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|1. Introduction - Dreddy Kruger|
|2. Lyrical Swords - Gza|
|3. Slow Blues - Various Artists|
|4. Still Grimey - Various Artists|
|5. Skit - Various Artists|
|6. Think Differently - Various Artists|
|7. Infomercial: #1 - Jim Jarmusch|
|8. Biochemical Equation - RZA|
|9. O.D.B. Tribute - DJ Noize|
|10. Fragments - Del Tha Funky Homosapien|
|11. Intermission - Various Artists|
|12. Street Corners - Solomon Childs|
|13. Listen - Planet Asia|
|14. Infomercial: #2 - Jim Jarmusch|
|15. Verses - Various Artists|
|16. Preservation - Aesop Rock|
|17. Cars On The Interstate... - C.C.F. Division|
|18. Give It Up - R.A. The Rugged Man|
|19. Black Dawn - Bronze Nazareth|
A watershed release in the history of the underground hip-hop movement, Think Differently Music: Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture reflects the convergence of Wu-Tang and the indie hip-hop culture. As ambitious in scope as it is creatively visionary, the album consists of Wu-Tang stylistic sensibility and production paired with some of the finest (as well as commercially viable) underground East and West Coast hip-hop lyricists. Babygrande. 2005.
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2. Lyrical Swords - Ras Kass & GZA
3. Slow Blues - Vast Aire (of Cannibal Ox), Byata, Timbo King & Prodigal Sunn
4. Still Grimey - U-God, Sean Price, Prodigal Sunn & C-Rayz Walz
6. Think Differently - Casual, Tragedy Khadafi, Rock Marciano & Vordul Mega (of Cannibal Ox)
7. Informercial #1
8. Biochemical Equation - RZA & MF Doom
9. O.D.B. Tribute - DJ Noize
10. Fragments - Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
12. Street Corners - Bronze Nazareth, Soloman Childs & Byata
13. Listen - Littles, Khalid & Planet Asia
14. Infomercial #2
15. Verses - Scaramanga Shallah, La The Darkman, Ras Kass & GZA
16. Preservation - Aesop Rock & Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
17. Cars on the Interstate - C.C.F. Division (Shacronz & Freemurda)
18. Give It Up - J-Live & R.A. The Rugged Man
19. Black Dawn - Bronze Nazareth
Now to the review: 'Wu Tang Meets Indie Cultre' is a compilation album put together by Dreddy Kruger, an affliate of the Wu Tang Clan and a part time rapper (you might remember his fairly bad verse on 'Graveyard Chamber' from the Gravediggaz' debut album). The concept was bringing Wu Tang affiliated rappers/producers and the best of the hip hop underground together for some crazy collaberations that you can't help but think were made to happen (whoever got GZA & Ras Kass together on the same track, let alone 2, deserves a medal). It's also interesting to read about how each song came to be, which is inclded in the booklet. The result is a unique blend of the signiture Wu Tang feel and the top voices of todays indie rap scene, in an album that anyone who likes the guest list should check out.
When I saw the list of the rappers that were set to appear on this album, I knew that this album had incredible potential. The album lives up to my expectations, and was definately enjoyable, but it could have been better. Some verses are a little weak, and some of the production could have been better, but as I said, the overall product is stll dope. Upcoming Wu producer Bronze Nazareth provides most of the production, doing every song but Still Grimey (Preservation), Biochemical Equation (RZA), Verses (DJ Noize), Preservation (Preservation), Cars On The Interstate (Mathematics) & Give It Up (Preservation). For the most part he does a very good job, keeping it interesting, and providing a great backdrop for the many different MCs featured here. I'm definately going to be looking for more material by him in the future (the only other things I had heard from him are his couple of beats on RZA's 'Birth Of A Prince'). On 'Street Corners' and his solo track 'Black Dawn' he shows that he's actually a pretty good rapper, too. Preservation also impressed me with his few beats ('Verses' was one of the best on the CD) and he did a great job with the production of the infomercials.
Top 5 Songs (In Order):
1. Verses - As I said, one of my favorite beats on the album, and features 2 of my favorite MCs (Ras Kass & GZA). I'm also a big fan of La The Darkman, who drops a hot verse as well as Scaramanga Shallah who I had actually never heard of before.
2. Lyrical Swords - Ras Kass & GZA are 2 of my all time favorite rappers, and easily 2 of the best lyricists in the game. My favorite beat on the album, plus 2 dope verses (this would've been #1 if it wasn't so short), this is a sick track you need to hear. These 2 REALLY need to do an album together...Incredible chemistry
3. Still Grimey - I don't like the chorus, but the beat and the genius combination of U-God, Sean Price, Progidal Sunn & C-Rayz Walz make this a stand out.
