KROC
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The W

Tue Nov 28, 2000 12:48 pm

Okay, I know there are a few Rap music fans, and Wu-Tang fans as well. I was wondering what the opinion of the Wu's third album is? Personally, after having a week to listen and review it, I really like it. At first listen, I was dissapointed, because I kept hearing that the Wu was going back to the style that made them popular and famous to begin with. After further review, while going back to their roots in some aspects, they also have yet again taken Hip-Hop to a new level. They are again setting the standard by which others will be judged, and no doubt, there will be several bitters in the coming months of the new Wu style. The W seems to be a combination of 36 Chambers and Wu-Tang Forever with a large dose of NEW thrown in. Tracks like "Chamber Music", Careful (Click, Click)", Hollow Bones", "Do You Really" and "Gravel Pit" are instantly great tracks. The already released and popular "Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)", while personally not liking the beat, I like the fact that each Wu member gets to drop a verse, and there all pretty short and to the point, and for me, that saves the track. Overall, this is a classic album. On the scale of a 1 to 5, I give it a 4.5 There are a few off moments for the Wu on The W, but overall, this is a classic disk.

Also, for all of you that hate Rap, I respect you're opinion, but this is for people that LIKE rap,a nd would like to intelligently talk about the new Wu-Tang album. If you feel the need to talk shit, start a new post. Thanks.
 
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RE: The W

Tue Nov 28, 2000 1:42 pm

I haven't heard it, yet. My mom went to Reno for Christmas shopping this weekend and she was gonna get it for me (not for Christmas) but she went to Best Buy and they said they didnt have it and then she went to Sam Goody in the mall and I guess they were sold out. I have heard "The Jump Off" (I dont really like the beat either, but each member has a good verse, like GZA). I have heard and seen the video for "Gravel Pit", I like it better and the video idea was creative. I hear they are using a concept for the videos on this album to where it goes back and forth in time. In "The Jump Off" they were in a time machine elevator and took it back to the early 80's, then with Gravel Pit, they took it back to the Stone Age. I wonder what the next concept will be... I was tempted to get the edited version at Walmart because I really wanted to hear it but I decided not to, I will just wait till we go to Reno again I guess. (No music stores here in Fallon   )
 
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RE: The W

Tue Nov 28, 2000 1:49 pm

And is this guy 'Junior Reid' any good? I was reading the track listing and he is on almost half of the tracks. Is he another hidden gem like Streetlife?
 
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RE: The W

Tue Nov 28, 2000 2:06 pm

I'm looking at my CD now, and only see Junior Reid on on track. I haven't heard enough of hte one song he is on, to formulate a real opinion on him yet. You are right, the video for "Gravel Pit" is outstanding. I read an article in the Source magazine I believe, on the filming of the video's for "Gravel Pit" and "The Jump Off". Great stuff from a sorry magazine. "The Jump Off" is set in a club, but your right about the old school styles and settings. I look forward to seeing it. One last thought, whenever the GZA blesses the mic on The W, he blows all other members away. Gza is my favorite Wu member, and he does a supurb job on this disk.
 
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RE: The W

Tue Nov 28, 2000 2:13 pm

I read that same article, the December issue with Eve on the cover. You don't like The Source? I have every issue since March '99 (with Mase on the cover, shows you how long  ) from the newsstands, never got around to subscribing, tho. I would like it if they covered pure hip hop/rap, not any of the political stuff, sometimes they can get pretty harsh on whites such as myself. I would read Rap Pages and Blaze more ( because they cover only the music) but they are only 1/4 inch thick and cant be found in a lot of places (at least here in Nevada).
 
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RE: The W

Tue Nov 28, 2000 2:43 pm

some website i looked at had Junior Reid on 4-5 of the tracks. Now I realize he is on two, One Blood Under W and Chamber Music. is he good?
 
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RE: The W

Tue Nov 28, 2000 2:43 pm

My problems with the Source lie in the fact that its way too commercial. The Source is so damn thick, because 40% or the magazine is adds. Also, as a white person, I tend to find some of the political articles offensive, only because some of the come off as saying ALL white people are racist devils, and that is not true. Also, most of the source focuses around the commercial rappers that are killing Rap music. DMX, Jay-Z, and people like that are putting out pure garbage. They, along with the Source are losing focus on true hip hop. Beats and lyrics. The second to last issue did have Prodigy from Mobb Deep (another favorite of mine), but its a rare occasion the Source really focuses on true hip-hop. The Source almost totally neglecs underground hip-hop. I, among many people are missing some incredible music, because it never gets any exposure. Luckily I keep in touch with a friend back in New York, so he keeps me up on whats good. The Source has lost its focus. It concentrates as much on commercial appeal as it does with music, and the magazine suffers because of it. I still read it because being in the middle of Po-Dunk California, its the only real source for any info. There are a few hard to find magazines that are outstanding, but they are East Coast bases, and here on the Left Coast, are very hard to come buy. Vibe, XXL, Blaze, they're not that much better, but when its hard to come by, I'll take any info on hip-hop from anywhere........
 
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Lowdown On Junior Reid

Wed Nov 29, 2000 8:43 am

Okay, Reid is on just one of the tracks on The W. Its the last song "Jah World", and he or his part on the song is nothing big. His delivery is real slow, almost like he is talking, plus he is more reagge than rapper. It adds a nice flavor to the track, but I doubt he will be the next "big thing".
 
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RE: The W

Thu Nov 30, 2000 8:56 am

You got me Delta, Junior Reid is on two tracks. Having the CD, you think I would know that. He is nothing special in the Grand Wu scheme though.
 
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RE: The W

Fri Dec 01, 2000 4:58 am

Kroc:

I thought you were posting a message about Bush!
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RE: The W

Fri Dec 01, 2000 5:17 am

Hehe, I thought it was about Bush as well.  
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RE: The W

Fri Dec 01, 2000 9:11 am

I was waiting for someone to think it was about ole G Dubya. If anything, I figured we all need a break from the Bush vs. Gore wars going on. What better way than to break down the newest Wu-Tang album, lol!

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