January 7, 2013
Wu-Block - 'Wu-Block'
Whatever happened to the good old days?
6 / 10
Whatever happened to the good old days, wonder Wu-Tang Clansman Ghostface Killah and D-Block’s Sheek Louch on their imaginatively titled collaboration. Like a rap Grindhouse, dripped in grimy nostalgia for a 1990s New York lived on ashen corners, the release turns the clock back in sound and spirit with the languorous productions of regular Ghostface collaborator The RZA replaced by hard beats and menacing samples. The pair strike up a good chemistry, as evidenced on the soulful ‘Drivin’ Round’, with cameo-ing Wu-Tang man GZA butting in to ask: “What is the key to life, with no ignition?” The rest of the record, sadly, struggles to get out of first gear.
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