Cappadonna teams up with producer Stu Bangas to bring us a strong new Cappadonna album. We haven’t heard this much strength from a Cappadonna album in awhile and I think that is directly due to the musical providings of Stu Bangas. His beats are hard and brings out the best of every MC he works with. With hard drums and basslines, he almost forces the rhymes out of the rapper. Stu really did a decent job with these beats on here. Cappadonna raps with a renewed resurgence of power and skill. He is dropping jewels for the masses straight outta the Park Hill projects with this one. He has features from Celph Titled, Planet Asia, Sick Jacken, Ill Bill, and more. This is definitely one of Cappadonna’s better albums and I’m almost certain hip hop fans will find their personal favorites to put on repeat.
Inspectah Deck drops a new mixtape which is chock full of freestyles for all the Wu fans out there. It’s actually pretty nice to see a veteran MC dropping a mixtape like this where they can still show off their skill. On the mic, Inspectah Deck flows like crazy. He is definitely able to ride every beat. He really chooses a lot of great classic beats to rhyme over. There is a nice variety on here as well. You get to hear him on a lot of different styles. There are 2 features from another MC named Hellfire. All in all, this project sounds really good and you get to hear a Wu-Tang member over a lot of your favorite beats. What more could you ask for?
RZA drops a new project that doesn’t really have that Wu-Tang sound to it at all. This is a really weird project and fans of that classic Wu-Tang sound probably won’t be feeling this one. On the mic, RZA sounds true to self. These are definitely not his best bars ever but he does sound slightly reminiscent of the old classic RZA verses we all love. The beats are really out there and are probably not going to go over too well with classic Wu fans. There are only 8 tracks on this project so it doesn’t take too long to get through the whole thing, but I did feel better once I knew this one was over. No disrespect to the Abbot, but this is not the one.
Method Man drops his latest album off for fans to indulge in. This one wasn’t quite as dope as I thought that it would be. It starts out a little slower, but picks up towards the end. On the mic, it almost sounds like just going through the motions with Meth. He has always been dope and has a lot of dope lines throughout this one. It just seems to be missing something. There are a ton of features on here like RJ Payne, Cappadonna, Redman, KRS-One, members of 2nd Generation Wu, and many more. The production on here is a mix between average and above average beats. A lot of the better beats are towards the end of the project like “Find God” and “Last 2 Minutes.” Method Man definitely finds his pacing a lot better of these kinds of beats. All in all, it’s not a bad album, it’s just that it is not the strongest that we know we can get from Method Man.
The magnificent group Czarface drops another dope look into their world. For any comic book nerds / rap fans out there, this group is a Godsend. With Inspectah Deck from Wu-Tang and Esoteric on the mic, MCs don’t stand a chance. Their bars are sharp and focused on every single track. They know how to lace a beat properly and their flows are unmatched. 7L on the production provides a unique soundscape for them to travel across. He provides boom bap beats with clever sound effects and spoken samples to make you feel like you are in another world. Highlights on this record include “Damien’s Dinner Time” with it’s absolutely slamming beat that sets the tone for the album. “Can It Be” is another dope song that is slightly out of the norm for them. It is more laid back, but still dope as all hell. This project is hard and hip hop fans will rejoice at this one.
Cappadonna drops a brand new album and this one went over pretty well overall. The stronger side of this record is definitely the production. Cappadonna really selected some quality tracks to rhyme over. You can definitely hear the quality as you jump from beat to beat. The rhymes are average. They definitely aren’t whack and about what you would expect from Cappadonna. You also get features from Amar Divine, Kelso, Rollo, and Theo RW for anyone looking for them. All in all, not a bad record. It may not be his best, but true fans should appreciate.
This is a quick 7 track project by RZA and DJ Scratch. There really isn’t too much on here that is going to make Wu-Tang fans jump up and down. On the mic, RZA gives us his standard delivery with his rhymes. You have heard it before. The production on here is nothing that is moving mountains either. There are a few beats that have some decent drums that will prob make your head bop, but there’s not really anything that is staying in constant rotation. A short project like this will probably not stay around long. It’s decent, but nothing that will have lasting power, especially like older Wu-Tang projects.