4. O.D.B. Tribute - This is only an instrumental with some scratched samples, but it's truly a GREAT track, and a fitting tribute to the fallen Wu members. DJ Noize does an incredible job here, and true fans of Wu Tang should recognize most, if not all of the vocal samples.
5. Fragments - Solo from Del, didn't like it that much at first, but it really grew on me, and is now one of my favorites. Just a great personal track with some dope production and sampling from Bronze Nazareth.
Cars On The Interstate - Not really a bad song, but definately the worst on the album. After hearing Shacronz & Freemurda (CCF Division) on various Wu affiliated albums, I didn't expect much from this song. Good beat provided by Mathematics, but Shacronz just doesn't come through (Freemurda is only on the hook).
Lyrics/Substance/Subject Matter - 8/10
Flow/Delivery - 8.5/10
Production - 8.5/10
Overall Feel - 8/10
Overall Rating - 8/10 - Great album, any fan of underground rap and the Wu Tang Clan should pick this up.
The only issue I have with this album is that some of the production is forgettable. I'm not calling it bad, but there are some tracks that you'll forget as soon as they stop playing like "Black Dawn". Aside from a few forgettable tracks, the rest of the album is pretty good.
Wu-Tang Meets Indie Culture is definitely tight. With names like Aesop Rock, GZA, Del The Funkee Homosapien, Ras Kass, RZA, C-Rayz Walz, J-Live, MF Doom, and Vordul Mega, I feel like there was some out of this stratosphere type of potential that was fielded here but it didn't quite mesh like I was hoping it would. But don't let that change your mind about picking this up, it's definitely dope. If you're looking for mainstream alternatives, this should definitely do the trick. Highly reccomended.
Standout Tracks: Listen, Give It Up, O.D.B. Tribute (My Favorite), Still Grimey, Lyrical Swords, Think Differently, Fragments, and Preservation
Being a diehard Wu-Tang and underground fan this album caught me completley by surprise, I bought this on amazon and when I got it I put it straight into my system, went directly for the first track Lyrical Swords and was greeted by one of my favourate mc's Gza and Rass Kass,definatley was a good indication of things to come.
I must explain that Dreddy Kruger is a Wu affiliated rapper who has been with the Wu since the early ninties and has appeared on various albums such as Gza's Liquid Swords. His views on the state of the current trend of mainstream hip hop parallel my own in that it has become a sorry cliched mess which has quickly become stale leaving many hip hoppers disillutioned with the industry, realising this Dreddy decided to use his connections and put together an album featuring the Wu and other underground artists.
Production on this album is of a high quality, mostly coming from new Wu affiliate Bronze Nazereth who also raps and he is definatley a talent to watch in the future. Other productions are by Rza, Mathmatics and Preservation.
This album is a banger and needs to be checked out by Wu and Underground heads alike, some of the collabarations will surprise you and you will come to thank Dreddy for being able to pull this off.
Artists who appear on this album are as follows:
La the Darkman
Del tha Funky Homosapien
RA the Rugged Man
This is a must, get it.
This CD is very mentally stimulating and probably not what most would listen to in a club. This CD is pretty grimey and real through. Everyone that collabrated on this project, Rock Marciano of The UN (he killed it on Think Differently, "cause for he who feel offended, a beat down can't be prevented"), Vast Aire, Vordul Mega, MF Doom, Sean Price, C-Rayz Walz, Casual, J-Live, RA The Rugged Man, Aesop Rock, Del Tha Homosapien, Tradegy Khadafi, Planet Asia and Littles all held it down on the MIC with tite verses, punchlines, and flows. But I also thought, Ras Kass came the srongest and killed it on both tracks he blessed, Lyrical Swords and Verses.
The tracks that shined to me were Lyrical Swords, Slow Blues, Think Differently, Biochemical Equations (MF DOOM the Great and Bobby Digi), Street Corners, Verses, Give It Up, Still Grimey, Listen, Black Dawn and Preservation.
One thing I enjoyed about purchasing this CD, the insert explains how each track came about from the vision to the finish product. Slap in the face to RZA for what he said about MF Doom. I was surprised he didn't know who MF was in 2005?!?! Now on Biochemical Equation MF Doom come with his usual flow, but only received one verse while RZA had two. The beat was what kept the chemistry together on that track, lol.