Wu-Tang Killa Bees: The Swarm Volume
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
The Wu family is back at it again
with another one of The RZAs ingenious ideas, an album featuring
up and coming Wu artists that will be releasing albums in the
future. It also features some solo and duet songs with some
of the veteran Wu-Tang Clan members. It doesnt look
like its much of a CD by its cover, but once you pop
it in the deck get ready for a surprise.
The cd includes several songs, so
it is hard to critique each one. But there are several tracks
that really stand out. The first song that does is "Concrete
Jungle" by Sunz of Man. The beat they sample sounds
like it is one from the 36 Chamber album. The Sunz
of Man fit the Wu family perfect, they have the raw voices and
rugged beats over smooth samples. They finally released
their own album (after several years of waiting).
Shyheim, aka The Rugged Child, makes
an appearance on the cd as well. His voice has grown up
a bit since his last album, but his style hasnt changed.
Hes part of the Wu family, but doesnt have the same
sound. His style is more like the common New York sound.
His song is ok. "Execute Them" is a phat track.
It features seasoned veterans Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, and Mastakilla,
as well as newcomer Street Life. Its based on a piano
sample with some mean sounding base tones fading in at the appropriate
times and the phrase "execute them" inserted periodically.
Of course, the "execute them" sample comes from an old
martial arts flick, as is the Wu style.
Listeners get a good taste of new
group A.I.G. with their two songs, "The Legacy" and
"Bronx War Stories." This is aight cause
they are very talented. After "Bronx War Stories,"
RZA, who goes by Bobby Digital on the album, gets his chance to
lay down some of his intellect on "And Justice For All,"
which also features Killarmy and Method Man. Killarmys
familiar chants add support as the chorus. A few other tracks
that stick out are "Cobra Clutch" by Ghostface Killa
and "Where Was Heaven" by Wu Syndicates.
Fans of the original 36 Chambers
album will love this cd. It reaches back to the original styles
of the Wu.
liked The Swarm...
2. The Legacy
3. Concrete Jungle
6. Execute Them
7. Bronx War Stories
8. And Justice For All
11. On The Strength
12. Cobra Clutch
13. Never Again
14. Where Was Heaven
15. '97 Mentality
16. Fatal Sting