…’Wu-Tang is on your brain’…Back around 1999-2000ish, Jabriel Nassir Allah had thrown me this Bobby Digital tape. We were still making tapes then. So I listened with my ears ready for some Wu-Tang sounds via the RZA, his own solo joint so to say. I figured since he’d made a lot of dope joints for the Wu, Meth, Rae & Ghost, GZA, etc. that this was gonna be something special.
It wasn’t that special the first listen around. Not that it wasn’t dope, just wasn’t what I expected. He had a different sound going on, with newer emcees that weren’t previously on other projects. We’re talking around the height of the Wu, the era when anything with the ‘W’ logo on it sold heavily. 1st go around, there was one song that stood out, Kiss of the Black Widow. It continues to be the stand out cut for me. I mean, you can’t go wrong with a nice dark sample for the beat, and ODB featured on it.
The song: Much to my surprise, I discovered that the RZA didn't produce this joint, Inspectah Deck did. I was like damn, Deck got skills. He uses this joint by Portishead called Over. He does a nice job on chopping and looping it. He uses the vocals from the lead too, it gives the song a chorus feel, end of the loop if you will...but what got me more than anything with the beat production, was the depth of musical influence within the camp, specifically Deck.
I mean, this cat vibes off Portishead?! That's tight. Not to mention that RZA and Tru Master use a lot of samples from lesser known hard funk tracks with a rock edge, dark strings, really gritty stuff, nothing all polished and clean. It just goes to show that you can listen to anything you like, the genre is pretty much obsolete...'there's only 2 types of music, good & bad'...