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Uncontrolled Substance [Explicit Lyrics]

Inspectah Deck Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1. Intro
2. Movas & Shakers
3. 9th Chamber
4. Uncontrolled Substance
5. Femme Fatale
6. The Grand Prix
7. Forget Me Not
8. Longevity
9. Word On The Street
10. Elevation
11. Lovin You
12. Trouble Man
13. R.E.C. Room
14. Friction
15. Hyperdermix
16. Show N Prove
17. The Cause

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Inspectah Deck's debut LP has been one of the most eagerly awaited in Wu-Tang's long history. As the Clan's vaunted lead hitter on pivotal posse cuts like "Triumph" and "Protect Ya Neck," Deck displays a gift for metaphoric mastery and complex rhyme schemes. In fact, few other MCs are more effective than Deck at creating evocative street-level images with single line strokes from his lyrical stylus. Line for line, Deck could easily outshine even fellow Wu members like Method Man or Raekwon, but in a new Wu era where RZA has opted out of handling the bulk of the group members' production, Deck loses out considerably. Uncontrolled Substance is nowhere as banal as GZA's Beneath the Surface, and there are some great tracks ("Femme Fatale," "9th Chamber"), but writ large, RZA's absence is the disc's more glaring shortcoming. How you gonna have the Wu's most venomous rhymer trying to come with an album without the clique's most accomplished beat chemist behind him? This is a great album, but it could have been far greater. --Oliver Wang

