Wu-Tang Clan Is Still Out To Bring Da Ruckus, Taking A Page From KRS-One (Audio)
Hours after one of the New York City listening sessions for Wu-Tang Clan’s A Better Tomorrow empties out, Heads are treated with new music. Put simply, “Ruckus In B Minor” is busy, and a lot to process.
For starters, the beat changes sporadically throughout the song, arranged as a complex symphony—that sounds like nothing you’ll hear an orchestra arrange. What is believed to be Ol’ Dirty Bastard is woven into the track with some posthumous Dirt McGirt wisdom. Inspectah Deck, as he’s done so many times, gives the Clan his best to set things off. Method Man enters to give a bridge, highly-influenced by Boogie Down Productions.
Cappadonna, as he’s been to many Wu solo sets, gives the track his all…with his own Park Hill Projects lyrics sounding as crisp as they have in years—especially considering he’s now in the group. After U-God also checks in, GZA comes into the track on an audio cloud, as RZA and the production send the beat into some psychedelic realm for The Genius to vibe on. If that’s not enough (with Meth frequently returning to the breaks to speak his “We’re still #1” mantra), RZA addresses his disagreements with Raekwon leading up to the album in his own stream-of-consciousness vocal interjection. Ghostface also blesses the moment, with some Starksisms.
How does this latest look feel in regards to the shape of things to come surrounding the December 2, Warner Bros Records-backed LP from the living legends?
Is the Wu still bringin’ da ruckus?