In Hip Hop History Today “Raekwon released Only Built 4 Cuban Linx” August 1, 1995
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… is the solo debut album of rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon, released on August 1, 1995, by Loud Records and RCA Records. The album was loosely composed to play like a film with Raekwon as the “star,” fellow Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah as the “guest-star,” and producer RZA as the “director.” It features appearances from every member of the Wu-Tang Clan and affiliates Cappadonna, and Blue Raspberry. It also features an acclaimed guest appearance from rapper Nas, which marked the first collaboration with a non-affiliated artist on a Wu-Tang related album. Upon its release, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart, and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, while selling 130,000 copies in its opening week.The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on October 2, 1995 and according to Nielsen Soundscan, it has sold 1.1 million copies in the United States alone. Although it failed to acquire the same initial sales success as previous Wu-Tang solo albums, Cuban Linx achieved greater critical praise, with many complimenting its cinematic lyricism and production.Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… has increased its acclamation among music critics and writers over the years, as many have lauded it as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. Listen to Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… above.