Wu-Tang affiliate Remedy unleashes a new album that enlists features from most of the almighty Wu-Tang Clan members. The strong point of this album is definitely the production. It plays through much like a Wu album with the beats that are on here. It is definitely reminiscent of that classic sound. There are very strong drums and loops that play through nicely on here. On the microphone side of things, Remedy is a decent rhymer. He definitely isn’t a top tier lyricist, but he can at least hit for par with the bars. He gets features from Method Man, RZA, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, Killah Priest, Conway, and more. With a lineup like that, it’s pretty hard to fail. He hits fans with 13 new tracks and caps it off at the end with his classic song “Never Again.” Old school fans should definitely know what’s up with that gem of a track. All in all, this is a solid album and Remedy did a decent job of assembling this. Wu-Tang fans will definitely rejoice with this one.
The superhero group Czarface teams up with MF Doom on a few tracks to give us a brand new album. This new project is right on brand as they show us more of what Czarface can do with their creativity. On the mic, Esoteric is nothing short of impressive. His flow and rhymes get better and better with time. Inspectah Deck also shines very brightly on here with his Wu-style verses. The production is good. There were a few tracks towards the end that I didn’t love as much as others, but overall it was a pretty good job. You definitely get that nostalgic feeling that they know how to bring with 80s and comic book references. Czarface has pretty much cemented their place in the rap game today and this album just further proves it.
Cappadonna drops a new joint on us that is a really strong record. At first, I didn’t think it was going to be that good, but Cappa definitely surpassed expectations. As far as the lyrics, he is definitely dropping a lot of free jewelry on this project. There are gems of knowledge all throughout this offering. It’s almost as if Cappa is further cementing the statement made by Ol Dirty Bastard that “Wu-Tang is for the children.” He is really trying to teach the youth. The beats on here are definitely above average. He really assembled a good collection of hard beats and even some familiar samples sprinkled throughout. Some people may say that Cappadonna was one of the weaker members under the Wu-Tang umbrella, but he continues to show that he is a strong asset to the Wu-Tang family.
The children of some of the members of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan have released their first full length album. The first thing that should probably be said is that you can’t catch lightning in a bottle twice. The Wu-Tang created something historical back in the early 90’s and it is all but impossible to recreate that. Even their own offspring can’t produce that kind of energy that their parents did back in the early 90’s. That being said, these new youngsters are promising though. The rhymes aren’t anywhere near the original Wu-Tang, but I do like that they try to rap like the old school cadence as opposed to the new school method. The beats on here are pretty decent as well. I think they definitely tried to select some soulful production to really bring out the best in them. It doesn’t always work, but they definitely have potential. They also do some reworkings of classic Wu-Tang songs. “Guess Who” is a rework of “Cher Chez La Ghost” and “7.O.D.” is a rework of “C.R.E.A.M.” Both of these are probably the best tracks on the album. Who knows how far this group will go? I hope for great things, but time will tell.
Cappadonna comes back with a decent new album. I actually had lower expectations for this one, but Cap definitely surpassed the expectations. As far as lyrics, these aren’t the top tier Wu rhymes from the past, but he is still dropping jewels in there for your ears. There is definitely a message about financial responsibility and also acquiring land and learning about real estate with this project. It’s almost as if he is setting something up for the future for himself, family, and friends. The production on here is pretty decent as well. These are definitely some above average beats on here that play through pretty consistently. All in all, this was a good effort from Cappadonna.
Cappadonna releases a new project called Black Is Beautiful. This one was a bit underwhelming overall. Cappadonna has a few bars here and there, but it’s not the Cappadonna lyrics that we wanted or needed from old. A lot of times on this project, he trades in his rhymes and even tries to sing which doesn’t come out very well. He definitely should have stuck to the rhymes. He enlists a lot of up-and-comers to assist him with vocals such as Big Nate All Star, PBS Skinz, and more. The beats on here were pretty average as well. The only tracks that really stuck out amongst the pack were “Trouble” which samples an old Mobb Deep beat and “Somebody” with it’s clever vocal sample and dope drum line. This whole project fell a bit more flat than it should of, but we definitely still respect Cappadonna and his theme for this project as it is very much needed today.
We always rejoice when we get anything at all from any members of the Wu whether it is a full length album, an EP, or just a single. The Chef Raekwon cooks up a very quick 3 track EP to whet the appetites of fans. Although it is quick, there is definitely some heat on here. The best track is “Solid Gold” as we experience a more mature sounding Raekwon over an adult contemporary style hip hop beat. On the mic, he is flawless as usual. He blesses all he rhymes with his signature style. Wu fans should definitely rejoice because the legends are still around and still putting out dope music to enjoy.
