Two weeks from today will
mark the glorious directorial debut of Wu-Tangs one and only RZA.
November 2nd, we will be hit hard by one of the most over the top
kung fu movies to be released in the US in many years,
The Man With the Iron Fists. Produced by
Quentin Tarantino and written by Eli Roth and RZA, it has an
instant draw if not only marked purely by curiosity. As over the
top as it comes off in the trailer, I can only imagine how
ridiculously awesome the entire hour and a half will be. Although
RZA is certainly no stranger to the film world, this is the first
time he has written or directed anything. The fact that it was
co-written by Eli Roth ensures maximum blood and gore. It should be
a real eye gauger. Perhaps the biggest bonus you get with having
RZA so heavily involved with a movie is that you are graced with a
killer soundtrack, and judging by the album’s full track list that
is exactly what we have here:
Continue reading “LxListening: The Man With The Iron Trax”
Arguably the most anticipated release of the summer releases with one of the most unfitting times – who releases an album called Cruel Summer with four days left in summer? Kanye does, a man with clearly no regard for the seasons, and an ever-increasing ego to boot. People often get driven wild by Kanye’s egomaniacal antics and proclamations about being the greatest thing since Jesus Christ or sliced bread, but what goes wrong with Kanye’s G.O.O.D. music compilation album, Cruel Summer, is Ye passing his ego onto his friends and believing if they hang with him, they must be great enough to stunt as well. What results is an album as inconsistent as the rappers Kanye has accrued.
Continue reading “G.O.O.D. Music Review Royale: Cruel Expectations”
The sophomore album. There is almost always exponentially more anticipation and expectations for a band or artist’s second album. We at LxL thought that those expectations would lead to a lot of massively disappointing second efforts. Interestingly enough, after a lot of research, we were pleased to discover that the sophomore album failure rate is really not all that high. Despite this welcome discovery, there were still enough clunkers to make a list of the most disappointing follow-up albums. Note that this list does not contain the worst all-time sophomore albums, but instead the albums that did not live up to the expectations brought on by a great or promising debut. As always, fill in the blanks with any albums we may have left off the list, or call us out for albums you think should not have been included. Enjoy!
10. Raekwon – Immobilarity
So your two best friends are RZA and Ghostface Killah, and you’ve just released your debut smash, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. What should you do next? I’ll tell you what you don’t do. You don’t bypass one of the greatest hip-hop producers since the genre’s genesis (RZA). You also don’t fail to utilize a rapper that fits snugly between Biggy and Jay-Z in the holy triumvirate of New York rappers (Ghostface). Fail.
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For some reason I have found myself listening to the work of the members of The Wu-Tang clan a lot recently. Mind you, I have not been listening to any collaborative Wu-Tang albums, but instead the solo works of the various members, which is quite an overwhelming endeavor. I really like Wu-Tang, but it is difficult to sift through some of the muck and mire that has been by the various members over the years. For instance, say I wanted to get a greater base of knowledge on Inspectah Deck’s body of work. I have to then decide which of his FIVE studio releases I am going to try to dig into. I can look at other people’s ratings of his albums all I want, but rap is just such a crap shoot anyway, there is no way I am going to be successful finding what I’m looking for.
Since I am just starting to make progress of Wu-Tang solo albums, most of what follows is more of a list of some of my all-time favorite Wu-Tang member’s offerings, and not so much any hidden gems that I have found. Maybe once I am all the way through the solo catalogues I will be able to offer a LxListening Wu-Tang sequel. Enjoy.
Continue reading “LxListening: I’m a Wu-Tang Man”