MASTA KILLA - MADE IN BROOKLYN Explicit Lyrics
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In 2004 Masta Killa released his debut solo album, No Said Date which received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Sticking to the formula the fans always loved, No Said Date was the first solo release by a Wu-Tang Clan member to feature the enitre group in 8 years. Now, 2 years later, Masta Killa is set to release his highly anticipated sophmore follow-up, Made in Brooklyn. This time around, Masta Killa has enlisted the talent of top notch hip hop producers including DOOM, Pete Rock, Bronze Nazereth, PF Cuttin and more. Once again MK has gathered all his Wu-Tang brothers together (Ghostface, RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Method Man, Inspectah Deck & U-God) for the historic LP.
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No Said Date is not a classic in my eyes, but it was one of the best post millenium Wu albums, and remains one of the best today. Made In Brooklyn is a fine follow-up to No Said Date; it's definitely not better than his solo debut, but Killa surely didn't fall victim to the sophomore slump. In fact, I don't find this album any lower in quality than No Said Date; it's just that with Ghostface's Fishscale this year, and GZA's GrandMasters last year, Made In Brooklyn didn't really stand out as much as No Said Date in '04.
With that being said, this is one of the two Wu-Tang albums I've constantly bumped this year; still behind Fishscale, but this has gotten a nice chunk of rotation. While Inspectah Deck released another mediocre album, U-God released an abortion of an album, Method Man released a dissapointing album, and Bronze Nazareth released an overrated album(I hate to say it, but Great Migration did nothing for me, even as a die-hard Wu fan), Masta Killa released a dope album that Wu fans can be proud of. Even if he's only two albums into his solo career, there's clearly quite a few solo releases ahead of him, and if he can continue with the consistency, he may gain the same respect outside of the innercore as Ghostface.
Production on this album is handled by a variety of cats, ranging from Metal Fingers(who's beat was taken from MM...FOOD?, but is still dope; in fact, that beat was underutilized on MM...FOOD?), to Pete Rock, to the aforementioned Bronze Nazareth. Every living member of the Clan makes a guest appearance, as do some of the lesser affiliates. There's no "9 Milli Bros" here, but the posse cuts that are included(Iron God Chamber, Street Corner, It's What It Is) are some of the best tracks found on the album.
Overall, Made In Brooklyn is yet another fine release from an underrated lyricist, whose skills are rarely appreciated outside of Wu fans. Definitely one of the best of the year, and a must have for any fan of the Wu, or good east coast hip-hop.
Seriously, Masta Killa was the last guy I expected to hold down the Wu Tang when they started to slip. When I got word that he was dropping an album back in '04, I just knew it was going to be the worst solo album in the entire Wu camp (Not that he was wack, but every group has that one guy that may not get as much shine/spotlight as the rest of the crew...Masta Killa was that guy). Then I popped No Said Date into my CD changer......and it's still there.
Fast forward to 2006 ......
With the release of Made In Brooklyn, Masta Killa should easily be regarded as one of the most consistant Wu members (along with GZA and Tony Starks). The album has a distinct Wu sound despite production from cats like Pete Rock, PF Cuttin', MF Doom, and some relatively unknown beatsmiths (Jig Sor, Whyz Ruger, Chris Conway, Mark Grant....just to name a few). To list every dope track would result in me writing a 12 paragraph review. Trust me when I tell you that this joint is nothing short of definite satisfaction. The production is tight, MK brings it on the mic, and every living member of the Wu (R.I.P. Ol' Dirty) comes through to drop verses.
As far as flaws, there aren't many. I wasn't really feeling "Let's Get Into Something" or "Lovely Lady" and "Older Gods" may fall under skip material if you're not in the mood for it. The rest of the album is practically untouchable. As a whole though, the album isn't as creative as his previous LP.
Made In Brooklyn is as good as you're going to find in rap this year. This album along with strong joints from Ghostface (Fishscale), Inspectah Deck (Resident Patient), Mathematics (Soul Of A Man), Raekwon (The Vatican Mixtape), and Bronze Nazareth (The Great Migration) marks a strong return for the WU in 2006. It gets two thumbs way up from me. I recommend making this one a collection piece.
Standout Tracks: East MCs feat. Victorious, K. Born, Killa Sin, & Free Murder, Pass The Bone [Remix], It's What It Is feat. Raekwon & Ghostface (My Favorite), Iron Gods Chamber feat. U-God, RZA, & Method Man, Street Corners feat. Inspectah Deck & GZA, Nehanda & Cream, E.N.Y House, Ringing Bells, and Then & Now feat.Karim Justice, Shamel Irief, & Young Prince