This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

August 1st - Chef Raekwon of The Wu-Tang Clan releases his debut solo album, “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…”, on Loud Records, on this day in 1995.

The album would be the third solo album by a Wu member since the release of The Clan’s 1994 debut “Enter The Wu-Tang – 36 Chambers”, also on Loud Records.

The album, whose cinematic theme which was centered around organized crime and cocaine trafficking, would feature Raekwon as the “star” and fellow Wu banger Ghostface Killah as the “co-star”.

Wu-Tang leader The RZA would produce Raekwon’s solo effort which would be called “director” on the critically acclaimed masterpiece.

Nas would guest on the album as well as all the other members of The Clan and its associates.

The album featured several samples from John Woo’s 1989 Hong Kong thriller “The Killer’.

The album featured four hit singles, “Ice Cream”, “Criminology”, “Heaven And Hell” and “Rainy Dayz”.

Although “Incarcerated Scarfaces” and “Glaciers Of Ice” were not official singles from the album, many thought they were due to their extreme radio play.

The platinum-selling album is considered, by most, as one the best Wu solo efforts ever.