At first glance of the album cover, it’s hard to believe what I have in front of me. My adolescence and my present clashing like an explosion, as I am immediately drawn to the words ‘Wu-Tang’ and ‘dubstep’. I feel like a little kid again, when I first heard my cousins tape of “Wu-Tang Clan: Enter the 36 Chambers”. This time around, it’s different. The album reads “Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture Vol.2: Enter the Dubstep”. I no longer feel as if I have to choose; the two worlds are coming together now and it’s all starting to make sense to me. I grab my old Wu-Tang shirt and turn the bass up a bit. I’ve been ready for this moment my whole life. A top level shogun, ready to enter the realm of Wu-Step.
Approaching this album with an open mind, I already know ‘dubstep‘ as a new genre increasing in popularity, while Wu-Tang has long ago claimed their throne as one of the hardest hip-hop groups to ever step foot out of Staten Island. I was glad to see the lineup of artists that contributed their vocals to this album, such as: Raekwon, Ghostface Killa, RZA, GZA, Method Man, U-God & Masta Killa, Wu affiliates Killah Priest, Bronze Nazareth, Prodigal Sunn, Solomon Childs, Son One & more, and guest spots from Busta Rhymes, MF Doom, Pimp C, Three 6 Mafia, Ras Kass, Vast Aire, Canibus, and Lord Jamar. I was, however, disappointed to see some guest appearances from artists that I believe do not need to share the same spotlight that Wu-Tang will forever deserve, as long as their Iron Flag stands high and mighty in the brains of all shaolin shadow boxers alike.
With Scuba, Parson, Trillbass, Dakimh, DZ, Rogue Star, Stenchman, Datsik, Excision, Hellfire Machina, Pawn and other DJs involved in this project, it leaves the hip-hop aspect in question. This album is more a remake of tracks- chosen wisely by the above mentioned DJs- and warped to the way that Wu-Tang has influenced them each individually. When I finally feel my subwoofer is worn out, I turn off the amp and put the womp to rest. These DJs have created a new form of ‘dub-hop‘ that I feel will garner even more attention to the growing genre of ‘dubstep‘. The re-makes by Stenchman, Datsik, Excision and DZ stood out as I spent the last year following them and many others. They honestly make me want to load up on rage essentials and stomp my way to the next show. As a lover of old school hip hop, having watched the genre slowly fall apart I have turned to the dubstep world. It was a smooth transition as I instantly connected with the hard vibe of bass and beats that are dubstep. In my opinion dubstep is the next big thing to take over the hip hop realm. So turn up the bass and WOMP out. You cant deny the feeling!
Enjoy the music, it’s a hit or miss with the vocal placements to the listener, but proper beats will always carry on in existence!