Raekwon, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... (1995)
Label: Loud, RCA, BMG Records
One of the most cinematic rap albums ever recorded, Cuban Linx features Lex Diamonds and Tony Starks-b.k.a. Raekwon The Chef and Ghostface Killah-playing the role of pasta eating dons who overrule the underworld while weaving incredible street tales with narrative detail. On the production side, The RZA creates one of his best batch of beats ever. The '90s was a fascinating time in New York rap, and this album remains a landmark for gangsta rap.