Release Date: Mar 30, 2010
Record label: Def Jam
P.O.S. :: Chill, dummyDoomtree RecordsAuthor: Patrick TaylorI've been a fan of Stefon "P.O.S." Alexander since his debut nearly 10 years ago. On "Audition" and 2009's "Never Better," he proved himself to be one of the few artists who could successfully meld punk rock and hip-hop. Fellow Minnesotans ….
Cleverly splitting the difference between a full Wu-Tang Clan offering and an affiliated solo release, Wu-Massacre boils the group down to three of its most fearsome lyricists. Method Man’s acid sarcasm grounds Ghostface Killah’s tightly wound exclamations, which in turn nicely balance Raekwon’s flinty realism, and the trio’s rhymes are well served throughout by big, soulful beats. Who knew it would be this easy to solve the lack of focus that has plagued so much of the assembled Clan’s later output? B+ Download These:Michael Jackson-sampling single Our Dreams at amazon.comBrass-laced banger Mef vs.
Wu-Tang's Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon convene to chop it up during a brief session, a one-off. Despite the half-hour length, there are a number of producers on board, including RZA, Allah Mathematics, Ty Fyffe, Digem, Emile, and Scram Jones. Jones’ beat for the closing “It’s That Wu Sh*t,” which samples Fantasy Three's 1983 electro single “It’s Your Rock,” is the only track to not carry that dusty, nostalgic soul crunch.
What exactly is Wu-Massacre, and how did this long-delayed, long-awaited collab finally come to be? From the quick opening pair of bangers “Criminology 2.5” and “Mef Vs. Chef 2,” everything points to a sequel, most obviously to Raekwon’s 2009 heavy hitter Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II. Everything about the album is brief: verses, songs, the whole deal — in fact, the tidy little joint runs only 30 minutes, including skits.
Initially, the most shocking thing about Raekwon's long-promised 2009 album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II was that it actually existed. You could say the same for Wu-Massacre, a new collaboration from Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and Method Man. Unlike Cuban Linx II-- a long-rumored sequel to a ….
Wu-Tang is legend, that’s just a fact. No other hip-hop dynasty has given us such diverse personalities, glowing solo-work and utterly memorable songs. Even the stuff that only bears a metaphorical Wu Tang branding (Ghostface’s aughtie run of brilliant records, Raekwon’s Cuban Linx saga) have been classic – anything coming out of their camp is at least going to be listenable.