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rebel Oct. 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
I went to the music store without any idea in mind of what I was getting. As I walked through the door, the employee handed me a free CD. I looked at the cover and saw it said Inspectah Deck. I had know idea who he was, but I saw that it was a hip hop CD so I held onto it. I took it home and listened to it. It was a promotional CD, which had some spliced songs on it. I listened to it at first and didn't really like it, but I gave it another chance. It began to grow on me. After a while, I went to the store to buy the complete album. Ever since then I have been hooked. Let me say, it's hip hop at its finest. The Rebel INS is lyrically sick wit it. His beats would of been a little better if RZA were behind them, but they are still extremely satisfying. Now I am trying to get his new album, "The Movement."
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Definite Buy March 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
OK, Whoever just said this was the worst album he's ever heard needs to be shot cuz i dunno what that kid thinkin. He musta had Chingy in the background while he was listenin or somethin. Deck is raw on this album and his lyrics prove that he is DEFINITLY one of the top Wu emcees in the clan. Yes, i know RZA wasn't on most of the songs, but yo, you gotta realize in today's game its all about originality. BEING ORIGINAL, not monnotous, RZA cant do every beat, for every song, for every emcee on every album can he?? Look, if you love true, hardcore, raw hip hop, pick up Uncontrolled Substance, you'll be satisfied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tight April 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
Inspectah Deck is always on point and for the fool on this that said that Meth should have been on this album is a fool.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncontrolled Substance... Classic Material Sept. 23 2005
By ZigZag - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Damn I can't stand these fake@ss CD reviewers. One day you grab a magazine or go internet, thinking that what you're about to read about some new joint must be true since it's been written by a proven cat who certainly has a true hip hop knowledge. The man writes for the people, he CAN'T be wrong. Yeah right. That's what I thought back in the days when Uncontrolled Substance finally came out. A true Wu fan I was, and when I read EVERYWHERE that INS's first solo album wasn't so good, average at best, not really "Wu level", there was so much other albums I had to cop that I decided to sleep on this one. Damn what a fool I was. Now it's been 6 years of snoring and yesterday my bro offered me Uncontrolled Sub for my birthday. Now think about everything you read about it that said this joint was average... BULLSH*T! that sh*t is DOPE, trust me on this one. The beats are banging, and I know what I'm talking about, I've been listening to hip hop for 14 years and I pride myself on collecting only true classics, from the 36 Chambers to the first O.C. joint (Word...Life, another slept-on classic, hip hop heads know what I'm talking about), and I can tell you that this INS solo is up with the best of it. Now here's something that I really want to clarify because it's starting to pisss me off: the fact that RZA just produces a couple of cuts on the album doesn't mean that the other cuts aren't AS GREAT AS THESE TWO. Matter of fact, you don't have a lot of RZA, but you have 4th Disciple, True Master, Allah Mathematics, Deck himself and EVEN PETE ROCK PRODUCED A SONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's a DREAM line up, no question. So please stop with all this BS, I mean, don't get me wrong, I would've loved to hear more tracks from Prince Rakeem and his God-given talent, but come on, the beats on this album simply CAN'T be put as a weakness since the producing team is one that you won't find often anywhere else, and they live up to the hype on this one. What else? The lyrics and flow are great, but do I really need to mention it since we're talking about the Rebel INS, one of the sharpest and most venomous lyricists of all time... So I guess you got the idea, if you was fooled like me a few years ago, then you have to fix the problem and go NOW to the nearest store cop Inspectah Deck's Uncontrolled Substance, if not your collection will never be complete. Peace.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wu classic March 24 2000
By kando - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
any wu classic is a hip-hop classic, and this IS the album YOU WANNA get right now. Whats up with everyone complaining about rza not producing? RZA is RZA and can't be replaced, but he can't do everything, and this album's production is amazingly fresh and raw, and different from everything you've seen from the wu or rap in general.
This is original, doesn't sound like any other album. EVERY SINGLE track (thats right all tracks) are excellent, they all show a lot of work and dedication. Theres no commercialism in here, deck and guests style of rhyming complete the tight beats in the perfect way, shame on no limit and cash money that are unorganized and don't have orientation in their albums, they mix it up and every track sounds the same (this is true wether youre a cashmoney fan or not).
but this one is excellent, listen to it from start to finish, and you'll find deck rhyming lyrics with the enthusiasm and precise accuracy like in protect ya neck, guillotine, triumph and for heavens sake. yeap i said every song is excellent , its true, AND OUT OF THIS ORIGINAL AND RAW ALBUM THERE A FEW OF THE BEST WU TANG SONGS EVER, AND THUS SOME OF THE BEST RAP SONGS. Listen to friction, maybe the best song, WITH RZA PRODUCTION FOR THOSE OUT THER WHO CANT LIVE WITHOUT IT. RZA composes the beat like it was the cuban linx album, while deck and masta killa rhyme on it with their characteristic wu precision. elevation, 9th chamber, uncontrolled susbstance and femme fatale are so damn good and unequal to anything else, you'll want to listen again and again. just naming a few of the songs, and I'm not here to determine the best songs, YOU DO determine the songs you like best, and i can tell ya you re gonna love the album, no matter if youre a wu head or not.
