Saturday, 5 September 2009

Ozzie's Music Showcase Vol. 5 - The Veterans' Albums

In the fifth edition, I will be showcasing two of the most anticipated hip-hop albums and one album everyone forgot about.

Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx PT II

"See these fans can't resist the rush, they Wu-Tang for life
Scarred for life, they can't forget the cuts" Method Man

The follow up to Rae's 1995 classic, the first one is considered to be one of the best hip-hop albums of all time, it is one of favourites as well. This explains why it took a very long time for this album to drop, Raekown tried his best to make this a classic as well and he succeeds at that. This album belongs in the mid 90's, it shits all over the competition, it is pure hip-hop, pure Wu-Tang, it is the project that managed to reunite the clan.

The production is mean and raw, and with the likes of RZA, J Dilla, The Alchemist, Dr Dre and Pete Rock behind the boards, it is no surprise. In addition, all guest verses on this album are fire. Do yourself a favor and buy this album.

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3

With all the hype, A-list producers and guests, you would think this project can't go wrong. False. This album is just slightly above average at best, like most things involving the new KanYe. Instead of doing good hip-hop Hov tries to 'push boundaries', brag about his status in hip-hop and his new BFFs (Obama and Oprah).

Most of the production fails to impress me, however, out of 15 tracks I like 5, so I can't really co-sign this album. But it is worth a listen or two , just make sure you delete 2/3 of the album, so you don't have to skip all the time. A decent effort.

Wu-Tang - Chamber Music

Although this is technically not a Wu Tang album, it is endorsed by them and RZA is the executive producer. It has the old WU sound in it and feature several members of the Wu-Tang Clan collaborating with New York hip hop veterans.

Most of the production is done using live instrumentation mixed with classic soul and kung fu imagery. Check it out.

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