On this day in Hip-Hop history, Raekwon released his debut solo album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
On this day in 1995, Chef Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan released his debut solo album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... on Loud. The album was produced by RZA and was presented like a film and starred Raekwon with fellow Wu member Ghostface Killah acting as costar. The set featured several samples from John Woo's 1989 film The Killer.
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... spawned the singles "Ice Cream," which reached #37 on the Billboard Hot 100; "Criminology," which peaked at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100; "Heaven & Hell," which reached #21 on the Rap chart; and "Rainy Dayz," which was the final released single off the album. The third solo released by a Wu member reached #4 on the Billboard 200. It was certified platinum by the RIAA.
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1989 - EPMD released their sophomore album Unfinished Business on Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records.
1989 - The D.O.C. released his debut album No One Can Do It Better on Atlantic.
2006 - DMX released his sixth album Year of the Dog... Again on Ruff Ryders.
This day in Birthdays...
Chuck D (1960) - American rapper, record producer, author, publisher, and activist from New York. Leader of the rap group Public Enemy.