It’s no secret that U-God is one of the least of the Wu-Tang Clan’s many celebrated rappers. In a crowd that boasts luminaries like Ghostface Killah, Method Man or even underground favorite Inspectah Deck, it would be hard for an average Joe like U-God to stand out. I’ve always felt, however, that part of U-God’s charm lies in his everyman status – he’s just a dude who happens to be
I’m not much of a fan of country music. I think that the reasons for this are pretty much the same as the reasons that I don’t like a lot of modern pop music – it’s usually over-produced, soulless and interchangeable with any one of a thousand other songs. That said, there are some country artists and albums that I really love, simply because they stand apart from the crowd.
Following the release of the second Wu-Tang Clan group record, 1997’s Wu-Tang Forever, the clan members changed their approach somewhat for the next round of solo releases. Just like with the first batch of solo records, Method Man was first out of the gate with a drastically different sound. Unlike Meth’s first solo album, which was entirely produced by Rza, Tical 2000: Judgement Day contains productions from a variety of
(ed. note – some links may lead to material which is NSFW) The Wu-Tang faced high expectations for their second group album, following their collective debut and the the string of memorable solo releases which followed. I remember that I personally hoped for greatness but expected mediocrity. Many artists, even great ones, succumb to “sophomore slumps” on their second albums, and I remember thinking that the Wu might be especially