Masta Killa – Loyalty Is Royalty Review

This is a strong showing of why you can’t think any member of the Wu-Tang Clan is not talented. Masta Killa may not be the most well known member of the collective, but he can still make high quality music.

The production is a throwback to the nineties with its haunting and darker sounds than a lot of modern beats. While it can seem like some of the backings can be confused for each other, they all create the right atmosphere for the track they are part of. Maybe something with more of a modern feel could help bring Masta Killa an edge for the newer audience, but the selection here works excellently for the project.

The lyricism is great with the rhymes full of passion and clever lyrical devices to increase the level of description. The delivery helps with the skill and dexterity needed to make it sound so effortless. Some changes in flow might help show a little more flexibility but the bars in this show that Masta Killa is still hungry to make quality music.

The features do a great job of fleshing out this release and showing not only that the Clan is still strong, but also some of the other connections that Masta Killa has made. Each of the features shows why they are talented while keeping a high level of consistency for the project overall. Something a little further from the Hip Hop field might make a few more interesting moments, but there is no doubting the star power of the guests here.

Overall, this release has some great messages as well as a lot of enjoyability. Masta Killa has done a great job curating this album and hopefully it gets the recognition is deserves.

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Method Man – The Meth Lab Review

This album is enjoyable if you were wanting to listen to people Method Man wants you to hear. However Method man gets a touch lost in the sea of other voices.

The production is good and allows for plenty of room for the artists to manouvre. There are a range of sounds as well as a variety of atmospheres to allow for a fair amount of content. However the changes in content topic are few and more diversity could have led to more interesting tracks, but Method Man still makes some interesting songs.

The lyricism is good and really adds to the enjoyment of the album. Method Man uses his unique vocal tones with his delivery and wordplay to make some really good performances that add a lot to the tracks. However his overload of features pushes Method Man into a crowded frame instead of making him standout. He does make his verses count making them far above average.

The features crowd this project out and make the listener lose focus from Method Man on his own project. While each of them do a good job making thier tracks entertaining, they are not top class rappers as Method Man is. They still do a good job, but there are too many.

Overall, this is a good project that has a high entertainment value. Method Man needs to put himself forward more if he wants to call it his own project.

Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorow Review

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.