Method Man and Ghostface Killah)
08. Penitentiary (feat. Ghostface Killah)
09. Surgical Gloves
10. Broken Safety (feat. Jadakiss and Styles P)
11. Canal Street
12. Ason Jones
13. Have Mercy (feat. Beanie Sigel and Blue Raspberry)
14. 10 Bricks (feat. Cappadonna and Ghostface Killah)
15. Fat Lady Sings
16. Catalina (feat. Lyfe Jennings)
17. We Will Rob You (feat. Slick Rick, GZA and Masta Killa)
18. About Me
19. Mean Streets (feat. Inspectah Deck and Ghostface Killah)
20. Kiss The Ring (feat. Inspectah Deck and Masta Killa)
21. South Star (feat. Papa Wu)