Not a lot of rza, but the totally blazing production and decks talent well make up for that. if ya dont like it, email me and ill give ya your money back, shipping and handling included.
its too bad it doesn't atract people like other circumaniac stuff on the shelves
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Word On The Street" is this album "Shows & Proves" Dec 6 1999
By Rene Valencia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Well, as a devoted wu-tang fan, I wasn't as excited to hear that RZA wasn't going to handle most of the production here. But after listening to it, I must say this one great album despite his absence. Rebel INS shows why his voice and his amazing lyrics go together to make him possibly the most skilled wu member. On one of my favorite tracks "Movas 'N Shakers" he rhymes to a a beat that has a jazzy feeling to it, with saxophones in them. "This style has no origin or birth date/And scientists research can not calculate" he chants on this outstanding track. And you'll find another equally outstanding joint with the title track. On "Femme Fatale", he shows that he can also tell stories as he chants about how he can't resist this one girl. On "Longevity", he explains that not many last in the hip-hop game, but wu has been in it for what is about to be a decade, and he does it to a catchy piano in the background. He even does an unofficial sequel to Method Man's "Sweet Love" on "Lovin' You", and unlike most sequels, this one definitely stands up to its predecessor. Finally, you see some of RZA's production on R.E.C. Room, which is also a great track. By far, the best tracks on the album are the first two singles "Show 'N Prove", and "Word On The Street" which have bangin' beats that are even more highlighted when he drops his lines. Overall, every track on this album is great, and I got just what I expected on the album, tight lyrics and even better production than I thought I would get. This is one album that I will forget not...
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Too Late Jan. 19 2005
By Lord Reveal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Wu-Tang not releasing Inspectah Deck's debut back in 1996 was one of their biggest mistakes. It only made sense; they were at their peak of their careers with great albums from Meth, ODB, and Ghostface Killah and classics from Wu-Tang, Raekwon, and GZA. Finally releasing Deck's debut, UNCONTROLLED SUBSTANCE in 1999 in the mist of others dropping their sophomore LPs (GZA, ODB, Raekwon) and debuts (U-God) seemed like a bit of a hesitant move in their part. Deck posseses one of the most lethal flows in the Wu (and hip-hop in general) with excellent metaphors only matched by Method Man and a great flow only matched by GZA/Genius. It is no wonder why Deck is considered the Wu's underdog. Even with production by True Master, 4th Disciple, Mathematics, RZA, Deck himself, and Pete Rock, the album at times lacks in substance. At this point in 1999, The RZA was not in charge of none of the solo clan members albums because he was focusing on his Bobby Digital career and the Wu affiliates. More production by RZA on this album would of beeen better (he only produced "Movas & Shakers", an okay song, and the even better "Friction" featuring Masta Killa). Guest appearances from KillArmy MCs Killa Sin & Baretta 9 ("9th Chamber"), Streetlife ("9th Chamber", "Grand Prix", and "The Cause"), La The Darkman ("9th Chamber", "Loving You"), U-God ("The Grand Prix" and "Longevity") and Masta Killa ("Friction") help Deck beef up the album a bit. Deck showed his productions skills as well (as only hinted on WU-TANG FOREVER's "Visions") on tracks like "Femme Fatele", "Word On The Street", "Elevation", "Hyperdermix", and "The Cause". Now, the singles: The intended first single, "R.E.C. Room" is easily the best song as well as the official first single, "Word On The Street". The follow-up single, "Show & Prove" is a good song as well. Still, if this would of been executived produced by RZA and released in 1996, it would of been much better.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspectah Deck - Uncontrolled Substance May 13 2006
By Wu-Tang_Assassin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
GREAT album. Thats all I can say. One of my favorite members from Wu-Tang. This album provides so much variety that it will KEEP you listening all the time without getting bored of it! Let me get specific on the album now.

Lyric wise, INS brings the heat in EVERY track. Even the guest appearances in the album, THEY even bring lyrical heat. But I didnt find ONE track that I thought that INS was weak in. Some tracks hes more lyrical than others, but ever track has a story/point or good rhyme sceme to it. INS doesnt fail ONCE lyrically in this album, so when you get this, make sure to take note he doesnt fail lyrically.

Now, production wise, RZA produces a couple tracks but thats it. INS even produces a couple tracks for himself! Talent. And the beats that he makes for himself are hott! I think every single song on this album has at least a decent or better than decent beat, and some are classics. Some of my favorite beats are "Forget Me Not", "Uncontrolled Substance". I like the "9th Chamber" beat just for the fact thats its really grimey. I dont have to name all my favorites just notice all the beats are cracken. Real Wu-Tang music.

INS's first album, its cracken lyrically and production wise. I dont see NO reason why you would hate or even barely dislike this album. INS brings so much variety in this album its crazy. If your a Wu-Tang fan or a HIPHOP fan this album is a MUST buy!!!

My Top 5 Songs

1.Forget Me Not

2.Longevity

3.Word On The Street

4.Trouble Man

5.Friction
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