Raekwon Recalls Dropping "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..." & Talks "OB4CL Pt. III"

Raekwon waxes nostalgic about the original release of "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..."

Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... is regarded not only as one of the best Wu-Tang Clan releases to date, but also one of Hip Hops premier albums.

On the 17-year anniversary of the album's release, Rae recalled his state of mind while dropping the "Purple Tape" in an interview with MTV News.

"When I made that album I had so many visions for it; I was a super-visionary," explained Rae. "I would try to create everything to prove to the world, to prove to my company that this album is classic; it's ahead of its time."

Raekwon shared the satisfaction he felt from having his convictions vindicated. "I remember a lot of times people didn't understand that I was a dreamer on the level that I was with this project. And to be able to know that it attacked the world in the great way that it did and that it's legendary, all I can remember is telling people 'I told you so, I told you so.' ... I told them then it was a classic."

During the interview, Raekwon revealed that his next album would drop before 2014, and that he was intending to release Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. III. "I know that, at the end of the day, people are paying attention to the Three, and my thing is when I give them the Three, I wanna give you the Three and I'm gonna give it to you at the level you can respect it," explained the Wu-Tang vet. "I just want people to be open and understanding that he is concerned with us wanting to have Three, and at the same times, he gonna do other things to impress the masses as well."

Listen to the interview below:

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43 Comments

  • Anonymous

    i just don't want to be waiting forever like I did for OBFCL2. And in doing so, a lot of hot joints got scrapped from the album and released on mixtapes like State of Grace. That was an epic fail in my opinion.

  • ETL

    I believe OB4CL1 is better than part 2. That's good roadtrip music, who hasn't done at least 90 to Glaciers of Ice.

  • MIQ VERSE

    I am a Raekwon fan but I have to agree I am really not interested in the drug game references. If I could ban a topic for cats to rap about that would be one of them along with the raps about how much money they are holding and who they are screwing then we will see who the true mcs are. No disrespect to Rae just would like to see him take some chances as opposed to rehashing old ideas. Just my thoughts!

    • dockevoc

      I feel you but you gotta remember, Rae didn't just glorify the drug game, he dropped lessons - lessons applicable to all forms of getting money - on how to hustle. He gave you blueprints to get rich by not ignorant sing song down south bullshit. Peace.

  • Marlo

    Stop whining you corny G-Unit reject. Go listen to some Goth or Death Metal and kill yourself.

  • Anonymous

    fuckin kids these days. no respect for the vets that paved the way for dudes like officer ricky to come in with their "don shit"

  • Anonymous

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  • dockevoc

    man I wish I still had that purple tape...shit was so ill...these swagged out faggots don't know shit 'bout no cassettes

  • Anonymous

    too many kids on this site talking ish about a legend. keep up the good work Rae. You are making heaters for the masses. OB4CL2 was straight money!

  • Up North

    One day, I pray people will learn the difference between telling street STORIES and stealing a man's identity and lifestyle. How many fiction books do people enjoy everyday? How many readers shit on the author because its fiction and the characters don't do whats in the book in real life? Raekwon, like Slick Rick, paints pictures with his words. He doesn't try and live his music and put on a persona outside of music like some do. ITS ENTERTAINMENT. If your not entertained then move the fuck on.

  • Anonymous

    yo guys did you already heard the good news? in 2018 only built 4 cuban linx 6.

  • Wu Tang Forever

    so many haters on this site now! this album is going to be classic from the greatest storyteller ever RAEKWON SUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

  • Anonymous

    part 3?? it's tooo soon. Part 1 - classic Part 2 near classic.... Wu-Tang Vs Shalion was 4 stars... dont force it RAE

  • nosaleswithoutghostfacefeatures

    Rae stop it already. Why not make a part II to your last release? What was it titled again?

  • Anonymous

    lol dude is 43 years old and acting like a Pablo Escobar. Get a life Rae and stop this bullshit rap about your coke. Rappers dont mature but get more stupid and stupid

    • Anonymous

      You problaby never had to sell shit if this shits your daily bread Fool!

