Album Review                   :               A BETTER TOMORROW

Artist                                     :               WU TANG CLAN

Genre                                   :               HIP HOP / RAP / R AND B

Date of Released             :               2014

The problem with hip hop and rap albums is that they all tend to sound the same.  It is just a matter of having a good musical background and lots of verses telling something what other rappers have told before.  Thus, this latest album from Wu Tang Clan asked the question how is this different from other albums of theirs?  The answer probably lies in the album title “A Better Tomorrow.”

One of the answers can be found in “Ruckus In B Minor.” In this song, you imagine two groups of rappers trying to outdo each other but ended up negotiating who won without the benefit of guns.  Second, Wu Tang Clan use legit musical background not just pure drum and bass program just to have a musical beat while reciting or rapping the verses.  The use of Morris Albert hit song “Feelings” in their song “Felt” is quite outrageous considering that Mr. Albert is not hip hop.  I think they are trying to use the same formula that The Fugees did with

One thing that is amusing with “40th Street Black We Will Fight” is like a merging of styles between Bone Thugs Harmony and Eminem.  “Mistaken Identity” is one of those hip hop/ rap songs that you will like without further questions.  It means that you can accept the whole song even if you have something huge against rap and hip hop or even R and B songs.  “Hold The Heater” is probably the most friendly songs in here; it might be an angry song but the infusion of normal drum and bass program with one two beat rapping will remind you of any radio friendly rap song.

“Crushed Ego” has certain charm, probably it started with Information Society like intro in the song “What’ s On Your Mind.” “Keep Watch” is the song that will most likely find their way in many MP3 players of non rap / hip hop fans.  Unfortunately, you cannot say the same things with “Miracle” as it can be construed as just a continuation of “Keep Watch.”  I just fin d “Preachers Daughter” more like a Digable Planet stuff and I don’t know if this is a good thing or not.  “Pioneer Frontier” will make you think if Timbaland is part of this project.

“Necklace” is a nowhere song; meaning, what the heck is that song all about? Is it a reference to the necklace that was dropped in Titanic?  “Ron O Neal” reminds you of 70”s groove music where the standard music video fare consisted of black people walking in the streets and making high fives.  “A Better Tomorrow” is probably an ode to Marvin Gaye in terms of treatment.  In “Never Let Go” you hear a black G Sauce thing here in terms of rap and musicality.  The last song “We Tang Reunion” is surprisingly a happy song.

As you can see, this album borders on lack of originality in some songs and a progressive attitude in other songs.  Nonetheless, this is a good album to make other listeners who are not fond with hip hop and rap to be introduced with Wu Tang Clan.  I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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