After the initial success of the Wu-Tang Clan in the mid-90’s the group’s mastermind, RZA released a slew of compilation projects and CD’s from C-team affiliates that watered down the Wu-Tang brand. That trend has slowed down but hasn’t ended.
Legendary Weapons is the latest release in a long line of Wu-Tang compilations. While RZA surely gave his stamp of approval on the project, he contributes nothing on the production side. Almost all of Legendary Weapons is produced by Andrew Kelley, Noah Rubin, and Lil’ Fame from M.O.P.
RZA kicks off Legendary Weapons along with Raekwon on Start the Show. RZA out-rhymes Rae on this up-tempo track with a verse about good conquering evil “They’re trying to take us back to Reaganomics/Use atomic bombs on Islamic countries to stop them from being Islamic/But Islam is a way of life, Islam is the way of Christ/Islam means peace, the beast must pay the price,” RZA raps.
Laced Cheeba features Ghostface Killah, Trife Da God, and Duck Down recording artist Sean Price. Cheeba is a grimy record that easily suits both Wu-Tang and Boot Camp emcees. “Fierce, I traveled across seas on glaciers/ Fought Shoguns and got f*cked by Geisha’s,” Ghostface rhymes on Laced Cheeba.
The album’s title track features Ghostface rhyming alongside AZ and M.O.P. “Roll big blunts, a whole ounce of reefer/Rocked that black and yellow before Wiz Khalifa,” Ghostface spits on Legendary Weapons.
Just as he’s carried the Clan since 2000 Ghostface carries Legendary Weapons. Even with close to 20 years in the game Ghost sounds hungry and his Wu brethren does as well. The issue with Legendary Weapons is clearly not the lyrics, it’s the production.
The beats aren’t bad at all; in fact they’re pretty good. The music put together by Lil’ Fame, Andrew Kelley, and Noah Rubin give Wu-Tang a different yet familiar look, but the actual bangers on Legendary Weapons are few and far between.
AZ, M.O.P., Sean Price, Termanology, Action Bronson, and Roc Marciano make guest appearances on Legendary Weapons in addition to Wu-affiliates Killa Sin, Trife Da God, and Bronze Nazareth. Surprisingly two members of the Clan, GZA and Masta Killa, are MIA on Legendary Weapons. The production seems tailor made for their calm and laid back flows.
While Legendary Weapons is a good listen, it’s not a Wu-Tang Clan album. This release is more of a solid compilation–take it for what it’s worth.
Purchase: Wu-Tang – Legendary Weapons