Hopefully 2014 is going to be the Year of the Wu. We should be getting:
Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow
Method Man - Crystal Meth (AND the Meth Lab mixtape)
GZA - Dark Matter
Inspectah Deck (+ 7L & Esoteric) - Czarface 2
Raekwon - Fly International Luxurious Art
Who else is excited as I am for this?
"Look at Meth, breaking bad like he cooking meth in the lab. Still a lethal weapon but try and bless him with math." | A$AP Nast - Trillmatic (ft. Method Man)
A$AP Nast - Trillmatic (ft. Method Man)
In addition to A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg, I’ve been keeping up to date with the rest of the A$AP Mob off and on, which consists of 13 members total, but keep in mind not all of them are hip-hop artists/producers. I wasn’t all that impressed with their lackluster 2012 collaboration mixtape Lord$ Never Worry, so I didn’t feel overly obligated to follow their progression too closely, or at least until they got their shit together. Fortunately, that day seems to have definitively come, at least for A$AP Nast. He previewed about a minute of Trillmatic back in July of this year, but I had no idea the final product would turn out this perfect. Not only is Trillmatic better than anything anyone from A$AP Mob has ever released, including A$AP Rocky, but it’s hands down one of the best hip-hop songs of 2013. Method Man makes a lasting statement with his top notch verse, and adds some solid variation to this vintage New York styled song. You’ll find this on A$AP Mob’s debut album Lords, which drops March 4, 2014.
"This ain’t just me rapping, it’s real and something you gots to know. Catch a mark nigga hating, get him a casket, that bastard’s ‘bout to go. Whoa, Nasty baby I’m crazy, the 90’s raised me. I’m just as smart, probably smarter than half the cats who play me.”
My Song Rating: 9.8 out of 10
Ghostface Killah - Yolanda’s House (ft. Method Man & Raekwon)
This low-key Wu-Tang gem is off of Ghostface Killah’s solid 2007 album The Big Doe Rehab. My favorite Wu member is Method Man followed by Raekwon, so it’s hard for me not to love this song. The beautiful violin based instrumental works exceedingly well with each MC’s potent verse. When it comes to spittin’ raw stories of the street, no one does it better than Wu-Tang. Yolanda’s House is my all time favorite song by Ghostface Killah.
One of the main reasons why Wu-Tang is so well known and loved is because not only do they have their classic posse albums like Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), but all of the members have produced their own classic albums in their very successful solo careers. The Big Doe Rehab is Ghostface’s 7th studio album. It’s easy to see that the members of Wu-Tang Clan are some of the hardest working cats in the game. Such success doesn’t just happen.
My Song Rating: 9.8 out of 10
All of the members are amazing, but Method Man has done so much amazing stuff with Wu-Tang and through his solo efforts.
Wu-Tang Clan - Method Man
Not only is this my favorite song off of Wu-Tang Clan’s legendary 1993 debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) but it’s easily in my top 5 favorite old school hip-hop songs of all time (which is obviously saying a lot). It’s a true classic of classics, and represents the epitome of 90’s hip-hop. This song is also one of the many reasons why Method Man is my favorite Wu-Tang member.
"I got, fat bags of skunk
I got, White Owl dub
And I’m about to go get lifted
Yes I’m about to go get lifted”
My Song Rating: 10 out of 10