Release Date: Jun 30, 2009
Record label: KR Urban
First things first: Wu-Tang Chamber Music is not a Wu-Tang Clan album, despite the presence of that W logo on the cover. About half the verses on the album come not from Wu members but from fellow Carhartt-era rap vets like Sean Price and Cormega. I guess Old 90s Rap Dudes Chamber Music didn't have the same ring. There's no Method Man, no GZA.
Continuing to frustrate fans with packaging that must be deciphered, the Wu-Tang 2009 release Chamber Music arrived with only two months notification, that big "W" logo/endorsement on the cover, no GZA on the track list, and no sign of "Clan" on the cover. Crack it open and there are enough short interludes to suggest this is a mixtape -- which it really isn't -- plus there are three themes if you look even closer. First, the backing tracks are all created by a live band, the versatile Revelations, who provide everything from dubby funk for the great "Harbor Masters" to no wave dance beats for the creeping highlight "Ill Figures.