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  • Audio CD (7 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Ice H2O Records
  • ASIN: B004I9H5VQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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With years of valuable experience from working alongside some of the most influential figures in the recording industry to date, Raekwon is ready to navigate his ship with the formation of his record label, IceH20 records and re-emerge his urban flair to the masses with the aforementioned blockbuster. This Shaolin Island legendary flamethrower gave fans something to chew on with the '09 release of the Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 ('The Purple Tape') and his lyrical recipe has been groomed to make his presence felt worldwide.
The album features cameos from many industry heavyweights such as The Wu-Tang Clan, Rick Ross, Raheem Devaughn, Jim Jones, Black Thought, and many others. Blazing tracks from the who's who of extraordinary Hip-Hop producers such as the Eric Sermon, DJ Khalil, Scram Jones, Havoc, Kenny Dope, Allah Mathematics and Alchemist, layered with Raekwon's melodic flows, thought provoking visual content and street orientated delivery. Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, the long awaited concept album from Raekwon the Chef. Back with the gritty tales from the street that have made him a hip hop legend, 'Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang' captures Raekwon at the top of his lyrical game. The album includes tracks such as: "Molasses" featuring Rick Ross, "Rich and Black" feat. Nas, "Last Train to Scotland" feat Lloyd Banks and many more.

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One of the few Wu-Tang rappers to have successfully forged a critically validated solo career, Corey Woods aka Raekwon has been riding a fresh wave of respect since 2009’s sequel to his acclaimed 1995 debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Shaolin vs Wu-Tang, the man’s fifth LP in total, lacks the consistency and truly focused lyrical content of its predecessor, but should be considered another success amongst so many mundane releases in the Wu-family catalogue.

Lyrical themes are conventional to the extent where tropes appear so well-thumbed that it can be hard to pick out a metaphorical ninja between all the inky smudges, high-kicking kung-fu flick samples no different from those heard so long ago. But if Raekwon can confess to the charge of sticking to his comfort zone conceptually, then he at least has the sense to maintain standards high enough to ensure that familiarity gets nowhere near contempt. He’s a rap hero worth rooting for still, steady syllables sliding between slippery beats in a style that can’t be taught – and it’s this innate ability that’s guided him to such an impressive scene standing, almost 20 years after the Wu’s still-arresting 36 Chambers.

While the supporting cast here is impressive – turns from Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Nas and The Roots’ Black Thought are forcefully pitched into proceedings – it’s our prime protagonist who holds attentions with the tightest grip courtesy of typically dense and detailed wordplay. Admirable work indeed, given the quality of contributors around him – and this quality extends to the production, too. Erick Sermon of EPMD fame mans the desk for Method Man-featuring early highlight Every Soldier in the Hood; and DJ Khalil, behind excellent work on Eminem’s Recovery LP, filters fizzy beats through the low-end thunder of Rock n Roll. Both are rumbling, raucous cuts that could decorate any rap show playlist and immediately improve its content ten-fold.

But while the sinister string samples and mystical talk of fantastical warriors is as good here as it’s been on any previous Raekwon album, there’s the nagging feeling that Shaolin vs Wu-Tang is rather lacking in longevity potential compared to the pair of Cuban Linx releases in its maker’s back pocket. In the catalogue of a lesser artist, this would shine brightly – from the sweet soul vibe of From the Hills, via Dart School’s harp-accompanied diatribe, to Butter Knives’ treacle-thick backbeat: there’s much to enjoy. But the Chef’s a little better than this, and has proved it enough times in the past, meaning that this goes down as very good rather than another outstanding offering.

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This is an excellent album, recommend listening on headphones, this gives much more appreciation of the production that typically addicts fans to wu-tang beats.
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Very nice album and in my opinion better than his previous.
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Everything was good
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