Mathematics Presents - Wu-Tang & Friends Unreleased


7 fév. 2007, 21h58m

While the Wu-Tang Clan still stand as arguably the best hip-hop group of all time, heads still wish they'd further cement their legacy. Clansmen like Ghostface Killah and GZA continue to release quality albums, and uber-producer RZA has expanded his soundscapes to film scores, but all members unifying for group efforts is as rare as a
Haley's Comet sighting. However, coinciding with recent news of the group's impending 8 Diagrams album coming soon, Clan producer Mathematics releases Wu-Tang Clan & Friends: Unreleased, a digital only release from The Orchard of remixes and leftovers he produced for the group and its cohorts over the years.
If anything, Unreleased is a testament to the knob twisting skills of Mathematics. With a career of being in the shadow of the almighty RZA—voluntarily or otherwise—Mathematics seems excited for the opportunity to showcase his talents on a project that may garner more initial attention than one of his solo albums. Each of the disc's beats knock with the Wu-Tang Clan's signature blend of harmonious melodies, dungenous sound effects and stripped percussion style. It is really no surprise though, over the years as RZA has often experimented with some “other shit,” Math has stayed closer to the Wu-Tang sound.
Treez sees Raekwon spitting street tales over minimalistic keys and snares, and Rap Burglars sounds like it's straight from the cutting room floor of Enter The 36 Chambers with its murky keys and vicious verses from Rae and Inspectah Deck. While remixes of classics Wu Banga and Maxine don't trump the originals, they still shine with their fresh interpolations by a member of the crew. Wu Banga is especially dope though, basically blending the original posse cut from Ghost’s Supreme Clientele with Brand Nubian’s classic Step To The Rear from One For All. Where Brooklyn At? May sound familiar to some of you as well as Mathematics flips the same sample that E-Swift did for Tha Alkaholiks 2014 from Coast II Coast.
Unfortunately, the Clan's core members don't make enough unheard appearances on the disc. Too many songs give unwarranted shine to no-name Wu affiliates who can't hold their own weight, despite capable soundscapes by Mathematics. Ie. too many friends, not enough Wu. Three skits are also scattered throughout the album's 20 tracks; while they're presumably added to provide the feel of an album, they come off as contrived and useless. Still, Unreleased does a great job of showcasing an underrated Wu-Tang beatsmith and building anticipation for the group's upcoming efforts.
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