RELEASED: OCTOBER 6, 2017, Absalom Recordz/Real Estate Records, Review by Michael Grant, C.E.O. of RePPiN4U & International Rep for Wu Worldwide DJ Coalition
“…I’m watching the Brandy video, I’m watching brothers doing Janet Jackson and Brandy choreography, the same stuff they doing since the first academy awards, nahmean? So I’m buggin’ off of that right there, so right now there is about to be another flood of Wu-Tang, coz I think we got the strongest name that a group got right now that can bring it back through to the people, and right now it’s about to be a flood…and this flood should reinstate Hip Hop, and if this don’t do it, we might as well wait til the next generation…” (RZA, sometime between 1998-1999)
RZA might as well have said this in 2017. Check it out. Wu Wear has recently relaunched. One off singles randomly came out (Don’t Stop) & (Savor.Wavs) Then DJ Allah Mathematics took everyone off guard with ‘People Say’ followed by The Saga Continues album. Just before that, Masta Killa proved once again that by sticking to the formula, Loyalty is Royalty. Then Prodigal Sunn comes out with a solid offering weeks later in ‘The Spark’.
In the midst of this flood, Rez SPS Kings & Timbo King believe in the ‘Bar Essentials’, a beautifully worded title which sees the two emcees strip Hip Hop down to just that – Bar(e) Essentials, which is Concept, Lyrics, Attitude, Music, and Performance, and they are not alone, they have brought along an army of a who’s who in the Wu-Tang Killa Beez from the well-known originals (Dom Pachino, Kinetic 9) all the way to the more recent and obscure (Lord Fury, iNTeLL).
The great thing about the Clan and the Killa Beez is there is always a running theme in their albums, for example the Clan keep on the Shaolin Kung Fu side, Killah Priest goes into a spiritual chamber, Dirty was that drunken master, Meth was your man when it came to getting high and kissing the sky, Rae was your Mafia type dude, Killarmy were all about the war, and so on and so forth. Rez and Timbo take us to a Medieval, Game of Thrones like – chamber, and that’s the tone set as soon as you press play.
No messing about, bombs are dropped. Spirit Bombs that is alongside Solomon Childs, but it’s Bliss who shines here putting guys on blast who are feminizing themselves to stay current, when that comes from a female, alarm bells should be ringing. Too many cats caught up in the ‘Matrix’ as Kinetic 9 chimes in over a battling backdrop.
The furious pace continues in ‘Man Made Slaves’ featuring none other than Lord Fury who states that’s what we are if we believe in mystery gods and the reality of the New World Order. Rez continues the onslaught not sword swinging but rather axe swinging, determined to chop the ball and chain off our ankles.
Big shout out to fellow Wu Coalition brother DJ Flipcyide who lends his hands on the ones and twos just in case any challenger feels like an ‘Enemy’…
SOUND THE WAR HORNS!!! Anything iNTeLL touches becomes Golden just like his daddy. A visual may be needed here (hint hint!) The Symphony of the Damned really puts the listener in that zone as Rez & Grone Da Radikal sound like they are about to perform a justice execution in the most torturous way possible.
The sequence of tracks thus far in the project flow very well. Kinetic 9 and DJ Flipcyide rejoin the duo in Catastrophic Prophets. They have really captured the sound of the dark ages right here, and combining them with straight bangers like that displayed in Xerox Clones, and Witty is as grainy and basement sounding as you can get, that’s the sound fans kind of wanted in The Saga Continues, proving that sound can still be created in 2017/2018.
Timbo King shines here as he gives vivid storytelling in the Bionic Homeless Man. Rez & Stumik complement him well. The violins are out in one of the album’s highlights – Chemtrails. Shabazz The Disciple is straight fire on this, Rez refuses to be out-rhymed, and Lord Fury, well his voice will tell you how he feels about the wickedness.
You may have heard Solomon Childs cry out on ‘Mama Can You Hear Me’ from the Theodore Unit 718 mix tape, this is the flip side, Rez & Dom are asking their Fathers if they can hear them, and by the sounds of this, their biologicals have faltered again… it’s a reoccurring and frustrating topic. Notice – the violin is said to be an instrument mainly symbolical to sadness, and there is not an ounce of sadness shown here, yet the violin is featured in Chemtrails and the next track – Dueling Kings, and it’s not even used for sadness. You got Rez & Timbo out on a sparring session with the bars here, complimented with a great jewel in the sample used.
Raise Your Swords people, we have reached the album’s close. From top to bottom, Rez & Timbo stay true to their word – the album is straight BARS, some of which the listener may not dissect on the first go round, but it will take quite a few listens to fully break it all down. For those Hip Hop fans out there who cannot stand any R&B elements in the music, they will be overjoyed here as that is non-existent in this project. If there are any criticisms, it’s that one or two of the beats sound passable, and may need a visual to bring it out, and that’s all this album needs, is to knock out a few visuals. But from Lord Fury’s disregard for religion to Rez’ lyrical flow to Timbo’s storytelling to Dom Pachino’s disappointment in his father, this is a good project which deserves the CD changer with the latest flood of Clan/Killa Bee offerings.
Massive respect to Rez & Timbo for including us in their inlay shout outs. That means a lot to us. SALUTE.