Monday, June 29, 2009


U-God (feat. Jim Jones and Sheek Louch) - Magnum Force

Inspectah Deck, U-God & Streetlife - Semi Automatic: Full Rap Metal Jacket

As a solo artist, U-God never gets the sort of praise and acclaim some of his fellow Wu compatriots always seem to revel in. Though blessed with uncanny ability to pretty much steal any song he's featured in, he's constantly tagged as the Jim Jones of Wu-Tang. Predominantly abstract and almost surreal at times with his rhymes, he seemingly just pulls words out of thin air, stacks the shit like tetris and uses that trademark rhythmic flow to makes it all fit. I mean, let's skim the very tip of the iceberg for a second - Da Mystery of Chessboxin', anyone? How bout It's Yourz? Triumph? What about killing Ghostface on his own shit in Black Jesus? Maybe missing the boat and not putting out a record when the first wave of now classic Wu solo records dropped hurt him but there's no denying to what he brings to the table.

OK, so I made a Jones joke but upped a track in which he grabs a guest spot. Don't worry, it's well solid. And that song-stealing ability I mentioned earlier? Peep an overlooked classic which first appeared on the soundtrack of the Jon Lovitz "comedy" vehicle High School High (Quad City DJs where also on the same disc FYI).

[U-God MySpace]

[Dopium is out now through Babygrande.]

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