LOVE MY LAST ALBUM THOUGH THE JOINT WENT WOOD
Ben is back this week as we run down some tuff-to-find Wu-Tang Clan tracks. Due my many weekend travels, Ben will handle day one solo and we shall collab after that. Day features what should've been the 4 best tracks on Ghostface Killah's Bulletproof Wallets.
To continue with The Rap Nerd's theme of wasted talent or great artists putting out shitty albums, perhaps the only thing more demoralizing is to buy an album only to find that a track you've been eagerly anticipating, perhaps for months, isn't even included on the album. It feels like you've been punched in the gut, and robbed of your $15. The Rap Nerd touched on this a few weeks back with lost gems off CNN's 'War Report' which while still good would have been brilliant with the added cuts. Usually the finger can be pointed at bootlegging, examples of which are those late 90's Nas albums (thankfully The Lost Tapes has set out to correct some of those egregious omissions) Jay-Z's vol. III and others. But perhaps the most notable victim of the chopping block is Ghostface Killah's 'Bulletproof Wallets.'
After the classic 'Supreme Clientele,' interest was overflowing for Dennis Coles' next album. As promo songs began to filter onto mixtapes and to the radio, the buzz was becoming a fever pitch. [ed. note: screw that movie... Let's Go Mets!] When the album finally hit the shelves, much to Rap Nerd #2's dismay, the songs I'd been hearing on the radio for months were nowhere to be found. To make matter's even worse there was a sticker on the front of the album taunting me with 'Featuring Slick Rick, and RZA' and wouldn't you know it, that track had been deleted as well. What was left was a watered down album, with only a couple of nice tracks, that rarely get's any burn on this Wu Brother's playlists. It seems Epic had no interest in giving the proper importance to guest or sample clearance. What had been eliminated were four amazing songs displaying, witty wordplay, science, conscience and all those other things we'd grown to expect from the Wu before the faithful lost their religion.
-The Watch: Same Barry White beat on the street version of Nas's 'No Idea's Original' appears on Mos Def's 'Grown Man Business.' Rae's 'X and Jigga' critique of NY radio. Rae returns to tell a story about his own 'Missing Watch' on what may be the standout track from 'The Lex Diamond Story.'
-The Sun: One of my all time favorite Wu tracks. RZA's 4 bar science lesson at the end. Rick's philosphy. Ghost's 'Face'll do like this' line. (you can picture him scrunching up his mug in the booth.)
-Goodtimes: Almost crashed on the Belt Parkway first time I heard it. Ghost's social side, over the break from a Dy-No-Mite 70's classic. Check out his George Jefferson walk!
-Flowers: Created around a Bob James sample from 'Take Me to Mardi Gras' (used for another hip-hop classic.) James is notorious for vetoing samples, but had cleared 'Daytona 500.' They tried to work something out, two different versions of the song with the James sample were around, hence the silence where a James break had been removed :13, 2:47 and throughout. More evidence, Meth and Ghost punched in early at the beginning of their verses. Appeared on the album, with a reworked studio beat that killed the energy of the original.
I recommend creating your own album with the missing tracks, and if you're handy with some sound editing, adding the missing sample (2:00 of the James original) if you've ever heard the entire original break intact you know just how dope it was.
Ghostface Killah f/ Raekwon: The Watch (MP3)
Ghostface Killah f/ Raekwon, Slick Rick, and RZA: The Sun (MP3)
Ghostface Killah: Good Times (MP3)
Ghostface Killah f/ Method Man: Flowers (MP3)
More Wu all week.