Album Review: Wu-Tang Clan "A Better Tomorrow" 5-out-of-5 Stars
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:20:30
Let's get one thing out there first. Wu-Tang Clan made another timeless piece with A Better Tomorrow. That's all there is to it. Anytime these gentlemen get together is a gift for hip-hop fans worldwide. This continues that tradition. Look, it's not Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) or Wu-Tang Forever. That's another era altogether, and this isn't supposed to replicate either. Instead A Better Tomorrow stands on its own like every significant offering the boys have created either together or solo. Close your eyes, open your ears, and take a real deep listen, and you'll hear it.
"Ruckus In B Minor" ignites this roller coaster with a declaration from none other than Ol' Dirty Bastard—R.I.P. Inspectah Deck comes out of the gate verses blazing, brandishing that lyrical fire he's had since day one but perfected. Method Man announces "Still number one" repeatedly before a dope passage from U-God and his own fiery bars. That legendary interplay remains intact, especially once Ghostface Killah and Raekwon intensely deliver their own statements. The volley between these legends stands out as incalculable as it is infectious especially on "Ruckus In B Minor". It's a flawless opener.
Then, "Felt" segues from soulful into more iron clad rapping that illuminates just how unstoppable Wu-Tang remains over 20 years from their debut. "40th Street Black/We Will Fight" boasts a propulsive chant, while "Mistaken Identity" gets uncannily vulnerable, showing another side altogether especially during the refrain. "Hold The Heater" cruises back to the heart of Shaolin, and "Crushed Egos" razes competitors to the ground lyrically. RZA's foresight can't be topped as his vision crystallizes during the one-two punch finale on "Never Let Go" and "Wu-Tang Reunion".
This is another must-have entry into one of rap's most respected catalogs. Even though it's a new evolution, make no mistake—Wu-Tang Clan (still) ain't nothing to fuck with.
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