The 8 Diagrams Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics, NTSC, Limited Edition
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Limited CD/DVD combo. The highly anticipated 2007 album from the Wu-Tang Clan. The Wu-Tang Clan is a New York-based, all-star lineup of nine American rappers who are Grammy winners, multi-platinum-selling solo artists, multi-platinum record producers, film stars, screenwriters, TV stars, product spokespersons, business owners and, most recently, major motion picture composers. Emerging in 1993, the Staten Island, New York-based Wu-Tang Clan proved to be the most revolutionary rap group of the mid-'90s and only partially because of their music. All nine members work under a number of pseudonyms but they are best known as: the RZA, Genius/Gza, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, U-God, Inspecta Deck, and Masta Killa. 17 tracks including the singles 'The Heart Gently Weeps' (featuring Erykah Badu), 'Take It Back' and 'They Wanna Stick Me For My Riches'.
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Just listen to the 1st track Campfire if you're not into that then don't buy this album because every track just escallates and campfire is just a taste of the greatness that is imbued in this album.
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So I came home, put it in the stereo, and prayed it wasn't too depressingly bad. I had no idea what I was in store for. The production on this album is simply incredible from start to finish. People have been calling it experimental...no, no. RZA's arrangement of somber chants, cascading guitars, rolling pianos, weeping violins, and ominous samples on this album is deliberate. He knows what he's doing, and he does it very well. The sound is dark and threatening, and beats switch up fluidly yet unpredictably. Anyone who really understands music will at least appreciate what RZA has accomplished, if not fall in love with it. I haven't been this excited upon first hearing an album since Stillmatic.
My biggest worry was based on people's complaints about the singing on this album. Let me say this: I HATE R&B hooks on Hip Hop songs with a passion. "Back Like That" was the worst song on Fishscale in my opinion. But the singing on 8 Diagrams fits the mood perfectly. It adds to the atmosphere without sounding corny or over the top.
This is grown man music, and I suspect this album is poorly received because too many people are expecting another 36 Chambers. That's what RZA tried with Iron Flag, and we saw how that worked out. Rae's complaint was that the fans are looking for punch-you-in-the-face music. This is creep-in-the-night-and-steal-your-soul music. Besides, I can't think of anything more punch-you-in-the-face than Unpredictable, and Inspectah Deck absolutely destroys that track with a verse reminiscent of his legendary Triumph break-out. Speaking of lyrics, all the members come correct here...even U-God is in top form. If 8 Diagrams is the last album from Wu-Tang Clan, which in all likelihood it is, it is the perfect closing chapter to their legacy, and a testament to the musical genius of RZA. Bong bong!
There are probably kids doing the Crank That who have never even heard of the Wu-Tang Clan. Unlike the Notorious B.I.G., their early-'90s contemporary, the Staten Island Crew didn't suffer a tragic, legend-making end, nor did they inspire a generation of Wu-Cadets the way Christopher Wallace inspired so many Little Biggies. No nine-man, numerology-obsessed posses have sprung up in their wake: Nobody has dared to be that bizarre.
And yet, despite the odds, their fifth album is arrestingly, chillingly good. It doesn't include any overblown claims of invincibility; instead, it's a haunted house where samples shiver, floorboards creak and the scariest ghosts of all are the flinty-eyed MCs telling decades-old tales of desperation and violence with smoldering immediacy, like they're cursed to relive them endlessly. Here, Wu-Tang don't defy death; they fall into a grim lockstep with it.
8 Diagrams might be the quietest hip-hop album ever made. RZA, who produced 13 songs and coproduced the other two, cultivates a sinister hush throughout; gone are the spine-snap snares and street-mob chants of 36 Chambers, the synth sleaze of Forever and the brassy funk of The W and Iron Flag. The beats are ashen and skeletal, like the charred remains of a fire, and come laced with fantastic details: rattling chains, spindly guitar peals, warped toms and on and on. RZA has always been hip-hop's reigning minimalist, but his work scoring films--Kill Bill, most recently--seems to have strengthened his ear for ambiance and texture. "Gun Will Go" opens with some exuberant soul, then gives way to an icy two-note bassline and Method Man's evocation of some nightmarish urban nature preserve: "This is Poverty Island, man, these animals don't run/Slums where the ambulance don't come."
Method Man, who spent the past decade mutating from group hotshot into a poor man's Wayans brother, sounds especially rejuvenated. His voice is a corroded, serrated wonder, and for the first time in years he delivers rhymes to match. Raekwon, long negligible, returns to form, too, with thrilling true-crime raps. Unsurprisingly, the most virtuosic turn belongs to Ghostface, who's enjoying a seven-year hot streak. On "The Heart Gently Weeps," which ingeniously jacks the Beatles, he stages a chaotic shootout in a Pathmark that moves from the dairy section--"Damn, I got milk on my Clark's"--to the cleaning- supply aisle--"Shots was whizzing, hitting Clorox bottles!"
Which leaves the Other Guys: GZA, whose brags unfold in careful paragraphs, excitable Inspectah Deck, dead-calm Masta Killa and rumbling U-God. Like affable cousins at a family reunion, you don't want to get stuck in conversation with them for too long, but it wouldn't be the same party without them.
Someone, of course, isn't here, and it's easy to read the album's ghostly fog as a response to Ol' Dirty Bastard's fatal 2004 overdose. After the final song, an ODB freestyle from the early '90s revs up unexpectedly and, for a minute, it's as though that rowdy MC has cheated death. In hip-hop, it's tough to grow old, but that doesn't mean you can't live forever.
My Favorite songs:
Heart Gently Weeps
Take It Back
Gun Will Go