Raekwon Previews OB4CL 2

While Wu-Tang Clansman Raekwon is gearing up for the release of his long awaited Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2, the Chef’s team took the time out to give XXL an early preview at EMI’s offices in Manhattan yesterday (July 23).

Picking up where the 1995 classic left off, Papa Wu introduces the album over a reworked version of the original OB4CL’s closing track “North Star.” Like its predecessor, the second chapter in the Cuban Linx weaves cinematic street tales over dusty beats and has the Rza sharing production duties with the likes of Dr. Dre, Pete Rock, Marley Marl and the iconic J. Dilla.

On the lyrical side of things most of the Clan is accounted for with Ghostface, Inspectah Deck, Method Man and the Gza all making appearances alongside other artists like Beanie Sigel and Jadakiss.

Now, after a 14-year wait fans can finally get their OB4CL fix on September 8. In a recent interview with XXLMag.com Raekwon explained the wait. “Well, number one, I never wanted to rush any project that I make at this capacity of anticipation,” he said. “It’s like when you sit here and you think about Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, the first one, the formula was so crazy that I had to really make sure that we capture the same kind of elements that we had in the first one. Don’t get me wrong, you could never make something that you already made and duplicate it the same. All you can do is really just grow from the first one and add on to the next one.”— Rob Markman

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  • RL

    Hell, yeah.

    • joe p

      co-sign detroit !! top 5 for sure … cant wait !

  • HERM

    Can’t wait. This is gotta be my most anticipated album right now.

  • OG Matt Herbz

    Aw man, homey. I try to act like a hard knock grown-up, but damn, this album’s got my giddy like a 13 year old about to lose his virginity. I’m a rock my flyest slacks and button-down with the Johnston and Murphy hand-mades when I hit up Best Buy to cop this shit.

    Here’s to hoping shit won’t get pushed back.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

    • CrunchyBlack187

      Here’s to hoping the album will be as good as the first.

    • $ykotic

      No Wallabee’s Herbz?

      September. Jay, Rae, & 50. In that order.

      • DETROIT

        co-sign herbz,

        i just told my homeboy that i haven’t been this excited about a release since like 1996!

        the thing about it is that right now rae is in a zone! those wu-tang dudes are tough to figure out, cuz lex diamonds was wack, immobilarity was just ok, but everysince that vatican mixtape series rae has been spittin like he was in the early 90′s. at his best, rae is EASILY one of the top 5 mcs in the game!

        • DetroitDraper

          Ima young cat 23 so I was pretty young when the Wu were in there highlight days. The first album I ever bought was a Cash Money disk lmao. But since then I have every Wu album love that real hip hop boom bap shit. Just got that Blood On a Chef’s Apron bout a month ago and I agree dude is a great lyricist and he makes good songs picks good beats. Im awaitin him and Fif not to mention Gizzle whenever Atlantic let him drop that gangsta.

      • epinz

        @ my ngga $yk

        im rockin the wallos as we speak my ngga!!! most comfortable boots evar!!!!

        • $ykotic

          E we rolling today! Got a hot towel on the black leather highs!

          Love these kicks. I be drooling over that “Ironman” cover.

          They need to bring back the Bally boot. Everything other shoe has come back. Even Troop and British Knights.

          Hell even the Playboy’s and British Walkers.

          Now I gotta go in the storage closet and look for the Versace button up.

        • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

          That Ironman cover is still incredible…

      • OG Matt Herbz

        @ Sykotic

        If I’m lying, I’m dying. I’m wearing Clarks as we speak.

        –OG Matt Herbz–

        • $ykotic

          Let me find out we’re taking Big Smiley’s job!

          Today’s shoe is:

          Clark’s. Wallabee or Desert Boot.

          Already got the blog idea ready for Grand$’ site. “Remember this?:The gear memoir” by $ykotic.

          Where you @ TG$?

    • Sleepy Wonder

      I Feel The Same Fuckin’ Way OG

  • http://myspace.com/federalranga Federal Ranga

    Here’s to hoping shit won’t get pushed back.

    Co-Sign, I’ll drink to that… now I just gotta find a Smirnoff. I hope Till the Casket Drops doesn’t get pushed back either…

    Oddly enough, I’ve NEVER heard OB4CL… I better peep that before this comes out…


    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      Fed, Cuban Linx is one of the greatest albums of all time. It’s up there with Illmatic. Check it out ASAP.

    • $ykotic

      Ranga you cannot be serious. Go catch up.

    • BIGNAT

      fed you never heard ob4cl you gotta go check it out. that album is like a shiny diamond in the dirt. it’s so grimey but at the same time it shines so bright. everything goes together skits mold into the songs. i heard rae followed the same formula with ob4cl2

    • jeffd

      for someone postin on this website all day, you should be embarrassed..this should be in every hip hop heads catalog, regardless of where your from..OB4CL sends chills down my spine

  • El Tico Loco

    Please do not push the album back again, you can stop my comments from posting but don’t push the album back, yes t.i’s I mean you.

  • Rae Tha Great

    Peace. My birthday is gonna be great Sept 14, I get to cop the CuDi album and OB4CL2!!!!

  • General

    A lot of great projects this year

    First Em dropped

    Next Slaughterhouse

    Then I can’t wait for Rae’s shit to drop in September

    Dare I say that Detox might drop th…..NEVERMIND

    • El Tico Loco

      Isn’t detox when an addictive substance is out of your system so long that you no longer have that craving? Well is working on me.

      • General

        Yeah Dre’s fucked up with this one, however I heard the two tracks he got on Rae’s shit and both of those are bangers

  • Joe

    Thats gittin pushed back fa sure…BP3 comin out 9/15.

  • John Cochran

    Yo I kinda want the summer to hurry up and be over. Alot of shit about to drop in the fall. There’s absolutely nothing out right now. I find it disappionting that with all these new artists thats supposed to be so hot, it takes the vets to create eventful projects.

    • $ykotic

      “I find it disappointing(caught it) that with all these new artists thats supposed to be so hot, it takes the vets to create eventful projects.”

      Good point.

  • kryptonite street team

    Hey if yall are on Reverbnation add him!

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Yo Rae…where’s TYG??!

  • trin

    Does it really matter aint Rae drop 3 albums after cuban linx it not like he disappeared any where. And the whole bust involvemt was wack. to make a part 2 hen need ALL RZA.. and Ghost


  • BeerGangsta

    Rae is the best Rapper out of Wu-Tang. At first it was Meth. Dre know Rae can Rap! This is going to be a hot CD. Everybody take your Azz to Best Buy and by the CD.



  • Neibo

    that track Northstar was a sleeper,if yall rember it only came as a bonous track on the CD.

  • three2six3

    I liked that Wu shit…OBCL was the first album I bout from the Wu. I listened to east coast rap but the Wu gave me reason to buy that shit. Tical & OB4CL was also the reason why I love Blue Raspberry (check out Rainy Dayz n Glacierz of Ice on OBCL). I remember the cds and cassettes were purple my fave color. CDs where still kinda new then. I remember payin’ damn near $20 for that CD. They took what Kool G Rap was doin’ with the Mafioso shit a turned it up a knotch…
    OB4CL one of the greatest concept albums of all time.

  • j.mitch

    I cant wait.Ive heard the mixtape tracks in anticpation for the album.rae will kill it it is about time what do people on her think about the chamber music album from the wu holla back.It is time for the east to take the throne back from all these garbage ass niggas

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