Friday, February 28, 2014

Wu-Block #10 [The Last Part]

The last and final part of this Wu-Block series will be my first ever review of the Wu-Block album. I anticipated this album a lot when it was first announced. When I first listened to it, I honestly wasn't too impressed, then it hit my a good deal on the second listen. How does it hold up now? Let's dig in and take an extended look.


 

Release date- November 27, 2012



1. Crack Spot Stories
Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch, Raekwon and Jadakiss
Produced By: Fithestate

What a dope, fast paced opener this is. Each individual story is told as only they can.
*4 out of 5*


2. Pour Tha Martini
Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch
Featuring Cappadonna
Produced By: John "Jmac" McCall


"You fuckin wit Wu-Block that's murder!" -Ghostface


Man, Cappa was doing a little too much on his verse, almost like he overdid it with the hardness. Nevertheless, Ghost and Sheek come through with their usual dope verses.
*3.5 out of 5*


3. Pull The Cars Out
Sheek Louch, Ghostface Killah and Method Man
Produced By: Phonix Beats and The Futuristics

You gotta "pull the cars out" considering the dopeness here. Again, Sheek and Ghost come through with dope verses, riding this beat nicely, but it's Meth who steals the show on this one.
*4 out of 5*


4. Guns For Life
Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch and Styles P
Produced By: Fithestate

Listen to the crew talk about their love and relationship with the steel they pack. Tight and straight to the point.
*4 out of 5*


5. Comin For Ya Head
Sheek Louch, Ghostface Killah, Styles P and Raekwon
Produced By: Vinny Idol

This apply titled joint is a banger, and all four MCs do serious lyrical justice over the hard beat provided by Vinny Idol.
*4 out of 5*


6. Cocaine Central
Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch and Styles P
Produced By: Shroom

Good song here, nothing we haven't heard before though.
*3 out of 5*


7. Take Notice
Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch
Produced By: Jon Woo

When you take a look at all the talents involved in this project, you can't do nothing but take notice. Very good song here.
*4 out of 5*

8. Drivin Round
Sheek Louch, Masta Killa and GZA
Featuring Erykah Badu
Produced By: Termanology and Moose

Nice hook by Ms. Badu for this mellow cut, which is perfect for a drive anywhere.
*4 out of 5*


9. Different Times Zones
Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch and Inspectah Deck
Produced By: Frank Dukes

No matter where they are in the world, you can count on Wu-Block to have something going on, while at the same time getting business handled and taken care of.
*3 out of 5*


10. Stick Up Kids
Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch and Jadakiss
Produced By: Red Spyda

I like the Fat Boys influenced, throwback vibe of this one. All about the stick up!
*4 out of 5*


11. All In Together
Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss
Produced By: V Don

Dope. Banger. Gritty. Grimey. Gangsta. Those five words accurately describe this song.
*4 out of 5*


12. Do It Like Us
Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch and Raekwon
Produced By: Erick Sermon

I told Sheek via Twitter how dope this song was and it was one of my favorites songs from 2012. He responded with similar comments. This is my favorite song on the album. Love the hook, the lyrics and the beat. You can't do it like these cats.
*5 out of 5


13. Stella
Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch and Method Man
Produced By: Last Child

This of course is not on the level of "Pull The Cars Out". The title of this should already tell you what you need to know about this song and what it's about.
*3 out of 5*


14. Been Robbed
Sheek Louch and Ghostface Killah
Produced By: Joe Milly

I think Sheek and Ghost were going for a few laughs on this one, but it's still good overall.
*3.5 out of 5*


15. Bust Shots
Sheek Louch Ghostface Killah and Inspectah Deck
Produced By: Frank Dukes

Good move to have this joint close the album.
*3.5 out of 5*




For starters, I thank and appreciate everyone involved for coming through on this project. I was glad that it saw the light of day instead of it being placed in the vault or possibly being turned into a mixtape. It was a pretty good, yet VERY slept on 4 star album, and I'm not surprised it wasn't on too many radars in 2012 (and that's NO knock on the MCs). Is it possible that an album like this could've been better had it been released several years back? Maybe, but it's all good. Lyrically and production wise it's about what you would expect, however, contributions from The RZA and Scram Jones are the ONLY things I feel were missing from this album. Overall, I was satisfied with it and I hope they release a sequel at some point.





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