Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Chef Is Back

From Pitchfork:
Between the hype, the anticipation and the attachment of a legendary album's legacy, anything less than a classic would have proven to be a major disappointment. Few albums have gone through this much turmoil and delay in the planning stages yet turned out so cohesive and tight. The last time a Wu-Tang record came together with this kind of personnel and succeeded under a grand conceptual vision, we got Fishscale, and calling Cuban Linx II Raekwon's equivalent to it isn't out of the question. Like Ghostface's modern classic, this album defies hip-hop's current atmosphere of youthful cockiness and aging complacency: instead, it's driven by the sometimes celebratory, sometimes traumatized sense of stubborn survival and perseverance, a veteran mindset that can no longer picture success without having to defend it. Consider this a triumphant defense.


James Gundun said...

The talk about Raekwon's growth and the Wu Tang's overall evolution goes out the window when you press play. Cuban Linx 2 is rain in the desert.

Brynna said...

Rain in the desert is right. No one brings that same swagger so convincingly.