Shouts to all the XXL Mag Dot Commenters that had the courage to make a list of 25 or more of your favorite rap albums. Making a list can be fun, but there is also hell’a anxiety involved because it’s impossible to quantify rap albums into a top list, even if you use the top 100 of all time. There is just too much good shit that has been released in the history of the game. Think about how technologically revolutionary the last twenty years of recorded music has been. Hip-Hop has been the prime beneficiary of most of that forward progress in terms of production.
Since you humps are the argumentative types then can we agree that Dr.Dre is arguably the most prolific music producer in the last twenty years. His fingerprints are all over the popular music and Hip-Hop genres. I don’t have to sit here and recount to you all the music that he is credited with producing. Chances are you listen to some of it everyday. In my mind, what’s even more important than all of the Dr.Dre produced classics that you’ve heard already are the Dr.Dre classics that you will never hear. The Rakim abum. Detox. And now, Only Built For Cuban Links 2. I didn’t want to believe that OB4CL2 was going to disappear into the Aftermath abyss of unreleased material, but here we are in almost the third quarter of 2007 and the buzz for this project is nil. Instead the Interscope machine is gearing up for a new Fisty Scent drop.
I can remember seeing Raekwon in concert last year and he seemed pretty confident that OB4CL2 was going to be released. Busta Rhymes was helping push the project forward until he went bananas from smoking a bong of that Barry Bonds. The RZA was rumored to have some tracks on the disk too, but even that chatter has gone silent over the last few months. If I were Raekwon I would do something to get my name in the news. He should call Oprah Winfrey a nappy-headed ho. Maybe he could adopt one of those bald headed African ski jumpers that he befriended during that VH-1 documentary. Hell, smack somebody.
The biggest problem that I have with Raekwon’s new project is the album’s proposed title. Only Built For Cuban Links is a consensus top 10 album for all rap music fans that have any fucking sense. The anticipation that is generated by naming this joint after that classic is setting all of up for disappointment. Raekwon hasn’t released a follow up disk with half of the intensity of OB4CL. He has to literally jump out of the window to bring old fans and new ones back into his corner. That’s asking a lot for someone who doesn’t release music with enough frequency. I hope Raekwon can pull it all together in time so that he doesn’t become another Aftermath mystery, but I’ve seen it all before so I’m no longer surprised. Only Built For Cuban Links Two will be the greatest rap album I’ve never heard.
Update: Raekwon interview via Nah’Right Lite