The Hip-Hop business doesn’t pay like it used to and being the massive army that they are, the Wu-Tang Clan had to disband indefinitely to keep the food on the table for each of their respective families. For fans deprived of that witty, unpredictable talent et al, compilations like Legendary Weapons prove their usefulness in depth. Following the same premise as 2009’s Chamber Music, The RZA, along with producers Noah Rubin, Lil’ Fame and Andrew Kelley, secure another release with E1 Entertainment to fill the void left by the almighty W.
Granted, the soundtrack’s cast consists of rappers best suited for mercenary work (Re: M.O.P., Sean Price and all the living members of the Clan, minus GZA and Masta Killa), yet there’s plenty of coalitions formed to make for dope pieces to the puzzle. The LP’s most attractive record reveals itself to be “Meteor Hammer,” which pits vocal a-alikes Ghostface Killah and Action Bronson together to trade rap-isms as Termanology anchors with more star power.
On the production tip, the beats may lack the catchy atmospheric feel of those classic basement recordings that made the Wu a household name, but “The Black Diamonds'” eerie score comes awfully close. The alliance of Ghostface, Roc Marciano and Killa Sin waste no time spewing rhyming couplets of block lure over the illustrious piano melody. Cuts like the title track and “Diesel Fluid” supply more ammo for the shootout with the former bringing the pain with bass guitar licks supporting AZ’s standout bars.
Although Legendary Weapons packs a punch—OB4CL2 it is not. It will take more than sporadic karate skits or Ghostface yelling at the top his lungs to truly bring back that feeling. Logical thinking would assume listeners won’t be nonplussed by solo Killa Sin and RZA songs and minus the reanimation of Cappadonna on “225 Rounds,” the particular track lacks unity on all fronts. Even with all the talent in the world, there’s evidence that the studio was a revolving door in the process of creation.
Assembled with only half the prep time but the Killa Bees and its extensive family tree add another worthy sword to an already-glorified armory. If Wu-Tang is indeed forever, this should help back the claim.
Label: E1 Music | Producers: Lil’ Fame, Andrew Kelley, Noah Rubin, Street Radio, Gintas Janusonis