Esoteric and Inspectah Deck have done it again. They have this knack of staying off center just enough to sound different, while also maintaining this almost untouchable level of coolness they exude through their projects as Czarface. The duo does a great job again of providing us with expert level flows and throwback rap topics that make us keep coming back for more. Both of their flows are noticeably better than a lot of their peers. You can tell the way they can change up their flows and styles on the different beats on here. Deck sounds fresh as he ever did. And Esoteric keeps pushing the boundaries of lyrical exercises. The beats on here are great. There are some real gems on here. They sound different and yet funky at the same time. There are some fantastic topics on here as well. Songs like “Burrito” are just fantastic. While it is simply about eating a burrito and then exploding from both ends, it is fantastically worded and the beat and flow are great. Another highlight is “Couch” in which Esoteric tells us about just sitting on the couch being lazy and watching old school shows. Does it get any better? This is a fantastic record and these two should be commended for their efforts.
Tone Tone hits us with an absolute banger of an album here with this new project. Right from the jump, this album just gives you banger after banger. Some of the tracks might be a tad short, but that doesn’t mean that Ghost can’t pack them chock full of dope rhymes and flows. He might sound older in voice, but he sounds as fresh and as hungry as any newbie out here with his flow and content. The beats on here are definitely above average as a whole. There are tons of great records on here. The far and away best track on here has to be “Pistol Smoke” featuring Solomon Childs on the hook. The beat is just pure brutality and Ghostface laces it perfectly. “Conditioning” was a great choice for the first single off of the record as it sounds like a classic Ghostface record should sound. There is also a rework of the classic “Ice Cream” song on here in the form of “Waffles & Ice Cream” which features only Cappadonna. One thing that is very strange is that Raekwon is missing off of this entire project. It just doesn’t seem right to split up this dynamic duo. Overall though, this is a fantastic project and it is great to see that Ghostface can still drop quality projects into his classic catalog.
Inspectah Deck drops off a banger of a new album with this latest chamber. It definitely has a classic hip-hop feel mixed with that Wu-Tang sword style. Deck’s bars are sharp as ever and definitely keeps his flow strong. There aren’t too many features on here other than a few Wu affiliates like Cappadonna, Streetlife, and Trife Diesel. The beats on here were pretty strong as well. There is a certain quality of most Wu-Tang albums that is very apparent and that is definitely the case here. You get hard drums and dope samples aplenty. The best track on here is “Fire” with Trife Diesel. He is just razor-sharp as he assists Deck spitting over a dope track. This is a must hear for Wu-Tang fans.
The Wu drops off a very quick EP with only 4 new songs and 3 skits to accompany their Showtime documentary by the same name, Of Mics And Men. While it is nowhere near the quality of their classics that this machine of a team has created, it is important that they can still rap at a high level and are still generating content. The world is captivated by them and it shows both through the documentary and their continued projects. This EP is not their best work, but it does show that this train is still moving forward. This camp will continue to drop content because the fans love them for it. This EP however, while it may not be their greatest songs ever, it is important. Give it a quick listen and watch the documentary.
Czarface teams up with their Wu-Tang brethren Ghostface Killah for another dope installment of what they do best. With this album, they take all of their strengths as a collective and just amplify them. The best part of this album is definitely the lyrical side of things. Esoteric sounds like he is at the top of his game on here with his effortless flow. The exact same can be said Inspectah Deck. He is able to just ride the beat flawlessly. It’s almost like both MCs were trying to outdo each other on here which is great competition. They spit their rhymes laced with classic vintage 80s and 90s name drops of nerd nostalgic things just as they have on past projects. You mix Ghostface into this and you get a great outcome. The beats are pretty dope on here as well. It almost reminded me of beats that you would hear on a Run The Jewels project. I think they are paving their own lane sonically and it sounds great. Definitely a fresh, but hard sound on this record. While there is not really a “single” sounding song on here, you do get hard beats and fantastic rhymes which everyone should enjoy.
