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5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest musical collective ever, 28 Nov. 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: The W (Audio CD)
To those of you young or old whose musical tastes extends no further than pop/rock and feel the beatles are the most important popular musical force of the past century you may be suprised to learn that for the past seven years they have been gradually surpassed by a group of 9/10 individuals who have a greater grasp of rythym than ringo and whose leader is of a higher level of musical genius than john or paul could ever have attained. To those who have attained knowledge of the wu tang musical empire, this modern masterpiece will be conformation to you that the wu tang clan are indeed the greatest musical collective ever. This album is in many ways similar to the groundbreaking 'enter the 36 chambers' in terms of originality, mind blowing production and never before heard rhyming skills but in many ways is the better album as it feels more complete. When I first heard of the numerous guest appearances I felt the group feel essential to the clan would be compromised however if anything, Snoop, Busta, Junior Reid and the musical Legends Nas and Isaac Hayes have enhanced the quality even further. There is simply no weakness here. The reggae feel to the album present on Junior Reid's two appearances "one blood under the W" and the dark brooding "Jah World" will undoubtedly see a lotof the hip hop world following suit similar to the way in which Rza was imitated after the 1993 debut (dare I say even by the likes of dj Premier). A lot has been said about ODB's absense however although a truly magnificent mc he is not such a great loss as this album's tempo and feel wouldn't have been completely suited to him. The one track he does appearv on - the west coast inspired "conditioner" with Snoop Dogg sees his delivery more restrained than before but still effective. This track highlights Rza's production vesatility as he even produces Dre's forte (lazy, hypnotic g-funk) at a higher level. Other noticeable points on this record is the way in which Masta Killa has improved in the last three years to a rapper of high quality flow whereas before on wu tang forever he was more inclined to speak over the beats. Check out the first two tracks "chamber music" and "careful" which he makes his own. The best contribution on the album is made by Ghostface. This man is now without doubt the greatest mc on the planet and should go down in american popular music history. This man is pushing rapping to new boundarys as his verse on "I cant go to sleep" featuring Isaac Hayes proves where he delivers his verse as if he is truly crying which evokes great emotion just by listening. This track is similar in feel to "all i got is you" on ghost's first album. I feel however the best track is the last one "outro" which as if to signal while going back to the raw mc roots, the clan is taking hip hop in a new direction. The world should forever salute "The W".
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