Masta Killa may've been the most overlooked member in the Clan during their breakthrough, and subsequent reign on top, but nowadays, he's made himself one of the more noticable Clan members. Sure, Ghostface still puts out the most consistently dope music, Method Man's still a media darling, and the GZA is still the greatest lyricist in the game, but Masta Killa has one thing going for him, that no-one in the Wu but Ghost can claim; consistency.
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.