Wu-Tang: Legendary Weapons Review

Wu Tang Legendary Weapons Review

Wu-Tang is for the children.

Of all of my young music related memories for some reason Ol’ Dirty Bastard rushing the stage at the Grammy’s is still one of my favorites.  He was right too, Wu-Tang Forever album should have won every award there.  In my opinion that might be the best rap record period, and no disrespect to Pac or Biggie but my favorite double album ever.

Wu-Tang’s 36 Chambers actually got me back into rap music.  Wu-Tang Forever might be my favorite album of all time. Then you have all of the first generation solo records like Rakwon’s, Meth’s, ODB’s, Ghostface’s and GZA’s which are all classic in their own right.

Nowadays, Wu-Tang is certainly not at their peak either artistically or commercially.  That said – when they drop something new I will listen out of respect.  Sometimes I am horrified (see: Raekwon-  Immobilarity ) and sometimes I am pleasantly surprised (see: Raekwon – OB4CLII).

Where will Wu-Tang – Legendary Weapons land?

Well on about 3 days of listens, this is falls heavily into the pleasantly surprised list.  I liked the last Wu project (Chamber Music) but on my limited listens I am feeling Legendary Weapons a lot more.

Much like Chamber Music this album is more of a collaboration type album.  Their is outside production and each song features a couple of Wu members, and maybe a guest spot.  There is no nine verses of hellfire over a RZA banger, but thats OK.

They did a great job on the sound of this album, it has a real Wu-Tang feel to it.

The crowd cheering at the start of Start the Show will remind all Wu fans of It’s Yourz. Laced Cheeba is a totally classic Wu style beat.  Never Feel This Pain has Inspectah Deck sounding revitalized over a funky/soulful beat reminiscent of something Ghostface would have rhymed over.

Another highlight from the album comes from the criminally underrated Killa Sin who absolutely torches a 2 minute boom bap beat, with a definite Wu flair.

If you are a Wu fan this is a must buy IMO.  If you are one of those people who hate the current rap scene you should also download this to get a taste of the glory years.  This might go down as one of the better albums of the year period on subsequent listens. ODB was right, Puff Daddy Is OK but Wu-Tang is Better.

  • chubz

    nonononono. it went down like this:

  • dariusbilc

    This is real good.

    Fresh album.

  • JZA

    Good review of the album. I also notice the production is not very wu-like. I was expecting something like Shaolin vs Wu-Tang but instead the beats are very soft, and almost sublime beats, and extra clean as opposed to the hard grimmy beats. Is a new style in itself, I cant compare it with commercial hiphop out there. Definitly something to get used to, but unique.

  •  Yes I can agree with that for sure.  While some of the classic Wu sounds are there (samples & instruments) it certainly lacks the roughness of their early beats.

    Be interesting to see who produced what, and what tracks RZA produced but I have yet to see the production credits.

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