Is Bronze Nazareth & Willie The Kid’s Living Daylights The Best Wu-Tang Off-Shoot In A Decade? (Album Stream)
Outside of the nine original Wu-Tang Clan members, and even including tour mate/unofficial tenth member Cappadonna, there have been some powerful albums. The Sunz Of Man’s debut, The Last Shall Be The First, and break-out solo star Killah Priest’s Heavy Mental debut rang some serious bells in the late ’90s. Shyheim (when he was just a Rugged Child) made two hard hitting albums to set his career off in ’94 and ’96, respectively.
In the years since, there’s been a never-ending stream of releases from each members’ proteges, old crews, new unions, one-offs, and compilations, but did the great Wu-Tang off-shoots end with the President Clinton-era ’90s?
Bronze Nazareth and Willie The Kid, both from Michigan, beg to differ. Each artist has a non-traditional association with the Clan. W.T.K. is La The Darkman’s younger brother, who came up under DJ Drama’s Aphilliates imprint over five years ago. Meanwhile Bronze was an early Wu producer under-study, who traveled to NYC at a young age, to soak up some RZA game, before going hard with The Wisemen, Cilvaringz, and the rest of that off-shoot.
The two guys have linked for The Living Daylights, a collaborative album with the fuzzy loops, hard drums, and lifted linguistics that would make older Wu-Tang swordsmen proud, and yet it’s not a re-tread. Sean Price, Sha Stimuli, Roc Marciano, and Young Dirty Bastard appear, among others. Out on La’s label, this is one of the more compelling listens of the young year:
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