As devoted fans clamor and salivate for anything Wu-related, Gold Dust & Nature Sounds are proud to announce the release of Return of the Wu & Friends, produced and compiled by Wu-Tang Clan producer/DJ Mathematics and including some exclusive tracks, lost gems and old time favorites featuring all nine emcees.
Check out the tracklist down bottom. SHAKE EDIT: I might be missing something, but I don’t hear U-God anywhere on this track.
Since their debut album, 1993’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang has become synonymous with gritty, direct lyrics and beats that draw from classic soul, horn-blasted funk, cinematic curios, and dirty guitar licks (among many others.) With each successive album, the group solidifies their hold on hip-hop, watching over the years as rappers, trends and ephemeral styles come and go and become musical footnotes in the game.
The 16 tracks featured on Return of the Wu & Friends were compiled from songs recorded during the group’s critically acclaimed 2000 album The W through 2008, including exclusive tracks like “Steppin 2 Me” featuring GZA, Inspectah Deck and Masta Killa. The producer also offers a slew of new remixes, including “Respect Mine” and “Clap”. On the former, featuring Raekwon, Method Man and Cappadonna, the sprightly piano loop found on the original (from Mathematics’ 2003 solo album Love, Hell or Right) gets flipped into a slower, more ominous track anchored by a funky slap bass line.
On Return of the Wu & Friends, every member gets their chance to shine, backed by Mathematics’ acute ability to perfectly match each member’s cadence and tone to the respective beat. Slower, more soulful tracks like “Da Way We Were” and “Strawberries & Cream” are balanced with classic Wu funk like “Iron God Chamber” and “It’s What It Is” (the latter the new superhero anthem for the 21st century.) For anyone fiending for more Wu classics, Return of the Wu & Friends offers up an album’s worth of tracks sure to fill the need for Wu bangers.
1. Wu-Tang Clan feat. Raekwon, Ghostface, Method Man, U-God- “Clap 2010”
2. Wu-Tang Clan- “Respect 2010”
3. Masta Kila feat. Raekwon & Ghostface- “It’s What It Is”
4. Wu-Tang Clan feat. Inspectah Deck, RZA, Ghostface- “Strawberries & Cream”
5. Wu-Tang Clan feat. GZA, Masta Killa & Inspectah Deck- “Steppin 2 Me”
6. Wu-Tang Clan feat. Raekwon, Method Man, Ghostface, Ica da Don & Inspectah Deck- “All Flowers”
7. Method Man- “John 3:16”
8. Raekwon- “Treez”
9. Wu-Tang Clan feat. RZA, Streetlife, Buddah Bless- “What It Is”
10. Masta Killa feat. RZA & Method Man- “Iron God Chamber”
11. Masta Killa feat. Ghostface, Buddah Bless, Raekwon, Eyes Low- “Real Nillaz”
12. Wu-Tang Clan feat. Method Man & GZA- “Rush”
13. Mathematics- “Da Way We Were”
14. Wu-Tang Clan feat. ODB & Bad Luck- “Early Grave”
15. Wu-Tang Clan- “Keep Pace”