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"Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang" picks up where Raekwon left off (even though he never did). Most tracks feature a nu-classic Wu sound, and more importantly, Rae brings his trademark swagger. (Like Method Man, the Chef makes rhyming seem so easy.) The beats are anything but mainstream and the lyrics require a sharp ear. The guests (especially Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and Nas) are also on point.
The standouts include "Every Soldier in the Hood," "Chop Chop Ninja," "Butter Knives," "Snake Pond," "Crane Style," "Rich and Black," "From the Hills"--you know what?! Forget the so-called "standouts." EVERY track on this joint is amazing. So much in fact, that this album rivals Rae's previous Cuban Linx entries.
It's hard to find fault with "Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang." The lyrics are smooth and the beats are anything but. This is classic Wu ----.
The rest of the album still very good. I don't think this is better than Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II. It's different, but just as dope too. The standout tracks above makes this worthwhile. This is a must buy. Buy it.
"Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..." -- 8/95) -- 4.5/5 stars
"Immobilarity" --- (11/99) -- 5/4.5 stars
"The Lex Diamond Story" -- (12/03) -- 4 stars
"The DaVinci Code: Vatican Mixtape Vol. 2" -- (7/06) -- 4.5 stars (mixtape)
"Only Built 4 The Streets, Pt. 2" -- (7/08) -- 4/4.5 stars (mixtape)
"Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Pt. 2" -- (9/09) -- 4.5/4 stars
This one has 16 songs, 2 are near classics and the other 14 are good or real good songs. None are worth skipping over and it's easy to listen through the album from start to finish with no disappointments. Guests are a little heavy, on 10 of the 16 tracks, and rapping on each one.Read more ›
As with "Immobilarity", Raekwon announced that the RZA would not be handling any tracks on "Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang". Fans held their breaths. But from the beginning you know this is going to take you back to the old Wu-Tang style. The first thing you hear is a Wu-Tang movie clip then Raekwon hits you with the banging title track. Method Man sounds motivated on "Every Soldier In The Hood". Rae's old friend NaS returns for "Rich & Black".The album loses a little focus in the middle with songs like "From The Hills" & "Last Trip To Scotland". And "Chop Chop Ninja" is horrible. But Rae bounces back with "Ferryboat Killaz" another track that's way too short.(It seems all of the bangers are way too short)
One of the first things I noticed was how the collection of producers on the album did a good job of re-creating the Wu-Tang sound. Bronze Nazareth produced the standout "Butter Knives", which sounds like it should have been on "Enter the Wu-Tang".(Some say he did a better job than RZA) Young producer Cilvaringz represents that new Wu sound on the good but way too short "Silver Rings" ft Ghostface.Read more ›
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I like everything about this album from programming, production, design, art content and concept. The title says it all. Read morePublished on April 18, 2014 by Robert Miles
It reminds me of the older songs from Wu-Tang this has a many songs good buy. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Wu-Tang.Published on January 14, 2014 by Kevin Turner
really dope showing for 1 of the wutang most talented next ta ghost and gza cop this realese its dope.Published on May 1, 2013 by kyle
I thought this album was gonna be a letdown after 2009s classic OBFCL2 but it was really good. If you like gritty new York rap this album is for you.Published on January 25, 2013 by Joey kiefer
Raekwon is a lyrical genioous period! If you cannot appreciate this album you just dont love hip hop or understand it. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Organized Confusion
I'm a big fan of the Wu, specially growing in the tri-state area. I think that the best albums released by the Wu are their early albums, which I think most of you will probably... Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by JC
Tight joint! CD is excellent all the way through. Drive and let it play. Raekwon is flowing, Ghost is flowing, Nas is flowing, even Rick Ross with his sorry butt. Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by dre3713