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Raekwon, Why Isn’t Nas On Cuban Linx 2? (Video)

blame it on Meka August 27, 2009

That’s what I’d like to know actually. “Verbal Intercourse” is still one of the Wu’s shining moments. And let’s not forget about Mobb Deep’s “Eye For An Eye” and “Right Back At You,” either.

We heard the album last night, son. Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II is a certified gem. That very last song on the LP, “Kiss the Ring,” is amazing. He’s has those mafia war stories, the sharp wordplay, Wu-Bangers and even some Dr. Dre G-Funk. What the Chef was unable to get was Nas. One of the main show-stealers from the original Only Built 4 Cuban Linx never gave Rae a verse for the new LP. So much for nostalgia.

“He committed to it,” Rae told Mixtape Daily. “I knew dude be busy. However it goes down, it’s cool with me. My thing is, I sacrificed to even ask because of the fans. But if dudes be too busy in their own minds, they don’t have to do it. Because Rae continues to do Rae anyway. Y’all came to see me. It’s the Rae show anyway.”

The Chef does have a couple of non-Wu-Tang castmembers — Beanie Sigel and The Lox’s Jadakiss and Styles P — participating on the CD. “I had to go back and deal with brothers I felt was really next to me, like a Sigel,” Chef said. “The way he came across, y’all gonna know he’s nothing to play with. He’s a vicious MC. When me and him get on a track, everybody gotta sit down. I got Kiss on the album. He’s like another one of me. I’m like him. We seen the same things. We share the same stories. I’m just a little older than Kiss, but we’re compatible. I wanted to keep it real Cuban, where people be like, ‘That’s how they talk.’ Jeezy would have been a good dude for the album, but maybe I’ll get him for [Cuban Linx III]. I wanted to keep it light on the features. I didn’t want everybody to [feel] like I’m looking too hard and leaning on features. I put Wu all over the joints because that’s how we made the first one.” According to Rae’s camp, he definitely has enough quality material to put out an Only Built 4 Cuban Linx III at the top of the year.

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