Wu Tang Clan: C/D?

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I'm going with classic for their early work (dark beats, brilliant raps) and less enthusiasm for the later stuff. Opine at will...

John S., Thursday, 27 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

they are great, don't deny yourself. like what you like and realize that conceptually no group has ever stepped to the game like they have/had/are/will

Steve K, Thursday, 27 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

well, we've had plenty we threads before, but i was thinking of picking up Iron Flag today (after tim reminded me of on his latest skykicking entry). the first lp excellent, but its the liquid swords - cuban linx where they hit the top spot, theres been some treading water since then, but what i've heard of Iron Flag seems pretty defiant

winter warz is, like, the best thing ever

gareth, Thursday, 27 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My work is done here.

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 27 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

IRON FLAG is a great return to form, very tight and not as sprawling as THE W.

Matt Riedl (veal), Thursday, 27 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

That's what everyone said about The W in relation to Wu-Tang Forever.

The Wu have become a "best album since" act. Not too many hip-hoppers get to that point.

Ben Williams, Thursday, 27 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

For a collective who've released at least two albums a year, singly and as a group, for a decade or so, I think we're too harsh on the misfires. What other gang of people put out anywhere near that much great stuff during the '90s? What individual was responsible for more great music in the decade than the RZA? It sometimes seems that people are far more interested in slagging off the rubbish parts of Forever (which has LOTS OF TERRIFIC STUFF TOO!) than talking about 36 Chambers and Liquid Swords and Cuban Linx and loads of other greatness. All-time classic!

Martin Skidmore, Thursday, 27 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Forever has some absolute classics: Triumph, Bellz of War, For heaven's sake, and especially Reunited...it does get knocked around too much. As has been said elsewhere, practically every double album has some filler.

John S., Thursday, 27 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

classic classic classic. of course 36 chambers, swords, linx, but ghostface's supreme clientel is great as well

brains, Thursday, 27 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

And don't forget ODB's Return...

Sterling Clover, Thursday, 27 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i think people are too quick to dismiss some of the solo records because they aren't 36 chambers. method man's 'judgement day' has way too many skits, but songs like 'torture', 'suspect chin music', 'breakups 2 makeups'... gold. same with ODB's 'Nigga Please'. so it isn't 'return' - so what, when you have drunken brilliance like 'dirt dog'.

Dave M., Thursday, 27 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

To me it's all about the RZA, and The W is his best work - sprawling in the sense that he had way too many good ideas for one album. Only Ghost is consistently brilliant in having something to say and getting it across, although ODB, Method, well everyone's had their moments.

B-Rad, Thursday, 27 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I have trouble listening to Wu's early work now. It's just too emaciated and deliberately crappy sounding (too much weed, basically) especially compared to amazing crispness of Iron Flag (if the Clan have switched from hash cookies to guarana as their pick-me-up of choice I'm not going to complain). Even Supreme Clientele, which I love, sounds a bit drab in places in comparison, but I'm sure that'll pass once I've stopped being excited over Iron Flag.

That said, when I did listen to early Wu-related stuff all the time, my first and biggest love was Only Built 4 Cuban Lynx.

Tim, Thursday, 27 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

cuban linx definitely still holds up today... it's a really rich record. wu-tang? absolutely classic.

minna, Thursday, 27 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

As a Wu-tang fan, I would definitely not call "the W" sprawling. It I think it's the shortest group album.

Trey Bien, Friday, 28 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Classic. But later is generally better than earlier. Of course, early WT was so incredible within the genre context of the time.

Dan i., Saturday, 29 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBkMwmUSh00

break all these MCs down into syllables
put em back together make they rhymes unshillable

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 28 September 2007 07:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

http://www.jamphat.com/rap/index_files/image129.png

gabbneb, Thursday, 3 April 2008 22:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

oh. one of those jpgs again.

chaki, Thursday, 3 April 2008 22:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

"especially compared to amazing crispness of Iron Flag"

theres nothing crappy sounding about the forever album.

titchyschneiderMk2, Friday, 4 April 2008 10:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

I see your jpg and raise you"

http://www.the-isb.com/images/ProtectYourNeck.jpg

Finefinemusic, Friday, 4 April 2008 16:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The Reverend, Friday, 4 April 2008 16:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

stop posting that bullshit and watch wu promo vids from '95:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCUoPEh-UsA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyLSNQhg-EE

deej, Friday, 4 April 2008 16:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

i didn't know gabbneb was in high school

J0rdan S., Friday, 4 April 2008 16:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

man fuck those things. thought this would at least be abt Wu-Massacre or something.

zvookster, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 02:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

i feel some vague bond with you because you use the same link portals as me.

Melvin van Osterlow, Jr. (res), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 02:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'd really be surprised if anybody would ever put "36 Chambers" in the "dud" category. The meat of the debate on ilx is the debate over whether Iron Flag is any good or not, as well as Forever. and it looks like this thread is missing that.

To thread: two people with differing opinions on Iron Flag.

Cattle Grind, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 02:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

.gif is funnier due to people getting irrationally worked up over it, tbh.

