Cappadonna The Yin & The Yang

The only recent buzz surrounding Cappadonna, the ninth member of the Wu-Tang Clan, was the fact that his manager was a known snitch who may have been infiltrating the Clan as a spy. This isn't a good sign, and on The Yin & The Yang, he proves that his bad judgement extends to his music as well as his choice of managers. It's a shame, because Cappadonna showed immense potential when he burst on to the scene with incredible performances on Ghostface Killah's "Winter Warz" and Raekwon's "Ice Cream," but by the time his debut The Pillage dropped it seemed like he had used up all his best rhymes. Here, Cappadonna continues his downward slide. It's evident that he's trying to get some sort of message across at times, but his jumbled and embarrassingly simple vocabulary slows the delivery, and a lack of cohesion on the musical front leads to a bit of a mess. The approach is transparently formulaic, with beats mimicking the synthetic dreck of commercial rap, the sorry bounce offering and a flimsy attempt at reggae. The low point comes on "We Know" featuring Jermaine Dupri, where the decidedly commercial Da Brat easily outshines him. His poor performances throughout don't seem to faze him; unfortunately he seems unaware that the only member of the Wu-Tang Clan who can get away with sounding like a rambling idiot is ODB. (Epic)