    • Anonymous

      and rapping about how much coke you sell is for dumb mutherfuckers.

    • Anonymous

      you act like you have or know the best formula to rap about. Its a trademark he made in the first album so i fits him perfectly dummy. You dont like a rapper rap about drugs then nobody makes you want to listen to rae.

    • Anonymous

      gtfo with that ish. rae still killin it more then 95% of these faggots in the game nowadays.

    • Anonymous

      i dont listen to singels or waka you idiot, being 43 and rapping about how much coke you sell is for dumb mutherfuckers

    • Anonymous

      lmao he never said he was pablo escobar the album is about 2 guys that have to do one last job before they retire go back to waka floka since you probably only listen to singles

  • Anonymous

    another fake rapper just like Rick Ross talking about his drugworld

    • ArbyWanKenobi

      I don't remember ever hearing Raekwon anywhere say he was some sort of drug kingpin. I remember hearing interviews where he talked about his goal with OB4CL and the fact that it was A CONCEPT. I also remember hearing just about every Wu member talk about slapping the shit out of fakes and wannabes, which they do on the DAILY (Just fucking ask Mase).

  • BIGED

    U FUCKIN FAGGOTS DONT LIKE IT DONT LISTEN TO IT. FUCKIN WHINING BITCHING HOMOS.. EAT A DICCUP TILL U HICCUP..GO JERK OFF TO UR WAYNE POSTER..FAGS

  • CORNY-NIGGA

    LoL this cornball needs to stop talking about cocaine and drugs and get real, dude probably ain't touching none of that shit. Story telling is aiight but this cornball is just a straight up dick, sniffin coke like scarface on pictures, talking about cartels. Nigga suck my dikk.

    • Danny

      Oh and to this other fool, Young Money couldn't run a treadmill, Wu-Tang and Public enemy will run rap, forever.

    • Danny

      Yeah you already said 'Cornball' bro..

    • MY NIGGA

      REAL TALK MY NIGGA, WE GON BEAT UP RAE WHEN WE SEE DAT NICCA IN THE CARABIANZ. DIS DUDE THINK HE ON SOME COCAINE? NICCA ON SOME BAKING SODA. DEES OLD DUDES NEED TO STOP IT. YMCBC RUNNING THIS ONCE AGAIN. COME TO DA SOUTH AND TASTE DAT REAL GANJA. SHOUT OUT TO HUSTLA-2B, MY POP, Snitch-3D and also FUCK RAE!

  • Anonymous

    dude you getting boring with your sequels! You only use the title built 4 cuban to create hype but you aint on the level were you were in 1995 when the first one dropped.

    • Anonymous

      here we go again lame ASS fools. To me the rap game needs more classic albums OB4CL pt 2 is classic also a strong comeback cause from 2000 - 2009 there wasnt so many dope albums out bitches. SO why cant he make ob4cl pt 3 especially why there are so many dissapointing releases with this commercial rap going on everywhere.

    • Anonymous

      A sequel like the Carters? Dedications?

    • Anonymous

      @nickrazor2000- was that the year you were born in becuase OB4CL2 is a CLASSIC. clean your ears scrub u sound mad foolsih "it wasnt even that good"

    • Anonymous

      cuban linx 2 is fire..u must not have heard it..dont see how a wu fan could say cuban linx 2 is wack..either ur a fraud or didnt hear it, cuz its classic wu shit

    • WU Tang

      Part 2 was a great album! I think Rae will drop another dope album ITS RAEKWON THE CHEF we are talking about

    • nickrazor2000

      Dude you are nutts! I love the Wu with all my heart but part 2 was not a classic. it wasnt even very good

    • Anonymous

      grow the fuck you wankstas with your fucking coke rap

    • IGN

      Dude stop talking part 2 was a classic as well

    • Anonymous

      lmao boring with sequels, he one made one sequel idiot

    • Dave

      Co-sign this dickhead^^ How lazy are hip hop artists these days with 'sequel' album titles? Prodigy - HNIC part whatever Lil Wayne - The Carter number suck my balls Jay-Z - The Blueprint ad nauseum...

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