Raekwon, Ghostface Killah Set July-August Tour

Raekwon and Ghostface Killah have lined up 30-plus cities for the “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx … 20th Anniversary Tour.”  Opening in Philadelphia, destinations include Chicago, Cleveland, Houston and Los Angeles with tickets going on sale this week.

Photo: Jason Moore
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Empire Polo Field, Indio, Calif.

If the name of the tour isn’t a big enough hint, this outing celebrates the 20th anniversary of Raekwon’s debut solo album Only Built For Cuban Linx.  Released in August 1995, the album received widespread acclaim.  Spin observed that the storytelling on the LP was “so vivid you smell the gunpowder and wipe the blood on your shirt.”

While separate from Raekwon’s Wu-Tang Clan work, the album was produced by RZA and featured Ghostface Killah as a special guest.

Cuban Linx was made for the drug dealers,” Raekwon said.  “That was my lifestyle at one point and we named it Only Built For Cuban Linx because it was built for the strongest people, the strongest crews.  The strongest mentality of men.

“I was telling a story from a street peddler’s point of view, which a lot of people don’t understand, and this album was dedicated to them.  It’s been a blessing that the album surpassed my expectations and millions can relate to the story telling.”

While Raekwon preps for the anniversary tour, he’s still doing promo work for his latest album – Fly International Luxurious Arts (F.I.L.A.), which is available on iTunes.  The album features appearances by Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, French Montana, Melanie Fiona and Ghostface Killah, natch.  Raekwon is also working on a documentary called “The Purple Tapes” that explores the making of Cuban Linx.

The tour is presented by Sirius XM Satellite Radio.  Here are the dates:

July 7 – Philadelphia, Pa., Theatre Of Living Arts
July 8 – Silver Spring, Md., The Fillmore Silver Spring
July 9 – Columbus, Ohio, Park Street Saloon
July 10 – Joliet, Ill., Mojoes
July 11 – St. Louis, Mo., Ready Room
July 12 – Minneapolis, Minn., The Cabooze
July 14 – Chicago, Ill., House Of Blues
July 15 – Cincinnati, Ohio, Bogart’s
July 16 – Cleveland, Ohio, House Of Blues
July 17 – Boston, Mass., Paradise Rock Club
July 19 – Providence, R.I. Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel 
July 20 – New York, N.Y., Irving Plaza
July 23 – Norfolk, Va., NorVa
July 24 – Raleigh, N.C., The Ritz
July 25 – Charlotte, N.C., Fillmore Charlotte
July 26 – Asheville, N.C., The Orange Peel
July 28 – Nashville, Tenn., Marathon Music Works
July 30 – Louisville, Ky., Mercury Ballroom
July 31 – Memphis, Tenn., Minglewood Hall
Aug. 1 – Chattanooga, Tenn., Track 29
Aug. 2 – Columbia, S.C., Music Farm Columbia
Aug. 5 – Pensacola, Fla., Vinyl Music Hall
Aug. 6 – New Orleans, La., House Of Blues
Aug. 7 – Dallas, Texas, House Of Blues
Aug. 8 – Houston, Texas, House Of Blues
Aug. 9 – Austin, Texas, Emo’s
Aug. 11 – El Paso, Texas, Tricky Falls
Aug. 12 – Tempe, Ariz., The Marquee
Aug. 13 – Tucson, Ariz., Rialto Theatre
Aug. 15 – Riverside, Calif., Riverside Municipal Auditorium
Aug. 16 – San Diego, Calif., House Of Blues
Aug. 18 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Belasco Theater 

Special guest Dillon Cooper appears on all dates.

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