Turangalila, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 03:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

not really -- it's just a not even funny example of an internet meme that's like 3 years old

funky house septics, let me drain you of this (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 03:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

wow, you're so smart and current.

Turangalila, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 03:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

don't get mad because you posted a lame .jpg on the internet

funky house septics, let me drain you of this (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 03:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

I like Iron Flag. That album is badass. Well, half of it is anyway. Listen to "Good Thing We Brought the Glock" and tell me that beat doesn't kick ass all over the place.

Melvin van Osterlow, Jr. (res), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 03:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

xp

lol not mad, still genuinely LOLing at your jerk reaction

Turangalila, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 04:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

i can haz liquid swords

k3vin k., Tuesday, 16 March 2010 04:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

Raw, J0rdan S. gives it to ya, with no trivia.....

Cattle Grind, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 04:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

lol jordan ilu

t(o_o)t (ENBB), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 04:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh god wasn't this a 'thing' back when MIMS was hot

but actually it is impossible to have a penis on the body of a mermaid (dyao), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 04:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

this was why he was hot iirc

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 04:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://i39.tinypic.com/vfkvub.jpg

ice cr?m abdul-jabbar (Leee), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 05:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

classic since dusty watson toured with them once

meisenfek, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

good god, you guys will fight about anything

smoking cigarette shades? it doesn't even make any sense. (HI DERE), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

36 Chambers is great. Forever is great. Iron Flag is great. The W is mostly great. 8 Diagrams is mostly crap.

Get the Flaps Out (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

call me crazy, but i like wu tang clan a lot

Deuce Bigalow: Male Juggalo (M@tt He1ges0n), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

36 Chambers is great. Forever is great. Iron Flag is great. The W is mostly great. 8 Diagrams is mostly crap great.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

They are all great. Even 8 Diagrams (although it is the least great.)

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

I like to pretend 8 Diagrams doesn't exist.

The Reverend, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 23:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

personally, I like to listen to it

INSUFFICIENT FUN (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 17 March 2010 00:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

8 Diagrams is great if you need music to play while you discuss something illegal that you want nobody else to hear but not to actually listen to.

Cattle Grind, Wednesday, 17 March 2010 02:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

teach me about Lord Superb please

rizzx, Sunday, 5 June 2011 15:52 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

this is driving me insane... there's some Wu-Tang song with a line/sample snippet "fuck him up bad!" and I cannot for the life of me find it. what is it

i hate it when rats eat my bushels (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 16:24 (six years ago) Permalink

ah. yes

i hate it when rats eat my bushels (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 16:53 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

really gonna help going into this with memories of a better tomorrow

schlump, Friday, 12 April 2013 17:40 (four years ago) Permalink

Don' Like My Rice (feat. Chow-Yun Fat)

calstars, Friday, 12 April 2013 17:50 (four years ago) Permalink

wow has it really already been 6 years since that last piece of shit...

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 12 April 2013 18:07 (four years ago) Permalink

otm

Spottie_Ottie_Dope, Friday, 12 April 2013 18:08 (four years ago) Permalink

great comments on that article btw

the late great, Friday, 12 April 2013 18:12 (four years ago) Permalink

I've still got love for a bunch of these dudes but RZA can gtfo these days

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 12 April 2013 18:13 (four years ago) Permalink

great comments on that article btw

― the late great, Friday, 12 April 2013 18:12 (25 minutes ago) Permalink

ja rule

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 12 April 2013 18:38 (four years ago) Permalink

new ghostface & Adrian Younge album is streaming at NPR
http://www.npr.org/2013/04/08/176043665/first-listen-ghostface-killah-and-adrian-younge-twelve-reasons-to-die

Spottie_Ottie_Dope, Saturday, 13 April 2013 07:00 (four years ago) Permalink

I've still got love for a bunch of these dudes but RZA can gtfo these days

― four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, April 12, 2013 2:13 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah, unbelievable how bad his production on man with the iron fists soundtrack was... drums were unbelievably weak

flopson, Saturday, 13 April 2013 18:52 (four years ago) Permalink

new ghostface & Adrian Younge album is streaming at NPR
http://www.npr.org/2013/04/08/176043665/first-listen-ghostface-killah-and-adrian-younge-twelve-reasons-to-die

dunno abt the drum production, strikes me as a little plinky, but i haven't listened on a good system yet

j., Sunday, 21 April 2013 02:06 (four years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

cool, will read

We hugged with no names exchanged (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 20 March 2014 18:50 (three years ago) Permalink

;_;

I ask Icelene for a memory of her husband, one that comes to mind more than any other. She answers quickly.

“I think back to when we were young. We had to walk past this building, Building 5, and that’s where all the Gods and Earths were. They were men and women that were studying in the Nation of Islam, that knew their lessons. And when we walked past them, he made sure he knew his — how much the planet weighs, how far we are from the moon — and it made him feel great. Because you had to be a positive person — you couldn’t smoke, drink, nothing like that — to walk past them with your head up high. He taught me from a young girl how to respect myself. And he didn’t speak like no other guy that I knew. So I just fell in love with him.”

