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Review of Wu-Tang Forever (1997)

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Score – A-

For their second release, the Wu-Tang Clan knew that they had to do something big to live up to 36 Chambers. So for Wu-Tang Forever RZA produced almost 2 hours worth of cerebral head busting bangers in an expansive double disc for his clan to rap over. Unfortunately, the bar had just been set too high. Regardless, Wu-Tang Forever is still one of the hottest rap albums to come out of the 90s, or any time really.

Lyrically, Forever is much less focused than 36 Chambers. Most verses on this album are heavily laden with non-sequitors. It’s like they’re just trying to say a bunch of smart-sounding shit without worrying about whether or not it makes any sense. U-God and Cappadonna are especially guilty of this. Personally, I don’t mind at all – it sounds dope regardless.

RZA amazes the musical world once again with his unforeseen genius. The production here isn’t too much like 36 Chambers or Only Built 4 Cuban Linx; it’s more of a bass heavy classical string influenced style. It sounds great, and RZA keeps it up throughout the whole album.

In summary:

  • Wu-Tang Forever doesn’t have the same cult appeal as 36 Chambers, but it’s a great album in it’s own right.
  • The production is something else. You won’t hear beats like this on any other album.
  • The album is long, and at times the lyrics fall off a tiny bit – nothing too detrimental. The beats are superb throughout, however.
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Written by danielperry99

January 20, 2011 at 5:49 am

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