All in together now: CUBAN LINX II! CUBAN LINX II!!
Generally speaking, I wasn't one for mixtapes. But the Clipse's We Got It 4 Cheap series changed my mind - particularly since about 10 of its best tracks plus "Intro," "Mr. Me Too" and "Keyz Open Doorz" would have been a stone-cold classic and twice as good as Hell Hath No Fury.
Anyway, all that aside, this new Wu mixtape is nice. REAL nice. Killah Priest's most accessible song, well, probably ever is on here, the string-and-soul "One Day," Cilvaringz flows over a track that has that baroque-soul sound that you used to love about the Wu, and MF Doom pairs up with Ghostface for a fantastic remix of "Chinatown Wars," off the new Grand Theft Auto soundtrack. Redman's on two tracks as well, including one with Oh No.
But it's mostly notable for a masterful return by Raekwon, kicking Brooklyn Super Ninjas off joined by Busta Rhymes and a dusty, distorted guitar loop on "Stick Up Music," not to mention rocking hot verses over the "Brooklyn Go Hard" beat and upping the tempo on "Heat Rocks."
That, paired with his equally-fiyaaah verse on Doom's new Born Into This joint, has me rabidly anticipating a new Raekwon album. And while it can never be Cuban Linx II, hopefully everyone's favorite Chef can get Doom, RZA and Mathematics to lace him with some hot shit.