This release has a lot of elements of a Wu-Tang Clan album, but lacks a certain cohesion to fill out all the criteria. This album feels a little unbalanced and is gratefully accepted as almost a tribute to the group, rather than an official effort.
The production is classic Wu-Tang. There is plenty of haunting backings that reflect the groups starting point and how they have kept their flavor. There are a few more modern beats that never sound like a perfect fit, but do help show that the collective is trying to keep up with modern times.
The lyricism is solid from everyone, but only a few really shine out. No one does a bad job, but a few of them don’t perform at their finest and the rest have to pick up the slack. While you couldn’t pick out anyone performing terribly, but only a small percentage performs well.
Overall, with the features performing along the same lines as the legendary group, this release is a little too long. Maybe if it was a little more cohesive, it could have flowed a little easier and made this a little easier to listen to.
This is a strong release from King Magnetic with a lot of replay ability. There is plenty of aggression and energy to help make this an entertaining listen.
The production is great with a lot of easy listening combined with haunting sounds to help punctuate King Magnetic’s messages. The beats flow together very well and help make this a cohesive full listen through. Maybe something a little more pop based could bring in a few more listeners, however King Magnetic knows who his music is aimed at at works well for that demographic.
The lyricism is good, but not fantastic. King Magnetic has a strong delivery that helps boost the impact of his wordplay, but a lot of the punch lands in the themes in the music. There is a chance that some more complex wordplay would help boost the level of detail, but might have lost the impact of the message.
The features are a good selection as they sound like they have chemistry with King Magnetic which always translates into better songs. Each has a style that compliments Magnetics own and helps make better verses for everyone. Maybe some singers could give a little more depth, but this is a great selection of guests.
Overall, this is a rock solid release that is a good addition to King Magnetic’s catalogue. With some aggressive songs and a few softer ones, everyone should give this album a try and more will like it than they might expect.
This is the album most people have been waiting for. It may not be as gritty or as street as some may have been hoping but as the title suggests, this album moves things in a more positive direction and is a new attempt to put Hip Hop in a more positive view.
The production is good. It is a mixture of classic Clan atmosphere with a more uplifting backing. The overall atmosphere is more energetic and has less of an air of vengeance and aggression. It has much more of turn the other cheek feel and should hopefully take Hip Hop away from street level violence.
The lyricism is definitely there but is not consistent from track to track or rapper to rapper. Some seem to shine more than others when it comes to wordplay, but with the differences with delivery and performance, each member brings a new dimension to the album.
With enough members of the Clan to form a baseball team, no features on the album is a good idea. There is enough different voices and opinions on the album already without adding a new voice, that would most likely only jar the project as a whole.
Overall, this is a good album. although not all the songs are winners. Wu-Tang Clan have been a main pillar in the Hip Hop community for twenty years and it is good to see that they have moved to trying to make a better world, which may in turn make others attempt to do the same.