Meth, Ghost and Rae
Wu-Massacre


3.5
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Review

by Joe Schmoh USER (73 Reviews)
April 1st, 2010 | 35 replies | 7,925 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cuban Linx was the call that the Wu-Tang is back, now Wu-Massacre makes it official.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Ever since Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx sequel, Wu-Tang has successfully sailed back on the warpath to rule the rap world. Ghostface wrote a love rap album that isn’t completely terrible, Inspectah Deck put out his first good album ever, and now Ghost, Rae, and Meth are collaborating on an album of their own. Wu-Massacre, rather than going the bloated, epic route of Rae’s near classic Cuban Link, it’s bare bones, short and to the point. Twelve Tracks that combine to exactly thirty minutes seems a bit like a short cut-off, but its honestly worth it, as the trio of MC’s pack as much as they can into those short moments.

The first half of Wu-Massacre, however, sort of swaggers around from the usual greatness expected from these three MC’s, to some real downer tracks. For every “Meth Vs. Chef 2”, which features The Chef and Meth trading off clever lines over thumping horn track, we get a song like “Gunshowers”, which features a bored loop created the night before recording, and bored ‘get money/kill dem’ rhymes from Trife Da God. The biggest blunder, however, is “Our Dreams”, which features an awkward transition from verse to chorus, and a beat that sound genuinely bored from the RZA. Switching from classic, stripped down minimalistic Wu-Tang tracks to new, soul-infused, epics like that of Rae favors, each track in the first half is tinged with different ideas and flavors, and it sounds like a mess despite of the inspired opening.

As the album moves on, however, the second half of the record is extremely strong. United in mission, our three Wu stars start to make the productions smoothly work together. The aggressive, knocking drums of “Dangerous” and the bombastic, theatric story-telling via Ghost on “Pimpin Chipps” start off things in the second half epically. This is where the MC’s strengths begin to shine. Meth’s slithering flow and raspy voice, mixed with oddly inspired lyrics is the true highlight of the record, while Ghost’s pure consistency is enjoyable to hear. Combine that with Rae’s excellent luck and story-telling and their known chemistry, and we get some real highlights. “Miranda” is the album’s best track, led by a latin-tinged beat, gives proper flavor for one of the few working Wu women tales. “Youngstown Heist” is a posse cut with Trife and some members of the LOX, mixed with its woozy organs and guitars, and Sheek’s surprising verse, and we get an enjoyable track.

“It’s That Wu” ends the album with a sort of futuristic vibe, and sort of highlights something that isn’t really noticed throughout the record. The weak sound of the drums on most of the tracks makes the record sound utterly limp in some places, decreasing the replay-ability of the record. Other than that; though, Wu-Massacre still sounds like an epic rather than a fizzle for three of Wu’s top MCs. Just don’t let RZA handle MJ samples again.



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hydeyomoney
April 1st 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

here we are.

Inveigh
April 1st 2010



24793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

is this streaming somehere? also, what's with the thirteenth track in the listing there?

I definitely agree that the second half is better than the first, and that the drums sound weak. The bass isn't equalized properly either, but I thought that was just the version I had.

However, I like Our Dreams. Although I know I'm in the minority there.

hydeyomoney
April 1st 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

hmm i liked Our Dreams at first, but it grew off me.

Also, Miranda is my jam.

Inveigh
April 1st 2010



24793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Miranda's fantastic, if I had to pick one song off here to be my favorite, that would probably be it.

Urinetrouble
April 1st 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

albums pretty awesome; i want a wu-tang clan full length with all the members

hydeyomoney
April 1st 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Because GZA has much more chemistry with Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, and RZA than these guys.

and U-God's just a poopnose.

Inveigh
April 1st 2010



24793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no idea why GZA or any of the other guys aren't here.

weedbeater: did you listen to 8 Diagrams? I thought that was pretty ok.

Urinetrouble
April 1st 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

8 diagrams was okay. i want all of wu tang present on an album. and make it at leat like wu tang forever. they wont ever top 36 chambers

Inveigh
April 1st 2010



24793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

8 Diagrams had all the members.. minus ODB of course.

Urinetrouble
April 1st 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

rza hinted at a new wu tang album on hiphopdx.com

http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.10931/title.rza-says-a-new-wu-tang-clan-album-is-underway

Inveigh
April 1st 2010



24793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no shit? ok, I'm interested

Urinetrouble
April 1st 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

link is in last comment

Inveigh
April 1st 2010



24793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice, hope it makes it out this year

hydeyomoney
April 1st 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I hope it does too, but it probably won't considering how Wu projects work.

Calculate
April 1st 2010



1135 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'Our Dreams' is great. Personally, I like the transitions.

Thor
April 1st 2010



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This release feels way too rushed and promotional. It's more like a mixtape than an actual album.

HenchmanOfSanta
April 1st 2010



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Meth vs. Chef 2 is pretty awesome.

Phantom
April 1st 2010



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album is ok, and not much else

hydeyomoney
April 1st 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i'd say this is pretty good, if a bit rushed (although Rae has had an idea like this since 8 Diagrams)

Bulldog
April 1st 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

OH YEAH?

*writes review*



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