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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
It goes without saying that the new Ghostface is a million times more interesting than the Wu-Tang LP. While both of them share a love for classic break-beats, RZA managed to fuck-up most of the decent songs on the group album by adding abysmal singing to half the tracks (at least grab Blue Raspberry from whatever 7-11 she’s working at if you need hooks!), while Starks continues to win regardless. That being said, The Big Doe Rehab seems more like a mixtape than a true album – which adds weight to the argument that the Ironman needs to stop churning out so much music – but that’s the way shit rolls these days I guess.
“Rec Room Therapy” is gold until U-God starts rapping, after which point you’ll be begging for the song to finish, while “Take It Back” is another quality RAGU effort that proves once again that “Nautilus” is the greatest break of all time. Come to think of it, the RZA should have used one of his 50 Replicator proto-types and just flipped different sections of Bob James’ masterpiece for the whole of 8 Diagrams. Case in point – the mixtape version of “Unpredictable”, called “Thug World”, doesn’t feature singing and includes a more entertaining verse (though still fairly retarded) from Bob Digi to compliment Rebel INS’ spirited performance. The moral of the story? Mathematics need to take over the reigns for all future Wu-Tang projects, while Prince Rakeem might be better-off sticking to soundtracks from now on.
Ghostface feat. Raekwon & U-God – “Rec Room Therapy”
Wu-Tang Clan – “Take It Back”
Wu-Tang Clan – “Thug World” (original version)
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