The Wu Tang Clan, a hungry hip-hop group since '93 has expanded into a whole arsenal of varied emcees. Not only from their own backyard of Staten Island, but from the depths of California to Europe. While they may not be official clan members, they are part of the best, if not the greatest hip-hop group of all time.
RZA seems to know how to set off an album and he does so by letting the world know of a "new Wu revolution," he goes on to introduce everyone lending a hand on this LP. The beat is very 36 Chambers-ish, despite it being a loop. It sets an early mood for the album. The LP maintains a 36 Chambers sound at times, but the beauty is when we're introduced to a west coast version of this sound. This is clearly seen on "G.A.T." by The Black Knights, North Star, Solomon Childs, Shyheim and 12 O'Clock. The beat is so sick that it rubs off on the emcees. North Star thrive over beats this good, and prove that.
The LP also has something more radio-friendly and gets away from the 36 chamber mentality, but yet demonstrates the versatility of these emcees. Two On Da Road, Shyheim and Black Knights light up "Get At Me." Like the songs states "There is no limit to things that we can do"… and with the Wu and its affiliates, it's very true. Now how about we take this album back to 36 Chambers and bring back a beat so familiar that it makes you crack out that Ironman CD…"K.B. Ridin" reminded me very much of "Ironman"'s "The Soul Controller." Another crazy yet funky sound is found within the lost "Woodchuck". This track finally appeared and it was well worth it as Timbo King and Cilvaringz rip this track with well rhymed lyricism.
So what can possibly be wrong with this LP? Easy… uninspired tracks like "When You Come Home" by Shyheim who sounds like he's trying too hard to be heard. And, there's "Rollin" by Black Knights and RZA, which features a typically West Coast beat doesn't quite suit the style brought by RZA. This LP definitely brings out each emcees best, but at the times the lack of fitting beats tend to overshadow some excellent lyrics. But, what album doesn't have its flaws? Too bad it had to be a Wu-Tang compilation. Definitely check out the up and coming rising stars that represent the Wu. Enjoy this LP… its only the start of a new Wu era.