Monday, December 22, 2014

Wu-Tang - A Better Tomorrow (Album Review)

Release Date : December 2, 2014
Label: Warner Bros. Records

Earlier this year everyone thought it was over for the Wu. Its like certain members always get into with RZA, whether it be over money (Rae) or creative differences (Ghostface). Rae was the most vocal though. He even went on "strike" from group. I don't even have to touch on the 8 Diagrams album, we all know how unfocused that project was. Finally, back in May everybody got back on the same page. With all that being said, I was still a bit iffy about how the album would turn out, but "Keep Watch" featuring Nathaniel was a sigh of relief Lol. It let fans know that Wu was back on their shit.

 I wanna give yall some advice when listening to this album. And that is to not have any expectations. Do not look for something you weren't gonna get from the beginning (I'm guilty of this a lot too). Do not expect A Better Tomorrow to be 36 Chambers : Return to the 90s or WU Tang forever : The Sequel. Yeah I made those titles up but you get the point. Lol. Now if you do wanna hear some "vintage" Wu shit, you got those hard tracks like "Ruckus in B Minor", "Mistaken Identity" featuring Streetlife, "Crushed Egos" and "Pioneer the Frontier".

Another standout is"Preacher's Daughter". Meth, Ghost, Masta Killa and Cappadonna tell hilarious stories about a preachers daughter supposed to be a good girl but shes actually the opposite. On "Miracle" the Wu display their emotion side. Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, Raekwon and Ghost spit some real shit. Other songs to check for are "A Better Tomorrow", "Wu Tang Reunion" and "Never Let go". Overall, A Better Tomorrow might take a few listens to get into, but even on the first listen you're gonna find some enjoyable tracks. Weak hooks and inconsistent production hold the album back from being better. Could this be the last Wu album? Possibly. And if it is then salute to the Wu for having a 20+ year career in the game! Your legacy is cemented in Hip-Hop history. RIP to ODB!


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