Nearly two years after the release of Wu-Tang Clan and The LOX‘s joint Wu-Block, the iconic hip-hop groups have once again teamed up for a follow-up.
The Wu and L-O-X’s new project cover art surfaced online early Saturday (March 22).
Talk about a surprise. D-Block combined forces with Wu-Tang Clan on a joint self-titled LP Wu Block back in 2012 and looks like they are planning their follow up to be released on May 20th. The artwork along with track list and preview of the songs went up on Juno Download without many noticing. The 15 song album features the usual suspects like Ghostface, Masta Killa, The LOX and more. Peep the full list below along with preview of ‘Can’t Be Looking For Me’ featuring LOX. (HHNM)
Rather than thrown together by members of both crews, the Wu’s Ghostface Killah and D-Block’s Sheek Louch helmed the initial project back in 2012.
Now, some of the members from the clans have joined forces to produce an album under the name Wu-Block, spearheaded by rappers Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch. Their collaborative effort results in a solid piece of work on the 16-track album, which also features Jadakiss, Method Man, Styles P, Raekwon and Inspectah Deck. (Huffington Post)
The leading rappers also refrained from offering a flurry of time stamps with their bars.
In one of the more telling lines on “Wu-Block,” Sheek Louch says that he’s “never heard of a blog.” For the album’s purposes, this is a boast: the only indications that this collaboration between the rapper and his fellow ’90s New York rap eminence Ghostface Killah is a recent occurrence are a couple stray iPhone references and the fact the year 2012 is printed on the cover. The biggest surprise an album bringing together members of the Wu-Tang Clan and The LOX has to offer is the fact that it hasn’t been made before. (Red Eye Chicago)
Although packed with features, Ghostface Killah helped lead the charge of emcees.
Speaking of The Wizard of Poetry, it’s Ghost who stands tallest on Wu-Block. His outlandish metaphors and limitless charisma make him the driving force behind every track. When he’s not dropping killer punchlines (“Bob Barker microphones, I get paper” on “Cocaine Central”) he’s just unloads baffling but entertaining metaphors, like his wild rant on “Pour the Martini” about his glowing utility belt and demanding exercise equipment on stage. Ghost’s shining moment is on “Take Notice.” In a raspy voice, Pretty Toney complains about being sick (“they telling me to throw onions and garlic in my socks! I ain’t wit all that!”) before going ballistic on the beat: “You can catch me on G Street, snowflake fur on/cuban’d out, neck looking all beastly.” (Soul In Stereo)