#ThrowbackThursday - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II

About a month after celebrating 20 years of the original legendary masterpiece Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... by Wu-Tang veterans Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, we are only a few days away from celebrating the 6th anniversary of its highly praised sequel Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II. Cashmere Agency helped facilitate the album's launch on September 8 2009, which is why it has a special place in many of our longtime Wu-Tang fan hearts. But there are many other reasons why this record deserves a special dedication in today's #ThrowbackThursday post.With OB4CL2, Raekwon accomplished what many artists before him have failed at: the release of a worthy sequel that actually lives up to its iconic original. Not only was the album just as critically acclaimed as its first counterpart, but it also performed just as well in sales. Both albums peaked on #4 on the Billboard 200. While OB4CL2 had to face overall dramatically declining album sales since the original OB4CL launch in the midst of Hip Hop's golden era, it sold close to 68,000 copies in its first week and was the most downloaded album on iTunes for the first three days of its release - a hugely successful launch that even beat the release of Jay-Z's highly anticipated Blueprint 3 (ironically, a follow-up album to his Blueprint album series as well!), which dropped the same day.A look at the roster of featured artists and producers on OB4CL2 may explain why it was so well received: everyone from legendary names like J Dilla, Pete Rock, Marley Marl, Busta Rhymes, Dr. Dre, Slick Rick, and of course Clan members Ghostface Killah, RZA, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck and Masta Killa appear on the album (among many others). The success of OB4CL2 has prompted many Hip Hop fans to debate whether it may be even better than its beloved prequel - an indeterminable and perhaps pointless discussion, as both albums feature different sounds that were very much needed at the time of release and they will both be considered classics not just in Hip Hop, but in music history for a long time to come.