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Thursday, December 2, 1999
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Volume 65, Issue 71

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Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon delivers refreshing, impressive set



Immobilarity

Raekwon
Loud Records
21 songs, 65 min

Grade: B+


By M. Kahlil Taylor
Daily Cougar Staff

After releasing what many believe to be the best solo Wu-Tang Clan album to date, 1995's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx ..., Raekwon spin-kicks his hip-hop audience with the 21- track follow-up Immobilarity.

Raekwon's "Wu-Tang Style" is unlike that of his fellow Staten Island counterparts. He holds down the fort with thickly-laced urban storylines. His rhymes affect listeners like the South's Young Bleed or the Bay Area's Mac 10. His consistent use of American street dialect and common language give his rhyme flow a more conversational feel.


Method Man guests on Raekwon's second solo release, Immorbilarity, which turns out to be quite a solid album.

J. Mannion/Def Jam Records

This release joins the avalanche of '99 Wu-Tang releases including Inspectah Deck's Uncontrolled Substance, Ghostface Killah's Supreme Clientele and Activision's Playstation fighting game Shaolin Style.

Raekwon, who has been dubbed the "Chef" for his ability to sauté unconventional words and rhymes, offers an elaborately-produced album. Although Immobilarity reflects the length of most late '90s albums, Raekwon has chosen to create a more unified body of work.

Compared to other releases, Immobilarity lacks the overflavoring of many "will-help-sell-the album" guest appearances. Raekwon's CD, like many current Wu-Tang Clan releases, spotlights the skills of many upcoming and less-known Wu-Tang Clan affiliates and members. The Infinite Arkatechz, DJ Devastator and the American Cream Team contribute refreshing production and rhymes while better known artists such as Pete Rock, Masta Killa and Method Man "bring the pain" with more experienced skills.

Although many songs involve street survival tactics, "All I Got Is You Pt. II" flows from the heart in a tribute to single mothers who have struggled to raise male children in lower-class urban America.

Immobilarity adds versatility to the Wu-Tang collection and attracts new listeners through its own distinct original flavor.
 

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