It may be difficult for those younger than 25 years old to remember a time when Wu Tang were shocking instead of classic. In the early 90s world of boom-bap, funk, and electro-inspired rap, Wu Tang’s obscure mythology and cryptic street lyricism may not have been completely new, but no one took it to the heights that the crew from Shaolin did.
But that was 1992. Twenty-one years later, Method Man has starred in a short-lived sitcom, RZA has scored movies, and ODB returned to the essence. It’s not that the Clan fell off, it’s just that the moment passed. Hip-hop as a whole has had trouble aging gracefully, and the Clan has been no different. For a few years it seemed that Ghostface Killah was the one bee out of the hive whose edge would never dull, but after 2006’s Fishscale, his output wavered.
But if “The Rise of The Ghostface Killah” is any indication, Tony Starks may have just regained his footing. Teaming up with Adrian Younge, the same auteur who helmed modern soul classics like the Black Dynamite soundtracks and the return of The Delfonics, GFK is set to drop Twelve Reasons To Die this April.
Judging by the first leak, this sounds like the Wu Tang slang in a slightly different context. Ghost sounds older, with a bit more grit in his voice. This doesn’t mean his content is any less fantastic or violent, it’s just nearly as brash or confrontational as it was two decades ago. It’s appropriate that he’s paired with a bandleader that has made a career of revamping the soul of yesteryear, Ghost’s cartoon metaphors blend perfectly with the dust and dread of Younge’s production.
Also, for the live music enthusiasts, Ghostface and Adrian Younge are taking their act on the road for an ambitious 49-date tour ranging from the end of March to the end of May. The tour kicks off March 28, 2013 with an extra-special extravaganza: Pretty Toney and Venice Dawn with support from Blu and Exile, Roc Marciano and The Gaslamp Killer. You may have just shit yourself.