Hip-Hop: Year in Review 2010
Published Nov 27, 201010. Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon Wu-Massacre (Def Jam)
There's nothing super original on Wu-Massacre, just more of that Wu shit. In an era where rappers are either hipsters with too many feelings or cartoon gangsters who can't go to the grocery store without leaving a trail of bodies in their wake, some classic Wu-Tang street verité is a welcome change. Don't get it twisted. Meth, Ghost and Rae are all still raw street cats who aren't afraid to do some damage, but they're smart enough to keep the level of menace real and understated. The beats are also a welcome throwback. Almost every song on the album is built around a meaty chunk of classic soul. For hip-hop heads of a certain age, Wu-Massacre might have come along to remind them why they fell in love with the genre in the first place.