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I thought about it a while back and now I’ve clasped them: my fifteen favourite Wu-Tang songs. “Here we go” (the start of one of the songs somewhere there). I’ll give a short description from 11 down, and links for the top 8. Sort of arbitrarily.

 

15. Careful (The W)

 

14. Campfire (8 Diagrams)

 

13. C.R.E.A.M. (Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers))

 

12. Wu Banga 101 (Supreme Clientele)

 

11. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber Pt. 2 (Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers))

I realise the street-cred is in thinking this is the best album ever, but the highest from it is #11 (:S). But I just love a lot of their other stuff more, mostly solo albums. Call me clown. This is my favourite off 36 Chambers. It’s so gritty and flipped out, it’s amazing.

 

10. Triumph (Wu-Tang Forever)

The best off the beast of Wu-Tang Forever. I generally listen to the Intro too, which builds the beat (and RZA’s anger) into Triumph nicely. It’s a good.

 

9. Verbal Intercourse (Only Built 4 Cuban Linx)

“RZA, Chef, Ghost and Nas something prophet.” It’s a smooth combination. All are on-point, but Nas takes the cake.

 

8. Brooklyn Zoo (Return to the 36 Chambers)

Ol’ Dirty at his crazy best. I don’t know why, but his incoherent swearing and singing everywhere and saying things that don’t make sense is awesome. The beat and energy of this song are great. When he comes in with “I’m the one man army Ason,” I believe the dude.

 

7. House of Flying Daggers (Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. II)

Speaking of energy, this is one of the most energetic Wu-Tang beats I’ve heard. And I don’t know why, but I feel like Rae’s entry is one of the smoothest I’ve ever heard.

 

6. Meth Vs. Chef (Tical)

This song’s a bit of an odd idea, but the beat’s cool and both Meth and Chef come through. I wouldn’t normally say this (cause I think the “Chef” is the best overall rapper in the Wu-Tang… usually), but I think Meth won this one. Although everybody wins because this is a good song.

 

5. New Wu (Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. II)

I’m actually surprised I’ve got two Cuban Linx II songs so high, because (*spoilers*) Part I’s my favourite Wu album (*end*). But this song’s so smooth it’s like auditory butter.

 

4.Investigative Reports (Liquid Swords)

Liquid Swords is a beast I’ve yet to fully tame, though I’ve probably given it twice the time and energy of any other album in the world. But I don’t enjoy most of the beats, though GZA works throughout. But this beat I love, and I love the energy and the everything. Even the news samples. That’s got to be a good sign.

 

3. Ice-Cream (Only Built 4 Cuban Linx)

Just a tank song. Is got everything.

 

2. Shadowboxin’ (Liquid Swords)

The sample and the rapping and the groove and the drool. This boy’s so sublime it’s close, but not quite.

 

1. Wu Gambinos (Only Built 4 Cuban Linx)

Aside from the tedious, skippable 1-minute intro of dialogue about money or murder or something, this song is like the pinnacle of every Wu mountain of everything good they’ve ever done. Which is added to because it’s a posse cut, so almost everyone’s on this one.

 

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(this article has been translated from german without editing)

 

you need to know these.

you must first of do four things:

 

1 figure out something generally relevant about our culture and sobriety

example: i was driving past a road and a billboard had a photo of a woman on it and she didnt look like any real woman ive seen in a while and i didnt get attracted but instead angered.

 

2 air your frustration freely

example: i think women must and should be furiated once seeing large women advertising irrelevant things in public and they pressure to look like women. this effects all things including farming goods.

 

3 give succint, precise, relevant, biblical answer and apply it effectively

example: ‘”i have plans to prosper you” jeremy 29:11 and also “”my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” 2 corinnians 12:9. billboards are hardly relevant because of a reason involving prosperity and weakness and our sexual culture is undead.

 

toilet

 

im an idiot.

cyphers

No, not:

scyther

 

Cyphers are wonderful things where a bunch of rappers rap on a rap song.

A couple of decent albums dropped in the past few weeks: A$AP Rocky’s Long Live A$AP and Pro Era’s Peep the Aprocalypse. The former leaked and the latter was released as a free download. There’s a lot of gold on them, but the cyphers stood out to me. So many raps.

 

 

1Train one hell of a posse cut (synonymous with scyther). But as random as the gathering seems, it was never random in Rocky’s eyes. “I really wanted to take it back to the essence of the ’90s; it was the generation of the underground. Even though I have a lot of mainstream appeal, I come from the underground, and I just wanted to give back to that. That’s why I was really strategic on who I picked to be in the line-up… with Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson and Danny Brown, they’re from the underground. Yelawolf, he’s really underrated if you ask me. I think he’s one of the best lyricists of our day. I feel like everybody on that track has a value in our generation.”

Whether or not you agree with Rocky’s assessment, you have to feel the level of talent crammed into the song. The beat (by Hit-Boy, the dude who produced Goldie) is smooth. I think I could hear people freestyle over it for hours and not get sick of it. And I almost wish that were the case here. 6:13 for seven talented rappers? I wouldn’t have any issue if the song were twice as long. As great as the song is, I feel a bit frustrated at how short the verses are (a 45-second Kendrick feature?), and the overlapping thing. Oldie a posse cut (and my favourite song of 2012), and I loved the heavier beat that broke up the verses. But this is/is gonna be the third single from the album, so maybe Rocky was just trying to keep things as tight as possible.

And for the record, I thought Action Bronson worked the beat best. Although I was really excited to hear Joey on this. And I love the music of everyone on this song, so I was just glad to hear them all together, doing their thing. Big, happy family!

 

 

After a few listens, my favourites on the Pro Era tape were The Renaissance and Last Cypher. And the latter’s got 8 people on it- one more than 1Train. Suspect, and even bigger Pro Era posse-cut off of Joey’s 1999 tape, has grown into one of my favourite songs on the album. And this one is just as good, although I don’t like Joey’s verse quite as much ( his Suspect verse has got to be one of the best verses on 1999 but).

Also, if you’re a fan of freestyles, or 20-minute videos, here’s a freestyle session three of the Pro Era dudes did at Hot 97: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd9n-dTcU-4   Joey is nuts. He sounds like he could freestyle without pause for the rest of time.

On a sad note though, Last Cypher finishes (and so the album finishes, as it starts) with a Captain STEEZ verse, who died a few days after the tape dropped. As a 19 year old. Details haven’t been released yet, but no matter how it happened it’s incredibly sad. He was a talented kid who could’ve gone a long way. Dude will be missed.