Wu-Tang Clan – “Wu-Tang Forever” review

With a little over a year after the release of 2Pac’s 4th album All Eyez on Me & just 3 months after the release of Biggie’s 2nd & final album Life After Death, the almighty Wu-Tang Clan are following up their perfect 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) with a double disc album. Sounds trendy but in contrast to All Eyez on Me & Life After Death, there’s surprisingly little to no filler on here. We’re still getting the eerie Kung Fu sample production that was featured on the group’s debut & while it isn’t entirely produced by the Clan’s de facto leader RZA like last time, he still produces a vast majority of it. We also get production input from Wu-Elements members 4th Disciple of Killarmy & True Master on a couple tracks each & we actually even have fellow Wu-Tang member Inspectah Deck producing the track “Visionz”. It was nice for RZA to give all 3 of them a shot at producing tracks on the album & neither one of them failed at it either. Another noticable thing is that U-God & Masta Killa appear on a number of tracks in contrast to them only appearing on “Da Mystery of Chessboxin'” off the group’s debut & to me, that really enhances the unity on this album. As for the Clan’s lyricism & deliveries, it sounds just as strong as it was in their debut 4 years prior & there are several instances. The violin incorporated comeback track “Reunited” which was a PERFECT way to truly start off the album, the thunderous “For Heaven’s Sake” which has a nice sped-up vocal sample that fits in with the track really well, the eerie “Cash Still Rules/Scary Hours (Still Don’t Nothing Move But the Money)”, the confrontative “Severe Punishment”, the conscious “A Better Tomorrow” (not to be confused with the group’s over-hated but actually decent 6th album with the same name), the fully formed “Triumph” which starts off with a perfect verse from Inspectah Deck, the powerfully executed “Impossible” which has a truly vivid verse from Ghostface Killah near the end, the urbanly detailed Inspectah Deck solo track “The City”, the hilariously filthy Ol’ Dirty Bastard solo track “Dog Shit” & the angrily delivered “Heaterz”. The only real features are 5 guest verses from Cappadonna (who didn’t officially join the group until their 5th album 8 Diagrams came out in 2007), 2 guest verses from Streetlife as well as Tekitha beautifully singing the hook on “Impossible” AND she even gets a whole track to herself on near the end of the 2nd disc/entire album with “2nd Coming”. All of whom show their individual potentials as solo artists, although Cappadonna would only have 1 fantastic solo album while Streetlife & Tekitha would only release just 1 slightly solid album & 1 solid EP respectively. I don’t think there’s a single bad song on here however, I won’t deny that it did take a minute for the seductive U-God solo track “Black Shampoo” to click with me. In conclusion, THIS is how a double disc hip hop album should be done

Score: 4.5/5

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