Johnny Blaze redeems himself with this fantastic project. After dropping his last album The Meth Lab in 2015, it just seemed like Method Man had lost it. That album was pretty bad. He has completely did a 180 with this project. Virtually every aspect of this project is top notch. It’s like a reinvented Wu-Tang solo album. His bars are very sharp and his rhyme schemes are dope. He brings the heat on every song. Something that surprised me are the newcomers that he has on here to help him out with features. They definitely bring the heat too. You pretty much have to hold your own to be on a Method Man album. The beats are pretty slamming on here from front to back. There was maybe 1 track I wasn’t feeling too much towards the end of the project, but other than that, the beats will keep your head nodding. Even the skits aren’t cringe-worthy on here. The album plays through like a TV show with commercials and all. Even The Impractical Jokers were recruited for a hilarious reinvention of the classic torture skit. This album has it all and you will be playing this one over and over again. A true Wu album for any Wu fan right here.
Ghostface drops a certified banger here with this collection of lost tracks. Lyrically he is on point as ever and also selected a great array of featured artists to destroy the microphone. On this album you will find numerous Wu-Tang features, Crooked I, Benny, Chris Rivers, Killah Priest, Planet Asia, Big Daddy Kane, and a ton more. Everyone definitely does their thing on the mic and you get a true hip-hop album with this one. The beats are fantastic as well. You get that dope, boom bap, hardcore, NY sound. These primarily East Coast artists sound great over them too. This is really a hard-hitting project that you will probably find yourself replaying over and over again. Ghostface definitely did a fantastic job with this project. Hopefully we will get another full length album soon.
This was one of the dopest albums from Cappadonna that I have heard in awhile. He definitely came back strong on this one. He was never really known for being one of the best lyrically, especially out of the Wu-Tang collective. As far as lyrics on this new project, there really isn’t a whole lot to expect in that realm. He does drop some jewels here and there throughout the project though. The production side of this album is probably where it really shines. There are a lot of dope samples. You almost get that old feel that this is the way rap music used to be. On “Listen To Cappadonna,” they sample the Drake line where he shouted out Cap. It almost felt like this record needed to be made just because of that Drake line. On “Kids Playing,” he questions why don’t kids play the games they used to play and this one definitely gives you an old school vibe. “Soul Train” does this same thing by paying homage to a lot of old school acts. This is definitely a good album and something for the hardcore Wu heads to celebrate.
U-God drops off his latest album Venom and to be honest, this one was better than I was expecting. I think U-God really came correct with this one. It almost has more of a radio-friendly feel. I thought it was just going to be a hodge podge of random sub-par tracks thrown together, but this one definitely had a destination they were aiming for. You can hear the vision as you go from track to track. His verses are pretty decent throughout. I wouldn’t say they sound like classic Wu-Tang material, but he does a decent job lyrically. As mentioned, the beats have more of a radio-friendly feel to them throughout. You don’t really get any thumpers for a beat, but at the same time, I don’t think it would have fit it with this album. All in all, U-God did a really good job with this release and definitely surpassed my expectations.
I know he is one of the Gods, but the Wu-Tang veteran pretty much had no business dropping this mixtape. I feel like this offered nothing to fans. You have a couple of joints that are remixed, which I guess are of some value. Then you have some freestyles where U-God almost tries to sound like some of these newer rappers rapping over today’s beats. He just sounded awful trying to do that. A Wu-Tang member flowing over Bodak Yellow??!! No thank you. Then you end the tape with just some of his old verses from the Wu’s classic hits. Yeah, I already have those tracks. Why are you giving them to me again? This was pretty much just a waste of a release. U-God, I respect you, but come back when you have some actual quality material.
The clan is back with a banger this time around. This is probably their best effort since the classic double album Wu-Tang Forever way back in 1997. This album has some great positives and only a few drawbacks. The lyrics on this album are great. The Wu collective bring those sword-swinging rhymes that they have always been known for. The thing about the album that becomes apparent is how much Method Man is featured on here. It’s not a bad thing that he is so heavily showcased but it would have been nice to see more of the other clansman as well. There is really only one verse from GZA and Cappadonna. Ghostface and Raekwon are not on here too heavily. But then you do have great features from Redman, Chris Rivers, Killah Priest, and Sean Price. Regardless of not having the entire Wu on here too heavily, the lyrics are still handled by experts. The beats are great too and they are all handled by Mathematics. I think he gets us back to that old grimy Wu sound that we have all been craving for awhile now. The thirst was not quenched by the last joint, A Better Tomorrow, either. So all in all, this is a great album. This is one you can definitely have on repeat. It plays through to the end and it is of a pretty high quality. Wu fans will definitely not be disappointed.