Little Nicky Pizza loved that rascal Rust (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:16 (three years ago) Permalink

He would eventually come back to the Wu. On Ghostface’s excellent reunification cut “9 Milli Bros,” Capp steals the show with a nod to the bad old days: “Diggler, a.k.a. the cab driver / Drop you off in the middle of fire.”

:)

Little Nicky Pizza loved that rascal Rust (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:24 (three years ago) Permalink

It’s impossible not to wonder what could have been. But that thought should be trumped by what was — that this even happened at all.

Little Nicky Pizza loved that rascal Rust (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:36 (three years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E14-IBTq-g
new and now and not bad at all on first listen!

We hugged with no names exchanged (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:54 (three years ago) Permalink

The chorus is a little shit but yeah that's not bad!

Grantland article was excellent.

brains hangin (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 21 March 2014 06:25 (three years ago) Permalink

^^^

fhingerbhangra (Noodle Vague), Friday, 21 March 2014 09:53 (three years ago) Permalink

re: Grantland, i mean

fhingerbhangra (Noodle Vague), Friday, 21 March 2014 09:54 (three years ago) Permalink

no Ghost interview wtf

How dare you tarnish the reputation of Turturro's yodel (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 21 March 2014 15:22 (three years ago) Permalink

The writer explains in the article that despite his best efforts he didn't managed to get an interview with him.

The U-God one was a bit sad, with his efforts to do a record with Ghost and his acting dreams and all... Kinda like a rap version The Story of Anvil or something.

Tuomas, Friday, 21 March 2014 18:21 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm a little worried about Cappadonna...

JoeStork, Friday, 21 March 2014 18:27 (three years ago) Permalink

“I have yet to understand the value of Arizona,” Cappadonna says, with a heavy heart. “I have yet to understand why God brought me here.”

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 21 March 2014 20:10 (three years ago) Permalink

the whole cappadonna section is wonderful

mattresslessness, Friday, 21 March 2014 20:30 (three years ago) Permalink

“I have yet to understand the value of Arizona,” Cappadonna says, with a heavy heart. “I have yet to understand why God brought me here.”

― puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, March 21, 2014 3:10 PM (29 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

probably a lot of people feel this way

great read

espring (amateurist), Friday, 21 March 2014 20:48 (three years ago) Permalink

no ghost interview is the perfect capstone to the thing, it is what jon lewis is talking abt in another thread--

is there a name for the kind of completion that only occurs when something is omitted?

― Myth or it didn't happen (Jon Lewis), Thursday, March 20, 2014 5:39 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

--the Lack. the ghost. face. anyway, jell of that piece.

difficult listening hour, Friday, 21 March 2014 20:53 (three years ago) Permalink

the phrase you are seeking is "structuring absence"

https://faculty.washington.edu/mlg/courses/definitions/structuringabsence.htm

espring (amateurist), Friday, 21 March 2014 20:55 (three years ago) Permalink

oh word, when zizek talks about this he calls it Lack like it's an energy source in a fantasy novel the old ham

difficult listening hour, Friday, 21 March 2014 21:01 (three years ago) Permalink

i think there is a difference b/t lack and structuring absence but in any event the latter phrase is clearer i think

wu-tang killer bees on attack / ghostface's absence might be called "the lack"

espring (amateurist), Friday, 21 March 2014 21:08 (three years ago) Permalink

this lack is like ziti

difficult listening hour, Friday, 21 March 2014 21:09 (three years ago) Permalink

i eat ziti, I'm slavoj zizek / tell jacques lacan to protect ya neck

ok I'm done

espring (amateurist), Friday, 21 March 2014 21:13 (three years ago) Permalink

ugh that sounds like a fucking das rascist line

espring (amateurist), Friday, 21 March 2014 21:14 (three years ago) Permalink

dlh took the joke as far as it needed to go

The Reverend, Friday, 21 March 2014 21:18 (three years ago) Permalink

agreed

espring (amateurist), Friday, 21 March 2014 21:18 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

love this Rza interview, could listen to him talk all day
http://youtu.be/cuZ-g4Tm3Q8

imago all the sheeple (Spottie), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 17:24 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
two months pass...

Who dares to wear this shirt? Who dares to get punched in the sternum over and over and over?

we salute you, our half-inflated dark lord (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 18 February 2016 23:47 (one year ago) Permalink

hey Shkreli paid $15 million in bitcoins for that shirt

Οὖτις, Thursday, 18 February 2016 23:48 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

this is p good

http://www.pitchfork.com/news/rza-announces-new-album-wu-tang-the-saga-continues/

Οὖτις, Friday, 25 August 2017 16:16 (two months ago) Permalink

that article has some interesting phrasing

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 25 August 2017 21:53 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah, lot of marketing word salad

Οὖτις, Friday, 25 August 2017 21:57 (two months ago) Permalink

According to a press release, the album is executive produced by RZA and “crafted by” DJ Mathematics. As the title suggests, it also features Wu-Tang Clanmembers. 

like it's cool that the members of Wu Tang Clan have some features on their new album. def seems like RZA somehow owns"Wu Tang" the business and is holding over everyone's head

I'd really love an in depth piece on all the bad blood in the Clan over the past 15 years

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 25 August 2017 22:08 (two months ago) Permalink


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