Raekwon's 1995 solo debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... altered hip-hop, lighting the fuse on a Mafioso trend that still burns today. But after some inconsistent records and middling commercial success that paled compared to some of his Wu-Tang Clan compadres, the Chef hadn't been a major factor in the game for a while when he dropped Cuban Linx' so-called sequel this summer.

Raekwon's 1995 solo debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... altered hip-hop, lighting the fuse on a Mafioso trend that still burns today. But after some inconsistent records and middling commercial success that paled compared to some of his Wu-Tang Clan compadres, the Chef hadn't been a major factor in the game for a while when he dropped Cuban Linx' so-called sequel this summer.

Suddenly, '95 doesn't seem so long ago. Cuban Linx II instantly became the consensus pick for hip-hop album of the year, re-establishing Raekwon as one of the genre's most prominent voices and reminding anyone who forgot about the impeccable chemistry between Rae and his Wu-Tang cohorts.

Speaking of those cohorts, they've come a long way since the earliest days of "Shaolin shadowboxing." In honor of Raekwon's visit to Alrosa Villa this Friday, let's take a spin on the "Wheel of Wu."

Ghostface Killah

After breakout guest spots on Cuban Linx, Ghostface went on to become the most consistently acclaimed solo performer from the Wu-Tang stable. From Ironman to Supreme Clientele to Fishscale, his resume doesn't lie.

Method Man

Known for his smooth delivery and charisma, Method Man may be the most recognizable face and voice in the bunch. After hitting it big with 1994 solo debut Tical, he worked with Redman on albums (Blackout), movies (How High) and the sitcom Method & Red. He also played the insufferable Cheese on HBO's The Wire.

Ol' Dirty Bastard

The late Russell Jones - aka ODB, Dirt McGirt and Big Baby Jesus - was an unhinged presence on records and just as volatile behind the scenes, bouncing in and out of prison and rehab. Before dying of a drug overdose in 2004, he birthed indelible single "Got Your Money."

RZA

Wu-Tang's de facto ringleader and creative director, RZA became one of music's most influential producers in the '90s for his dark, dirty beats. This decade he spearheaded Wu-Tang's sun-baked, psychedelic 8 Diagrams and branched into acting (American Gangster) and soundtrack work (Kill Bill).

GZA

Many rank his 1995 album Liquid Swords alongside Only Built 4 Cuban Linx ... as the best-loved Wu-Tang solo album. He appeared with RZA on the big (Coffee and Cigarettes) and small (Chappelle's Show) screens.

Inspectah Deck

Despite formidable skills and a prominent role on many Wu-Tang releases, Deck hasn't garnered much success. He's been talking up forthcoming solo joint The Rebellion for half a decade.

U-God

Known for his low-pitched flow, U-God finally dropped a solo LP with 1999's Golden Arms Redemption. He later formed the group Hillside Scramblers.

Masta Killa

It took him 11 years after Enter the Wu-Tang, but the RZA protege finally released a solo album, No Said Date, in 2004.